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Then Facebook had to go and let all you others in. I'm looking at you, kid I babysat, and you too, Grandma. The mainstreaming of Facebook hasn't just been rough on the early-20s crowd like me. These days, almost everyone should be using Facebook lists to filter your friends into different categories.
Sure, it's a bit of a pain at first, but once the lists are up and running, you can rest assured that your pastor won't be in the same crowd as your tattoo artist. (Unless you have a really cool pastor, or a really lame tattoo artist.)
Getting started with lists
1. Click the "Friends" tab at the top of your Facebook home page.
2. Click "Create New List." If you want to update an older list you created, select it on the left sidebar and click "Edit List."
3. Name the new list and start selecting which friends should go into it. Couldn't be easier, though it can be time-consuming the first time out.
Slicing and dicing your friends
What lists should you create? Of course it's up to you, but here are a few suggestions:
- School friends
- Close friends
- Casual acquaintances
- Industry peers
Ideally, Facebook would let you set your privacy options for each list as you create it, but unfortunately that's not the case. You have to go into your account's privacy settings and start tweaking each category.
We'll tackle all that tomorrow. For today, just focus on creating the right lists and getting your friend pool organized. From then on, each new connection can be added to an existing list.Estimated time needed: 30 minutes to set up your lists or bring them up to date.
Benefits: Improved privacy and security in Facebook.
Coming tomorrow: Now that you have Facebook user lists, it's time to start assigning different privacy settings to each one.