What is a Friend?

One of the things I’m trying to do for the new year is reduce increase my signal to noise ratio. Facebook and Twitter both can end up having a lot of noise and very little signal. The problem with reducing this ratio on Facebook is that you end up having to decide who you want to keep as your “friends.”

I really hate Facebook’s decision to use the term friend because they cause us to view everyone as friends, even though in most cases they are acquaintances and in many cases we don’t even know them. So in order to reduce my friends, I had to start categorizing them and using those categories to determine who to keep and who to drop.

So in the same spirit as Stuff Christians Like (a great satire site), here are seven categories of people you are friends with on Facebook that aren’t actually friends.