Further conversation on de-friending
I know I’ve blogged on this topic before, but I can’t seem to find the original post at the moment.
What is the point of de-friending? I’ve maybe only done it once and it was right after I started playing Farmville when I added a bunch of people I didn’t know in order to get free gifts. I de-friended these people because I have no idea who they are, and I don’t want them accessing my private info. But other than that, I’ve never had the urge to de-friend someone I actually know. The closest thing would be not friending someone because I don’t know them that well.
At what point does someone say to themselves, “Hey, this jerk! DEFRIENDED!”? Is there something I’m missing here? I was kinda under the impression that a social netowork was about building a network of people you know, not de-friending people that you haven’t talked to in 2 months.
I probably don’t talk to 95% of my friends list on any kind of a regular basis, but that’s because the fact that we are in a network changes that. Just because I haven’t talked to someone doesn’t mean I can see whats going on in their life, that’s what the activity stream is for. It’s like we are talking, just not directly to each other. I can see that they got a new job, broke up, moved to a new town, and so forth. It’s passive conversation.