In 2011, Facebook created improved friend lists so that you can customize your settings for different groups of friends.

To help you get started, Facebook has already set up lists for you to use like close friends, acquaintances, and restricted.

Close Friends: You can add your best friends to this list to see more of them in your News Feed and get notified each time they post. You also have the option to turn these extra notifications off.

Acquaintances: This list is for friends you don’t need to stay in close touch with. People on your acquaintance's list will rarely show up in your News Feed. You can also choose to exclude these people when you post something, by choosing Friends except Acquaintances in the audience selector.

Restricted: This list is for people you’ve added as a friend but just don’t want to share with, like your boss. When you add someone to your restricted list, they will only be able to see your Public content or posts of yours that you tag them in.

Go to your Friends list from your Timeline and you can see which of your friends is on which list. You can also create new customized lists.

To see how your timeline appears to your friends on each list, click the lock icon in the top right corner, select “Who can see my stuff?” and then select “What do other people see on my Timeline?” From there you can view your info as if you were them.


You can edit the name of any list or smart list that you create. To edit the name of one of your lists:
  1. Click Friend Lists under Explore on the left side of your News Feed
  2. Click on the list you want to edit
  3. Click Manage List at the top of the page
  4. Select Rename List
  5. Type in the new name and click Save
When you change the name of a smart list, only you can see the new name. So if John changes the name of his San Francisco list to “SF People” and shares with that list, the friends on that list will still see “John’s San Francisco Friends” in the audience icon. Remember that when you share with friends on a list, they only see the name of the list if it’s a smart list.
Note: Close Friends, Acquaintances, and Restricted lists can’t be renamed.

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