A couple of things have made me take a good, hard look at my Facebook friend list lately.
1/ People’s statuses were popping up in my timeline and I was thinking ‘Who are you?’
Once I had had a look at their profiles, I remembered how we were connected; they were people we’d gone on holiday once with, or people I ‘knew’ vaguely from a now defunct parenting forum, or from school or university. In short, they were people I really didn’t know who had made no effort to engage with me on Facebook.
Since I’m always lecturing the girls about internet security and how they mustn’t talk to people they don’t know, it seemed a little hypocritical.
So I deleted a few of these. I’m pretty sure none of them will notice.
2/ People were annoying me. Some of them seemed to do nothing but moan.
I know my statuses aren’t always the most cheerful but I do try and throw some interesting and humorous bits into my feed.
And other people did nothing but advertise. Sometimes I found these posts unintentionally amusing but mainly they just clogged up my timeline.
So they went too.
I’ve never had what I’d consider a huge friend list, but I’ve now whittled it down to just over 150 friends.
And I’ve now resolved to be more careful in accepting friend requests. If I know and like people in Real Life, then I’ll add them. I don’t add random relatives and I’m not sure about old school friends who just lurk.
I think I need a Facebook Friend criteria; does anyone have one they can share with me?