By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – April showers provide a great excuse to stay inside and do some spring cleaning.  But it’s not just your closets and cabinets that need a going-over.

Just being honest: there is a very good chance you don’t have as many actual friends as your Facebook account can boast.

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“You probably don’t even know who half of them are,” said CNET’s Dan Ackerman. “Whether it’s with Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, or text, you can end up overly inundated with input and unable to filter it.”

That digital deluge can sop up a lot of time that often could be better spent.

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So, Ackerman asks, why not relieve some of the inundation this spring with a social networking cleanse?

“Even if you do know them, there are updates that fly by every day — perhaps that’s not really the news you’re interested in finding out about.”

He suggests you trim the hedges by doing some de-friending of the folks for whom you can’t come up with six degrees of separation. If you’re worried they’ll take offense, just hide their updates — the digital equivalent of putting those parkas and sweaters in storage.

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Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060