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Do you regret a past unfriending?

on December 1, 2010

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Robert December 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm

No! I do not regret unfriending people. My spell check doesn't even like me to use the word 'unfriending'. The reason I do it is because I am a professional magician and I am the brand. So, I am careful to keep everything I post and everything that is posted on my facebook 'positive'. When someone writes something (even out of jest) that could lose me business, I unfriend and block them. I block them to avoid public discussions about why I don't want 'negative' ideas associated with my brand. As I write this, I don't even like have the 'n' word in my previous sentence near my brand because some google search somewhere sometime will group them together…

facebook-422553 December 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I don't unfriend unless I want to completely purge the person from my life — and I have never regretted doing so. In fact, I find it helpful when getting over a toxic relationship to have no reminders — or as few as possible — of the person's existence. For less egregious behavior, I just hide their posts on Facebook, but keep them as “friends” — just people whose activity, or postings, I find boring or annoying, but whom I don't actively unfriend.

Level Headed December 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I purge about once a year. Mostly I dump people that I don't recall who they are or why we friended in the first place.

But always check their profile before you unfriend them. You never know, they may be a valuable contact one day.

suba suba June 11, 2020 at 4:32 am

It as hard to come by experienced people for this subject, but you sound like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

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