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Top Reason for Facebook Unfriending Is Too Many Useless Posts

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the if-you-don't-have-any-thing-say dept.

Social Networks 300

alphadogg writes "The No. 1 reason why friends dump friends on Facebook is when they get fed up seeing too many useless posts, according to new research out of the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Posts about polarizing subjects such as politics and religion as well as inappropriate and racist comments also sever many Facebook relationships, according to Christopher Sibona, a PhD student in the Computer and Science and Information Systems program. 'Researchers spend a lot of time examining how people form friendships online but little is known on how those relationships end,' said Sibona, whose research will be published in January by the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 'Perhaps this will help us develop a theory of the entire cycle of friending and unfriending.' Sibona surveyed more than 1,500 Facebook users to get to the bottom of why people dump each other. Not surprisingly, people who flood others with posts are at great risk of being unfriended. 'The 100th post about your favorite band is no longer interesting,' he said." Samzenpus likes this.

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100th my ass (4, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815592)

'The 100th post about your favorite band is no longer interesting,' he said."

The first post wasn't interesting. It just took 100 for it to reach the point of "I'd rather not see anything from you at all."

outsourcing (5, Funny)

HolyCrapSCOsux (700114) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815596)

I delegated my facebook account to a third party. She can let me know if anything worthwile has occured in my social parabola. (also maintain any farms, etc. I haven't actually looked at facebook in months.

Re:outsourcing (1)

srussia (884021) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815934)

I delegated my facebook account to a third party. She can let me know if anything worthwile has occured in my social parabola. (also maintain any farms, etc. I haven't actually looked at facebook in months.

Which reminds me, your directrix just called to tell me your latus rectum is about to be targeted by a burning mirror due to your lack of focus. Of course this may have been hyperbole on her part.

Re:outsourcing (1)

quickOnTheUptake (1450889) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816056)

Of course this may have been hyperbole on her part.

hyperbole or hyperbola?

Re:outsourcing (3, Funny)

adamdoyle (1665063) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815966)

I delegated my facebook account to a third party. She can let me know if anything worthwile has occured in my social parabola. (also maintain any farms, etc. I haven't actually looked at facebook in months.

So you're married, then?

Still friends? (1)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815610)

Wouldn't that mean that nobody is friends anymore?

Ta dit boom.

Re:Still friends? (4, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815672)

I just click the little X in the corner of their useless status update. This hides everything they say/do without them feeling virtually offended. Win!

Re:Still friends? (3, Insightful)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816136)

I don't feel the need to protect their feelings; I am like this with family as well, online or in person. If they can't keep it straight, I do it for them and it gives them a bit of feedback that people might just be fed up with their shit. I ESPECIALLY do this if I hear "tealiban", "demoncrat", "teabagger" or any other term meant to polarize politically/socially whether I support their view or not.

Re:Still friends? (5, Funny)

Shoeler (180797) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815682)

Coincidentally, I unfriended /. on facebook for this very reason.

Re:Still friends? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33816052)

Coincidentally, I unfriended /. on facebook for this very reason.

And if I link to this /. article, will I get unfriended?

Re:Still friends? (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816080)

And I revenge unfriended you because I like /. better.

Oh come on (0, Flamebait)

anonymousNR (1254032) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815612)

This is news ???
people dump/avoid/ignore stupid/selfish/trollish friends.
be it on facebook or anywhere else.

Re:Oh come on (1)

anonymousNR (1254032) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815678)

I just wish this kind of feature is available for slashdot instead of facebook, to un-friend or just hide stories that I don't care, I know there is a '-' , but that just isn't enough these days.

Re:Oh come on (2, Informative)

Reilaos (1544173) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815748)

No, this is Idle. Derp.

Re:Oh come on (0, Offtopic)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815772)

Have you ever played WoW and been on trade chat?

Re:Oh come on (1)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816102)

Not for any longer than it takes to exit the channel.

OMG you guys! (4, Informative)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815626)

I spotted this shirt at the mall that was just SOOOO amazing! I'm attaching pics, including some of my dog sitting the shirt. Isn't he just ADORABLE???!!! XO

Re:OMG you guys! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815930)

Oh dude! I just shit on the floor looking at that sexy shirt! Look at the shit's pic! Looks like a buddha!

Re:OMG you guys! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815950)

Damnit, your friends are WAY more interesting than mine. Many of my Facebook posts are emo people posting song lyrics, or my cousin saying I LOOOVE THIS! I'm sure he's going to end up gay despite being part of a devout Christian family. Oh yeah and my Christian friends always saying how amazing god is gets old pretty fast too since I stopped believing in such things :p Just a shame that I actually still like some of the updates these people do. A smart politics/religion filter would be amazing.

Re:OMG you guys! (2, Funny)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816094)

I do believe in such things and I still get sick of Christians always saying how amazing God is.

I know. I got it. I friended God on Facebook to get updates straight from him, I don't need you to re-post everything. What, God didn't send you a friend request?

Re:OMG you guys! (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816114)

I follow God on Twitter. http://twitter.com/god [twitter.com]

What exactly is the middle ground? (2, Interesting)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815646)

If stimulating debate over politics and religion are too "polarizing" (takes too much thinking?) and some topics are too banal, what exactly are the middle ground topics that keep 500M people addicted to FB?

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (4, Funny)

Alan Shutko (5101) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815790)

Cute pictures of cats and babies. Preferable pictures of both cats AND babies. And bacon.

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (5, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815874)

Sounds like that would make a pretty good sandwich...

What? why are you unfriending me!

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815972)

Yeah I think I lost a friend or too when I made my post along the lines of "80% authentic pork tongue? YES PLEASE!"

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816238)

Needs more cat [thedailyweird.com] .

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (2, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815816)

It isn't "stimulating debate" they find offensive. It's pointless, irrational ranting. How many times do you need to be told "[Glen Beck | Obama] is a turd" even if you agree?

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (2, Insightful)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816064)

There really are some adorable videos of my nephew stumbling through the ABC's and talking about Lady Gaga, and I do love a good political/philosophical discussion, but ten posts daily on "What [religious zealot] says about Christian relationships" aren't exactly stimulating debate. In fact, I find that facebook stifles interesting conversation in favor of movie quotes/song lyrics/dumb quips/travel plans. That said, there are about three or four now-distant friends that I keep in contact with very tenuously via facebook. For me, that's the foot in the door that keeps me checking it daily, if only for lack of something better to do.

Thanks for the wake-up call. I'm going to the library.

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (3, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816076)

what exactly are the middle ground topics that keep 500M people addicted to FB?

Who's sleeping with whom.

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (4, Funny)

93,000 (150453) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816166)

Too polarizing= "God punished the ELCA on the day of their gay vote by sending a tornado that caused huge damage in Minneapolis where they held the vote. I hope that sends a message that HE doesn't want gays in HIS church!!"

Too banal= "Thinking about making some scrambled eggs."

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33816242)

Stimulating debate? Have you ever actually used Facebook? It doesn't sound like you have.

Re:What exactly is the middle ground? (1)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816334)

Stimulating debate? Have you ever actually used Facebook? It doesn't sound like you have.

So, Facebook is the new Slashdot???

Isn't this just summarizing twitter? (1)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815648)

Twitter is all posts.. all useless.....

Re:Isn't this just summarizing twitter? (2, Funny)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816092)

Slashdot comments are all posts.. all useless.....

Just means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815658)

There's a lot of FB users too dumb to figure out how to hide and individual or an application.

*hides alphadogg*

If you don't like it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815660)

If you want to unfriend me for what I post, that's fine. I'm not going to change who I am or try to put on some charade to have a bunch of "friends". They should take into account, "When's the last time, if ever, this person has communicated with you?"

Re:If you don't like it.... (2, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816014)

I stopped speaking to my mum because her Facebook posts were too boring.

Only kidding, her posts are usually way funnier than the rest of Facebook (unintentionally).

I Think I Get It (1)

rakuen (1230808) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815674)

So what you're saying is people don't want to be friends with people who babble on and on incessantly about nothing.

What a novel concept! Maybe Facebook should implement a Useless button, lest they enable even more rifts between friends.

Number 1 reason not to be on facebook... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815690)

ALSO the same!

Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815740)

Facebook IS too many useless posts.

What about those who refuse to join? (2, Interesting)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815746)

Can someone tell me the major reason as to why those capable of joining Facebook refuse to join?

Disclaimer: I am one of those who refuse to join Facebook. My reason is simple: I do not see what joining this social network would do to improve my life. In fact, I believe it would simply complicate it. Am I wrong?

Re:What about those who refuse to join? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815910)

The complication you speak of is the very reason most people join and/or can't stay away from it...they love the 'complication' (should read 'drama').

Re:What about those who refuse to join? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815912)

I have friends and family scattered about the US. After dinking around with a few different means of communication, I found Facebook to be the easiest way to keep in touch/coordinate get-togethers/share pictures, etc. I still feel dirty for using it, but it's not entirely without merit.

Re:What about those who refuse to join? (4, Informative)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815984)

Why would it complicate your life? If you get obsessed with it I suppose it would.

I held off for some time but finally gave in because I got an invite from a friend overseas and decided this would be a convenient way to stay in touch. I've rekindled relationships with a few long lost friends. Nothing profound but it's nice to be in touch with people I haven't seen in a while. Not many, I'll admit; I ignore the vast majority of people on the list. It's simply another tool for facilitating communication.

Fortunately, I don't have any people on my list who are compelled to make political posts. The worst I get are the usual inanities; idiotic comments that make no sense to anyone but those in the know and stupid inspirational messages that pretend to have figured out the meaning of life where countless philosophers over the last few millennia could not. Whenever the frequency of dump posts rises above my ability to tolerate them I simply block that individual's posts.

A big peeve of mine are those who simply friend people to grow their list, like there's a prize for having a huge number of friends. I had a classmate I hadn't really seen since elementary school friend a cousin of mine he had never met and who's living somewhere in Europe. It's ridiculous, but then it's nothing to get worked up about.

I will visit on a regular basis, but I don't post much at all. If Facebook has had any impact at all, I would have to admit it's been more positive than negative. Somehow I feel dirty admitting that, but it's the truth.

Re:What about those who refuse to join? (1)

adamdoyle (1665063) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816118)

Can someone tell me the major reason as to why those capable of joining Facebook refuse to join?

Disclaimer: I am one of those who refuse to join Facebook. My reason is simple: I do not see what joining this social network would do to improve my life. In fact, I believe it would simply complicate it. Am I wrong?

It only complicates your life if you use it in an unhealthy way. Check it maybe once a week and try and keep it halfway updated. Granted it's probably more interesting for people who had it starting out in high school because in twenty years they'll be able to see "X, from your highschool, just married Y, also from your highschool..." X and Y may not have been close friends of yours, thus you don't really keep up with them, but it's still interesting to see things like that. Also, maybe an old friend of yours just had a baby. You don't really keep in touch anymore but now you know about it because they put up pictures on facebook. Now that you know, you can call them or post on their "wall" and congratulate them, etc. It just gives you a few more options that you wouldn't otherwise have. Also helps keep you in the loop.

Disclaimer: I do use facebook so I'm obviously biased.

Lowest Common Denominator (1)

mnagy (854980) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815750)

The Facebook environment really doesn't do much to encourage extended dialog or discussion, so LCD wins.

And quitters never win.

I don't unfriend, I just use Hide (2, Informative)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815754)

You can always click in the top right of each newsfeed link, or assign people to lists.

For example, I have different lists for each game, and have special ones for Family, the city I grew up in, the city I live in, people who go to film festivals with me, and people who have specific activities I do with them. Then I change the order of the lists so I mostly see the ones I want.

And then, if someone posts a lot of useless stuff, I just Hide PERSON on the newsfeed from them - they're still friends, I can still see if they specifically refer to me, but I don't hear the useless blather. If they post about some game or app I don't care about, I just click Hide and select HIDE NAMEOFGAME or HIDE NAMEOFAPP and poof it's gone.

What will get you dropped is spam posts. Or Tagging me in pictures that I'm not in. That is an automatic Defriend.

Seriously with the research (1)

js3 (319268) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815764)

Is it just me or do researchers like stating the obvious.

Re:Seriously with the research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815852)

Ah. You must be a researcher as well.

Re:Seriously with the research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815982)

Look, there's two of you! Is there a convention in town?

If By "Useless" You Mean... (5, Insightful)

pshumate (1004477) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815774)

...a constant barrage of FarmVille/Mafia Wars posts then yes, that's why I unfriend/hide people. I don't care if you need eighteen Mystic Geegaws to complete your Undersea Mirth Palace, people.

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (3, Informative)

SirWhoopass (108232) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815952)

The article didn't seem to mention hiding. I wonder if they ignored it entirely? If FB did not have the ability to hide applications I'd have quit it a long time ago. Hiding would seem to be an entirely different issue than dropping someone as a 'friend'. There are many people whom I want to still see updates from, I simply do not care about the games/apps at all.

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (3, Insightful)

pshumate (1004477) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816032)

I'll confess: I didn't even know about hiding until a few months ago. A lot of people seem to find out about it as if it's a "dirty little secret", which makes no sense. I'd like to see a warning for the first (and only the first) time you attempt to de-friend someone, asking you if you knew about hiding.

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816008)

You know you can selectively hide all updates from any give app, don't you?

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816036)

Whoops, saw that you mentioned "Hide". But why would you unfriend someone for their apps if you don't see them at all?

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (1)

pshumate (1004477) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816098)

Yeah, I should have just said "Hide". I've not de-friended anyone solely over apps.
However, if you still use caps lock and babble about stuff like we're still in high school...

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (2, Insightful)

sshore (50665) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816230)

Whoops, saw that you mentioned "Hide". But why would you unfriend someone for their apps if you don't see them at all?

Some people make regular posts about items they need in their favorite games in their regular status updates too, which you see even if you've hidden their apps.

You could hide their status updates or unfriend them. Since you'll no longer be seeing anything from them either way, it comes down to whether you want them to see your activity even if you no longer care for theirs.

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816298)

I've seen some of that, and mostly those folks have found their way into my "hide" category.

The people whose updates I see aren't congruent with the people who see my updates - I have pretty selective filtering for my updates. But with very few exceptions, I keep the people on as friends even if I don't see their stuff (and they don't see mine) in case of real-world get-togethers, occasional private messages, etc. The only people I've defriended are those old school people from my past who turned out to be complete assholes, and it took Facebook to show me that.

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (1)

Spectre (1685) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816176)

See, it's people like you, that "use" Facebook but don't know how to use it, that give it a bad name.

If you don't want to see Farmville, Mafia Wars, whatever, "Hide" that app, you'll never see another post about it.

Re:If By "Useless" You Mean... (1)

pshumate (1004477) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816324)

I take it you didn't actually read my post? You know, the one above this one, where I specifically mention "Hiding"?
See, it's people like you, that "read" a post but don't know how to comprehend it, that give Slashdot users a bad name.

You learn diffferent things about people online (4, Interesting)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815776)

There are people I've known for years IRL who hold bizarre beliefs I'd never suspected they held, because they don't talk about them in person, but who will happily spout off about these beliefs on FB, LJ, etc. All that religious bigotry, racism, authoritarianism, etc. that people keep buttoned up in personal conversation comes out at the keyboard, even when the people making the posts know that their friends are going to be reading what they write. And yeah, that's been enough to end a few friendships for me, IRL as well as online. You want to post a hundred times about your favorite band? Okay, no problem, I'll just skip past it. You want to talk about how all Muslims are terrorists and all black people are criminals and Barack Hussein Obama is an al-Qaeda robot sent back from the future to terminate American liberties and ensure the rise of the Kenyan cyber-hegemony? Bye now, and don't let the virtual door hit you in the virtual ass on the way out.

Re:You learn diffferent things about people online (3, Funny)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815846)

No kidding -- and I can't even unfriend my wife's family without it being awkward at holidays.

Re:You learn diffferent things about people online (2, Insightful)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816072)

...Barack Hussein Obama is an al-Qaeda robot sent back from the future to terminate American liberties and ensure the rise of the Kenyan cyber-hegemony...

Wait! Is the Sarah Connor Chronicles coming back for a third season?!?

Re:You learn diffferent things about people online (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816128)

Wait! Is the Sarah Connor Chronicles coming back for a third season?!?

I just wish.

I've been watching on DVD recently, which is probably why that particular idea occurred to me ... but honestly, I'll bet you could post what I wrote on Free Republic and there are thousands of people who would believe it and repeat it far and wide, and it would be on Fox News within a week.

Re:You learn diffferent things about people online (1, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816162)

If you end every friendship with everyone who has some nutty or controversial ideas, you're either going to end up very lonely or in an echo chamber where all of your friends just agree with you constantly.

Re:You learn diffferent things about people online (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816302)

When you get down to it, everyone is a nutter. Except me.

Re:You learn diffferent things about people online (3, Interesting)

gknoy (899301) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816280)

You want to talk about how all Muslims are terrorists and all black people are criminals and Barack Hussein Obama is an al-Qaeda robot sent back from the future to terminate American liberties and ensure the rise of the Kenyan cyber-hegemony? Bye now, and don't let the virtual door hit you in the virtual ass on the way out.

Do you challenge them on these beliefs? Do you tell them that their beliefs (and hatred and bigotry) are why you're no longer willing to consider them a friend?

While I doubt that your friends are deliberately trolling you (or others) by posting extreme things which they do not actually believe, it may be that they've never thought it through and seen the holes... or perhaps never had to defend the position. It's possible that challenging them may make them ignore you, or even re-hide their inner beliefs, but some of them might really be able to grow in their perception of the world.

It was easier for me to just unfriend Facebook (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815798)

Seriously, if I unfriended everyone who posted inane junk on their wall, I'd have no friends. It's easier to just quit Facebook.

Re:It was easier for me to just unfriend Facebook (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815860)

Seriously, if I unfriended everyone who posted inane junk on their wall, I'd have no friends. It's easier to just quit Facebook.

That worked for me. Oh, by the way, here is my 243rd post proudly declaring that I'm going to the gym to work out today.

Re:It was easier for me to just unfriend Facebook (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815904)

Hey world, I just typed "apt-get update" on one of my servers. Freaking amazing huh? Especially since I run testing and upgrade about once a week. Well you all stay tuned and I'll let you know next week when I run "apt-get update". Wasn't "Americas next top idol model" just super amazing last night?!! ?? I can't believe he said that to her after she said that to him.

Re:It was easier for me to just unfriend Facebook (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815980)

OK my little facebook minions, just posting my status from my IPAD YES MY MY MY IPAD NOT YOURS BECAUSE YOU DON"T HAVE ONE that here I am again at school dropping off the kids. Yes just like every day from the previous month where I posted each and every time. Oh my kids are so cute. You all stay tuned for the next 8 months or so for each time I drop the kids off at school, except for christmas holiday. Oh and by the way here is a completely irrelevant quote from $my_religious_diety or $my_political_party because mine is better than yours and obviously you want to hear all about that!

Re:It was easier for me to just unfriend Facebook (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816108)

Hi facebook pals, especially the kid that ate lunch with me once in the fall semester of 8th grade whom I haven't seen since, you know you are such a special friend to me. Well here we are at Wednesday hump day so I figured all 548 of my facebook friends, especially the ones that live more than 1000 miles away, want to hear that I'm going to eat dinner at McDonalds dollar value meal tonight! Any of you single ladies whom love a big spender, you just feel free to dress up and join me for dinnre. Yea for me. And heres a picture of me drinking a beer in the parking lot so that the crazy prudes in the HR department won't hire me, and/or the cops can cite me for public drunkeness. Isn't technology great? Anyway I'll be sure to post every time I go .. anywhere!

Re:It was easier for me to just unfriend Facebook (0)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816156)

Oh sorry Slashdot I thought I was posting in my facebook tab. Damn that firefox...

Prawn (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816018)

Facebemybospacebook friends aren't real friends, as they are usually violet/orange.

You are a Prawnus Maximus.

Useless posts ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815800)

Kind of like Slashdot!

Helpful? Not really. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815832)

But perhaps good for a laugh; A group that bluntly attempts to address the problem.

Shut up about yourself. [facebook.com]

True (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815834)

The only person i've unfriended was posting their political bullfooey 2-3 times a day. I don't talk to my friends about politics, that ish is personal and one-sided.

Now I can justify (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815862)

being on Facebook on my lab time: researching!

First... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815870)

Useless post!

someone is studying this? (2, Insightful)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815876)

Someone spent the time to determine that if you are a polarizing inappropriate racist you won't have many friends?

Re:someone is studying this? (3, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816228)

I just checked Glenn Beck's facebook page and he has plenty of friends.

Events (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815882)

I tend to unfriend people if they invite me (and everyone else on their friends list) to stupid events that I don't care about.

Re:Events (1)

pshumate (1004477) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815940)

I've been getting a lot of these. In the past week, I've been invited to three yard sales in the town in which I grew up. Sure, I'll be there to rifle through stuff you can't quite send to Goodwill, never mind that I'm halfway across the continent now.
Good grief, I'm pissed at Facebook a lot lately.

This is why I don't get Twitter (3, Insightful)

melted (227442) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815896)

This is why I don't get Twitter. There, uselessness of the post is not only encouraged, but also enforced by post length limitations, and by the lack of relevance-filtered feed. It's pretty much white noise.

Re:This is why I don't get Twitter (4, Insightful)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816148)

Obviously you don't get Twitter, because you should follow things that interest you and aren't noise. Now it's very likely that people you friend on Facebook are friended because they are actual real life friends or family. I don't have a social obligation to follow my family on Twitter, but I can subscribe to accounts that I feel are not noise, and remove ones that are. If you're following noise on Twitter (or Facebook, really) it's your own damn fault.

Reasons I unfriend people (3, Interesting)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815938)

I get lots of friendship requests from people I knew in the past, such as high school classmates. I usually accept these, thinking stupidly that these people actually want to talk to me or god forbid, catch up on old times.

Most of the time, I accept these and send a message asking what they've been up to and so on. These messages almost always go unanswered.

Seriously, what's the point of "friending" (is that a verb now?) someone if you have no intent to communicate?

Of course, we've already beaten to death the constant barrage of inane game and application request posts, which are equally annoying.

Ha! (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815942)

So, basically, what you are saying is that anyone who has been seriously using a programmatic device on dial-up networks is out.

Where's my karma? Slashdot unfriended me a long time ago. :-)

Social ego complex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815994)

I'm probably very much in the minority, but in my own life, I have about 3 people (aside from my parents) who I would consider true friends (as in, if the shit hit the fan, they would be there).

This, I believe, is the perhaps the problem with social networks (obviously, this isn't always the case). It tends to be less about a way to connect with your friends and more often a way to satisfy a persons own ego.

Whether that's good or bad I leave up to the reader.

All posts.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33816028)

All posts on Facebook are useless.

Dislike button... (2, Insightful)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816038)

Maybe Facebook should implement a "dislike" button... that might give those who feel that updating their status about their bowel functions every couple hours a day is really not that interesting and that yes, your actually losing friends over it.

I just turn people's news feeds off for 2 reasons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33816042)

1. They keeping posting their game accomplishments over and over
2. They just recently got married and keep posting how much in love they are (I'm single)

Ignore user is easy (1)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816050)

Long ago I found some setting where you can set ignore posts from a person. No insult given and no more "I'm bored" posts( or more specifically "im board' posts.)
I forget the setting but that is what Google is for.
Although this is best for people who have nothing useful to say. The worst is when 1 post in 100 is critical.

How can I "like" this??? (1)

AndyAndyAndyAndy (967043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816188)

This article's awesome! I want everyone I know to see it and also to know that I'm SOOOOOOooooo tired.

Friends (1)

themerky1 (1916762) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816194)

Lots of friendships die anyway. You win some you lose some.

Re:Friends (1)

the plant doctor (842044) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816282)

Lots of friendships die anyway. You win some you lose some.

C'mon, this is /. and the article is about Facebook, don't you mean "loose some"?

Gotta say... (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816268)

I gave a little laugh at the "Samzenpus likes this" note at the bottom :-)

Cute.

Hidden (1)

way2slo (151122) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816290)

De-friending seems harsh for only a constant barrage of drivel. Just use the Hide feature and most of the drivel is gone. Especially the Game related as you can choose to hide the game messages or the person. Just pick the game and you still get the real messages and keep your friend.

Only De-friended someone once when a friend got divorced and I did not care to hear their ex's bs.

fuc4eR (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33816304)

won't be standing Revel in our gay and other party Would be a bad TIME I'M DONE HSERE, resound as fitting NIGGER ASSOCIATION

Don't Delete (1)

PmanAce (1679902) | more than 3 years ago | (#33816316)

Just hide them. So now I don't have to read useless garbage from my young cousin and he can't complain that I unfriended his ass!
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