Google+

How to Unfriend/Unlink/Unfollow/Delete on Social Media outlets

unfriendEveryone is so interested in how to get more fans, followers and connections. However, for the people who didn’t quite know what they were doing and who now have a posse of peeps connected to them that they don’t want to be associated with or don’t know, here are a few helpful hints on how to unfriend, unlink, and unfollow those varments!

LinkedIn is probably the hardest to figure out. But it’s actually quite simple.

How do I remove someone from my list of connections?

  1. Click Contacts at the top of your home page.
  2. Click the Remove Connections link in the upper right of the Connections page.
  3. Check the boxes next to the people you want to remove.
  4. Click Remove Connections.

Facebook – a little easier. But before you “unfriend” you can also block their posts by just merely clicking the invisible ‘x’ in the upper right corner of their post. Once you hover in that area, you will see it. When you click, it gives you the option to hide everything from that person, or a particular app (ya know, for all of your friends who play those silly Zynga games like Cityville).

How do I unfriend someone on Facebook?

  1. Go to the person who you want to unfriend profile’s page.
  2. At the bottom left click ‘Unfriend’

Twitter is the easiest. (I <3 Twitter for being so transparent and easy).

  1. Click on the person you want to ‘unfollow’
  2. Hover over the “Following” button and click it to change it to Unfollow.
(updated 8/18/11) Google+ - recently I made the unknowing mistake of adding Chris Brogan to one of my circles and he posts like 30 times a day and that was cluttering my feed, which equated to annoying. So I dissed him. (Sorry Chris!).  Easy to do, but not super intuitive to figure out.  Here’s how to delete someone from your circles.
  1. Go to your Circles and click on the circle(s) you have that person in.
  2. Find them and pull them out of the circle by dragging on their icon. As you drag them out of that circle a red trash can will appear and then they are GONE.

Need to know about any others? Leave a comment or message me on Twitter @tracysestili

Send to Kindle
About Tracy Sestili

Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.

Comments

  1. Great article…now, tell us how/what to do when the person you have unfriended sends you a private e-mail attacking you or asking questions as to why you deleted them from your list or network. This is just happened to me this week…the e-mail hurtful and attacking, when it was just time to disconnect from the person.

    • Tracy Sestili says:

      You discover the power of the “delete” button. You’ve already unfriended them, so there must have been a reason. Do you really want to give them any of your valuable precious time? No. Plus it’s a huge energy suck. Remind yourself of the reason you unfriended them to begin with and then smile and press Delete!

  2. Sometimes you might not want to scroll to the bottom of their profile page on Facebook. This Google Chrome extension makes it so much easier. The unfriend button is placed directly above their profile picture.

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gghpnhoakonhhpjbalfjgmfkejaiidih

    By the way, I love how detailed you are in your tutorials, so keep up the good work.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] already covered how to unlink/unfollow/unfriend on social media outlets, however, I’ve had a number of pings in the past week or so searching for ways to unlink [...]

  2. [...] When Chris Brogan began unfriending people left and right in March, he called it getting rid of a mess. [...]

  3. [...] Chris Brogan began unfriending people left and right in March, he called it getting rid of a [...]

  4. [...] For how to unlink on LinkedIn, unfollow on Twitter or uncircle on Google+ see this post. [...]