A few weeks ago I read this Uncrunched post about how Facebook is too crowded due to the mad accumulation of Facebook Friends that was fashionable back … ohhh …. 2 years ago.
In the post, Michael Arrington floats the idea that Facebook should auto suggest that you UnFriend people who have have very little interaction with (or the least interaction with) just as they automatically suggest people who you might want to Friend.
I asked this (ironically) on Twitter tonight, and here were some of the responses:
@simonemccallum a new years friend audit may be a more human way? Or not?—
Ryan Jennings (@kiwinlondon) January 12, 2012
@simonemccallum can't say it's a feature I'm screaming for. Probably wouldn't use it.—
Stefan Burrows (@stefanb_nz) January 12, 2012
@simonemccallum It would depend on my mood and the person suggested, but yes possibly. :)—
Margie (@Margie186) January 12, 2012
@simonemccallum No. More likely to want to unfriend the over-interacting people!—
Josie Campbell (@josiecampbell) January 12, 2012
So…. a mixed response.
On Twitter, there are loads of services that will help you mass unfollow Twitter accounts such as TwitCleaner or UnTweeps. These are great for weeding out from your Following count accounts which no longer tweet, or people who just RT and that’s it, and other annoying tweeps. But the reason these tools are so popular is that these don’t affect your own Twitter Follower count. However if you started UnFriending people on Facebook, then yes you would no longer see their posts (if they have any – and if Facebook decide that you could) but then your own Friend count would drop.
And therein lies the problem. It’s an ego problem. Plus as @communico points out, its not in Facebook’s interests to do so. How do you take over the world if people keep shedding connections rather than accumulating them?
PS: here is someone who I should probably UnFriend with a capital ‘U”.
@simonemccallum I sometimes want to hit you more than once—
Vaughn Davis (@vaughndavis) January 12, 2012