Whether you like it or not, Facebook is becoming a part of everyday life–personal and business. Even my last few friends who insisted they would never join the social media revolution are slowly giving in. Why? Because it’s an easy way to keep in touch with people without actually having to talk to them or put out any real effort. And it’s also a great way to acquire news.

Having said that, with so many people joining, I’m finding my friends list getting way too long for its own good. So I’ve been trying to do some pre-spring cleaning. How am I deciding who gets the axe? Well, I’m looking for people who:

1.       Constantly complain—I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy. And as most of my friends can attest, I’m pretty much content in all aspects of my life (except I’d love to be rich—but who wouldn’t?). Having said that, I absolutely abhor when people bitch and moan on Facebook. Now make no mistake, I’ve had a few negative status updates in the past. But they’re few and far between. And being that I am generally positive, when I do update to complain about something…well, it matters a bit more as opposed to someone who is just a Negative Nelly. Newsflash, your life isn’t that bad. But mine is because I have to read your constant crap.

2.       Give soapbox status updates—I have one friend that I keep on my list only because she’s an old friend. But every time I see her updates, I cringe. Why? Well, they’re always a page or two long. And they’re always about whatever cause she has decided to take on for the day. Could be a certain candidate, a political issue, a news story, or whatever. The messed up thing is, even if I agree with what she has to say, after reading her rants it makes me want to change my stance—just to spite her.

3.       Do nothing but self-promote—In the last year, many businesses have started to view social media marketing as a legitimate part of building their brand. So along the way I’ve started liking various companies that have impacted me in one way or another. But I’m starting to regret it. Why? Because most of them post nothing but why I should go visit their place of business or send them my money. ANNOYING. I befriended you to get news on your products and…wait for it…DEALS. 

Want me to be your Facebook friend? Great, I’m all for it. Just don’t do any of the above and we’ll get along just fine.

What about you? What drives you crazy enough to push you over the edge and start unfriending?

*Stay tuned for next week when I post about all the stupid stuff I do on Facebook and Twitter that should make people unfriend and unfollow me!*