Creating Friend Lists and Filtering Your News Feed on Facebook

On Facebook, you can create lists of your friends to keep them in different categories (i.e., I have lists for my Craig Ferguson loving friends, musician friends, writer friends, dog lovers, rat lovers, best friends forever, etc.) or list them by topics so that you can then filter your news feed to get the news you are most interested in at the moment and also have a specific list of friends if you want to email them about something. It also gives you a way to see news that you might not be getting in your regular news feed because you’re not in touch with certain friends as much as others.

First of all, you go to your Home page and click on the Friends icon in the left hand column. When you do that your Friends List will come up and you’ll see which friends have recently updated their profile in some manner. At the top of that page is a box called + Create a list. You click on it and then another dialogue box pops up and you can enter a name for your list and then click on the photos of your friends who you would like to add to that list and then just click the blue Create list button at the bottom of the dialogue box.

That list will now be added underneath your Friends icon with its name and you can click on the link it creates any time to see what those particular friends are up to. This is a very useful tool to have when you have a LOT of friends and want to keep track of everyone. It’s a very time consuming thing to do if you have a lot of friends and have never made lists before but once you get organized, when you add new friends you can add them to one of your lists right away.

You can edit your list of friends any time. Go back to your lists and click on the list you want to edit. Then click on the Edit list button at the top of your specific list feed and add new friends or delete friends from the feed by running your cursor over the far right hand corner of a friend’s entry until you see the Hide button and click on it. It will give you the choice of hiding that person from the feed or canceling.

Note: You can only email 20 friends at a time on Facebook through your personal profile, so if your list contains more than 20 people, you will not be able to email everyone on it. This is why it is important for artists, entrepreneurs & businesses to have their own Like/Fan page on Facebook because those pages allow you to email everyone who is a member of the page at the same time.

P.S. You can have 1,500 friends on each list, each friend can be on more than one list, and you can make up to 100 Friend Lists.

For more tips on how to use Facebook effectively as well as other social media tips and links to great talent, join me at my Scully Love Promo page on Facebook!


  1. Hi Christine, you are such an amazing help and writer. You are always thinking about other people and how you can help people. This information for Facebook is so great. Thank you. Teresa

  2. Christine Bode says:

    That’s very sweet of you to say Teresa! You are my most faithful commenter and I thank you so much for that! I am trying to be helpful to others when I can. Give me a call sometime and let me know how you’re doing.

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