Each fortnight when I write a blog post, the information that I provide to you is usually aimed at assisting you with social media marketing for your business but I’m often asked to help people with their personal profiles too. Today I thought I’d share one of the most common questions I’m asked by friends and family, “How can I limit the status updates that I post so that they are only seen by a select group of Facebook Friends?” The answer is: By creating and using your Facebook Friends Lists. Friends Lists are not only handy for privacy reasons but they are also useful if you want to quickly find out what a group of your friends (or family) have been up to.
Some Friend Lists are automatically created by Facebook, these include:
– Close Friends
You can add friends to a Friends List in a couple of ways:
First locate your Friends List by click on the menu item down the left hand side that says ‘Friends’
Next click on the Friends List you would like to update, it should look similar to this (this example is my work):
If people work at the same place as you and they have this listed in their personal profile, chances are, Facebook might ask you if you would like to add them to the list. You can also use the ‘+Add coworkers to this list’ option on the right hand side where the arrow is pointing. Lastly, you have the option to click on your friends list and hover over the button that says ‘Friends,’ a drop down list will appear and you can tick the relevant ‘Friend list’.
You can add more Friends Lists by click on the Friends menu item on the left hand side. In the middle of your page you will see an option on the right hand side that says ‘+Create list,’ click this and start adding friends by name:
Once you have all of this set up, it’s simply a matter of making sure you post your status update to the correct ‘Friends List.’ You can do this my visiting the ‘Friends’ Menu item and clicking on the list you would like to share something with and simply post in the status update area. Alternatively you can make a post in the status update bar on your home screen and select the list by clicking on tab that says ‘Friends’ next to ‘post’
There are lots of reasons why you might create a Friends List, but it’s important to remember that your ‘Friends Lists’ are still on Facebook and you are working within the framework of someone else’s technology.
Now it’s over to you: Do you use Friends Lists on Facebook or are you more choosy about who you accept as your Facebook Friends? Some people don’t accept Friend requests from work mates, they prefer to use Linkedin, does this work better for you? Would you find these lists useful?
Author: Celina Johnson
• Customised social media set up
• Daily Monitoring of your social media
• Marketing Plans and Strategies
• Experienced in Shopping Centres
• Experienced in Retail
• Experienced in Small Business
• Media trained
• Experienced in stakeholder liaison