Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Recently, I was reading a blog written by Eco Girl. She posted a video by Jimmy Kimmel in which he was asking for our help.

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 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"?


  1. i hear you...according to my FB account i have roughly 600 friends...of which i have recieved calls from maybe 5 in the last 6 months...

  2. true friends are different from visual friends, there are conditions...
    lovely discussions.
    Happy Wednesday!

  3. I'm not a fan of FB...oh...I've tried it...and so many people I haven't seen as far back as high school started friending me. It was the most superficial experience I've ever had. Just short quips about what someone was up to or not up to...but at a very surface level....and as you know, I go much deeper than that when I find friends...and I value those relationships at that deeper level. I found on my experience with FB that I want more than surface relationships with people....and a lot just aren't ready for that...and for them FB is great. Blogging is for me...we share our lives on such a personal level here. We genuinely want to share of ourselves and those we find along the way. Many I know that do FB use it for promoting or networking their line of work. I think I'll stick to blogging.


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