How to Create a Custom Facebook Friend List

If You Have a Lot of Facebook Friends, Use Lists to Keep Them Organized

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According to a 2014 report from the Pew Research Center, the average number of Facebook friends is 338. That's a lot of friends!

If you'd like to share your status updates with select groups of specific friends for different reasons and occasions, then you're going to want to make use of Facebook's custom friend list feature. This feature allows you to categorize friends according to who they are and what you want to share with them.

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Where to Find Your Custom Friend Lists

Facebook's layout changes a bit every so often, so it can be tricky to figure out where to access your custom lists and how to create new ones. At the moment, it appears that Facebook friend lists can only be created and managed by signing into Facebook on the desktop web (not via the mobile apps).

Navigate to your News Feed and look for the "Friends" section in menu on the far left side of the page. You may have to scroll down a bit past Favorites, Pages, Apps, Groups and other sections.

Hover your cursor over the Friends label and click on the "More" link that appears beside it. This will open up a new page with all of your friend lists, if you already have some.

You can also simply visit Facebook.com/bookmarks/lists to access your lists directly.

How to Create a New List

Now that you know where to find your lists, you can create a new one by clicking on the "+ Create List" button at the top of the page.

A popup box will appear asking you to name your list and start typing in friends' names to add them. Facebook will automatically suggest friends to add as you begin typing their names.

Once you've finished adding the friends you want to include in your list, click "Create" and it will be added to your list of friend lists.

You can create as many friend lists as you want. Create one for family, coworkers, old college friends, old high school friends, volunteer group friends and anything else that might help you organize everyone.

Clicking on a list will display a mini News Feed of posts made by just those friends contained in that list. You can also hover your cursor over any list name and click the gear icon that appears to the right of it to either add (or remove) the list to your Favorites section in the left sidebar menu or archive the list.

Adding friend lists to your Favorites is useful if you want to get a quick and filtered glimpse of what these friends are posting on Facebook. You can also remove any friend lists from your Favorites by hovering your cursor over it, clicking on the gear icon and then clicking "Remove from Favorites."

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How to Quickly Add a Friend to Any List

Let's say you forgot to add a certain friend to a list when you were creating it, or you just added a brand new friend to your network. To quickly add him or her to an existing friend list, all you have to do is hover your cursor over their name or profile photo thumbnail as it appears on one of their posts in your News Feed to display the mini profile preview box.

From there, move your cursor so it hovers over the "Friends" button on their mini profile preview, and then from the popup list of options, click "Add to another list..." A list of your current friend lists will appear so you can click on any of of them to automatically add that friend to it. You can also scroll all the way to the bottom of your list of friend lists to quickly create a new list.

If you'd like to remove a friend from a list, simply hover your cursor over the "Friends" button on their profile or mini profile preview and click the list that you want to remove them from, which should have a checkmark beside it.

Keep in mind that your friend lists are for your use only, and none of your friends are notified whenever you add or remove the from any lists you create and manage.

Now when you go ahead and start crafting a status update, you'll be able to see all of your friend lists when you click the sharing options ("Who should see this?") button. Facebook friend lists makes it super easy to quickly share an update tailored to a specific group of friends.

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Updated by: Elise Moreau