National Unfriend Day is observed November 17. Founded in 2010 by tv talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, this is a day when, according to the official Facebook page, “all Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out any ‘friend fat’ on their pages occupied by people who are not truly their friends.”
According to Jimmy Kimmel, the standards for unfriending are:
If you wouldn’t loan someone 50 dollars, unfriend them.
If you wouldn’t invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them.
If you wouldn’t cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them.
Here are a few additional suggestions for weeding out your Facebook friend list:
If they vague post. “Oh, will today never end?”, “Some people need to mind their own business”, or, of course, the always irritating, “Ugh”. Urban Dictionary defines vague posting as: An intentionally vague Facebook status update, that prompts friends to ask what’s going on, or is possibly a cry for help.
Friends who regularly take photos of their food. Unless they made it and are proudly showing off their first decorated cake, or they’re a food critic.
Someone who doesn’t know when it’s more appropriate to private message. The friend who posts on your timeline “How’s your rash?” definitely needs to go.
Couples who communicate through Facebook. This, although they live in the same house and are, you suspect, sitting next to each other on the couch while they’re posting.
Parents who post every advancement as their child is potty trained. Your mom is probably interested in this, your pediatrician will ask about it on your next visit, but the rest of us don’t care. Sorry!
Marketing. We’re all glad that you’re now a representative for an essential oil, food storage, body wrap, or other “This will change your life!” company, but we don’t need to see 10 posts a day about it. Or even one post. Additionally, Facebook requires you to have a business page to market. Otherwise, you stand a chance of having your personal profile banned.
Checking in to a business with someone else. Checking in at Sir Drinks-a-lot with your friends Lynn, Donna, and Jeff presumes that your friends want everyone to know where they are. It may be that Lynn, Donna, and Jeff don’t want their friends, family or BOSS to know that they’re spending the third night that week at the local watering hole. It’s also a security issue. Many people don’t use the check in feature of Facebook because they don’t want the world to know that their house is empty, or that the teens are home with no parental supervision.
Humblebrag “It’s so expensive to get my uber expensive, rare car detailed” Sigh. Those of your friends who are scrapping together enough money to gas up their car to get to work are not feeling your pain.
Shared profiles. Yes, we know that you and your significant other are close. But when did you become the same person?
What type of post would make you unfriend someone from your Facebook profile?