National Unfriend Day timeline
- November 17, 2010
Kimmel declares the holiday of holidays - a king's holiday!
Jimmy Kimmel declares this day to be National Unfriend Day. Too many people on too many networks sharing and posting too many things. Cleanse the feed, free your mind.
- October 2010
Instagram makes you jealous of your friends
Instagram becomes a platform where users can follow each other and share pictures of what will eventually become their perfect lives.
- March 2006
Twitter shows up to put the news cycle in warp speed
Jack Dorsey created Twitter, a way for users to post whatever they want (in 140 characters or less) in real time. The velocity of information hits light speed.
- February 2004
Facebook comes around to change everything
Somewhere in a dorm room in Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook and, pretty much, changed everything about the way we communicate online.
- August 1, 2003
Myspace is here for all your friend group ranking needs
Myspace is when social networks crawled out of the primordial soup of web 1.0 and became what we, basically, know today. Who was in your top eight?
- March 1999
Livejournal comes by to turn self-publishing into social networking
And everyone decided to publish their bad poetry and emo ramblings about young love and teenage heartbreak. The beginning of following and unfollowing friends online basically starts here.
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Find what matters
Here is an exercise for you: review your friends one by one and figure out who really matters to you. Do you really need to stay in touch with your lab partner from 10th grade? It may be hard to cut them loose but you will feel better overtime. Remember what they say, quality over quantity.
Connect with your friends in real life
Unplug from your virtual world and invite your friends over for a cup of coffee or to watch a movie. Focus on the people that you make you happy in person, rather than those that only "like" your posts online. These are your true friends and these are the relationships that will last longer overtime.
Move them to LinkedIn
Most of us have blurred the lined between personal and business connections by befriending people on Instagram and Facebook. If you are not comfortable with completely deleting your business connections, then simply reestablish your friendship through a professional platform like, Linkedin.
Why We Love National Unfriend Day
How many friends do you currently have? Do you keep in touch with all of them? Do you really need to stay in contact with them? It is common for friend lists to grow out of control –– trust us, we all do it. So If the answer to the last question is no, then take a few moments to start from scratch by deleting anyone that you haven't talked to in the last year.
No more Drama
Do you have friends that over share? Or possibly air out their dirty laundry online? Think to yourself, do I really need to stay updated with this person's daily affairs? Life will naturally hand you a variety of your own problems, so don't let anyone else's issues consume you. Hit delete and free yourself!
Emails, texts, news alerts, Facebook notifications, Twitter mentions, Instagram likes. It's hard not to look at your phone without seeing a million little red numbers begging for your attention and competing with the actual world right in front of you. By unfriending on your platforms, you can reduce the amount of time you need to spend checking apps and more time spent being in the moment and clearing your own head with what (and who) you actually need to focus on.
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