Jimmy Kimmel declares "national unfriend day" on Facebook

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Jimmy Kimmel, a late night ABC host, ended his "national unfriend day", where Internet users would look through their Facebook friends and unfriend anyone they were no longer friends with.

The day is pretty self explanatory, but Jimmy Kimmel hopes that Facebook users would take the time to sit down and go through their friends list, unfriending people they are no longer friends with. The late night talk show host announced the event earlier this month and kicked off the ending celebrations tonight on national television.

The late night talk show host is known for starting catchy Internet trends including the "double rainbow" guy, numerous Lost parodies and even starred in the Call of Duty: Black Ops commercial. Kimmel announced that he wanted everyone to "trim their friend fat" on Facebook, removing friends you were no longer friends with.

The Internet trend started off as part of his late night talk show, but it quickly caught on to Twitter under the #nationalunfriendday hashtag, and was even featured on national television.

Facebook has not responded to the event, nor have they announced, and likely never will, any significant changes in friends on the social networking website.

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Jimmy Kimmel has been irrelevant since The Man Show. I don't take anything he says seriously, especially when it comes to social crap.

lol i saw this on tv, it was funny, but serious...one of the guys commercials is like "they arent your friends..............................(pause)...............................Thats it"

I just put people in a Limited Profile view just in case they have a reason to speak to me later.
They can post on my wall, talk on Chat, but they can't see pix or work info, status updates or anything like that.

Did this last week, but nice idea all the same.
It's fascinating how many people get in touch with you when they think they're about to be deleted! lol

phatphunky said,

what's Facebook?

3 smart people right above my post!!

I don't have one either and never will!!
I KNOW the REAL street addresses AND phone numbers and REALLY talk to my friends!!

cork1958 said,

3 smart people right above my post!!

I don't have one either and never will!!
I KNOW the REAL street addresses AND phone numbers and REALLY talk to my friends!!

Haha yall remind me of the people who refuse to use debit cards. They're usually old and hold their checkbooks close to their hearts.

You realise it's a joke right? What he says makes total sense but he's not making deals with card companies to get 'Unfriend day' cards made...it's just a joke!

i don't see how people have hundreds of friends on facebook, how many of those people do you keep in touch with off of facebook monthly?

Gabe3 said,
i don't see how people have hundreds of friends on facebook, how many of those people do you keep in touch with off of facebook monthly?

For a lot of people that's the point... you connect on Facebook so you *can* keep in touch easily (whereas otherwise you'd be forced to forget about them)

I have some 70 friends... I don't see why some people have 300+, it's not like they keep in touch with all of them.

Twisp said,
I have some 70 friends... I don't see why some people have 300+, it's not like they keep in touch with all of them.

How long have you been on Facebook? 300 is a distant past for me

Edrick Smith said,
Still sitting at 750 so either my freinds didn't get the memo or I'm just that popular =O

You seriously have 750 friends? What do you classify as a "friend"? I have about 150, and I usually do a clear out every year to remove any people I don't have any intention of speaking to again for whatever reason. I've probably removed 200 friends from my friends list since starting as a FB user, and of that 200, only 1 has ever called me out on it.

Majesticmerc said,

You seriously have 750 friends? What do you classify as a "friend"? I have about 150, and I usually do a clear out every year to remove any people I don't have any intention of speaking to again for whatever reason. I've probably removed 200 friends from my friends list since starting as a FB user, and of that 200, only 1 has ever called me out on it.

In reality a good portion of the people I do know, a lesser portion of those people are ones I talk to all the time. I meet a lot of people in the work I do and knew a lot of people from High School and the two colleges I went to. So that's where they mostly come from.

Luis Miguel Rivera said,
I unfriended roughly 40 of my so called friends today, still got a s***load

LOL i unfriended 200 of about 700 friends i had... im on +500 now

figgy said,
No Jimmy! My Facebook Friend count is like a status symbol for me.

I've actually seen this used in a comment between 2 teenage girls I know (one a relation hence a friend, the other her friend), they were bitching between each other and 'well look how many facebook friends I have then, well more than you' cropped up, I had to leave a message explaining that in the good old days friends had bodies, and you could meet them and do all kinds of stuff with them, not just see them as a number on a list - kinda went over their heads and I got called a geek!

Kids ey?

duddit2 said,

I've actually seen this used in a comment between 2 teenage girls I know (one a relation hence a friend, the other her friend), they were bitching between each other and 'well look how many facebook friends I have then, well more than you' cropped up, I had to leave a message explaining that in the good old days friends had bodies, and you could meet them and do all kinds of stuff with them, not just see them as a number on a list - kinda went over their heads and I got called a geek!

Kids ey?

back in my day a geek was someone who had friends with no bodies *lol*

duddit2 said,

I've actually seen this used in a comment between 2 teenage girls I know (one a relation hence a friend, the other her friend), they were bitching between each other and 'well look how many facebook friends I have then, well more than you' cropped up, I had to leave a message explaining that in the good old days friends had bodies, and you could meet them and do all kinds of stuff with them, not just see them as a number on a list - kinda went over their heads and I got called a geek!

Kids ey?


What kinda things???

midtx350z_RT said,
I didn't know about this day... but I did clean out my friends list about two months ago.
Keeping a closeknit group of friends on Facebook simply makes it easier for Facebook to show you and your friends and your unfriended friends more targeted ads. You're just playing into their hands. Jimmy gets paid to do **** like this from twitter, Facebook, Google,Microsoft, etc. big guns.

Read about Rapleaf.com to learn more about what they do. Facebook et al do it silently.