Jimmy Kimmel Calls for National Unfriend Day on Nov. 17

Ever think that it's time to weed out some of your Facebook friends ?

You know the ones.... You see their name in your news feed and can't remember how you know them? Or maybe it's your annoying cousin or the former colleague who fills your wall with irritating political posts or updates about where he went for lunch.

Well, comedian and television host Jimmy Kimmel feels your pain. Kimmel, the host of the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live, is promoting Nov. 17 as National UnFriend Day . All those Facebook friends who aren't actually your friends - it's time to get rid of them, according to Kimmel.

"We should have a lot of the real stuff. We should have less of the fake stuff like you have on Facebook," said Kimmel, talking about friendships. "I'm asking you to unfriend anyone on Facebook who isn't really your friend - the annoying people. The people who feel the need to inform you of every thought that enters their head.... I would guess that 90% of your Facebook friends aren't even your friends at all. Most of them you probably don't even like."

The comedian noted that this doesn't have to be a hostile thing. These non-friends probably don't like you either, he added.

Kimmel isn't the first to think that people's Facebook friends could stand a little weeding.

Early in 2009, Burger King offered a free Whopper to anyone who would cut off 10 Facebook friends. But while the fast food chain thought it was a clever campaign, Facebook execs weren't laughing. Facebook complained and Burger King ended the program -- but not before 233,906 friendships were sacrificed for a burger.

For Kimmel, he's jokingly offering Facebookers a few guidelines to help them find friends to toss out.

"If you wouldn't loan someone $50 unfriend them," he said. "If you wouldn't invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them. If you wouldn't cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them."

Facebook , according to Kimmel, isn't giving us more and better friends. It's "cheapening" our friendships.

"It's impossible to have 1,000 friends," he added in a monologue. "Here's what you do. Post on Friday that you're moving and whoever responds and offers to help, is your friend.... It's time to cut out the friend fat in your life."

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com .

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