How to add Friends to Groups or Lists or Filters in Facebook

Before the new Facebook interface was fully launched, I mentioned that it would be a good idea to plan some groups for you to filter your friendsOpens in a new tab. into. Lists like “business” or “cute” or “mum and her friends” or guys at work” or “guys at footy”.

So, I was trying to figure out how to put my friends into different groups (filter them) in Facebook and found it a bit tricky so thought I’d share it here:



The best time to do it, is when you add/request people as friends, i.e. on the reqs pageOpens in a new tab..


Go to Friends
Go to Friends

You get this screen. They hid groups, lists, filters, whatever you want to call them, under TOGGLE.

Toggle is the Key
Toggle is the Key

Actually, number 1 should point to Friends Lists (your filter).

What are the number?

  1. Friends Lists – a list of groups that you are using. You can add at the bottom.
  2. Networks and old filters – Facebook had about 12 inluding school friends, colleagues and “Hookups” which must mean something less racy in America than it does in Australia!
  3. TOGGLE. Groups are hidden here.

So, what does Toggle do? It gives you more options:


I picked Kate Kendall cos she looks all gorgeous and Rembrandt-y. 😛

Anyway, that’s where Facebook hid groups, lists, filters, whatevers.  Now use the groups to limit what content they can see. No more photos of you getting smashed at industry events open to the ‘work’ group or the ‘business’ group or even the ‘mum and friends’ group. *wink* Dont forget to add my Facebook profile Opens in a new tab.to the ‘uber witty intelligent and funny social media’ list that you are going to create.  😛

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.

10 thoughts on “How to add Friends to Groups or Lists or Filters in Facebook

  1. How to add Friends to Groups or Lists or Filters in Facebook
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  2. “a bit tricky” ha-ha, that’s an understatement! Thanks for this post – it couldn’t be more timely for me! And actually, “hookup” in the U.S. means pretty much what it means in Australia!

  3. Excellent writeup & very topical for me right now

    Unfortunately there is a restriction on the length of friend list names so i just added you to ‘uber witty intelligent an’ list, i assume this is okay with you :)if not please tell Facebook and i’m sure they will fix it

    this is one exercise i am very glad to be a Facebook slacker and have few friends added in there yet

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