Trimming Facebook Friends
I’m very tempted to start categorizing my Facebook friends by the ratio of their real-life to politics posts, then dropping anyone who’s activity is more that 50% political. To me, if you want to talk politics, get a blog, and quit yammering at your captive FB audience. I try very hard–though not always successfully–to avoid any mention of politics, or religion for that matter, in my FB feed.
Most FB political links are never attempts to persuade others to one’s way of thinking, or part of an effort to inform other. The vast majority are territorial markers, meant more to define oneself as a member of a particular group and/or to denigrate those whom the person sees as opponents. This is exclusive rather than inclusive behavior, something that seems to me antithetical to the original impetus behind FB.