Facebook launches improved Friends list section

Facebook has allowed users of the social networking web site the option to organize their friends via lists for a while, but trying to organize those lists in the web site's user interface has always been a bit of a chore. On Tuesday, Facebook admitted on its blog site that in the past " ... you've told us how time consuming it is to organize lists for different parts of your life and keep them up to date." To that end it has revamped the Friends list section, adding a number of new features.

One new addition is the Smart List feature. This allows the site to automatically create lists for users based on the profile information of your friends. The four Smart List categories, at least for now, are for Work, School, Family and City. Users can go in and manually edit the various Smart Lists once they are generated by Facebook.

Yet another new addition is the Close Friends and Acquaintances lists. If you put in a person in your Close Friends list on Facebook you should see all of their posts in your News feed. If you put a person in the Acquaintances list, you will see only important posts from those people (such as if they get married) in your News feed. Facebook will also offer its own suggestions on which friends to put in either list but ultimately it's up to the user to make that choice.

Finally Facebook is giving users the option to put friends on the Restricted list. That means those folks will only see your public posts on their News feed. This new feature will still allow users to message and tag their friends on the Restricted list. If you have already created a Friends list on Facebook that list should still be available.

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Cy Bones said,

Is that good or bad?

definitely good. I like G+ and the fact it exists and has some neat features will force Facebook to implement features people actually want...

Turge said,

definitely good. I like G+ and the fact it exists and has some neat features will force Facebook to implement features people actually want...

OR, features that people might Not accept because "OH NO ANOTHER UI CHANGE", but now the changes are justifiable now that Google Plus has the features.

This is certainly what facebook has needed. I hope this means that I can use facebook chat to appear online to certain people and offline to others. Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch with old acquaintances but as a tool for communicating with my close friends it seems to be a choice between exposing yourself to everyone you know or no one at all!

Axel said,
This is certainly what facebook has needed. I hope this means that I can use facebook chat to appear online to certain people and offline to others. Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch with old acquaintances but as a tool for communicating with my close friends it seems to be a choice between exposing yourself to everyone you know or no one at all!

That feature is already available. I choose to be online to a few lists. To the rest I don't appear online. If you have the chat panel on the right side of your Facebook window, then you can just click on the Settings tab at the bottom and click on "Limit Availability."

Shiranui said,
How about Facebook try and fix it so I don't get an "OOPS! ..." message every time I try and post something!

Are you sure that's not your fault rather than Facebook's? I've never received that message when trying to post something. There could be a problem with your Internet connection.