Facebook Unfriending

I think it’s safe to say that Facebook (Feisbuk to my paisanos) has become the top social networking site. MySpace? Pffft, so 15 minutes ago. Recent months have seen a MySpace to Facebook migration worthy of a flock of Canada Geese (below).

Canada Geese

To the more hip amongst us mortals, Facebook has jumped the shark, and perhaps greener pastures (devoid of bourgeoisie influences) are to be sought.

I use Facebook and find it entertaining as well as a veritable time vacuum. Mostly I use Feisbuk as a Twitter page: posting amusing/ridiculous/interesting links as well as providing unnecessary updates during Texas football games and Mexican National Team fútbol matches. Not to mention keeping up with relatives back in the old country.

Surely, Facebook isn’t perfect, for example an “unlike” button (right) Unlike Buttonwould be nice, but it is a good way to keep in touch with people. I feel that besides an “unlike” button, something else is missing from Facebook: An “Unfriend” Notification.

When you request someone to be your “friend”, you get a notification that said person has approved your request. So why not be notified when a “friend” removes you from their “friend” list?

Speaking of “unfriending”, I realize that social networking is still in its infant stages (no matter what the hipsters say) insofar as customs are concerned. In other words, not enough time has elapsed for the light of etiquette to shine in every nook and cranny of the Facebook microcosm.

I understand that people “unfriend” for a slew of reasons: whittling of a massive “friends” list, feuding with the “unfriended” etc.

The question remains: Should an “unfriend” notification be sent to the exiled? In the same vein: What are good reasons to “unfriend” someone?

To see a good reason to “unfriend” someone check out this video, the “unfriend” comes at the end:

6 Responses to Facebook Unfriending

  1. jo says:

    Right on! Who needs civility? We’ve evolved past that- especially us followers of Christ.

  2. Laz says:

    No Jo, civility is still very much in order even for “us followers of Christ”.

  3. Laz says:

    I’m sure there are valid reasons to “unfriend” someone and still remain civil, don’t you think?

  4. jo says:

    I would think so. It’s the notifications that strike me as mean. I believe the current system allows you to unfriend. And I see no purpose for a dislike notification, other than rudeness.

  5. Fo shizzile on the whole thing. Half of my replies on FB are “need dislike button”. Great minds think alike. And so do ours.

    The unfriend thing is interesting. I actually had to deal with that recently with my sister’s baby daddy, whom I would like very much to punch in the face in real life. When I first joined FB, they were trying to work it out, so of course I accepted. Now how do I get him the heck off my FB without causing a thing? But there are other situations where one might want to make a splash.

    Solution: two types of unfriending. Defriending. Disfrineding.

    First is ninja unfriend. Quick, silent, deadly. Second is “hell to the no” unfriend. When it needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

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