Having dormant or inactive Facebook friends in your list of friends can be very disheartening, especially when you make a post and only 2 – 10 people react when you have more than 4k friends.
At last, you can now remove inactive Facebook friends from your friend list with just a few clicks.
But before that let us look at things that make your Facebook friends dormant or inactive on your post.
WHAT MAKES DORMANT FACEBOOK FRIENDS?
In other words, what makes your Facebook friends dormant or inactive. Some of those may be from you. Apart from the fact that the Facebook algorithm allows only a few among your friends to see your post at a time, other causes may be from you.
Note: Each user post on Facebook is seen by an average of 35% of the user’s friends, according to a comprehensive recent study led by Stanford University researcher Michael Bernstein, who collaborated with three Facebook data scientists. But if your 35% of friends react ( like, comment, share ), obviously, your chances of having a higher number of Facebook users view your post increases.
Also, at times, Facebook may reduce your reach ( hide it from more users ) to force you into paying for visibility ( Facebook ad ). This mostly happens to pages and groups.
- Now, how you contribute to the inactiveness of Facebook friends is by making unrelated posts.
Unrelated posts are those that your friends are not interested in or don’t connect with your friends. A blogger friend of mine dedicated his Facebook walls to supporting a popular musician hence fans of that musician always react to his post. ( And he always posts about that musician, thus keeping his friend engaged ). Know what will get your friends’ reactions.
The above is just enough to tell you what l mean by unrelated posts. Imagine that friend of mine switched today and started throwing his support behind a different musician, the reactions, engagement, and reach on his posts will drop in the meantime.
2. The second point is accepting or friending the wrong circle of friends on the app.
Let us use my blogger friend again as an example. Imagine he has more friends from a different musician than his favourite. They may always see his posts but never engage or react.
So if your reason for creating a Facebook account is to promote your music, add more friends who are into music, art production, etc.
3. Another point is making noninteractive posts. A post that doesn’t require your friends to take any action on your post. ( I hope this point is self-explanatory enough )
Also, you can tag some friends on your post to trigger reactions and comments. One thing is if they can pretend not to have seen your post, but they can’t pretend on notifications because we all check Facebook notifications. That is how you know what is going on around your account and everything you are involved in on the app.
Now if after every effort, your huge friend list gives you only 2 – 10 likes, no comments, and no shares, it is time to blow some of them away. Perhaps some have lost their passwords, some are dead, or accounts deactivated.
HOW TO REMOVE INACTIVE FACEBOOK FRIENDS.
There are several ways to remove inactive friends from your friend list, page or group on Facebook. Some are by the tools and add-ons and there is a manual way means too. By the means of tools and add-ons, we will discuss 3 tools you can use.
Facebook friend filter is very simple to use thank goodness for their usage tutorial video that you will have to watch before starting with the tool. This tool helps filter and remove dormant friends from your list.
• Go to Friendfilter
• Connect your Facebook account.
• Install the Chrome extension of the tool. From here you can select and scan your Facebook groups by just following the onscreen instructions or the video tutorial.
• After selecting and scanning groups, the tools will give you a list of friends to remove. You can also upgrade to the PRO version of the tool to help you remove those friends automatically after full diagnosis.
The PRO version also keeps tabs on your connected pages and groups hence running reports, and adding dormant friends to the TOBE REMOVED tab.
2. Remove Facebook Friends.
Removefriends.com works perfectly on the demand of scanning and listing your friends per their last engagement, and those engaging with your posts. The Chrome extension regularly scans your Facebook profile so you know which of your friend is engaging and who is not.
However, this Facebook friend remover has no free version and you must spend a few bucks to have the tool – $9 for monthly, $35 yearly and $65 for a one-time purchase.
3. Mass Friends Remover For Facebook
This tool helps you remove inactive Facebook friends by selecting and unfriending bulk friend at once on Facebook. This makes it easier to use but this tool doesn’t provide reports on who of your friends are engaging and who is not. Hence it is just good for bulk Facebook friends removal.
How To Remove Facebook Friends Manually
This is done by just
1. Logging into your Facebook account
2. Tap on your account profile image or the account link in the right top corner.
3. Tap on ‘Friends’ or ‘See All Friends’ to see your friends list.
4. By tapping on the 3 dots next to each of your friends, you will a list of options to remove, unfriend, unfollow etc choose from.
Now there is this feature that Facebook tested last year and there are chances that it will be released worldwide as soon they are done. With this feature, you don’t need all the above tools and add-ons l listed. Facebook will help sort your list into categories including ‘Least Interacted With’ and you can just unfriend those in that category.
Follow the directives in the pictures and note, that this feature is still on test by Facebook so if your app and device ( phone ) is not updated, update and try. If it still fails, then you have to wait until it is fully rolled out. But