Comedian and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live announced last week that Nov. 17th should be National UnFriend Day, or NUD for short.
At one time Facebook was known for being the social network you went to if you wanted to talk with your real friends, while MySpace was filled with the “girls” who wanted to connect with you and they turned out to be porn cams. With the latter now possibly on its last legs, it seems that Facebook is slowly turning in to the friend-a-palozza that drove us away from the other sites.
While it hasn’t turned into the swamp that MySpace did, it does seem that users didn’t learn any lessons from their past experiences. As Mr. Kimmel points out in his video, do you really need to know what your classmate from high school biology had for lunch? (I’ll answer that for you … no. You don’t.)
That has probably become one of the biggest issues on the site as everyone has decided they must reconnect with everyone they ever had even a passing acquittance with. In the summer of 2009 my high school class was having its 20th reunion, and pretty much everyone in the class sent me a friend request. Like an idiot, I accepted all of them … I think that may be changing come Nov. 17th. I stayed in contact with the people I actually cared about over the years, so do I really need to be “friends” with someone I went to one party with?
It is highly doubtful that this will actually catch on in any sort of big way, but it is an interesting idea none the less. We all do a bit of spring cleaning in our house each year, would it really be disastrous to do a bit of fall cleaning of our social media profiles?
What say you? Will you clean out any people from your Facebook account come Nov. 17th?