Facebook Confirms Launch Of Smart Friend Lists

It’s official: Facebook has launched new and improved friend lists.

The social network posted a blog entry summarizing the 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.

These improvements ought to help Facebook get more people to use friend lists. And like our most esteemed sibling blog, Inside Facebook, brilliantly puts it:

As friend list usage increases beyond the current five percent of Facebook’s membership, people will likely share more personal, professional and local content with relevant audiences rather than spam friends on the other side of the country about making dinner plans, or offend co-workers or family with racier photos and jokes.

Smart lists go hand-in-hand with the recent placement of privacy controls in the area where people share content with their friends.

These changes together aim to help people become more comfortable with privacy on Facebook.

Readers, what do you make of these changes to the site — will they help people feel better about privacy on Facebook?

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