[A proposal from Scott Brown over at Wired:] A Facebook app we’ll call the Fade Utility. Untended Friends would gradually display a sepia cast on the picture, a blurring of the neglected profile—perhaps a coffee stain might appear on it or an unrelated phone number or grocery list. The individual’s status updates might fade and get smaller. The user may then choose to notice and reach out to the person in some meaningful way—no pokes! Or they might pretend not to notice. Without making a choice, they could simply let that person go. Would that really be so awful?

Scott Brown on Facebook Friendonomics

(Thanks to Jen for the link, which — yes, I admit it! — sums up my feelings about Facebook perfectly.)