In which I talk about “National UnFriend Day” aka NUD but ask you not to Unfriend my sorry ass

November 17, 2010

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Ah Jimmy Kimmel. My favorite Late Night Show host. (Sorry darling Wicked Shawn. I know you have the super hots for the other Jimmy. Although it pangs me to disagree with you, I believe that THIS Jimmy is so much funnier as a talk show host… Well, now we won’t fight and each have our own Jimmy to jimmy with… )

My Jimmy decided to take on Facebook, the giant that just became a behemoth now that Facebook is offering a form of uber-email @Facebook.com that aims to keep all our young hooked on Facebook and never have any reason to go anywhere else. The thing with Facebook is that You and I and Jimmy are not Mark Zuckerberg’s target audience: he went straight to talk to high school students when they were designing Facebook email. This is where social media is like shopping on Rodeo Drive:

If you have to ask WHY, it is not meant for you.

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Jimmy Kimmel is trying to save Friendship (as we know it) by urging folks to unfriend friends that are not really friends on their Facebook. He calls today, November 17, the National UnFriend Day, aka NUD.

NUD is the international day when all Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out any ‘friend fat’ on their pages occupied by people who are not truly their friends.

[And more importantly] Without guilt or retribution.

In one of his tongue-in-cheek skit, Jimmy suggested this method to see who one’s real friends are: “Update your Facebook status to say, ‘I am moving this Friday and I need movers”; those who that show up are your real friends.”

The fact that I am undercover as far as this blog is concerned, that I have two Facebook accounts and I update one account a lot more often and with more candor, that I maintain two Twitter accounts and I clearly identity with the one where I am not using my real name, points to the other fact that I have a very different definition and interpretation of “friends” from what Jimmy is based on for his new holiday.

Nevertheless, hilarity (has) ensued and I have been enjoying the comedic aspect of it.

From William Shatner (of course!), Danny McBride, Dr. Oz, Lisa Kudrow (“I know friends. I used to be one.”), Wolf Blitzer,

And there is some truth to what Jimmy presented in one of his fake tirades:

All men were not created equal. Some of them are very annoying!

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The most brilliant, most awesome thing, up until now, that came out of this fake NUD holdiday is the holiday theme song by WAR, called, you guessed it, “Why can’t we UNfriend?”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vl-kYbgCsI

{ 18 comments }

Kernut the Blond November 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I also have two profiles on FB.

It’s because I’m schizophrenic.

Vodka and Ground Beef November 19, 2010 at 12:44 am

I saw this on Jimmy K. (whom I also LOVE LOVE LOVE) and I thought it was a great idea. I’m going to make a weekend out of it. I broke my leg, so this will give me time to really sit around and think about who I should unfriend. It’s a very serious process that will require alcohol and Taco Bell.
Vodka and Ground Beef´s last blog post…True Life- I Was a Phone Sex Operator

secret agent woman November 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I do FB just to keep up with family and old classmates and current real friends. I don’t need them to be on the level of helping me move and I’m careful what I say there. I use my blog for self-revelation.

(But I did recently de-friend someone who was being unfriendly to me. It felt great!)
secret agent woman´s last blog post…The lingering fall

SisterMerryHellish November 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thank you for reminding me that I need to go shut my Facebook account down completely! Who can enjoy it when (other than family and about three ACTUAL friends) everyone on my list is from work (which I hate) or family who spend all their time telling me how awesome Sarah Palin is! *shudder*
SisterMerryHellish´s last blog post…There’s A Reason I Don’t Have Super Powers

Elly Lou November 18, 2010 at 7:48 am

Days like today…or mornings after like today (I should say) I sort of wish I had two separate accounts for everything. New rule, nobody bring me a second bottle of wine without first confiscating my phone.
Elly Lou´s last blog post…Satisfied Mind

Naptimewriting November 18, 2010 at 12:57 am

I have wanted to unfriend several people for a long time. Any excuse will do. I have an hour left. I’m off to quote Jummy and tell people who *aren’t* reading my status that they are getting cut.
Naptimewriting´s last blog post…Miracle on Fourth Street

Amanda November 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Had the dual Twitter accounts for awhile, as well, but when I started turning into “Sybil” I had to choose an identity. There was a funeral and everything.

And, Facebook? I deactivate every other day…

Mice Aliling November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

There was a time I had to deactivate my FB account.
http://www.micealiling.com/2010/07/facebook-love-affair.html
It was just too much for me. Then I went back and like you, I have another account mainly for blogging 🙂
Mice Aliling´s last blog post…When I Was A Kid

Melme November 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I think I need to go the alternate facebook page route, but I don’t do multiple account management very well… There are some people I would love to unfriend, but I know they’re the type to get all feelings about it. 🙁

pattypunker November 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

fugghedabout it! social media is way more fun and honest using an alias. now that i have two facebooks and twitters, i could care less who my friends are under my real life name. i think that’s the most interesting commentary on social media: so many people were seeking and are now enjoying the freedom that comes from anonymity. what does that say about our human socialization!

and also: jimmy fallon!!!! here’s proof. jimmy doing neil young accompanied by bruce springsteen doing willow smith’s “whip my hair.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhFh-JqQuMg
pattypunker´s last blog post…bob dylan loves me

Andrea @ Shameless Agitator November 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

I have a love/hate relationship with facebook. I don’t trust them. Yet I maintain my account… It’s helped me reconnect with old friends all over the world. For that I am grateful.

Every now and then I go through my friend list and remove people. Some I don’t know or can’t remember, but we are connected because of our past volunteer work, etc.
Andrea @ Shameless Agitator´s last blog post…Equal

Tom G. November 17, 2010 at 7:20 am

I love it! I too maintain two online identities, my normal, mild mannered Clark Kent one on FB and LinkedIn, and my bloggirrific twitteratti one. After a year of maintaining both, I have found that I seldom check facebook, because I just don’t have anything to say to my” friends”. Meanwhile I obsesively stalk… er, I mean comment, on the sites of all my new found “Best Strangers”. SorrySorry guys, but I am madly in lurv with your bloggings selves!

dufmanno November 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

I’m totally going to find you on facebook now.
Honestly, *waves hand* I do the same thing. Only a small handful of family and some old friends know of my online alias and now that there was the epic New York superhero blog meetup this August we have all confirmed that not one of us is a 70 year old parole violator. We even have photographic proof.

Also, I think someone needs to pit the two Jimmy’s against each other in the Thunderdome to determine which one is the dominant king of late night.
It’s the only way.
dufmanno´s last blog post…Pretty- Pretty Princess

Tom G. November 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

Actually, I should point out that none of you have proof that I am not a 70 year old parole violator. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something I need to go bury in my basement.
Tom G.´s last blog post…Holiday Party Tips

MacDougal Street Baby November 17, 2010 at 6:54 am

I gave up on FB once I started reading conversations between spouses. There was just something icky about it.

Nance November 17, 2010 at 6:39 am

Since I pissed off my cousin, there will be NO one left when I participate in NUD. Come to think of it, maybe I can save time by allowing others to do the deleting. Then, it’ll just be me and you, honey.

It will, won’t it?
Nance´s last blog post…Their Last Hurrah and Hallelujah

Wicked Shawn November 17, 2010 at 4:54 am

To each girl, her own Jimmy! I like it, a lot! No fighting over them, which, of course, would be beneath us……..not that I wouldn’t cut someone for my Jimmy, of course. 😉

As for the @Facebook.com email system, well ofcourse. I mean, how would The Zuck conquer the modern world without his own email system? One day closer to total world domination. Which really? Just makes me long for the zombie apocalypse.

Now, if you will excuse me, there are about 60 people or so I have no recollection of but who swear we met once I am now going to go, completely guilt free, UnFriend!!! ZOMG, this is going to be fun!!!!!!
Wicked Shawn´s last blog post…Tiny Purple Love Imp

Jack November 17, 2010 at 2:11 am

Jimmy cracks me up. I have to admit that I have considered the merits of his request- but like you I have two accounts so it is is not such a big deal to me.

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