How to Organize Your Facebook Friends

Declutter with custom lists

Your Facebook news feed is a great way to keep track of friends, family, and co-workers, but it quickly gets quite cluttered as your friends list expands. Luckily, there are some easy ways to organize your Facebook friends list. We outline them below.

Use the Facebook Hide Feature

The easiest way to organize Facebook friends is to use the hide feature, which allows you to squelch people from your news feed. This is a great start to organizing Facebook, and for many people, this is the only feature they need.

Simply choose the people you're most interested in seeing on your main page—they could be friends, family, or even co-workers if you mainly use Facebook for business purposes—and then hide everyone else. This lets you quickly trim down your main news feed to just the people you want to see.

Is one of your friends playing a Facebook game that keeps updating the wall? You can also hide just an application from your news feed, which means you can keep seeing status updates from your friend without viewing their latest gaming accomplishments.

Use The Facebook Custom List Feature

But what about all of those friends you hid? How do you organize your Facebook friends list to account for them? If you don't really care about seeing their updates, you can stop at just hiding them. But if you have a lot of friends, you probably have several groups you want to see updates from on a regular basis.

That's where the Facebook custom list feature comes into play. By creating custom lists, you can organize Facebook friends by creating different categories. For example, you can create a custom list that just contains close family—brothers, sisters, parents, etc.—and another list for the extended family, which includes your close family but also shows cousins, in-laws, etc.

Remember, you can put a Facebook friend into multiple lists. So if you have a family member who's also a co-worker, don't worry about needing to choose just a single list for them.

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