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To avoid embarrassing moments like the “like” your boss left on a picture of your childhood tagged by your mother, Facebook allows us to manage and control our privacy and visibility of our information through mechanisms such as lists of friends or Privacy settings.
These are tasks that we should check frequently to make sure nothing has changed since social networks are constantly making changes.
But how do you know exactly what you’re sharing with your contacts? Let’s look at the necessary steps to properly configure your list ts of friends.
1. Define Which Lists are Needed
To view Facebook’s lists, search the bottom of the left column. There are lists labeled as ‘friends’ , ‘best friends’or ‘acquaintances that always appear as predefined lists.
It is also possible that Facebook could add “smart lists” based on information that match from your contacts such as “family” or “university “.
Besides these friends lists, Facebook gives you the option to create and configure your own lists through the “Create a List”.
2. Add Friends
Once you’ve established the contact lists you want, you can begin to add contacts. To do this, you will go to each list through the manage list/edit contacts link, and from there you can decide who you want to add.
Generally, Facebook will not notify your contacts that have been added to a list, unless it’s a “smart list “. For example, if you add a contact to the list “Family“, Facebook will send a notice to that person informing them of their family relationship with you.
3. Updates to Your Lists
Facebook also gives you the option to view updates from all contacts in a single list in a parallel wall. Due to the algorithm used by Facebook, your main timeline will only show the information of people we share the most relationships with, but thanks to the Facebook Lists, we’re now able to stay updated on those people we haven’t kept in contact with.