I don’t unfriend people on Facebook often. As a result, I have all sorts of Facebook flotsam floating around on there– people I went to high school with, previous co-workers, other people’s exes. These are all people that in a pre-Facebook world I would have known for a period of time and then, as the basis for the relationship disappeared, lose contact with. No animosity or ill-will, just the natural cycle of casual relationships ending. Now, these people maintain an ambient presence on my Facebook feed until one of us takes the active mood of deleting the other. What used to happen passively is now a deliberate decision– and one that, barring something particularly annoying or offensive, I rarely make. It’s a strange byproduct of our connected world.