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New BuzzWord: defriend

www.wordle.net234,000 of us chose a Burger King Whopper over our friends! In January, Burger King offered a free burger to anyone who defriended ten of their Facebook contacts. The campaign did not last long. Facebook objected to users being notified they had been defriended for a tenth of a burger.

To acquire a burger, though a perfectly good reason for shedding oneself of excess friends, is only one of a number of good reasons to defriend a contact. Tired of reading hourly updates from someone you were friends with a zillion years ago? Defriend them with a simple mouse click! If you need a guide to the appropriate circumstances justifying the defriending of a social networking contact, take a look here.

If you missed out on a Whoppper, act faster next time!

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