Aug. 26, 2008

6:49 pm

Any application that lets you “friend,” “follow,” or otherwise observe another user should include a prominent (and silent) “PAUSE” button.

I think users of apps like Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, Delicious, and, yes, FriendFeed, would benefit from an easy and undramatic way to take a little break from a “friend” – without inducing the grand mal meltdown that “unfriending” causes the web’s more delicately-composed publishers.

Merlin Mann, proposing a (frankly ingenious) way to enable polite personal management of your social network. (#)

Whaddya think?