Every day I jump onto Facebook for my work, but honestly, I never use it as it was intended. If you send me a message or like my status, I might engage, but I never reach out to folks. My stream is full of interesting content about people I don't know enough to care about. I know that sounds rude, but there's really only so much room in your life for connections. I have a little over 700 friends and I think that's about 500 too many.
I've been considering paring down for some time, not because I think my connections aren't cool, but because I'm missing out on things like my family's birthday notifications and friends' graduations. Not long ago I found out that one of my best friends had a son who was having brain surgery. Apparently he'd had a condition for some time, but I'd never seen her mention it because I have too many connections.
Alicia Eler wrote about the overload of Facebook friends today, and she noted that many of us are seeing Facebook become something different than what it was intended to be. In some ways, the changes are quite interesting, but not helpful if you want to be able to see important items from close friends and family.
How Many Facebook Friends Do You Have? Are You Planning to Cut Back?