I created a Facebook profile for both myself, as well as Prattle within the past year. Since then, I’ve acquired a good amount of friends, most of whom are people I know offline, as well as various other entities and organizations whose activities I would like to stay informed of.
Sure, I could probably read all the latest news from these groups simply by subscribing with an RSS feeder, but what fun is that. I wouldn’t be able to piss off someone sufficient to de-friend me. It’s a two-fer that I’m not willing to give up. I’m only half kidding about that.
I am amused by the drama that goes on with de-friending, particularly among small communities whose adult members still think & act like pre-teens. The best way to get under someone’s skin seems to be to block them on Facebook, and, then talk shit about the former friend with all the other friends. Hilarious, but didn’t we see this once before, like say, back in grade school.
Don’t people ever act their chronological age instead of their shoe size?
Nevermind. Don’t answer that.
Yours truly has been de-friended exactly twice, both by blogger buds. I didn’t know them offline, but I followed them just like I follow several other buddy sites for both encouragement as well as entertainment.
What was my crime? I provided feedback to content they had written. Note here that it was constructive feedback. Not a critique just to be mean. There is a difference.
OTOH, I’ve also done a fair amount of de-friending, but the decision was less about disagreeable commentary, and, everything to do with the person’s idea of friendly interaction on my wall consisted exclusively of Farmville & Mafia Wars requests.
Don’t get me wrong – I play Farmville. I play it a lot. But it’s not an exclusive source of entertainment. I’m more about reading & posting info that intellectually engaged individuals would find helpful, such as being Zuckerfucked. But if any of those former acquaintances noticed that they were de-friended, then I was not notified.
I don’t give too much of a shit one way or the other because Facebook is about as important to me as athlete’s foot or STDs when considering the larger schema of my life. I use it primarily as a promotional device for my blog, but since my page rank is #3 according to Google, it’s not even really all that useful anymore.
If you’ve ever been a de-friender and/or the de-friendee, then share your story here.