How To Organize Your Friends on The New Facebook

Michele Connolly Get Organized Wizard on Facebook 
Please note: This post is an updated version of How To Organize Your Facebook Friends.
See also How To Organize Your Friends on The New Facebook – Part 2: How to Post Only to the Friends in a List.

I love being able to filter my Facebook news feed – for instance, so I can see only my personal, business or Sydney friends.

Here’s how you can create your own lists and filter your news feed by those lists.

How to Create a List of Friends

  1. From your Home page, select Friends from the left-hand side menu.
  2. [Edit Friends] button at the top of the page.
  3. Click the [+Create a List] button at the top of the page.
    –> A dialog box will appear and will populate with all your friends.
    If you have heaps of friends, this may take a little while.
  4. Enter a name for your list, eg Personal Friends, Work Colleagues, Family, Business Associates, whatev.
  5. Click on each person you want in the list.
    –> A blue box and tick will appear for the selected people.
    Click the person again to de-select them.
  6. When you’ve selected your list members, click the [Create List] button.

And you’re done!

Repeat these steps for each list you want to create.

How to Limit Your News Feed to the Friends in a ListFilter News Feed

  1. From your Home page, click the [Most Recent] link at the top-right of the page.
    –> Now a down arrow will appear.
  2. Click the down arrow to expand a list of options, including your lists. If the list you want isn’t visible, click [Choose another…] and it will appear.
  3. Click the list you want.
    –> Your news feed will now only show for the people in that list.

Pretty cool, huh? And so organized!

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9 thoughts on “How To Organize Your Friends on The New Facebook

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  2. Ashley says:

    Is it possible to organize the pages you “like”? I would love to be able to put them into categories such as: Restaurants, Coupons, Bands, Products, etc. I “like” several 100 pages; this would make it so much easier to visit a specific category when I need to (especially my couponing pages!)

  3. Michele Connolly says:

    @Karen: No – but there’s a little lock next to the [Share] button as you type a post. If you click the down-arrow beside it, you’ll see some options for who will see your post. Choose the one you want to limit who sees your post 🙂

  4. Mandy says:

    I’m curious. Is there a way to create a list that you can post status updates only to them? I know you can customize a status, but it would be much easier to click on a premade list of family or friends and send it only to those people!

  5. Karen Bain says:

    Another excellent article. Thanks for this, Michelle. Tell me. When I bring up a list of say, family, does my post go only to them? Thanks, KB Also, I’m going to share this article and add it to my blogging group.

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