Facebook lets you do many, many things. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny the fact that it has opened doors to things we previously couldn’t do. But despite its shady reputation regarding anything to do with privacy, there are still some things you can’t do with Facebook.
One of these things, is seeing who deleted you from their friend list. Facebook doesn’t and will probably never let you do that officially. It’s probably true that people deserve the right to unfriend people in privacy, but turning it into such a secret makes the whole thing seem illegitimate. So what if I unfriended someone? People have the right to use Facebook as they see fit, and if someone is hurt because someone else unfriended him, well, that’s tough.
With that in mind, here are two ways to find out who unfriended you on Facebook. Use them wisely. If you don’t think you can handle it, perhaps you are better off not knowing.
Unfriend Finder is a user script that adds some simple functionalities to Facebook. Namely, seeing who unfriended you, and seeing a list of your pending friend requests – another thing Facebook doesn’t officially let you see.
The installation process depends on the browser you’re using (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE are supported). Visit the help section for specific instructions for your browser. For Chrome, you will only have to install an extension. For Firefox, you will have to first install Greasemonkey, and then install the script. After installation, you will see a new menu called “Unfriends”.
When someone unfriends you, a small number will appear next to the menu. You will also get a notification about it (which you can deactivate through the settings).
If you click it, you will access your unfriends list, where you can choose to hide unfriends from the list or leave them there to remember them forever and ever.
Through the new menu, or from the unfriends list, you can also access your pending requests. Here you will find a list of all the people you’ve sent friend requests to, but never replied. You will also be able to see if someone ignored your friend request.
In the settings you can change the script a bit to suit your needs better. For example, you can choose when to get notifications from the script and whether it should show you deactivated and reactivated profiles.
Social Fixer (Better Facebook)
Social Fixer for Facebook (formerly known as Better Facebook), is an all-around Facebook fixer add-on, which does much more than notify you of unfriends. The add-on is compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera, and is also available as a Greasemonkey script.
Social Fixer provides lots and lots of options, which you may find useful. For example, you can add sophisticated feed filters, custom themes, tabbed news feed interface and more. But we’ve gathered here for a purpose, and that is to see who unfriended you. Social Fixer offers this as well.
After installing, Social Fixer will run you through an installation wizard. You can go for the recommended settings and install all the options, or choose “Minimalistic Settings” and choose just the features you want.
If you’re only looking to get a small, unobtrusive notification about unfriends, and even Unfriend Finder seems a bit much, browse your way through the wizard until you find the Friend Tracker. Check the box next to it, and continue all the way to the end.
You will now have a Friend Tracker on the right side of your screen, where you’ll be able to see when people unfriend you.
As you can see, Social Fixer warns that sometimes the script is not accurate. For me, however, it performed well. It might do to double check before you call and yell at someone for nothing, though.
If you’re wondering about the wrench that’s suddenly appeared next to your name – that’s just Social Fixer’s settings button.
Seeing who unfriended you may not be for everybody. Before you install these add-ons, think for a moment: do you really want to know? Is this information really vital to you? If it is, these add-ons are fun and informative. But don’t come complaining to me when you’ve found out things best left unknown!
What do you think? Should people be allowed to see who unfriended them? And are there more ways to do it that you know of? Share in the comments!
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