Too Many Facebook Friends? Here's How To Manage Them

Mark Anthony Germanos
Mark Anthony Germanos Social Media Director,

Posted on February 26th 2013

Too Many Facebook Friends? Here's How To Manage Them

Facebook friendsHow many Facebook Friends do you have?

Is it 1,000? 2,000? 3,000? I have nearly 4,000 Facebook Friends. I used to think this was worth bragging about. I don’t anymore. Instead, I am focusing on filtering my Facebook News Feed. This filtering will help me see posts from people:

  1. Who I know in person
  2. Who write content I find valuable
  3. Who have funny things to say.

Facebook Friends Lists

Let me introduce you to the Facebook Friends Lists feature. You can create a list of Facebook Friends. You can then add Friends to this list. When you log in to Facebook, you can pull up this list without manually scrolling down through your News Feed.

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“You can add individual friends to lists by hovering over the Friends button at the top of their timeline and selecting from the list names that appear. If you don’t see the name of the list you’re looking for, click the option to show all of your lists.

  1. You can also edit your lists or create custom lists right from your home page:
  2. Click the Home link (along the top-right of every Facebook page)
  3. Find the list you want to edit in the left column, or click the More link next to Friends
  4. Select the list you want to edit or click Create a List
  5. Search for your friends in the search bar at the top of the page, or add people from the List Suggestions on the right”

How to use a Facebook Friend List

You can login to Facebook and go directly to a list. I have two lists, Professional and Close Friends. They both appear on the left frame. I simply scroll down the left frame, find the list I want to look at and then click it.  When you are looking at a Facebook Friend List, you will see its URL (Internet address) in your browser’s address bar. That is valuable.

You can place a shortcut on your desktop. One of my lists is at With a shortcut on your desktop, you can simply click the shortcut and go straight to the list. Facebook will present a login prompt if you’re not currently logged in.

To create a desktop shortcut in Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the web page you want as the target
  2. Copy the URL (Internet address)
  3. Go to a blank place on your Windows desktop
  4. Right-click your desktop
  5. Choose New > Shortcut
  6. Paste the URL and click Next
  7. Type a name and click Finish

You can test this by clicking the new shortcut. It will take you straight to your Facebook Friend List. This will save time and help you get to posts from people you feel have valuable content. Enjoy.

Mark Anthony Germanos

Mark Anthony Germanos

Social Media Director,

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Kent Ong
Posted on February 28th 2013 at 5:21AM

Hi Mark, I did have more than 4000 friends on Facebook, finally I realized that I don't really build relationship with all of them. I started reducing my friends, I am still doing now. Too many friends will distract us as well since there are a lot of updates (unless do what you advice - choose updates show on our Facebook home page), but keep only friends that really have relationship is the best solution for me.

Mark Anthony Germanos
Posted on February 28th 2013 at 4:56PM

Thank you Kent. I think Facebook is too liberal with the definition of a "friend." I don't personally know most of mine. They found me on a random day and sent a Friend request. I am moving away from Facebook and toward LinkedIn. Connections there seem to have more strength. 

Posted on March 1st 2013 at 12:57PM

Good one Mark. It showed me how to only limit seeing important friends details and their activities. This will help others to filter their friend list if the list is more then 700 or more.

Thank you.