So many contacts. So little time.

CrowdIt’s people clutter, contact clutter…a digital throng.

I have 966 “friends” on Facebook. At one point I had over 1000. Compared to folks with over 4K I guess that’s kinda small. I started unfriending folks with the intent of reducing the number to 400. I decided, recently, that even that is too many people. You can only cut contacts one at a time. There is no bulk action. Facebook wants you to build that pile of 4-5,000 contacts so they can hit them up with ads and other junk.

The ice-aged slowness of the standard Facebook friend-removal process being what it is, I opened a new account and I am adding people from my old one. I plan to stop at around 300. That should cover people I know plus closer internet acquaintances. The rest are mostly folks who, other than a couple of Facebook database entries, I don’t know at all.

But they haven’t done anything!!!

No. They haven’t. No one I’m excluding has “done anything.” It’s not personal. It’s a matter of numbers. If I only know half the folks I’m friends with and many of those I have not seen since high school, I could go back to not being in contact with those who have not interacted with me other than accepting a friend request. I am also guilty of not interacting. Part of the problem is the amount of traffic that one thousand people generate in one day of a news feed. Think about that and then multiply it by 5 for folks with FIVE THOUSAND “friends.” I am not watching the thing all day long and I may not have seen the new pics of you and your new fur-kid, Mr. Puggins.

I’ll keep the other account active for a while and see if anyone I’ve not added to the new one notices my absence or lack of activity. Then at some point I’ll deactivate it as that appears to be the only way to close a Facebook account.


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