How to Clean Up Your Facebook Friend List
Facebook unfriending is easiest to do through the mobile app.
CREDIT: Facebook: Dylan Empey
Is it time to clean up your Facebook friends list? Facebook thinks so, and has been posting messages on users' pages encouraging them to organize their friends.
The average Facebook user has 245 friends, according to Pew Research, which could represent more friends than you have time to keep up with. A few years ago, you may have succumbed to adding every person you'd ever met in an effort to increase your friend count, but now you look at your feed and wonder, "Who is that?"
Facebook lets you "unfriend" contacts, but also offers less harsh methods to whittle your news feed down to those who are most important to you.
First, a simple technique to unfriend. With its single post feed, mobile may be the best place for this task. As you're scrolling through your news feed on your phone, and see someone you'd like to remove, tap the name to go to the person's profile, tap "friends" located under the profile picture, and simply tap the big button "Unfriend."
Will people know you've unfriended them? Facebook does not send unfriend notifications, but the unfriended may notice that your posts no longer appear in their feed. (And don't get duped by scammers promising apps to tell you who has unfriended you. Read also: Facebook Users Fall for Stalker Scams More Than Sex Scams )
Alternatives to unfriending
If you're worried you might offend contacts by unfriending them , you have several alternatives that won't be noticed by others.
The simplest thing to do is prevent a friend's updates from showing on your news feed, an option available on the Web version and on the Android app. Go to the person's profile and click the "Friend" button that appears on the cover photo to open a dropdown menu. Just uncheck the "show in news feed" option.
Facebook also offers lists, which are found in the same dropdown menu and on mobile along with "Unfriend." If you change a friend's category from "Close Friends" to "Acquaintances," you'll see fewer posts in your news feed.
There may be times when you want to see a friend's updates, but you don't want them to see yours, such as in the case of a nosy boss . You may mark a contact as "Restricted," regardless of the list they're on.
When you use the "Restricted" designation, that person will only be able to see posts that you make public or posts that you tag them in. The setting does not change the posts that you see from restricted friends.
Unfriending is not the same as blocking a Facebook user. Someone who has been unfriended can send a friend request to you in the future. However, when you block someone, they will not be able to access your profile or send you a message. If you decide to make up, you'll have to unblock that person before sending a new friend request. You can control blocking settings Facebook's Web interface.