My friend Julie blogged about Facebook recently, in her blog post titled Facebook Reality. In her blog post, she said that even though she has all of these "friends" on Facebook the majority of the time she still ends up feeling lonely. I agree. I have 265 friends on Facebook, that is 20 less than I had 20 mins ago, but it's still a lot of friends. Out of all of my 265 friends, I probably only interact with 20, maybe 25, of them on a regular basis.
I am really glad that Facebook is around because it has helped me find some friends that I never thought I would ever get to talk to again. But at the same time, Julie's post made me start thinking about how I should really classify "friends" on Facebook. Are my FB friends really people who I consider to be my friends, are they just acquaintances, are they people I have ever met or are they someone that I even really like at all?
The truth of the matter is that I think for a while I got caught up in trying to see how many friends I could have on Facebook. In the end, I ended up adding a bunch of people that I don't really consider to be my friends. I just went in to my friends on Facebook and deleted 20 people that I don't consider to be my friends. They were people that I really don't know, or who I feel don't know me, people who are never online, and people I have never talked to in the whole time they've been my Facebook "Friends".
I think there are still a few people on my Friends list that really shouldn't be there but I am torn. I struggle with what people will think if I suddenly don't appear on their list. I know it's kinda pathetic but I don't really want to alienate people. At the same time, I don't want to be that two-faced friend either making people believe that I am a friend when I don't really consider them a friend at all.
So tell me, those of you who are on Facebook, how do you decide which people to add as a friend and which people to ignore?
P.S. To those of you who are my friends on Facebook, don't worry. If you consider me to be your friend, chances are I think you are a pretty good friend too. :)