Possibly taking a cue from Google+ Circles, Facebook announced yesterday the improvements being brought to their Friends List. The lists have been there for several years they say, but they’ve taken into account how time-consuming organizing those lists are.
Here’s a look at the new Friends List in action.
Their new tool makes it easier than ever to group your Facebook friends into categories such as work, school, family and by city.
Three improvements Facebook listed on their blog include:
- Smart lists – You’ll see smart lists that create themselves and stay up-to-date based on profile info your friends have in common with you–like your work, school, family and city.
- Close Friends and Acquaintances lists – You can see your best friends’ photos and posts in one place, and see less from people you’re not as close to.
- Better suggestions – You can add the right friends to your lists without a lot of effort.
Don’t like the idea of lists on Facebook? No problem. The feature is completely optional.
They have also implemented Suggestions, which will make it easier to add the right FB friends to the correct list. It looks like they’ve automated quite a bit and have created a simple feature to organize your friends, so you can share with the right people.
The Improved Friends List will roll out to everyone this week and to mobile over the coming weeks.
What do you think of the new Friends List? Will you implement it and use it on your Facebook account?
i might use the new list. i am most excited that it is optional unlike most facebook changes.
They took away the old lists I’d made? How will I ever figure out who got recommended to me by others for particular reasons? A work friend may have suggested I friend someone because they play a game I do, or share interests my friend doesn’t share, and I knew who everyone was *yesterday*. But not today!