Proper Facebook Etiquette

#589 Unfriendly defriending. Lets call the whole thing off.

Wednesday 18th November, 2009

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Dear Mariann is it right to ‘unfriend‘ or ‘defriend‘? From those of us who read your blog in the office – we’re confused.
From TheOffice via email.

Yes, well you’ve been reading the same ‘word of the year’ nomination by the Oxford (American) dictionary as everyone else this week. Obviously they meant to nominate ‘defriend‘.

Whoever heard of ‘unfriend‘? That IS just ridiculous. And unfriendly. Besides nothing demotivates like a ‘de‘ sounding prefix.

You would not catch me ‘unfriending‘. Defriending however is all de rigeur and quite socially acceptable. If not a social necessity.

6 Responses to “#589 Unfriendly defriending. Lets call the whole thing off.”

  1. DennyC says:

    I have fat friends on facebook – I have read that if you have fat friends you too can become fat – should I unfriend or not worry?

  2. DennyC says:

    I have fat friends on facebook – I have read that if you have fat friends you too can become fat – should I unfriend or not worry?

  3. JapanGirl says:

    Dear Dr Mariann,
    I am a Japanese student and I would like to know if you think the manners are different for Japanese people? Have you done research on this topic as I think it would be very interesting? Thank you

  4. Twit Twoo says:

    If you defriended on Facebook is there an equivalent for Twitter and do the same or different rules apply?

  5. OddJack says:

    I think it is rude if I get defriended and I think it marks the end of any relationship with that person. But is this right? What I mean is a old a school friend who are on my list but I may never see again defriended me because he emailed me that he had too big a network and was going to keep a small but close one on Facebook. That is fine with me but got me thinking about if I should manage my contacts in that sort of way?

  6. JulieD says:

    Would it be right or politic to unfriend :) my boss…..or should I just make a new ID?

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