Letting Go of Facebook Friends: It's Not You, It's Me
The more time you spend in social media - or maybe, the more time *I* spend in social media - the more I notice how much time it takes to keep up with everything. As such, I've developed certain strategies to deal with the onslaught, including putting my activity on various sites into specific contexts.
Twitter, for example, is a bit of a free for all - it blends personal and professional, informative and entertaining. It's where I have no problem making "internet friends" with people I've just met, or barely know. It's also where I put myself in front of people I admire - leaders in the communities that I consider myself a part of.
Facebook, by contrast, has become increasingly personal. While it's nowhere near an "inner circle," I've come to jealously guard my Facebook profile against people I wouldn't want to have a beer with on a fairly regular basis.
As such, I've been slowly culling down my Facebook list to get rid of folks that I don't have some level of significant connection to and/or interaction with - and the results have been interesting. It seems that some people get very offended when you "unfriend" them - I've even heard from folks on my friends list who are afraid to drop folks on Facebook for fear of their reactions. In one friend's case, just the act of putting a near-stranger on the "Limited Profile" list upset said near-stranger to a frankly absurd degree.
For myself, I'm positioning it thus: my Twitter feed goes straight into my Facebook profile anyway. If you're following me on Twitter, you've already seen MOST of what's in my Facebook profile. All you really get on Facebook is a bit of extra snark, and occasionally a silly video. If you're interested in Facebook for business networking, why do you need that extra content? So really, I'm just trying to save you some time.Continued on the next page