Yesterday was National Unfriend Day, dreamed up by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel as a day to get rid of all Facebook friends who aren't really friends. Kimmel defines "friend" as someone you'd loan $50 to. That's too limiting. Currently, I have 202 Facebook friends. including "Goulash Hungarian," the actual food not a nom de plume, & figured I could drop a few. But the vast majority of them I "know" in the sense of knowing who they are & why they're Facebook friends. The few doubtful ones either rarely post or I have them on "hide." I've ignored a goodly number of friend requests. The more friends you make on Facebook the farther astray you wander from people with a fairly direct connection to you, & the more friend requests you receive. Also, I'm not trying to increase an audience for something I'm promoting, which would, of course, be me. As it is, few of my Facebook friends even bother to "like" what I post. For some, it may be because they don't see what I post. But I have a number of regular features I think are entertaining: You Tube music I choose & upload in lieu of doing a radio show; several categories of postcards (Jersey Gin Mills, Jersey Hot Sheets motels); an occasional poem. I'm pretty generous with "like" whether I actually "like" it or not.
It annoys me when Friends post 10 music videos in an hour, or a link to every online article they read. That's clutter. I also dislike cryptic tweets. If you tweet, keep them on Twitter, please. & those "copy, paste & repost" paragraphs. The other day, someone posted a chain message for "Mental Illness Awareness Week," which happened over a month ago & went unobserved here because I discuss the subject any time I please. & too many poor snapshots of your cat or kid.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson