Hello again! Yesterday I talked about using Facebook for genealogy research. Today, I’d like to go a little deeper and show you how to set up Friends Lists.
So, you’ve taken the time to add all your friends (and will continue to do so as you find them!) and now you want to try to separate them somewhat. How do we do this? Well, I’ll use what I’ve done to give you an idea of what can be accomplished.
PLANNING YOUR LISTS
I have taken my friends and basically broke them down into 4 different groups – Family, Genealogy Friends, Church Friends, and Close Friends. I’m kinda picky so when I log on to Facebook I want to see only posts from my family in my news feed. To accomplish this I created two friends lists, one for Genealogy Friends and one for Church Friends. Facebook gives you a few “Smart” lists and one of those is Close Friends. All my family (any relative) has no need to be put into a separate list. Granted there are some who need to be put in a list of their own! (Note: There are a couple extra lists, i.e. Dummies and Immediate Family but I am in the process of eliminating those also!)
ADDING PEOPLE TO YOUR LISTS
OK, we have our lists. Now we have to add folks to that list. There are a couple of ways that I know of that you can do this. The first is to just go through your list of friends, pick the one you want to add and hover over the button that says “Friends” and then click on “Add to another list” and choose the list you want. This will take a long time but it is one way to do it. Another way is to go to your newly created Fiend List and in the upper right hand corner there will be a box where you can type the name of the friend you want to add. The easiest way to add people to the list will be to look just under the “Manage List” button in the upper right of the page and click on the “See All” link. When the box pops up, just below the title of that window, click the down arrow and choose “Friends”. All you have to do now is go through and select each person you want to add by clicking on their picture. A check mark will appear and that shows you have selected them. When you’re done you click “Finish” and you have your list!
TWEAKING YOUR SETTINGS
Now, understand this – just because you put someone into a Friends List doesn’t mean they will only show up in that list. They will still show up in your news feed unless you take an additional step. It takes a little work but it is well worth it. If you have 2,000 friends it may take a long while to get this done but if you establish a system and then stick with it every time you add a new friend then you will have no problem keeping up with it.
Let’s take that extra step. Open up that “See All” again and this time select each friend by clicking on their name. The best way to do this is to hold down the “CTRL” key while clicking and it will open up a new tab for each one. Open up two or three or even more if you are comfortable with it. Go to the new tab and hover over the “Friends” button until the little menu pops up. The way I do it is to first go to “Settings” and change it to “All Updates” and then go to “Go Back” and click to un-select the “Show in News Feed” option. Now this person will not show up in your main news feed but will show up in your friends list.
Like I said, if you have a lot of friends and have never done this then it will take you quite a while to do this! Luckily for me, I only have 172 friends right now and my main lists are “Genealogy Friends” (38) and “Church Friends” (17) so I only had to do this with 55 people. I also have a couple who don’t fit in to either one of these lists so I put them into my “Close Friends” smart group.
NOW ENJOY YOUR NEW FACEBOOK EXPERIENCE
The good part about this is that it allows you to take charge of your Facebook news feed. Since I’ve done this I am so much more at ease when I go to Facebook. I used to hate to have to sort through the news feed and see which posts I wanted to read and which ones I didn’t have time for.
I hope this helps you out somewhat! There is no limit to how many lists you can create. At one point I had a list for each one of my main surnames and had my relatives divided up that way. That was a little too complicated.
One other good thing about these lists is that you can go to that list and post a “Status Update” there and it will only go to those people in that list.
Tomorrow I will show a few more ways I use Facebook to help me with my genealogy.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,