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Select users may notice a change on Facebook, because they has begun rolling out a new feature called Smart Lists. Smart Lists are like Google+ in that it sorts your friends in a way that makes it easy to navigate, keep track of and share with them, but the key difference is that Facebook Smart Lists do all of this automatically, so you do not have to take the time to go back and reorganize your entire friends list.

The new feature will group friends into three categories: coworkers, classmates, and all people who live within 50 miles of you. Obviously, with it being narrowed in this way you don’t get the same level of customization as Google+, but you also don’t have to put any effort in to make this work.

Once Facebook groups your friends, you will be able to share and message only people from certain groups. I think this is especially cool with the geographic limiting. Now if you are having something go on that only is relevant to people who live near, you won’t clutter up the news feeds of people who live at the other end of the country.

Right now, only select users have the feature, but we expect it to roll out to more Facebook members as time goes on.

Source: Gizmodo via TechCrunch

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  1. Mycroft_6
    September 29, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I liked facebook the way it was now I can't see my mother posting from a game on my newsfeed where it always was before. We hate it and just want the option of going back to the way it was. You could already hide posts from games you didn't want to see. It was user friendly. My mother is 70 and I just talked her into getting on facebook a few months ago along with an aunt of mine. They had just figured out how to use it and then you up and change it. They are not happy either. Why were we not allowed an option? As for the 50 miles most of my family and friends are farther away than that and I don't want to have to look at 3 or 4 or 5 different newsfeeds. Thanks a bunch for nothing

  2. AlphaMike
    September 27, 2011 at 1:28 am

     I want to delete the "smart lists"

    September 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I don't want facebook to automatically sort my friends according to what they think are my groups.  They sorted me an automatic list that has friends in a certain RADIUS from my  location and I can't remove them from that list, nor can I delete that list.  HELP

    • Tina
      September 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm


      I understand your frustration! This actually sounds like a question that could interest many people. It would thus be great if you could ask this question on MakeUseOf Answers.

    • Dave LeClair
      September 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Sadly from what I can find it doesn't seem possible at this point, we will keep looking into it for you.

  4. Prachi Desai
    September 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    This kind of move from Facebook clearly suggests that it does not want any of its user to move from their platform simply because some other platform is providing some good features. Like in this case its Google+ -

  5. CharlieProfit
    September 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Facebook is simply trying to compete with Google Plus's circles by making the "sorting of friends task" a little easier. I'm sure once your friends are sorted on Facebook, you will be able to add or remove them from any lists that Facebook thought they should go into. It's not about control, it's about ease of use for the consumer. It's a good start for people that already have hundreds of friends to sort. Many people don't know how to use the list feature. I've been using it since it was implemented. G+ made it easier to understand, now Facebook is reacting. I actually just reorganized my lists on Facebook. I hope their update doesn't mess with lists I've created. Otherwise, it should be a good feature. 

    • AlphaMike
      September 27, 2011 at 1:27 am

       Seems like you can't even delete the lists... I don't like it... I had my own lists... I don't even want to share things with my actual co-workers... Most jobs I had were with people from university.. so I have them in like 3 different "smart lists" plus the ones I had already created... it's BAD! I don't like it!

  6. Miggs
    September 11, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I think the 'friends' living 50 miles across me are the most annoying and stupid from the whole community.

  7. Not controlled
    September 11, 2011 at 6:25 am

    No, there is nothing more frustrating than comments from people who don't read the original article!  As I understand it, it's automatically sorting your friends into groups, not automatically restricting which group your posts go to - "Once Facebook groups your friends, you will be able to share and message only people from certain groups." (emphasis mine)... so you can share an invitation to a local event to people who live nearby, and not clutter the feeds of those how live globally. 

  8. Blackknight17
    September 11, 2011 at 12:50 am

    The general idea is good, but to automatically restrict a person's ability to only receive or project comments to friends that are not within a 50 mile radius is ridiculous.  Many of us have friends who live globally or at the very least far beyond a 50 mile radius.  There is nothing more frustrating than to be controlled.