There is a post on the Core blog about Facebook that reminded me of a radio piece I heard last week. It’s the episode from 6 March 2009.
Anyways, in the CBC piece, they talk to a journalist that added up to 1,000 or 2,000 friends on Facebook. He then threw a party inviting everyone that wasn’t a friend in real life. Of the hundreds of invitees only one person showed up.
Also, there was a recent study by the Economist that found people don’t really interact with more than 20 of their Facebook friends, no matter how many their total is. Now I don’t feel so bad about my 35 Facebook friends!
I wish I could find a link, but I remember reading some prominent blog post about Facebook. Something to the effect of “Hey, remember me? I never said more than 10 words to you in High School… let’s be Facebook friends!”
I interact with 4 people on my facebook page, and never through facebook. I just don’t care who is upset that their kid isn’t potty trained yet.
you hit the nail o the head with that one , that accounts for the reasoning behind most peoples friends i would say. some are actually 2.real life friends and the others are 3. not real friends but people who you may want something from in the future. thats my view at least! although i do try to keep some integrity to my friends list, so ill have people from category 2 and 3, but i try to avoid 1. haha.
I’ve had some discussions about the social ramafications of being “De-friended”.
It basically means someone has to resent you so much (usually an ex-girlfriend) that they actually take the time to remove you, rather then just leaving you sit with their thousands of other “aquantinces”.
Well the other reason is that they don’t want you to be able to see what they say and who they talk to (possibly talking about YOU or dating your best friend now!) It’s the only way to stay anonymous so you defriend them so they can’t still eavesdrop on your online life.
There are privacy settings so you can remain friends with people, but they can only see what you want them to see. I use that for my family and a few choice people, also an ex-gf or two.
Be wary of your privacy settings if you’re in the job market. My brother told me his boss has asked him to bring up the facebook pages of people he is networked with if they apply or have an interview.
has anyone actually quit facebook? I’m quite keen to get off it, but i don’t want to lose touch with friends made overseas. Some of my friends from here (home) have ragequit facebook, and i’m tempted to join them. I’m starting to hate it.
I have like 450 friends, but i just spend so much time on there, it’s really changing my view of the world and affecting my life.