Posted on September 16, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

Organizing your friends is hard.  And it takes time. Sometimes your friends don't want you to organize them, and refuse to cooperate. Thankfully, now you don't have to do it yourself. Facebook will do it for you!


I wish I were kidding.  Facebook explains:


To make lists incredibly easy and even more useful, we're announcing three improvements: 
  • 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.
Friend Lists are completely optional. If you don't like lists, you don't have to use them.


Well, thank goodness for that!  After Facebook gets though updating its database of just exactly who you're connected with and how and why and how'll be able to adjust your settings!  Thank you, Facebook.  I'm sure this won't be necessary, though, because an algorithm developed by a 22 year old in San Francisco would obviously know better about which of my friends, family and co-workers will get along with each other better than this silly old woman in Oklahoma, right?


If you never really go the hang of adjusting your settings to control what shows up in your feed, don't worry about it.  That feature never worked very well, anyway.  Even if you did, forget what you knew, because that has all changed - which you probably know, because there's most likely a bunch of stuff showing up in your feed right now that you haven't seen in months.  Facebook has improved the "subscribe" button. You can now pester your friends to "subscribe" to your feed to prove their loyalty to you, choose not to subscribe to their feeds to demonstrate how your time is so much more valuable than theirs, and stalk people who don't even know you.  What could possibly go wrong?


One feature I really do like is that you can now see your profile "as" one of your friends right from your profile screen - this feature used to be hidden in the account settings.  Just go to your profile, and click on "view as" in the upper right-hand corner, and start entering your friend's name.  You'll be able to view exactly what that friend sees when he views your profile, and adjust your settings if you wish.


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