How Do You Use Facebook Lists?

Going back to an earlier post of mine, at “another” blog 😉 the issue will certainly begin to arise for the recently hired (or anyone really) who may have the pleasure of administering Facebook pages on behalf of clients, or your own firms – “How do I separate work (client), work (colleagues and bosses), and friends on Facebook?”

After all, for the last n number of years Facebook has been your playground and you’d like to keep it that way – at least a little bit. Further, for the “older” folks who have a larger outside-of-work life they’re now dealing with the question of friending clients on Facebook.

And that’s where lists come in – to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to updates, because really – Little Rosemary’s Brownie Troupe leaders don’t necessarily need to be included when you’re seeking social media case studies.  Not that there’d be any harm in that, but the point person at your Fortune 100 client probably doesn’t need to see the vacation pics from you winning the top prize in the Wet T-Shirt contest in Cancun.

And so – the primary question becomes, “What lists do you have on Facebook?”  As a starter set I can easily see creating and using:

  • Workmates,
  • College (HS, Grad School, etc.) Friends,
  • Book (or whatever) Club folks,
  • Those who can see everything I have to say and will still like me (somewhat long of a list name, but wt-heck),
  • Significant Other’s workmates and/or friends,
  • Clients,
  • People I shouldn’t be connected to, but for some reason am,
  • Dragons (just wanted to make sure you’re paying attention).

So, do tell reader – what additional lists do you maintain?

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  • Yvette

    I file everyone under “Full Access” or “Limited” and I have my statuses set up so it defaults to EXCLUDE “Limited” from all of my posts, unless I manually go in and change it.(The little lock icon before you press share – for those of you wondering). The plus side to this is most people cannot see my wall at all, even if they may be able to read a status update or two. If someone figures it out and asks me about it, I simply say I’m just a private person, but reassure them that we’re “friends” and they’re usually fine with it and ask me how to set up their page the same way lol. 

  • Dragons..! I knew I was forgetting an important category when I created my lists..

    but seriously, this is a great post.  One additional category I would add is family..For those lucky enough that their moms are on Facebook, you may not want her seeing all of your updates either.

    Also, just some food for thought- when it does come to the point where you have a job where clients are adding you on facebook, maybe it’s time to take inappropriate pictures down all together..even with carefully put together lists, you never know when those pictures from your college days will come back to bite you!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve found it useful to make lists by profession. (i.e. I have an event planners list, PR list, entrepreneurs list, etc.) 

  • I have an “Already ignored 5 friend requests but they won’t get the hint” list.

  • I wish I had a Dragons list! I also list people by location since I have many friends in both KC and San Diego. I have relevant info for both groups at times.

  • Great to see people’s responses here—thanks for the post Nathan! I find it’s easiest for me to simply separate friends from professional relations. Many people are on both lists, and they
    see it all, but I’m very careful about that. I also have a list for writing and publishing, which I largely see as a hobby (some day, some day). It’s a simple approach and one I would recommend as the least bit of organization one SHOULD do, if they are using FB for business purposes.

  • Minteus

    If you happen to be a parent also, don’t forget to add a list for “Kid’s Friends.” Your efforts to keep tabs on your kid and their friends could inadvertently cause you to be the one floating “bad influence” messages out towards them!