Do You Need To Reset Your Facebook Friends List?

Some Facebook friendships represent true relationships, others, flash-in-the-pan connections. i

Some Facebook friendships represent true relationships, others, flash-in-the-pan connections. _Lisa_Marie_/Flickr hide caption

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Some Facebook friendships represent true relationships, others, flash-in-the-pan connections.

Some Facebook friendships represent true relationships, others, flash-in-the-pan connections.

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Recently, a Facebook friend of mine became unhappy with some of her online friends. So she began a process of shifting to a new account, under a slightly different version of her name, and only the people who could be counted on not to start drama were invited to her new profile.

Steven Levy thinks it's time for all of us to go through that process, and that Facebook can — and should — facilitate it.

On a designated day, everybody's friend list is reset to zero. This goes beyond efforts like National Unfriend Day. I'm suggesting Facebook let us wipe the slate totally clean and start over. Then we can refill the coordinates of our respective social graphs only with appropriate people.

The day — and he proposes July 4 — would allow us to adjust our criteria for accepting and making friends, and free us from the "temporary connections that have become eternal social millstones and to link instead to our true compatriots." What do you think? Time to hit reset?

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