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Facebook: How to View Newsfeed of a Friends List


Let’s say you want to see just the status updates of a group or list of friends on Facebook. Perhaps you want to ignore work folk and just see your family’s statuses.  How do you do that? It’s a feature that Facebook had and then I thought they had lost. But apparently not – I found it again!

In 2009, I gave some detailed instructions on how to set up a list and then view the newsfeed of that list. As usual, the minute I do that, Facebook changes it’s website. Ah well, I found it again.

  1. When you confirm a friend, click Add To List. Or go to “Friends” on the top tab, and start adding friends you’ve already go to lists. I suggst lists like (taking them from the new Google Plus One Circles) Family, Friends, Acquaintances, and I also use location ones – Singapore, Adelaide etc.
  2. Now go to your newsfeed (Facebook.com – the main page) – but click on “Most Recent” downward arrow. Then select the List.

Unlike Twitter lists, you can’t use Facebook Lists to mine others’ social networks e.g. you won’t see “Real Estate” or “Authors” lists created by others. But at least you can check on specific groups when you want to. Like Clay Shirky sort of said, there is no such thing as too much information, just filter failure.

Thanks to @AndrewLitvak for the prompt 🙂

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

19 thoughts on “Facebook: How to View Newsfeed of a Friends List

  1. reading @SilkCharm's blog about Facebook lists: Go check it out – I like the comparison to Google+ Circles: http://t.co/M8otXZq

    1. Top Right Hand corner “Lists” of the persons profile. Add them to lists. When you view the list you only get that groups tweets.

  2. Neat! This sure helps in filtering out unnecessary updates and keeps one focused on the more important ones.

    This is also convenient for busy people to catch up on select friends or family without wasting time in wading through the news feed.

  3. Was about to make a comment topic related but am confused with all the red lines through everyone’s names? Is everyone else seeing this?

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