I discovered today that I have been the recipient of the ultimate social networking snub – someone who was previously my Facebook ‘friend’ has removed me from his roster.
I found this out by total accident, when I saw this person’s name in a list of someone else’s friends and it told me I could ‘Add to friends’.
Clearly, this person isn’t one of my bestest pals ever – in fact, I simply used to work with this person and, as with most work colleagues, added him automatically.
Now, he’s obviously decided, given that we no longer work together, to remove me from his list.
I’m not quite sure how to take this – obviously, I could feel distressed and look into my soul to try to work out what I could have done to offend him.
Then again, given that I always thought he was a bit weird, I think I’m more likely to take the view that it’s no big deal.
From a wider perspective, though, this could well be the new way to ‘dump’ a friend. Forget all the hard work of not taking their calls, or ignoring their emails. Simple remove them on Facebook. That way, you don’t have to put up with their inane (and yes, I include my own witterings) updates and what they’ve added or taken away.
Of course, you could of course, simply block their updates and keep them in your list of friends. That’s possibly a far moer underhand, but less contentious move.