National Unfriend Day: Ditch Your Virtual Friends
Jimmy Kimmel Announces National Unfriend Day: November 17
The concept behind National Unfriend Day (NUD) is simple: Facebook users have too many people in their friend lists who aren't really their friends. We tend to friend people that we haven't spoken to in years (and don't speak to even after friending), or people we've never actually met, or people we only sort of know.
Well, National Unfriend Day has come... and you know what you have to do. Jimmy Kimmel urges you to purge your friend list, and "drive [fake friends] out like St. Patrick drove snakes out of Ireland".
Remember, you're also helping save the web: keeping Facebook as a place for real friends will help keep it from turning it into Myspace. If you want to do business via social networking, we suggest you check out Linkedin. That's what it's for: connecting with people you've only met once, or people you may someday meet in person.
Don't worry about hurting anybody's feelings: the people you're unfriending probably won't even notice; if they do, they'll likely not care.
Hey, think of it this way: skimming through your Facebook feed at work will be faster with fewer vapid status updates, and therefore your Facebooking is less likely to be noticed by your boss.