The Facebook Rodeo – How to Corral Your News Feed

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If you have been adding friends and “Liking” fan pages for a while, it may be getting harder to stay on top of your news feed. Have you ever wondered if your friends’ news feeds are as full as yours, and if they even see your posts?

No one can keep up with a busy news feed unless it is organized. Divide and conquer your feed using lists. Once you group your feed into manageable chunks, you can quickly choose the posts you want to see, when you want to see them.

There are three types of lists: Smart, Custom, and Interests.

Smart Lists

Facebook automatically generates “Smart Lists” and each has its own purpose and features.

Family – This list is for friends you are related to. When you add a friend to your Family list, Facebook will ask you how you are related and then send a message and ask them to verify their relationship.

Close Friends – If you would like notifications of all a friends posts and want to make sure that all their posts show in your news feed, add them to the Close Friends list. I use a custom list for close friends instead I call “Good Friends.” That way I can see their feed quickly but I won’t get a notification from them for everything.

Restricted – If you add friends to your Restricted list, they will only be able to see posts and profile information that you make public.

Acquaintances – Friends on your Acquaintances list will rarely show up in your news feed. You can also choose to exclude these people when you post something.

School – Facebook will create a school list if you add a school to your profile. It will automatically include your friends that went to the same school if they added the same school to their profile as you did.

Locality – A smart list is automatically created based upon your address in your profile. Facebook will automatically include your friends that live in the same area as you. You can adjust the radius in miles from the city by clicking on the list while on your Home page, and then clicking on the “miles” link under your location:

Work Place – Facebook will automatically include your friends that work at the same employer if they added the same employer to their profile as you.

Custom Lists

You can create a new list if you would like to group your frien

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