Managing Friends on Facebook


The average Facebook user now has about 338 friends, though the median number is quite a bit lower: 200. This means that while half of all Facebook users have 200 or fewer friends, many of the billion-plus Facebookers have quite a few more. In fact, 15 percent of users have friend lists topping 500.

It’s great to have lot’s of friends of course but the downside is that it could result in a lot of stuff to scroll through on your news feed.

Facebook make it pretty easy to manage what you see and from who. By default when you send a friend request you will automatically follow them, that means you will get their public posts in your news feed even if they do not accept your request, this is also the case if you send a friend request to someone who has the maximum amount of friends (5000) so although you will not become Facebook friends you will see their public posts.

We all have those friends that annoying stuff or posts we have no interest in, well, you don’t need to delete these people to do away with their irritating ways. Instead, you can drop them from your News Feed while remaining ‘Friends’. This means you’ll stop being bombarded with their incessant whining while still being able to visit their profile and see what’s happening in their lives whenever the mood takes you, and also send messages.

This article briefly explains how to control what you see in your news feed and from who… ‘How?’ We hear you cry. ‘Help us, quickly!’ Well, it’s surprisingly simple, once you’ve found the correct sub-menu option, that is – on your own profile page go to your friends list, as if by magic a list of all your friends appears.


general settings
fig1: general settings
unfollow or add to top
fig2: unfollow or add to top







There are two columns for each friend, one on the left (with profile photo) contains all friend options when hovered over (see image fig2) and a dropdown list of the most used option on the right (see image fig1)

Choosing unfollow will prevent any posts from that friend appearing in your news feed (you will remain friends)

In these options you can also add friends as ‘close friends’  once selected you will get all of their pubic posts in your news feed plus a notification each time they post.

Most options are self explanatory, there is however an option of lists, Facebook has added one to start you off but you can create your own lists.  Lists come into play when you post yourself and when you select the visibility of your post you can select groups (a list) of people who can see the post or not see the post, this can be a useful feature when used correctly.

Well I hope that has been of some use to you, if so please like and share 🙂


web designer, music lover and Online security expert.