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Facebook (Finally) Lets Us Separate Our Close Friends From Acquaintances

Submitted by on September 14, 2011 – 8:54 am4 Comments

Thank you, Facebook!

That’s all we have to say after hearing about the latest change made to the social networking site. While we’ve been plenty satisfied with the way Facebook has been operating for the last year or so, they’ve finally given us the ability to do the one thing we’ve wanted to do ever since, well, ever since we first got a friend request from that annoying kid that used to sit behind us in geometry class ten years ago in high school. That’s right, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. have finally given us the ability to separate our “close friends” from our “acquaintances.”

So, what exactly does that mean for us? Well, Facebook has basically given us the power to go through our lists of “friends” and break them down into the two aforementioned categories. Then, every time we sign into Facebook, we’ll be greeted by a feed filled with status updates from our close friends, not the acquaintances who we talk to once every ten years at our high school reunions. We’ll still see when an acquaintance gets married, starts attending a new school, or moves to a foreign city, but we won’t be subjected to their every move on Facebook. Essentially, we’ll finally be able to categorize our “friends” by just how well we do or don’t know people.

Unfortunately, there’s no way for Facebook to automatically separate close friends and acquaintances. So we’ll have to go through all of our friends, which could be very time-consuming and tedious. But one look at our current feed shows us just how valuable this new feature will be. So we’re happy to take the time to use it.

The other good news is that we’ll be able to categorize all our new friends as we accept them. So when that other annoying kid from our geometry class comes knocking on our Facebook wall sometime in the near future, we’ll be able to throw him right into the acquaintance category. It’s a relatively simple change in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a change that Facebook should have had a long time ago. We’re just glad they finally came to their senses and added it.

So long, acquaintances. It was nice knowing you—and it’s still sort of nice knowing you—but we’ll be knowing a whole lot less about you in the future. Thank you, Facebook.

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  • Dona says:

    To be fair, it’s quite sad to add such a feature on facebook. I mean, yeah that kid in geometry class was annoying, but that doesn’t mean he still is today . I’ve always thought of facebook as a mean for people to get along well, knowing each other better. It’s so sad that the social side of facebook is becoming “less social”. :(

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  • amy says:

    FB needs to DEFAULT everyone to acquaintances. Then we can switch our friends, close friends, and family to upgraded status. FASTER THAT WAY. We all have way more acquaintances.

  • lesa says:

    you still haven’t told me how i can change a ‘friend’ into an an
    ‘acquaintance’ on facebook. don’t want to completely de friend her
    but i would like too….don’t need to make things worse.

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