How to Add, Tag Unfollow, Remove and Block Facebook Friends

Learn how to manage your Facebook friends

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Facebook is currently the most popular social network, and has been for years. Of course, to tap into the networking power of Facebook, you have to add friends.

About Facebook Friends

A Facebook friend doesn't necessarily have to be someone you know well. They can be a co-worker, an associate, a friend of a friend, a relative or even a stranger you've never met in person (but share a common interest).

To get you started, Facebook will suggest friends based on the information in your profile. For example, if you indicate that you attended a particular college, Facebook might suggest other people on Facebook who went to that same college.

Finding and Adding Friends

Search for your friend’s profile using the search bar at the top of any Facebook page by typing in their first and last name and then selecting the magnifying glass icon.

A list of search results will appear. Select the People tab to filter out everything else except personal profiles.

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Scroll through the results to find the person you know and select the Add as Friend button to the right of their name. A friend request will be sent to that person.

Once they confirm that they actually are friends with you, they will show up on your list of Facebook friends. You'll receive a notification once they accept your friend request.

Privacy settings might limit your ability to see the Add as Friend link for some users. For example, if they don't want to be added by anyone who isn't a mutual friend of theirs, you might have to resort to messaging them first and asking them to add you.

Finding Old Friends to Add

The best way to find your old friends is to fill out your profile with as much detail as you can. This way, Facebook can do the finding for you based off of your information.

Practically every post-secondary school in the world is on Facebook, as are many high schools and primary schools. When filling out your bio, make sure you don’t ignore listing your schools accurately and also including graduation year.

Also, if you've changed your name but want to be found by your old friends who knew you by your old name, there’s an option to be searchable by your previous name.

You can find this in the Details About You section of your About tab. Under Other Names, select + Add a nickname... to add different names. Select the Name Type dropdown to add a nickname, maiden name, alternate spelling, married name and more.

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Tagging Friends in Photos and Posts

Tagging friends in your photos or in your posts is easy. If you want to list them in a post, such as a status update saying that you had a great time with them or you’re about to meet them for a concert or something, just type the "@" symbol followed by the first few letters of their name and Facebook will begin suggesting friends with that name and you can choose via dropdown list.

Tagging works the same way on the Facebook mobile apps.

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Select the name to instantly add it into the post. Once you post it, your friend will receive a notification that they've been tagged and depending on their timeline settings, it might even show up on their profile.

In photos, whether it’s one you uploaded yourself or one of your friends’ photos, there’s always an option labeled Tag Photo at the bottom. Select it to choose anyone from your friend’s list to tag them in the photo.

Like tagged posts, they'll receive a notification about it. The photo might not show up on their pages (as viewable to you) right away, though, since many users have selected the option to review any photos or posts they’ve been tagged in by other people before approving the post or picture to appear on their profile.

Unfollowing or Removing Friends

Facebook has a handy option that allows you to "unfollow" friends to stop seeing their posts in your News Feed without having to remove them as a friend (a.k.a. "unfriending" them). When you unfollow someone, they're not notified about it, so they're none the wiser.

To unfollow a friend, go to their profile, hover your cursor over the Following button on their cover photo and select Unfollow [name] from the dropdown.

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If you not only want to unfollow someone but also completely remove them from your friend list, this is easy to do as well (and they also won't be notified about it). At the top of their profile page on their cover photo, hover your cursor over the Friends button and then select Unfriend from the dropdown.

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Once you hit Unfriend, that friend will no longer be in your friends list. You'll have to send them a friend request if you want them as a friend again.

Blocking Friends or Other Users

Sometimes unfollowing or unfriending isn't enough. If you want to block all contact and visibility of your profile for a particular user, you can do that by blocking them.

From their profile, select the three dots in the bottom right of their cover photo and then select Block from the dropdown. Like unfollowing and unfriending, users are not notified when you block them.

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You can block both friends and users who aren't your friends.

You can't access users' profiles once they've been blocked. To unblock them, go to your Settings > Blocking to see a list of blocked users. Select Unblock beside any blocked user's name to unblock them.

Managing Your Friends

Your plans for using Facebook should determine how you go about adding friends.

The wonderful thing about Facebook is that if you want to add everyone and anyone, you can designate how much each person sees about you by creating friend lists and setting privacy restrictions.

For example, you might have a list of people that work at your job. Anyone on that list might not need access to all your personal photos, so you can make a list of specific friends who will only see your photos.

Viewing Your Friendship Page for a Specific Friend

Friendship Pages display information like photos and posts that are associated with both you and a specific friend. You have a friendship page with every friend, whether you have shared photos/posts or not.

From any of your friends’ pages select the three dots in the bottom right of their cover photo and then select See Friendship from the dropdown.

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You'll be taken to a page that shows your mutual friends, how long you've been Facebook friends, photos you've both been tagged in and your most recent posts where you've posted on each other's wall or tagged each other.