A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was contemplating unfriending thousands of people on Facebook here so I could get down to a core group that I really want to build connections with. Well I made the decision to do it and let me tell you, it has been LIBERATING! I started out with over 3000 people who had requested my friendship over the years. I think I fell a lot in to what the article, “The psychological addiction behind Facebook’s success” shares.
The only filter I used was I was cautious of men because lets face it as a woman sometimes there are men out there with nothing but bad intentions. If a man would send me a friend request and follow it up with a private message that said how beautiful I was and he was lonely well I removed him! Other than that the only other filter was if someone didn’t have their picture in their profile. If you want to be my friend, I need to see your face at least. After all, it is FACEbook.
After several years of taking this approach, my Facebook news feed started becoming too “noisy”. People of interest to me, became buried in other people’s information that I didn’t really know. I began to become overwhelmed and started to move away from Facebook completely. I do want to clarify that this is for my person profile on Facebook. Having a business page is something completely different and with a business page like I have with Sheic Journals it is different because people can follow the page at their own accord.
I started the removal process a few weeks and it has taken a lot of time. One day I sat for an hour and did nothing but unfriend people. I’m happy to report that I’m down from 3866 people to 1883 and I’m continuing to remove people. It looks like after all is said and done I will be left with several hundred people, much easier to manage and engage than thousands of people.
I’ve been finding that in a lot of areas in my life I’m minimizing the “extras” and just getting to the core. Maybe it has something to do with just recently celebrating a birthday and as I get older, I’m finding my mortality closer and closer so I just want to make real connections and have things in my life that support me rather than just give me a status. What about you? Have you ever thought about going on a “social diet”? Let me know your thoughts below. I’d love to support you.