When you have over 500 friends on Facebook, you may think that you are stuck with reading news feeds from everyone. Save yourself some time by organizing your streaming updates. Facebook has made it very easy to read news feeds from only those you are interested in following.
How do you do filter out your stream of updates? Through Facebook Lists. Facebook lists make it possible for you to organize your friends into groups. You decide the group names and you pick the people you want in your groups. You might organize by family members, close friends, friends in the geographic area you live, work friends, high school friends or special interests like hobbies.
You will notice on the left side of the page a column called lists. If you hover over the word “lists” you can the word “more” to the right of the lists. Click on more. You will see a list of any current lists you have created. You can click on “create lists” to add new lists. There you will be asked to choose people you want to assign to the new list.
When you want to see the updates from each list, you just click on list name which is located on the left side of your Facebook account. You will save hours of reading through posts by people you really have little interest in following.
What is a smart list? Facebook has created a function that will create lists automatically for you based on your profile. If you have listed a school you have attended, the list will appear automatically. Work, school, family and city are common auto created lists.
Control Who Sees Your Updates
Probably the most important privacy feature you should learn to use is choosing the audience of your status updates. When you make an update, there is now a drop down list in the bottom right corner of the status update box. This is where you can select which list you want to post your updates to. This allows you to choose who sees and reads your posts. Gone are the days where everybody sees all your posts. Finally a decent way to reclaim your privacy.
Using these features of Facebook can really help you enjoy the social experience much more. So if you have been hesitant to post because you are concerned about who sees and reads your posts, that problem is now solved. Share your private posts with those you actually want to share with.