At the recent and wonderful Podcamp Halifax, the first session that I attended was Joel Kelly’s “Unfriend Someone Today”, which was all about pruning and managing the people who you count amongst your friends (online). There was a great discussion and I kept thinking about the number of people I follow on Twitter and how I add (or remove) friends with various social networking services. It also was strange to see many people in person who I follow on Twitter, but I hadn’t met in person.
I’m most stingy about following people on Twitter and more open in following people on Flickr, and Facebook is somewhere in the middle. With the social networks where I have fewer friends, I’ll check in on them several times a day, where I’m not so picky it will be every few days or longer before I check in.