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Don't Unfriend Me, Bro

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Last week CNN Tech wrote an article about how to deal with a friend “unfriending” you on a social network, such as Facebook or Twitter. Do you confront them, or just deal with it and move on with your life? Lamarr decided to discuss his own take on this article for this week’s video with us.

The article deals with a person writing in and asking how to handle an uncomfortable “real-life” situation. The person had a casual friend who suddenly removed them on Facebook. The writer was seemingly confused at the removal, and wondering how to handle future social situations when the two met. Brenna and Andrea were quick to point out that the original poster wasn’t all that innocent: people don’t remove others without a reason. This is why so many people grit their teeth and bear their worst enemies online. We simply don’t like the fallout that comes with removing someone from our social circle.

Lamarr has a bit of a different take on things. He is quite tired of people having someone throw a fit, cry or be heartbroken when someone unfollows them. He also feels it’s extremely rude to then confront the person about it. People get tired of reading certain status updates after a while. You may be a great person in real life. That doesn’t necessarily mean you post updates which are interesting to every single person in your social circle.

We only have so much time in each day. If you’re posting hundreds of inane “updates” per day, who the heck is going to have time to read them all? Do YOU want your Twitter feed or Facebook wall taken over by one person? Of course you don’t. You want to see what everyone is up to.

Are you someone who comes unglued if a person dares to unfollow you? Would you confront them about it – or just let it go?

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Do You Follow the Right People on Twitter?

Finally, a service has emerged that will help us manage who we follow on Twitter more effectively. ManageTwitter lets you know which of the Twitter users you follow aren’t following you back, who is inactive, who is talking too much, and who is not. All of these are excellent ways to help you decide if each person is really someone you want to spend your time following or not.

Unfollowing a user is as easy as selecting their name and clicking the “unfollow” button. Best of all, you can unfollow several people at once! Hovering the mouse over any user will give you more information about them, including how often they tweet every day. You can also sort the various ManageTwitter fields into categories, such as by name or location.

There are a ton of services out there to tell you who you should follow on Twitter. There are services – and clients – that will help you manage your Twitter stream. There are even applications that will help you search for others you may be interested in getting to know. But until now, there wasn’t a single thing out there to help you learn who NOT to follow.

Knowing which noise to keep out of your stream is just as important as the things you DO read. Why bother cluttering your mind up with useless information or by reading inane comments written by those who don’t add anything of value to your life? Toxic people and relationships should also be avoided on social networks, just as in real life encounters.

It’s all about who you surround yourself with – even on Twitter. Your total number of followers honestly doesn’t matter all that much, people. The quality of your followers counts for everything. Period.

Thanks to ManageTwitter, I have a feeling the list of people I follow may be shrinking in the very near future.

Word of the Year: Unfriend

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Apparently, I was on Good Morning America today – and I didn’t even know it! They decided that the word of the year is “unfriend”. And, they decided to use a picture of me to demonstrate it!

The folks on the show didn’t even bother to give my name, or ask people to follow me on Twitter! How rude is that?! Why am I the mascot for the word unfriend?! I may have unfollowed everyone at one point, but that was only so I could start over! If you look – I’m again following a truckload of people!

I’m sick right now, yes. But this… this is just twisted!

[awsbullet:word brain game]

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