Spurned for a burger, and other tales of unfriending

01/29/2009 | NYTimes.com

Whether it's called "unfriending" or the slightly less popular "defriending," getting the virtual shaft on Facebook can be an awkward social experience. A reported 234,000 unfriendings on Facebook took place as hungry social networkers winnowed their contact lists to qualify for a free Whopper through a now-defunct Burger King promotion. This article explores the tenuousness of some social-network connections.

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