Ever get the feeling that Facebook is hiding things from you? That people are talking about things that you don’t see on your Facebook wall?
If so, it’s because YOU have not taken advantage of Facebook’s enhanced List feature.
The Facebook wall, up until recently, was a riot of information. Posts from people that you knew were so well hidden amongst posts from people that you hardly know, and for the most part could care less about, that you often could miss the important things.
We have had the ability to organize our wall through something called Lists for sometime now, but most users have never taken the time to learn about them, let alone implement them. Recognizing this, in a recent update, Facebook has made them easier to use, while at the same time pretty much requiring that you do so!
To start with, the old Facebook Wall allowed you to see posts based on a secret sauce called Edge Rank. This meant that what you saw was what Facebook believed that you’d want to see. It worked pretty well, but you often got posts from people you didn’t care about. If you used the Most Recent feature you could also see every post from all of your friends…if you happened to be on when they posted or shortly thereafter. Again, a lot could be missed this way.
The new change urges you to divide up all of your friends into categories called Lists. To get you started Facebook has created some lists for you called Close Friends, Acquaintances, Family and may even have populated them for you based on information about your friends that it knows. They also created another list based on your geographic area.
Then they placed a section on the left sidebar called Lists. The idea is that if you see a list name in the sidebar,maybe you would click on it! If you do, the wall changes to just show posts from the people in that list, which is a great way to make sure that you see the things that they are talking about. If you make a status update or comment while looking at a list, then by default only that list could see it (If they were also subscribed to you).
You can create your own lists too. You might want one for your company, clients, past clients, competitors, your church and so on. It’s easy to do and it will make your Facebook experience more enjoyable. To learn how to do this just go to the following link which will take you to the Facebook help section on Lists:
If you’ve been to any of my Facebook hands on classes you already know that I was and am a big believer in using lists. If you haven’t been to a class and would like to attend one, let me and I’ll put you on an interest list for the next class.
In the meantime, just give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how it enhances your Facebook experience.