National UnFriend Day – be prepared (tips & tricks)

Will you answer the calling to de-clutter your Facebook friends? It’s one of those jobs you know needs doing but is it really necessary? Facebook has created a new way to keep up with friends through ambient awareness. This, although mocked in Jimmy Kimmel‘s piece, is how we can manage much greater levels of friendships. Perhaps it’s the definition of friendship that needs redefining.

We’ve always had different circles of friends, some that cross over, some that are very different, only occasionally, awkwardly, coming together for big events. Facebook especially gave us a space to quickly add everyone we know and then update everyone we know with everything we’re doing.

Unfriending is quite drastic, although less so if you export your friends first.

Prevent yourself becoming a victim of National Unfriend Day.

Utilise Facebook’s recently enhanced Groups. Use this to create smaller, more intimate groups of best friends, friends, acquaintances and others and target your status updates more carefully. It’s more effort than we’ve become accustomed to but this will ensure that you don’t spam anyone and will inadvertently show you who you want to stay in touch with.

Find out who unfriends you on 17th November.

  1. Open SocialSafe on 16th November and perform a quick Facebook download. Look in File View – it will tell you how many friends you have.
  2. Go crazy on the 17th – send a warning shot to some of your more excitable or over informing friends, you can easily reconnect after using SocialSafe.
  3. Perform another download and SocialSafe will tell you who unfriended you since the 16th.

Who does Jimmy Kimmel recommend unfriending?

  • If you wouldn’t loan someone 50 dollars, unfriend them.
  • If you wouldn’t invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them.
  • If you wouldn’t cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them.

It doesn’t have to be a hostile thing. They might not like you much either. And the day to do it is November 17th.

Let us know if you’re going to join in.


    1. You got me Greg. I don’t really know who Jimmy Kimmle is! Being in the UK we miss most of your celebrities. The reason we’ve blogged about this is because the culling of Facebook friends is of interest to us. William Shatner on the other hand..

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