There are so many articles and blog posts about the people you don’t need in your life. They talk about the people who annoy you, who make you want to stab yourself in the eye or question the future of the human race. I haven’t come across many though that talk about the awesome people in your life, well your Facebook life anyway.
Sure, those annoying, misinformed and sometimes downright stupid people on our Facebook feed make for good comedic relief. However what about the people who add to our lives, who we enjoy seeing pop up in our news feed? Here’s my list of the people you need on your Facebook friends list.
The person who challenges your thinking.
I have learned so much from the variety of people on my facebook feed. I have read articles that made me rethink beliefs I held, articles that have made me cry and articles that helped me to believe that the world isn’t all that bad. I don’t always agree with the things I see on my timeline, but it’s always interesting to read the conversation it brings up.
The person who always likes and comments on your stuff.
Be honest, we all like someone to boost our ego. It’s nice to know that someone is thinking of you enough to comment on the things you post.
The person with connections.
We all have that Facebook friend who seems to know someone who knows someone who can answer your question. The beauty of online friendships too is that we have connections with people we might not have otherwise met.
The person with witty, hilarious updates and comments.
I’m friends with Hugzilla. Not only is she hilarious herself, but she also has hilarious friends. For someone who resisted Facebook for so long, damn she knows how to work it!
This one is a fine line. If they are posting 20 inspirational memes every hour then I am going to get annoyed really quickly. However it’s the people who are going about their day, celebrating their wins and making their goals that give me the feel good fuzzies. I love that Facebook lets me share in those wins with them. I have seen friends turn their health around, get that job they were hoping for, fall pregnant, get married and find their love. It’s really amazing.
I do think that sometimes we focus too much on the negatives of social media, but it’s also important to remember the positives too. It hasn’t killed the art of conversation, it has simply expanded the boundaries. Plus a place to share funny cat videos can’t be all that bad.
Who do you need in your Facebook timeline?
Linking up with Jess for IBOT.
That’s a really good guide!
I’ve still been contemplating culling my friends list. Now I’ve got a guide to help me decide!
(And I’ve written a sentence of poetry in the process).
Yes, I need all of the above, especially the funny. People who aren’t even trying to be funny, but ARE funny are the best!!
This is a great list! I am pretty sure I have at least one of each of these people on my list, going to have a look again now. I love to be challenged in the way I think, it teaches me so much.xx
I am not on Facebook much at all. I rarely scroll through my feed. I mostly post and run. I don’t have the time or interest to hover there. I guess that’s six kids though!
Yes, I love having these people as Facebook friends too. I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook as I used to but, I do enjoy following friends and blogs that encourage, uplift, are funny and will challenge my thinking.
I think Facebook cops a bad rap a lot of the time. But it’s actually a nice place to hang out if you use it for good and not evil :).
Like First Date recap threads.
I need a certain person in my Facebook feed to use some kind of interest filter. It is not necessary to have SIX seperate status updates about your daughter turning five!
OMG BAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA!! As I started reading this I was literally being all smart-arse in my head going “I better be on this list”. AND THERE I WAS. Dying! BAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA!
Love it. Facebook cops a bad rap a lot of the time, but we’d all be lost without it!
I need all the funny on my facebook feed!
I really like this Tegan! I hadn’t ever really considered things from this angle.
I think it’s really important to have those friends who challenge your thinking just be sharing what they think. You may disagree but it’s god to see the world from someone else’s perspective.
I love this. I want to cull my friends list I am totally basing the cull on this!
So true! Definitely there’s some FB friends you need…. and some you don’t! The inspo and fitspo obsessed are tough to navigate- a little here and there are ok, but when you tip into overkill zone then…. meh. Imma gonna drink my wine and scroll right by. And everybody needs a Hugzy in their feed ha ha.
I like having quite a few funny people on my friends list. I’m one who likes goofy things and laughing , so I need a double dose of funny!
I definitely agree with number 1. It’s good to always be thinking, especially while mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. (:
Yep! All of the above.
I like it! More good guides are needed.
Yes, I totally agree! I like to have friends who make me laugh and inspire me.
All of the above. And for those of us with Facebook pages (as most bloggers do), there is nothing like having a bonafide fan – even more so if it’s somebody you don’t know – that LOVES everything you post, comments and shares often!