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Last week I posted that I was cutting down on the number of friends that I had in Facebook. I had nearly 1000 friends and found it very difficult to keep up with all the contacts. Also, for me, the quality of the experience was deteriorating rapidly.
I have since cut my friends down in half. This is a time consuming process on Facebook for various reasons; however, I’m finding the time that I’ve invested in reducing the number of friends is the best thing I’ve done in ages.
The experience has turned out to be very rewarding. I feel like the time I have to spend interacting with specific individuals has increased. I have more time to read their posts and respond to them. In addition, some people who have been quiet on my wall have started talking.
It is not just that the time that I have available to interact with people has increased but also the quality of the interaction is much better. When I have more time to actually write a response rather than just clicking a Like button, it enriches all my interactions because people actually get to know what I think and it offers them a chance to respond back to me. An exchange of ideas and opinions in my opinion is one of the best things that you can do on Facebook for yourself or others.
I highly recommend that you try reducing your number of friends, particularly if you have a lot of them. You might be surprised at the benefits and feel much more rewarded as a result.
I’ve been having an internal debate recently about what to do about Facebook. My friends list keeps growing and growing but the reality is I end up interacting with only a few people of the hundreds that I have accepted as friends.
My goal initially with Facebook was to make contact with artists all over the world. In this goal, I consider myself very successful. Then family members started joining Facebook and it became a way to keep in touch with the English and Spanish speaking members of my family. I’ve enjoyed this aspect as well.
There is a group of hundreds of friends that I rarely hear from. One part of this group is people who never interact at all after the first hello. The second and larger part is a group of people who I comment and interact with things on their walls but they never or rarely respond back.
Both groups leave me feeling as if a significant portion of my Facebook friends are not really very friendly at all. It ends up feeling very empty and unsatisfying. My internal debate has been what to do with these friends and what is my interest in continuing with these groups.
As of today, I have decided to undertake an experiment. I’m going to consciously limit the number of people in my friends list. If I haven’t interacted with them recently or they with me, I intend to unfriend them. I have no anger with these people, I am simply choosing to focus on quality relationships.
For me, a realistic number, would be no more than a couple of hundred people or perhaps even less. My expectation in the future and I will try to be clear with everyone that I friend is that I expect quality interaction. For me to feel satisfied, I need be on a two way street, If I interact with their content they should respond back and they should interact with my posts. They should also expect the same of me.
A new world, at least for me, begins today.