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Facebook Timeline Shows Who Has Unfriended You

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the but-aunt-lucy-it-was-just-a-figure-of-speech dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Currently, Facebook does not notify you when someone unfriends you on the social network. That may soon change with the upcoming Facebook Timeline feature, which will soon replace your current Facebook profile. Unless Facebook changes this, you can actually see who has unfriended you during any point in time while you've been on the social network."

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Moar drama! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504164)

Expect 43% more butthurt in the coming weeks.

First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504166)

Because I don't have any friends to talk to...

Re:First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504490)

Because I don't have any friends to talk to...

That's because of your incompetence at getting first post. This has made you so unpopular that Facebook are going to allow people who never friended you in the first place unfriend you, so that you'll be the first person there with a negative friend count.... even though you never use Facebook.

Re:First post! (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 2 years ago | (#37505032)

Actually, I would be the first, but it was a complex number so it didn't count. Next time I'll stick to ordered fields, I suppose.

Re:First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37506198)

If I had moderator points today, I would try to find a way to give you 5. You built your own pyramid of comedy and topped it with a brilliant capstone.

Its a good feature (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504190)

I had an app under development that would mail you whenever someome unfriends you..

not needed now i guess

Re:Its a good feature (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504320)

I had an app under development that would mail you whenever someome unfriends you..

Just add a "Revenge" button.

Done With That (4, Interesting)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504192)

I unfriended Facebook. Google may not be any less evil, but they make it dead easy to control who my posts go to, don't spam me with game spam bullshit every couple of days and they don't change my profile and settings every couple of months without so much as a "by-your-leave."

Re:Done With That (2, Informative)

zullnero (833754) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504266)

You should check out Diaspora*, just saying. If you are concerned about having to choose between the lesser of two evils and all. They're currently rolling out invites for the beta, so be patient.

Re:Done With That (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504444)

You should check out Diaspora*

It doesn't look bad.

Re:Done With That (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37505208)

You should check out Diaspora*

It doesn't look bad.

Have you seen what's happening in Palestine?!

Re:Done With That (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#37505220)

I'm still hoping to get my invite to diaspora, and I'll be delighted if it takes off, but lets be honest: it's never going to reach where even google+ is right now. Quitting facebook and google+ for diaspora is basically quitting social networking altogether. As I understand it, diaspora had two selling points: one it was not under the control of a large corporation who could abuse you, and two you were able to choose who you shared what with. Google+ scooped that second feature already, and it probably won't be long before facebook does too if they haven't already.

I don't think highly enough of my friends to be that they'll make the switch due to privacy reasons alone.

(Now seems like a good time to remind mods not to mod the messenger down just because they don't like the message...)

Use one of the other/free servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37505482)

I was waiting forever as well, until I finally noticed a few months ago that there's a list of open servers on their site... Two I know of (offhand) are Diasp.org [diasp.org] and Poddery [poddery.com] -- since all Diaspora servers are linked, it doesn't matter which particular one a person is on.

Re:Done With That (3, Informative)

__Paul__ (1570) | about 3 years ago | (#37506476)

As I understand it, diaspora had two selling points: one it was not under the control of a large corporation who could abuse you, and two you were able to choose who you shared what with. Google+ scooped that second feature already, and it probably won't be long before facebook does too if they haven't already

Facebook has had that for a while - at least a year, anyway, using Lists. You can choose to post updates/photos/whatever to people who are members of a list, and only those people will see it. It's worked well for quite a while - until this week, as they have changed it so that people on those lists can now see who else is on the list [blogspot.com] , which is quite a step backwards. Unfortunately, it mirrors Google+ behaviour in this regard.

Re:Done With That (2)

Riceballsan (816702) | about 3 years ago | (#37505340)

Diaspora is a wonderful concept, unfortunately it will never have any chance to take off. Development is far too slow, I think it had a small chance back at the timeframe they released the pre-alpha demo. At that timeframe they were newsworthy enough and actually getting positive media focus. Then we found out they fscked everything up, their security bugs were so ubundant, the code seemed so poorly cobbled together that most developers coders, possible investors who were interested in the product with a promise of security and control, pretty much freaked out and ran away. Next they basically haven't made any real announcements or anything for about a year. Bottom line is, they need to get a shit ton of users converted at once. That is not something that has ever been possible with the only real advantage toted is "it's open source" "it's not run by a big evil company". Especially when they can't even guarantee security.

Re:Done With That (1)

syockit (1480393) | about 3 years ago | (#37507010)

An episode in Diaspora:

Friend A: Dude check out my diaspora page! I've set up my own server to show it!
Friend B: Okay, will check out.

Hours later

Friend B: I can't access your page. What happened?
Friend A: Sorry, I'm offline now. Why don't you try accessing it again later when I turn on my computer?

Re:Done With That (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37507162)

Diaspora died a long time ago.

And what's worse, had they made a real go at it, it sounded like it actually suffered from the same thing that killed MySpace. No... not the horrible page designs.

The thing people love about Facebook, even if they don't know it or admit it, is that nobody knows when you're looking at their profile. It's a voyeuristic paradise once you're "friends" with someone. There's no anxiety about looking at the hot boy/girl's page, the ex's page, your coworker's page, etc. FB has always had this, and they'll never give it up. Hell, crappy scam companies have been trying to lure people with "see who visits your profile" for years. Except it can't be done without the other parties consent.

But any system that gives *you* control of your own data is likely to introduce some degree of tracking. That's a stake in the heart.

Re:Done With That (1)

scandalon (1021347) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504372)

...and they don't change my profile and settings every couple of months without so much as a "by-your-leave."

I wouldn't count on it.

Re:Done With That (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37505042)

Google may not be any less evil

They are. They are far less evil. Facebook is somewhere between Apple and MS on the evil scale nowadays.

Re:Done With That (1)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | about 3 years ago | (#37505280)

I unfriended Facebook. Google may not be any less evil, but they make it dead easy to control who my posts go to, don't spam me with game spam bullshit every couple of days and they don't change my profile and settings every couple of months without so much as a "by-your-leave."

I think that's a start in the direction of 'less evil'. I know the pendulum has switched from geeks loving Google, to it being chic to bash them. But overall, I think they've been pretty solid corporate citizens for a company of their size.

Sooo? (2, Interesting)

happylight (600739) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504200)

When you unfriend someone all they have to do is look at their friends list and see you missing to deduce that you've unfriended them.

It's not like some big secret. People can already easily find out.

Re:Sooo? (5, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504240)

That's like saying you can easily find that you've lost something by taking a full inventory of your house each week. If you don't suspect something has gone missing, why would you be checking/making the list?

Re:Sooo? (1)

mattventura (1408229) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504432)

Except that taking inventory takes a while whereas your friends like can be copied and pasted or even monitored by a script. The point is that that information was already available to you if you kept track of your friends list.

Re:Sooo? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37505134)

Well duh, but why should everyone have to do that for every site they use? It's as bad as manually keeping track of your household items. And while I personally did consider writing a script for keeping track of FB friends before, what % of FB users do you think could actually do that? Do /.ers really have to whine about interface functionality being improved?

Re:Sooo? (1)

Cerium (948827) | about 3 years ago | (#37505626)

Why is it important to know who "unfriended" you?

Re:Sooo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37505938)

So you can commit suicide... duhhhhh!

Re:Sooo? (1)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37507172)

Why is it important to know who "unfriended" you?

Think of professional paid astroturfers who are paid by the quantity of followers. Number stops dropping, time to put up a newer, hotter .jpg, etc.

Re:Sooo? (5, Funny)

bitt3n (941736) | about 3 years ago | (#37505778)

That's like saying you can easily find that you've lost something by taking a full inventory of your house each week. If you don't suspect something has gone missing, why would you be checking/making the list?

because the bar doesn't open till noon

Re:Sooo? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37506320)

Protip: If you donâ(TM)t even notice your "friend" is gone, then he wasn't a friend to begin with!
And if you cared about that person that little, then does it even matter if he's gone?

No, those 200 people in your list are not friends. They barely qualify as aquaintances.
Real true friends... those that you see every 2-3 days... are only two or three of those.
Aquaintace-like "friends"... that you see maybe once a week... are perhaps 10+.
Everyone else... pfff... you wouldn't even notice they're gone.
(Yes, those numbers are from studies and statistics, and they are limited by the amount of time/energy/interest people have.)

Re:Sooo? (2)

Nursie (632944) | about 3 years ago | (#37506744)

I agree that if you don't notice someone is gone then they weren't a friend to begin with.

The rest is drivel though. Social networking itself has made it easier to have continued involvement in each others' lives when geographically disparate.

Yes, you could call, write or email. But people don't do that to tell you they just stubbed their toe, or found a great new band, or are redecorating the kitchen, and it's precisely these trivia that keep people involved and keep friendships going.

And if you think a true friend is someone you see every 2-3 days then I would suggest that you're in for a shock when you graduate college.

Re:Sooo? (1)

Nerzhul (1969786) | about 3 years ago | (#37506988)

I couldn't agree more.

Re:Sooo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37509066)

Protip: If you donÃ(TM)t even notice your "friend" is gone, then he wasn't a friend to begin with!

Except that "friend" on FB doesn't necessarily mean "friend." It really just means "someone I sass (know/met/had sex with)."

Re:Sooo? (3, Insightful)

blackest_k (761565) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504408)

sometimes friends go missing for a while and pop back up, sometimes its because they want to get away from facebook sometimes it is just random. it used to bother me when friends came and went, you always think it's something you did. After a while you realise that you have just drifted apart so far there is only memories in common.

it's almost as bad as friends reunited, which is more people who used to go to the same places as me years ago.

Re:Sooo? (1)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | about 3 years ago | (#37505664)

I just read what you wrote, and now I understand why FB is an absolute waste of time.

But you should check with your friends to see how they feel about how you feel about how they feel about that.

Yet Another Erosion Of Privacy (1)

FSWKU (551325) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504210)

Every time they act like they're adding more privacy controls, along comes yet another feature that makes it that much more difficult to control who sees what. The annoying ticker on the right was bad enough, but now being able to see who's unfriended you at any point? I expect this will start a LOT of drama over "OMFG Y U UNFRIEND ME!??!?!?" type stuff from people who normally wouldn't give a crap. Most likely it will be the "friend-whores" who just collect friends to have a higher number. One drops and they have no idea who it was. But now they'll be able to see who decreased their precious friend count, and start all kinds of crap over it.

Re:Yet Another Erosion Of Privacy (2)

Tatarize (682683) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504252)

Protecting the privacy of some hasbeen jackass who dumped me. Pah.

Re:Yet Another Erosion Of Privacy (2)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504376)

and start all kinds of crap over it.

That would make this people spend more time in FB ergo more page views for Facebook's ads: they don't just annoy you, the do the annoyance/profit ratio calculations and the later probably is 70% of the priority.

Re:Yet Another Erosion Of Privacy (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504636)

FB is for 12 yo girls. Isn't the "unfriend" drama part of the attraction ?

People do not actually care (4, Interesting)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504804)

Most people do not actually care. They love being able to follow what all their friends, acquaintances, and former boyfriends and girlfriends are doing. They love the idea that other people are following what they are doing. If people really cared about their privacy, they would ditch Facebook entirely.

Simple solution (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 3 years ago | (#37506924)

Don't befriend them to begin with. You are awfully disparaging about these fried-whores but why did you befriend them to begin with and now want to unfriend them?

I think the drama starts closer at home for you.

which is awesome. (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504236)

Now Facebook is even more like real life!

Re:which is awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37506324)

Dude...if your life is like FB...? I mean you really need to get of your mom's basement.

This could suck (0)

markass530 (870112) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504242)

I unfriend people all the time, to keep my friends list at the right number. If this leads to people bothering me about that shit it could get annoying

Re:This could suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504254)

Yea, and I prune casual acquaintances. This will surely just be a massive annoyance.

Re:This could suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504284)

Try putting people on there who are actual 'friends' not just 'hey I know that person'.

Re:This could suck (1)

quickgold192 (1014925) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504428)

What number is that?

Re:This could suck (1)

markass530 (870112) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504660)

100 ish

Re:This could suck (1)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 2 years ago | (#37505172)

42.

Mandatory Munroe Mention (3, Funny)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504450)

Re:This could suck (2)

cosm (1072588) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504774)

I unfriend people all the time, to keep my friends list at the right number.

Over 9000?

Jaded (1)

fluinduced (2466200) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504244)

Most people who aren't grandparents or under 18 are pretty sick of Facebook by now aren't they?

Re:Jaded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504466)

chicks dig it

A Detailed explanations how to find it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504250)

Here's a first explanation on net, how to find it. http://www.techgineering.org/2011/09/23/2548/how-to-check-who-has-unfriend-you/

Bad move (1)

MM-tng (585125) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504260)

Now you can never unfriend anybody ever again unless you got in a serious argument with this person.

doesn't work any more. (4, Informative)

dirtyhippie (259852) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504262)

i just tried it. i even gave fb my phone number to do it. There was someone i know who unfriended me in 2009 (long story!), but after following all the steps, they don't show in any of the boxes. My guess is FB changed the UI to have the box show friends made that year *that are still friends* recently. Nothing to see here (anymore), move along.

Re:doesn't work any more. (5, Insightful)

darkjohnson (640563) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504286)

Yes, it appears FB 'fixed' this already - there is a note about it on the original 'how to' page.

Re:doesn't work any more. (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | about 3 years ago | (#37505248)

And I bet this is how Facebook found out about it:

I’ve asked Facebook about this little tidbit and will update this article if I hear back.

Re:doesn't work any more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504324)

Only one person has unfriended you? Geez, do I feel like a loser.

Re:doesn't work any more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504750)

Facebook - the melodrama/soap opera for teenage girls and homosexual men.

Re:doesn't work any more. (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504918)

Eh, so Facebook knows more about YOUR social circle than YOU do (e.g. they know who unfriended you, you don't...).

Re:doesn't work any more. (1)

me at werk (836328) | about 3 years ago | (#37505498)

You're correct, I looked the first day it was there and saw "added 50 something friends", looked and several had "add to friends" boxes, so I knew they'd unfriended me or whatever. They are no longer there.

social networks.... (1)

CopingStrategy (1400873) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504272)

creating anti-social behaviour? in extremis: i cannot wait for the first news item of murder committed because of an unfriend.... though i have recently culled around 50 people from fac*b**k who are either so inane as to annoy me, or whose prejudice has started seeping through in their posts... hence i expect some real life drama if these people are insecure enough to check that kind of thing...

THIS HAS BEEN FIXED (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504290)

Slashdot, please check these stories before you post them. I know this is blowing up on other 'lamestream' news sites, but the hole has already been patched. I tried about an hour after this was made public and it does not show up anymore.

Re:THIS HAS BEEN FIXED (1)

guzziguy (950240) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504848)

Yep... there are people that I know unfriended me, but they don't show up at all in the timeline for me. Seems like maybe they did fix it.

Bug already fixed :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504306)

I'm a Facebook developer. I logged in and poked around. At no time was I given the option to enable Timeline. Poo! Why don't they let you see who has unfriended you? They are enabling a lot of passive aggressive behavior. What is Mark Zuckerberg, a CANADIAN?

This isn't new... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504312)

I have had a userscript do this for me for quite some time.
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/58852

Re:This isn't new... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37509614)

I've been using this exact script for over a year now. it has taught me not to care so much about who unfriends me, as it has to be updated pretty often to accommodate facebook's changes

Wasn't your friend in the first place (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504332)

If you cannot tell by looking at your friends list whom has dropped you as a friend. You weren't really friends with that person anyways.

I find people who have 300-400 "friends" rather ridiculous, they need to have an "I met this person once" list instead of a friends list.

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504538)

They now do now make a difference between "close friends" and just "friends"...

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (3, Interesting)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504852)

Which in itself is another social - stress-or. Everybody has "close" friends and every on in a social group can usually tell who each others best friends are. You are kinda in a person's top three and they are almost always in yours or you are not.

Its always pretty clear and there is really no way to conceal it. Its tolerated we all understand we can't all be each others best friends. Beyond that I think its really rather impolite to rank and classify your "friends". I think I generally have a pretty thick skin but I certainly would not feel good about X effectively making a public announcement that I mean less to him or her than Y. I would not want to make such an announcement about X or Y myself.

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37506312)

The obvious engineering solution is to replace the close/distant friend dichotomy with a sliding scale from 0 to 100.

Now imagine how much arguments and hurt feelings THAT could generate... "I thought we were at least 75 % friends but you put me at 62 %, how dare you"

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37508202)

I accidentally started a bunch of drama at work by putting my Coworkers into a G+ circle, and renaming it "coworkers", from "work friends" or whatever it was. It was found insulting because "we try hard to be a family here at shitcorp". I actually got called into HR about it.

I didn't realize it showed people the name of the circles they were in.

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37506786)

"I met this person once" ? ..lol..yeah!!! I agree... makes sense.. :D

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (1)

blue_teeth (83171) | about 3 years ago | (#37509036)

This pseudo-friendship is more of a passing fancy.

“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.”
--Richard Bach

Re:Wasn't your friend in the first place (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37509138)

> If you cannot tell by looking at your friends list whom has dropped you as a friend.

That's "who has dropped you."

You wouldn't say "him/her has dropped you," so why use "whom?"

We now return you to your regularly scheduled non-grammatically-anal programming.

And this is a problem because? (2)

luis_a_espinal (1810296) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504346)

Seriously, is there a problem with this feature?

Re:And this is a problem because? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504434)

Well, yeah, because Facebook don't want any "direct negativity" on their website, hence why they also removed the Dislike button.
This, even if it made more sense, such as "blahblah dislikes Wen Drunk ppl spk to u on the bus" or whatever crap.
Quite childish if you ask me. "nuh uh uh no bad things I can't hear you la la la"

Re:And this is a problem because? (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 2 years ago | (#37505030)

No problem. In fact the steps were not reproducible. Sounds like ZDNet is whoring for website hits.

Facebook is a waste of time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504410)

I hate facebook and have never owned one and it's evil and I'm way too good to ever be on a social network so this story is worthless. They changed shit, now they're even more evil. I'm better than all you people who are on facebook, you just go on there to feel good about yourselves.

Re:Facebook is a waste of time (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504596)

I hate facebook and have never owned one and it's evil and I'm way too good to ever be on a social network so this story is worthless. They changed shit, now they're even more evil. I'm better than all you people who are on facebook, you just go on there to feel good about yourselves.

I'd love to own a facebook, because if I did, I'd be rich. :-)
However I don't have, don't need and don't want a profile on the existing facebook.

A good use of FB Timeline would be to show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504418)

how Facebook has been chipping away at your privacy over the years. I would volunteer to do it, but I don't have a FB account.

How to find any person that has ever unfriended yo (1)

mattventura (1408229) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504448)

1. Use some search filters to find all those emails about friend requests
2. Make a script that pulls the name of the person from the emails
3. Compare to current friends list

Re:How to find any person that has ever unfriended (1)

S.O.B. (136083) | about 3 years ago | (#37506150)

4. Stop measuring your self worth by the size of your "friends list".
5. Get a life.

Re:How to find any person that has ever unfriended (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 3 years ago | (#37506336)

6. ???
7. Profit!

Aha! (3, Funny)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504512)

So that's what happened to the person who did not Like my social and political commentary...
I thought so, would like clear indicators

Re:Aha! (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504682)

Wrong. You're too boring, t'is all.

Facebook making a classic mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504530)

In my opinion facebook is making the classic mistake of going ahead with all sorts of bells and whistles in order to try to stay competitive, ruining the product that had attracted people in the first place.

With google+ in the works, and the open community diaspora being worked on (a social network where you remain the owner of your own posts and photos, and where your personal info is not sold to corporations, and if I am not mistaken you can retain your internet anonymity ), it seems like a bad idea for them to be slapping their users around.

That's just my opinion, though.

Facedeath (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504550)

I twiddled some bits on my timeline entry and set the year to 2099.

It showed all of my future friends, unfriends, posts and messages.

Unfortunately, it also ended in 22 days with my obituary being posted by friends.

I'm not one to focus on the negatives and now I can focus on tweaking a few posts for maximum content prior to my untimely demise. (I'll probably just copy and paste)

from a loser on facebook (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504676)

As a guy, mid 20s, who lives above his mom's garage...I can have no interest in facebook. Oh, great, look at that, I can spend all of the time I would be working (but can't because no one's hiring) on facebook learning about how much better everyone else's lives are.

Who gives a sh*t?! (1)

m1ndcrash (2158084) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504684)

Subj.

You can already do this... (3, Informative)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504800)

...with a script for Greasemonkey called Unfriend Finder [unfriendfinder.com] . You have to install Greasemonkey [mozilla.org] addon for Firefox first.

Re:You can already do this... (1)

cfryback (870729) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504944)

...with a script for Greasemonkey called Unfriend Finder [unfriendfinder.com] . You have to install Greasemonkey [mozilla.org] addon for Firefox first.

+1000 been using for two years now, I guess they want to make it for the ~85% of people on IE6....

Re:You can already do this... (1)

me at werk (836328) | about 3 years ago | (#37505506)

I think the issue with that is, it is only unfriends going forward, not historical like the timeline (did) show.

Re:You can already do this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37505646)

I should mod you down for using the phrase "going forward", but there is no "-1: Make it die already" so I post AC instead.

beware the corporate doublespeak jargon that has invaded your brain.

Re:You can already do this... (1)

TheoMurpse (729043) | about 3 years ago | (#37506380)

Are you aware that "going forward" has been a part of the English language for over two hundred years [bookofjoe.com] ?

Unfriend apps are two a penny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37504810)

This is hardly news.

What *IS* more newsworthy is that the replacement of 'profile' with 'timeline' has to be the worst 'upgrade' ever!

As a developer, I already have access to it. You've seen the screaming last week with the newsfeed changes... This one is much much much more severe, and is going live to all users October 1st !!

BetterFacebook (3, Informative)

thomp (56629) | more than 2 years ago | (#37504812)

Get BetterFacebook for your browser. You can see all kinds of activity that FB doesn't show you.

Also, you can already make lists of people in Facebook, so you can separate your close friends from your not-so-close friends.

Only "unfriended" once (1)

CoolCalmChris (991775) | about 3 years ago | (#37505864)

And since they were a jackass anyway I don't feel like it was a bad thing.

Beyond that, Facebook seems to be relying on the "more bells and whistles" approach...and if you're like me and crave simplicity, it's not helping.

relationship (1)

uniquegeek (981813) | about 3 years ago | (#37507982)

"Unfriending" is directly proportional to the amount you soapbox and/or complain (among other things).

However, there's plenty of people that I don't unfriend, but their facebook attitude makes me hide them from my feed within one or two days!

More Corporate Wanking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37509160)

What amazes me is that everyone is fawning over the changes in FB. But no-one is standing up and saying "um, I noticed they were pitching advertisements at me for things that are relevant to me, but I have never revealed in a post or comment anything of the sort".

Yes, this has happened to me. Yes, something medically related appears as an advertisement, despite the fact that I have never mentioned it anywhere on FB. Yes, this is a potential privacy violation. Yes, it's damn spooky that they can figure this shit out. Yes, they are fucking watching you. No, it is not paranoia. [guardian.co.uk] Yes, they even admit that they know when people are going to break up by doing analysis on their postings - still believe they are not watching you? [mobileinc.co.uk]

If you think FB is still your kind, benevolent friend, then I have a bridge to sell you.

Social networking is great - for those profiting from it. If you are not profiting, then frankly, it's just another panopticon being presented with sickly-sweet trappings to tempt you into it. Once you enter, they do everything in their power to make sure you don't leave, a digital roach motel made complete with others to share your fate. You are the fucking product, being bought and sold like cattle. When you post about your activities, you are nothing more than a prostitute being passed around like a party favor. I hope you like having a hand rammed up your ass only to the wrist, because in about 10 more years (at this rate) that'll be the net effect.

Get out of FB while you can. I am not a walking ho-bag bent over for some corporate buttfucking. Neither are you. [suicidemachine.org]

If you are in social networking for profit, go die in a fucking fire.

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