Sep 14, 2011 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

It's official now! Your friends on Facebook are now “Smart”, or rather belong to smart friend lists that they have been categorized into by Facebook. Earlier this week, we reported that Facebook had come up with a new and improved friend list and which presents your friends neatly pre-arranged lists. The three were- school mates, workers and neighbors. And now, Facebook has made the official announcement of the feature with additional inputs.

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Why Facebook Thinks Smart Lists Are Good?

Facebook users have often complained that their huge friend lists become unmanageable. With thousand plus friends, one can not spend time scrolling through the list to make a connect. But, now with the smart lists, things will become easier for users.

How It Works?

The key to this process is the information related to education-work experience and demographics that Facebook gets from your friends. Facebook will generate a handful of lists automatically, these include:

  • Colleagues/Coworkers– People who have the same work information as you.
  • School Buddies– People you went to school with
  • Neighborhood Pals– people who live in the same city
  • Best Friends– This list comes with a cute star. Facebook will not suggest people for this list and you can add them your self. The fun part of the list is that every time any of your best friends share any update, it will show up right in your feed (regardless of the activity being small or big.). You will also get notified about the same too!
  • Acquaintances– This list has special properties. You will not be bothered by their activities clogging your news feed and only the most important updates regarding relationship status -work information etc will show in your home page.

Smart Lists

You can also make lists of your own, and when you add a new friend, then Facebook will suggest friends which it thinks match up with the other friends in that list.

Now that you are ready with your friends nicely sorted out, you can then choose what content you want to share with which group.

All this sounds familiar like the Circles in Google+ doesn't it? But this is better. You not only can divide people into lists as you like, but you also get recommendations from Facebook about similar people. Makes your task easier in scrounging your list doesn't it?

All eyes on Google+ now. What will be their next move?

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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