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Unfriending on Facebook Won't Send Message

Reader Asks: Will Facebook Send an Unfriend Message?

A GeekSugar reader recently posed a question I get asked pretty often in our Ask Anything group:

If I take someone off my friend list on Facebook do they get a message?

No! Your secret is safe. Facebook won't blast out a "you've been unfriended!" message; however, if the person looks at her list of friends later, she will be able to tell that you and her are no longer Facebook friends. She will also be able to tell if she goes to check out your profile and your privacy settings are set to block her from seeing all or some of your profile.

Do you have a social networking or otherwise geeky question you need support with? Create a PopSugar account or log in to your account. Then join the Ask Anything group and spill.

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SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 5 years
When I made the switch to facebook I made a deal with myself that I would only really friend people who I would/do 1) see and converse with in real life 2)family 3)if I went back to my hometown and saw you I would actually talk to you. Its kind of harsh but it keeps it under control I think the main thing comes down to how people use facebook and how they feel it fits into society and their life. I know a lot of people/relatives who are negative about it but haven't tried it, or been friends with the right people.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 5 years
When I made the switch to facebook I made a deal with myself that I would only really friend people who I would/do 1) see and converse with in real life 2)family 3)if I went back to my hometown and saw you I would actually talk to you. Its kind of harsh but it keeps it under controlI think the main thing comes down to how people use facebook and how they feel it fits into society and their life. I know a lot of people/relatives who are negative about it but haven't tried it, or been friends with the right people.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 5 years
The problem I've found is that once I unfriend someone, they'll start seeing me pop up in the 'friend suggestion' sidebar. So, while Facebook doesn't directly tell them, it pretty much lets them know at some point. My solution is to create a 'limited' friends list for people I don't know really well that has permissions for posting to walls, seeing my photos etc. restricted. Then when I get a friend request, I decide at that point if they should be part of that group. Then I use the 'hide' option on the newsfeed so their status updates and many, many application announcements don't show up. It's worked well for me so far.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 5 years
The problem I've found is that once I unfriend someone, they'll start seeing me pop up in the 'friend suggestion' sidebar. So, while Facebook doesn't directly tell them, it pretty much lets them know at some point.My solution is to create a 'limited' friends list for people I don't know really well that has permissions for posting to walls, seeing my photos etc. restricted. Then when I get a friend request, I decide at that point if they should be part of that group.Then I use the 'hide' option on the newsfeed so their status updates and many, many application announcements don't show up. It's worked well for me so far.
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