Piers Fawkes: How I Became A Born Again Facebooker, By Deleting My Mother & 1,500 Friends
How PSFK founder spent days removing everyone I knew - so his future web experience would be improved.
I guess that I started off using Facebook the wrong way, or at least I seemed to use it a different way than most folks did. Facebook emerged as I was growing my business and as an early adopter I saw it as a channel to share links to PSFK articles. As I did this I accepted as many friends as I could so I could hit them with updates about PSFK.
As a tool to get traffic it worked pretty well at the beginning. There was no algorithm managing what was landing in people’s feeds then. But as a result, people I actually knew started to send me friend requests — old school buddies, work mates from early jobs, cousins of my wife. I added them all as friends building my list to over 1,600 people.