How to Categorize your Friends on Facebook

At first it will be tedious and mundane to add people to lists you have made friends with on Facebook; however, it will be worth your wild going forward with all that you do on Facebook. You can create lists such as; “people I work with”, “online friends” or “friends and family”. These lists can become a great networking tool and help you target the exact people you want to share various content, events, or to even have a peek at what their up to without having to sort through your uncategorized newsfeed.

Here’s how you can create your Facebook Lists Today:

1. Once logged into Facebook you will want to go to the top left where it shows the shadow of a person (where it shows people who want to be friends with you) and click on it. A drop down will appear and you will want to click on the link “Find Your Friends”.

2. After clicking on “Find Your Friends” a new page will appear with a button close to the right-hand side that reads, “Create a list”.

3. Click the button “Create a List” and a popup of all of your friends and pages that you have liked will appear. At the top you can name your list and then click on the faces of your friends that you would like to add to the list – you are able to add the same people to a variety of lists if you choose. – When you have added the people to fit the list, click on the button “create list”.

4. Now that your Facebook lists have been created go to the left column on your newsfeed and click on “friends” to see the list of your lists. When you click on the name of your chosen list – the people you added to the list will be seen in your newsfeed. P.S. You can create Facebook Lists for your pages that you own or are admin to as well.

Facebook Lists can serve a great purpose when you want to see what is happening with your friends and family. It’s an easy way to target events, and will save you tons of time from clicking friends one by one. Make your Facebook lists today and take control over who you want to see in your newsfeed, when you want to.

42 thoughts on “How to Categorize your Friends on Facebook”

  1. downburst says:

    Worth my *wild*?

  2. Nick says:

    This post helped me to use Facebook efficiently. I categorize my Friends with this post help.


  3. Mr.Choice says:

    Useful information. I do not doubt that it is important to group pals on such a social networking site.

  4. Meghan @ WMpS says:

    I’ve not used Facebook lists personally, but I think they’d be fantastic for those people who have defined separate sectors of Facebook friends. It makes it much easier to friend certain people but block them with content you’d like to share with your true friends, if that makes sense!

  5. Kenneth Forrest says:

    Interesting and everything is new to me. I used facebook once in a while and I have not discovered this. I don’t know that friend listing in facebook can be categorized. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Philsout - Philippines Outsourcing says:

    Oh yes. I have done this. I thought there was another way of categorizing your friends’ list. However, if I didn’t know how to do it, this would be a great help.

  7. Sharetivity says:

    Thanks for the great read! I wasn’t aware that you can categorize your friends list!

  8. Ezmelts says:

    I still find the system a bit cumbersome when it comes to organizing friends or displaying specific groups, I always fumble around before remembering how I did it in the first place.

  9. Erin Ryan says:

    Hey Downburst :)

    I hope so!

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  10. Erin Ryan says:

    Hey Nick :)
    That is awesome! I am so glad that this article was useful to you my friend :)

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  11. Erin Ryan says:

    Hi Mr. Choice
    Thanks for your comment, I am glad you enjoyed the read.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  12. Erin Ryan says:

    Hi Meghan @ WMpS

    Thanks for your awesome comment and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  13. Erin Ryan says:

    Hi Kenneth Forrest

    I am so happy that I helped you discover how to list your friends, I hope it helps you use Facebook in an easier way.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  14. Erin Ryan says:

    Philsout – Philippines Outsourcing

    That is great that you use lists, how do you like it?

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  15. Erin Ryan says:


    No thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I enjoy knowing I shared something new.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  16. Erin Ryan says:

    Ezmelts :)

    Ohhh I totally know that feeling! I hate fumbling around, that is partly why I created this post. I hope it helped.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  17. Garious says:

    I know that doing this can take a lot of time on my part, but I guess, it will help lessen the noise in my Facebook home page. I just wish that I can also create a list and give access to a certain group who may or may not see things I post. I definitely don’t want my boss to see my party pics.

  18. Internet Marketing agency says:

    This is really good feature to categorize friends and communicate accordingly.

  19. valeriy says:

    Thanks for the easy to understand instructions. I found this very helpful since I’ve been wanting to categorize friends into lists for a while now and it’s a bummer that Facebook networks have faded away over the years. I think I enjoyed the ability to see all my friend’s in the same network and be able to socialize with a group that way. It was so much easier that way and it kept things organized. Now it seems like if you don’t categorize your friends and list the ones you want to see on your newsfeed all sorts of unwanted junk pops up and clutters the page.

  20. Hazel says:

    Lists are time consuming and frankly boring…be interesting to see if the new “groups” increase their popularity

  21. Erin Ryan says:

    Hey Garious
    Since this post Facebook has recently rolled out a “Group” chat so you can create a “just friends” group and choose the people to add. You can share content and docs. with them as well. It is certainly a faster and more convenient way to share with certain people. This is a great way to hide those party pics from your boss too. Hope this helps :)

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  22. Erin Ryan says:

    Hey Internet Marketing agency

    I think so too. Although I think with Facebook’s new rollout of “Group” chat’s, these lists will probably fall off the Facebook map. They are convenient when wanting to share with a few people and not others. Facebook has just found a faster way of getting this done.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  23. Erin Ryan says:


    I am glad you found this to be useful and hope you made out ok with the List feature. Try using the new group chat feature as well, I think you will like it.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  24. Erin Ryan says:

    Hi Hazel

    You’re completely right. Since this post Facebook has made it easier and faster for us to group people into certain social categories. What do you think of the new groups?

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  25. Facebook Application Development says:

    facebook made life easy :)
    thanks to facebook..

  26. Taylor H. says:

    Features like this make Facebook quicker and easier to use which is very helpful since the site is changing so much all the time. The more people you network with, the more you will need tools like “lists” to keep things straight on real time news feeds. Good to know Facebook is trying to help its users. Will look into making lists myself.

  27. Facebook App Developers says:

    Yeah it’s good i really like the categorizing option for friends list.

  28. Erin Ryan says:

    Hi Taylor :)

    Thanks for the comment! Lists are a bit time consuming and Facebook has recently realized this and cleverly came out with Facebook Group Chats. Although, I still suggest using lists, the group chat might be just as useful and less time consuming to create.

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  29. Amanda Sheets says:

    I’m going to go do this right now! Thanks!

  30. Facebook Application Developer says:

    Great post. Thanks for doing the research on how to categorize people on facebook.

  31. Matcha Green Tea says:

    Interesting! I always wondered what those lists were for

  32. nartey says:

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  33. Kelly@ local business listing says:

    This is a great way to separate your real friends from everybody from your friends list.

  34. Facebook Developer says:

    Nice post. I always wondered what those lists were for

  35. Rahi Jones says:

    Thank you,This was a BIG Help!

  36. Erin Ryan says:

    Fantastic Amanda! Let me know how it worked for you!

    Socially Yours,
    Erin Ryan

  37. Erin Ryan says:

    Facebook Application Developer :)

    My Pleasure, thanks for your feedback!

    Socially Yours,

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