How many friends do you have on Facebook? 50? 150? 450? When I first joined Facebook I had a couple of dozen ‘friends’. I had a family circle, a college circle and my neighbourhood circle. In 2008 we were posted across the country, and I met a new circle of friends. At this point my ‘friends’ list grew and approached 100. For some reason this really concerned me as I couldn’t imagine that I even liked more than 99 people. I desperately began culling folks from our previous posting location trying to keep the friend list to the arbitrary two digit limit I had created for myself. Who gets cut? Who stays? Will they know that I have un-friended them? Will they be offended if I ignore their friend request?
And then we were posted again…
I have recently discovered the most amazing setting on Facebook. The ‘Acquaintance’ setting is highly underutilized and many people don’t even know that it exists. If you feel that you can’t ignore the Costco ‘friend’ and have accepted their request – you can make them an acquaintance. Simply go into your friends list and click on the box beside their name and select ‘Acquaintances’. Their information will rarely show up in your news feed and you can restrict what they see on your own page.
The next time you want to add a status update to your Facebook page you simply select ‘Friends except Acquaintances’ in the drop down menu.
I have used this extensively in an attempt to stay connected but to also manage my privacy. Do you use this feature? Do you have too many friends?