New sharing options available in Facebook

on Sep 19, 2011

Now this is what I call innovation. Facebook has just done something which seems inspired by Google+. It has introduced the concept of Google+ circles in the form of Smart Lists. It has introduced three main improvements, which it is claiming will change the way you interact with your friends.

The three main improvements are as following:

  1. Smart lists - Create them yourself and stay up-to-date with the profile info your friends have in common with you.
  2. Close Friends and Acquaintances lists - You can see your best friends' photos and posts at one place, and see less from people you're not so close to you.
  3. Better suggestions - You can add your friends according to your own preference.
Friend Lists are completely optional. If you don't like lists, you don't have to use them.

Smarter lists are now available on Facebook
Smarter lists are now available on Facebook

Smart Lists

Initially, Facebook provided the following options to manage the lists:

  • Work
  • School
  • Family
  • City
I personally think that this will make things much easier as earlier it was very tough to scroll down the whole friend list to find someone.

 Close Friends and Acquaintances Lists:

There are two important lists which have some special properties- one of them is Close Friends list and the other is Acquaintances list. The close friends list will allow you to choose only 5-10 friends that you think are your real close friends and will show/notify you even about their slightest updates. Whereas the Acquaintances List will only show the most important updates of theirs and yes you can add them to yourself.

Better Suggestions

When you add someone as a friend or confirm a friendship request, then you'll be able to add that friend to any of smart lists- Close Friends, Acquaintances, and your own lists, making them easier to create and update.

Better Suggestions
Better Suggestions

See and Share

Whenever you feel like sharing something with a narrower set of friends, simply use this tool and pick one of your lists.

See and share on Facebook
See and share on Facebook

According to me, this new sharing option has just made Facebook a lot safer and it will also resolve privacy concern of the users.

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