How to Target Posts and Read Exclusive Newsfeeds on Facebook

Have you ever wished you could post a status that would only get read by a certain group of friends - perhaps work colleagues, or people in a certain geographic area?

Have you ever wished you could post a status that would only get read by a certain group of friends - perhaps work colleagues, or people in a certain geographic area?

Have you ever wanted to post a photo that you didn't want all your Facebook friends to find in their Newsfeeds?

MAXIMIZING THE USE OF FRIENDS LISTS
For those of us in business there are times when we fear we'll boring our friends and family with the posts that pertain to business, or want to make a inside joke that only old high school friends would understand. Posts that fit everyone become more challenging to create as our number of Facebook friends grows.

Facebook has created a built in capacity for managing friends from diverse social associations. The tool for organizing groups of friends is the Friends List. Currently I have over 1000 Facebook friends. All are organized into a series of Facebook lists. Some by geographic area, some by niche associations (old friends, family, writers, travel, business development). This makes it easy for me to post to certain groups and read Newsfeeds exclusive to certain groups (comes in handy when you have limited time to scan your Newsfeed and want to be sure to see posts from certain groups).

CREATING A LIST

Click on ACCOUNT (upper right of Facebook screen near PROFILE), then Edit Friends, Create List. Enter the name for the list in the box provided.  Click on the icons of all your friends to go on this list. Save.

HINT: I find that typing in the names that come to mind in the search box provided above the friend icons is helpful.  I do that first, then scroll the icons and click on friends to complete the list.

HINT 2: Friends can be added to multiple lists. For example, someone in my FAMILY list might also be on my DC AREA.

POST TO .... and READING FROM  ... Specific Lists

To Read a Newsfeed containing posts ONLY of friends on an Exclusive list.  
  1. Activate the MOST RECENT feed at the top right of your Newsfeed. 
  2. Click on the down arrow next to Most Recent to activate the drop drown menu. Your first few lists with "choose another" will appear. If the list you want is not visible, click Choose Another to reveal all of your Friends Lists.
  3. Select a List to aggregate a Newsfeed of those friends exclusively.
  4. A Newsfeed will appear that contains only posts from friends on that selected list.

To Post only to a specific list
  1. Activate the MOST RECENT feed at the top right of your Newsfeed. 
  2. Click on the down arrow next to Most Recent to activate the drop drown menu. Your first few lists with "choose another" will appear. If the list you want is not visible, click Choose Another to reveal all of your Friends Lists.
  3. Select a List.  What you post here, will ONLY appear in the Newsfeeds of the Friends on that list.
NOTE:  This technique does not make your posts inaccessible to friends not on that list.  Those friends can still find the post on your wall.  This is simply a way to target certain Newsfeeds and highlight certain posts.





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