What To Do When You Reach 5,000 Friends On Facebook

facebook-67361_640As a social media manager, one of the most common dilemmas that I see my clients face is what to do with people who put in friend requests after they’ve reached Facebook’s 5,000 friend limit.

So what do you do if you’re ultra popular and have many friend requests that are sitting in the queue that you haven’t been able to accept?  Scroll through your friends’ list and privately email at least 100 that you don’t really know and who never communicate with you, with a short message (copy & paste) politely explaining the friend limit dilemma and ask them to join you on your Facebook page where they can also message you privately.  Clarify that you’d like to leave space for people that you know who might join Facebook and want to connect with you.  Then unfriend those people by clicking on their names, the Friends button on their personal Timeline, and Unfriend.

That way, when people you actually know put in a request, they won’t get the message that says you can’t accept any more friends.  I then go through each request, click on the person’s name and look to see whether they allow a message and send them a friendly email asking them to join my client on their Facebook page while providing the link to it.  You can only send approx. 60 messages at a time before Facebook warns you, but you won’t lose the chance to connect and this is a good way to grow your audience without having to pay for an ad campaign.

Alternatively, if you click on your friends list from your Timeline and scroll through it, you will often find friends that have no photo.  If you click on the link to their name you’ll see: “This account has been deactivated. Only you can see Alexis on your friends list. You have the option to unfriend Alexis?” (example).  You then click the live link that says unfriend [person’s name] and then click Remove From Friends and OK.  This will get rid of many people who count as friends on your list but who aren’t using Facebook.  Yes, this is tedious, time consuming work but you can hire someone like me to do it for you!