6 Ways To Get 'Unfriended' On Facebook
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6 Ways To Get 'Unfriended' On Facebook

Why did my Facebook friend defriend me? Was it your religious or political opinions that send your friend packing? Or, did you post too much about what you ate for breakfast? Find out six of the most common reasons why Facebook users unfriend, defriend or delete friends and how to avoid these mistakes in posting or commenting on the social networking site.

Bringing this many personalities together in one space doesn’t always go off without a hitch.  Whether you call it unfriending, defriending or deleting a friend – it happens frequently in the world of Facebook.  You log onto Facebook and notice a friend that was there yesterday is missing.  What happened?  Did they delete their account, or did they – gasp – unfriend you?  If they unfriended you, then why?  What was their reasoning?  Did you offend them?  You may never know.  You might even never figure out who left your list of friends.  

There are numerous reasons why someone chooses to unfriend a person on Facebook.  Here are six possible ways to get someone to unfriend you:

  1. Political posts – Political opinions are often very personal, especially during an election year.  When the candidate you support comes under fire from a Facebook friend, tempers flare.  If it’s not the link or status update itself that offends you, it may be the comments below the initial post.  Comment stream after comment stream turns happy friends into arguing enemies in a hurry.
  2. Religious posts – If you thought someone was passionate about their choice of who fills a political office, try posting your religious views.  Even folks within similar lines of faith attack each other over various philosophical or spiritual posts.
  3. Too many trivial posts – Face it.  Most people really don’t need to know your every move.  What you had for breakfast may be interesting if it is posted every once in a while.  However, no one needs to know every morsel of mundane trivia in your life.
  4. Posting too frequently – The fastest way to appear bored, or as if you truly do need to get out of the house more, is to post every few seconds or several times an hour.  Of course, there is the occasion when there’s just rapid thoughts coming to your mind that you want to share.  This will most likely be forgiven.  It’s the posting Facebooker who continuously posts every random thought that enters his head that others may become irritated with as these posts clutter up your news feed.
  5. Salesman posts – People want to know what you do for a living and what you are selling.  However, most don’t want to only see posts that invoke something they have to take action on or reach into their wallets for.  Using Facebook as a social networking tool to sell your product or written articles can be very helpful if you mix your selling posts with actual interesting personal posts or plop all of your business-related posts onto a separate Facebook fan page.  It’s a fine line as to how much to mix business with pleasure.
  6. Critical, Mean Spirited Comments – You may be the kind of Facebook user who never even posts a status update, but rather comments constantly on the posts of others.  If your comments are never encouraging or complimentary, your friends may start to get offended.  This is especially true when all your comments do is stir up controversy or enrage other friends.

Don’t let this list frighten you, however.  Many users of Facebook are tolerant of the opinions of others.  Some even enjoy a good heated argument from time to time.  The key seems to be just that – “from time to time”.  Quite often the first offense if overlooked.  It is the Facebook user who posts consistently offensive posts that can expect to lose friends along the way.  

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Comments (2)

Not a FB fan but I can see how people will be "unfriended" according to your article.

Great article Tere. 

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