This November 17th, Kimmel is asking Facebook members to participate in the first National Unfriend Day (NUD). Participating could not be easier. Simply trim the "friend fat" by reducing the amount of friends or contacts in your Facebook account.
The article that I found on Examiner.com says: "take a good hard look at your friends list. Are those people really your friends or are you just trying to get as many "friends" as humanly possible? Kimmel is asking people to think about what friendship really means. Would those 250 Facebook "friends" lend you money in a pinch? Would they house-sit your three cats and two dogs for a couple of weeks? Would they help you move in the dead of winter or during a rainstorm?"
Good question! I don't have a Facebook account so I can't "unfriend" anyone but my daughters do and they have already been "unfriended". I'm sure if I had a Facebook account my name would have been wiped out a long time ago. But, fortunately, I don't have to worry about that. I know who my friends are. I don't need a Facebook account to let me know that. And the funny thing about those Facebook accounts is (from what I have noticed) that the owners put up restrictions on who can look at their personal information anyway. So, what's the meaning of that anyway? It sounds so conditional, as in: I'll let you view my information if and when you request to be added to my account and if I decide that I want to add you as a friend and share my information with you.
I know that this is just a prank that Kimmel is doing but there does seem to be some thread of truth to what he is saying. I think that I will retain my view of what it takes to be a good friend. It has worked for me most of my life. And I won't be joining Facebook any time soon. I would rather pick up the phone, write an email when I don't have the time for a phone call or a hand-written letter, or if I do have the time, write a short note or letter. There is nothing like a hand-written note or letter in a person's own handwriting. It is becoming a lost art I'm afraid. Witness the loss of revenue experienced by the Post Office this last year from a lack of postage being procured.
I wonder how many "friends" Kimmel has on Facebook? And how would he go about deciding who to "unfriend"?