A friend of mine recently did something pretty bold: He "fired" a bunch of social-networking "friends" on Facebook.
And this wasn't a silently dropping people in the same way you slip out the back door of a boring party -- he announced it outright.
On top of that, he updated his status to indicate his progress -- which in and of itself was revealing to what you could call the "survivors" -- I admit that suddenly Facebook became more interesting only in the sense that I wanted to follow the unfolding drama -- would I stop getting updates? Would I have to look him up again to see the carnage, knowing that if I did, I would be one of the bodies.
And speaking of bodies, there's an old joke about friends and real friends.
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.
This morning when I checked, I had received the "made it to 50!" status update which meant I was still on the team.
This is today's Big Idea: Publicly declaring who your important friends are -- in other words, discerning among people who are merely acquaintances.
What do you think?
(Kudo's to Daniel, we now have added the Category "Networking" to the Big Idea Blog)
I understand why Facebook chose to define only one category of relationship - 'friend' - to avoid all the hassles of trying to classify people as acquaintances, co-workers, significant others, relatives, etc. and not piss somebody off in the process.
I do wonder whether there's an all-inclusive term that would work better. "People I know" just doesn't adequate.