A Social Media Experiment

I performed a short social media experiment today. I briefly reactivated my Facebook account (which only involves signing in). I then went to my list of “Friends,” and deleted any of them who…

  • I didn’t really know
  • I didn’t actually like
  • Posted vast amounts about people I don’t know
  • Regularly reposted things they found on other Facebook sites
  • Posted anything about soap operas
  • I originally added because I knew them in high school or college but don’t actually know in my life now
  • Added me because I am a public figure
  • I originally added because I knew them from another social media site
  • Had excellent blogs but stopped posting to them when they joined Facebook

Number of friends when I started: 206.

Number when I finished: eight, four of whom are blood relatives, and one is my wife.

A 26-fold reduction in social media friends seems about right.
A 26-fold reduction in social media friends seems about right.
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4 Comments

  1. I do love how Facebook assures you — when first deactivating your account — that it will be deleted after X amount of time, but… When you go back after two years to sign it, it’s all still there, including stuff you specifically deleted before you deactivated the first time…

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  2. Richard Rudolph Barron! I am inferring that you are implying that I lack originality based on your rejecting me as a Facebook friend. for your information my dear dear friend, I happen to be the most original original whom

    you will ever know

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