Monday is 'National Unfriend Day' for Facebook users

If your Facebook newsfeed is flooded with annoying status updates, bragging exes, or just too many baby photos, Monday is your day.

It's National Unfriend Day.

The cleansing ritual was inspired by ABC talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

National Unfriend Day is the day in which Facebook users take an honest inventory of their friends list and eliminate all those who aren't considered friends.

"Just because you unfriend someone doesn't mean that it is a negative move," Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert author and founder of The Protocol School of Texas, told ABC News. "Sometimes we just need to cull our list or redirect to them to another site or venue."

With more than 1.3 billion users on Facebook, many users have had the experience of receiving a friend request from an old elementary school classmate or a college ex-boyfriend, making friends lists even more bloated.

"Relationships change," Gottsman said. "Not that you're being ugly but there just sometimes is not a reason to continue that relationship or let them have a window into the world."

When it comes to nixing relatives from your friends list, Gottsman said it's best to "use your judgement."

If hiding their posts won't suffice and they're still annoying you -- it's OK to unfriend them, she said.
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