Facebook 'Smart Lists' Auto-Grouping Friends Like Google+ Circles

So, you have got 500-something friends on Facebook, all of about 50 you really interact with -- watch out you must have got Facebook's newly launched "Smart Lists" feature.Facebook has had the Friend Lists feature for a long time, but few users actually know about it, and even fewer use it. Clearly the social networking […]

So, you have got 500-something friends on Facebook, all of about 50 you really interact with -- watch out you must have got Facebook's newly launched "Smart Lists" feature.

Facebook has had the Friend Lists feature for a long time, but few users actually know about it, and even fewer use it. Clearly the social networking giant is figuring out a way to fix the problem.

What's a Friend List?

  • A quick way to organize friends so you can control what you see in your News Feed and post updates for specific people.
    • Close Friends are trusted friends you want to hear from frequently.
    • Acquaintances are people you want to see less of in News Feed.
    • Restricted is a list of friends you never want to share with.

Sometime recently, the social networking gaint, Facebook began rolling out "Smart Lists" in addition to Friend Lists, to select users -- which, as the name implies, intelligently groups certain obvious groups of friends into pre-packaged lists.

You also have smart lists that update themselves for coworkers, classmates, and local friends. You can add or remove anyone to these lists at any time.

Facebook is automatically grouping friends into three different bunches:

  • (Coworker icon) People you work with
  • (Classmate icon) People you attended school with
  • (Local icon) People who live within 50 miles of you

[Via: TechCrunch]