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Facebook introduces smart lists and close friends feature

Facebook introduces smart lists

Facebook introduces “smart lists”, a feature bearing some resemblance to Google Plus social circles. Apparently, it came from a common social networking dilemma: “We’re not equally friendly with all our online “friends.” Facebook has now rolled out a new feature where it automatically generates lists for your family, co-workers, schoolmates, and fellow City-zens. In addition, Facebook also includes lists for Close Friends and Acquaintances. Apparently, Friend Lists are an optional feature that can easily be turned off.

A list of improvements

According to this blog post, Facebook is rolling out three new improvements:

  • Smart lists – You’ll see smart lists that create themselves and stay up-to-date based on profile info your friends have in common with you–like your work, school, family and city.
  • Close Friends and Acquaintances lists – You can see your best friends’ photos and posts in one place, and see less from people you’re not as close to.
  • Better suggestions – You can add the right friends to your lists without a lot of effort.

Facebook smart lists vs Google Plus social circles

It’s interesting to note the similarity between the Facebook’s improved lists and the “social circles” function in Google Plus. Automation is the key difference here. I took a cursory glance at my “smart lists” and mine looked pretty darn accurate. There are a few misses though, such as co-workers who have long since left the company but haven’t updated their work info but overall I am quite satisfied with the results.

Is Facebook threatened by Google Plus? If this is any indication, it appears that the war between social networks is far from over.