Jimmy Kimmel has proclaimed November 17 as National UnFriend Day (NUD). That’s the day you’re supposed to take a look at your 673 Facebook friends, and then unfriend all of them you wouldn’t recognize on the street, have absolutely no clue as to who they are, or most important, wouldn’t help you move this weekend.
Jimmy’s got a point, actually a pretty good one, and I agree that all of Gina-Robin-Thicke-and-Mashed-Potatoes-HOOLLERRR!!!’s Facebook friends should think about whether they can stand another one of her random and unfortunately up-to-the-minute updates appearing in their news feeds.
Even before Jimmy announced NUD, I’d been thinking about this issue a lot. On the one hand, I don’t believe in Internet privacy, so I don’t post anything on Facebook that I wouldn’t care if my mother, my boss, and 150 attendees at a CLE saw. Plus, I’ve made a lot of paralegal friends across the country via Facebook, and LinkedIn, and Twitter. I also really enjoy many of my friends’ status updates.
On the other hand, I confess I honestly don’t know some of my Facebook “friends,” and maybe Jimmy’s right, maybe we are “cheapening” friendship via Facebook. But I’d still call some of the new friendships I’ve made via Facebook infinitely precious and without price. So, maybe on November 17, I’ll just do a quick stalker check of my Facebook friend list, and then try to friend William Shatner.
Language Warning: By the way, if you didn’t get to see Bill’s hilarious take on Cee-Lo Green’s “F**ck You” on Lopez Tonight, you can see how far we’ve come from 1969 when poor Brute Force, who worked as a paralegal for a while, couldn’t get the “King of Fuh” played on the radio, even with support from The Beatles.