Facebook - smart lists of friends

2011-09-13 21:17

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday introduced "smart lists" that automatically sort friends into categories and prioritise news from those dearest to members of the world's largest online social network.

The rollout of smart lists commences on Wednesday and comes as rival Google+ seeks to win over users by providing sharing in "circles" that mirror real-world social groups such as family, friends, and co-workers.

"This is really something we have been working on for four years," Facebook director of product management Blake Ross said as he gave AFP a preview of smart lists.

"We think this is the way people will make lists going forward," he continued.

Facebook began in 2007 letting members individually sort friends into lists for targeted sharing of comments, photos and other digitised snippets of life.

The smart lists feature spares Facebook users the tedium of creating lists by automatically putting friends into groups, with the first four categories being work, school, family and city.

"It is silly for you to spend a Saturday afternoon categorising your friends on Facebook," Ross said. "We want to make it as easy as possible to organise your friends."

Smart lists are created and updated based on information people consent to share with friends on Facebook, according to Ross.

"Smart lists take all the pain out of organising friends on Facebook," Ross said, noting that the feature was optional. "You can always add to or remove people from a smart list after Facebook makes a recommendation."

  • Dude - 2011-09-13 21:20

    it's not going to stop facebook from ruining society/our lives...

  • CTatheist - 2011-09-13 21:52

    Facebook isn't secure, its as easy as pie to hack into accounts. Delete your profile if you have sensitive material on there.

      Warp - 2011-09-13 22:45

      Says the atheist...

  • thefactxxx - 2011-09-13 21:53

    fantastic effort on their part

  • Jimm636 - 2011-09-13 22:13

    are there any 12 step programs out there for fb addicts?

  • jansteyn4 - 2011-09-14 07:00

    Facebook is a tool of the CIA. Don't call it Smart lists when in fact its more like FEMA lists.

  • JVCT - 2011-09-14 19:03

    THIS is what I have maintained ALL along. The person with a SHORTER 'friends' list is actually the person you would rather 'know'. But the website, like other networking, sites, are dark, dank and dangerous 'social' sponges, breeding bad things.

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