I got a little delete happy on my Facebook last night. I gave some good long thinking before "trimming my herd" as to what I wanted my Facebook page to be.
I use it for my blog page and Barrett's Blankets and to share my crochet items. Mostly, I use my personal page to connect with friends and family that do not live near me and even my friends that do live just a few minutes a way. Yes, I really use it for that. So many people are like "You don't need Facebook, you could call them!". Yes, I could. But I personally want to be able to keep up with photos of my friends kids and other things without them having to text me every single one and blow up my phone. I feel quite sure that the feelings are mutual. I also use it to connect with other moms with similar interests and in similar walks of life and have met some amazing people through it. So, I will not be deleting my Facebook.
With that being said, my page mostly revolves around my kids. And I got to scrolling through and looking at some of the people on my friends list and I thought..."When is the last time I even spoke to this person?"...and even further "Why do they need to know what is going on in mine and my kids' lives?". And the answers were "Too long to count" and "They don't".
I love Facebook. I won't deny that--ha! BUT I have to admit that sometimes when I am in the grocery store and someone I haven't seen or spoken to says "I love seeing pictures of the girls!" it kind of creeps me out. (Not EVERYONE that does this...I'm talking people that I didn't even remember being "friends" with on Facebook).
So I started deleting those people. Then more and more and more. Over 400 gone. That number is shocking to me. FOUR HUNDRED people that could get on my page that I don't even talk to anymore. I dwindled my Facebook down to my actual "friends" instead of acquaintances.
I've posted before, and I will say it again, that Facebook has some awesome potential for great things. But it bothers me to hear "Did you see what so and so posted on Facebook??? OMG!". If we are friends with someone on Facebook just to keep up with the latest gossip or drama, that's not a friend. That's an acquaintance and there is a HUGE difference. On the other end of that, be cautious in who you add on Facebook. If that is something you hear out of their mouth often, do you want them on your page? Again, I'll be honest...it's something I've been on both sides of and want no part of anymore.
This post is more rambling than anything, but I guess my point was to encourage you to look at your "friends" on Facebook and decide if they are a real friend that you want to know the details you post. 400 was a huge eye opener for me.