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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Organizing Your Friends

The options Facebook gives you for viewing your friends (Viewing Your Friends) are great if you have only a handful of pals. But if you're a hardcore social butterfly with dozens or even hundreds of friends, you'll want to organize your friends into separate lists that reflect how you categorize them in your mind.

For example, imagine that in addition to your workplace network, you're involved in a book club, a softball league, and a 12-step program. Creating four separate lists lets you keep track of your different social circles at a glance. And because Facebook lets you send the same message to all the friends on a single list all at once (see Sending Messages) and even invite everyone on the list to join the same group (Chapter 6) or event (119), creating separate Friend Lists helps you communicate with folks quicker while reducing the risk of having your worlds collide.

Creating a New Friend List

Facebook lets you create up to 100 different Friend Lists, each of which can contain up to 1,500 names. (Of course, unless you're a politician, you probably won't need anywhere near that many.) Here's how to create a new Friend List:

  1. Head to the top of any Facebook page and click Friends. Head to the right side of the page that appears and click "Make a New List" (Viewing Your Friends).

    Note

    Because lists were designed to help you manage a bunch of friends, you don't see the "Make a New List" link unless you have 11 or more Facebook friends.

    Figure 3-25. 

  2. In the field ...

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