So you’ve probably seen my “How To Use Facebook Friends Lists To Their Maximum Potential” vlog post, and you’re wondering what the differences are in Restricted and Acquaintances lists. Maybe you just stumbled in here from Google (as many of you do), and if so then I’d encourage you to go check it if you haven’t seen it. Just know that I primarily write for leaders and people in ministry of the Christian faith.
So now if you’re wondering what the difference is in those two lists, well, so was I once! They both have the ability to group people and limit their exposure to your posts and vice versa, right? Well, that’s good, but then why two!? How do you know which list to put people in!? Does it matter? Let me explain…
IT’S ALL IN YOUR OPINION OF THEM
You’ll quickly see that there is, in fact, two distinct reasons for these two distinct lists. To do this, I’ll give you my personal take on these.
Let’s start with the Acquaintances. These are people you don’t really care to see updates from that often.
Yes, you can also control what they see of you, which is good, but primarily this is about what you do or don’t want to see from them! No hard feelings…
We’re talking, maybe, the kids that added you and are always talking nonsense and filling your timeline with noise. You wanna be nice and accept their “friendship” but, “whoa, less noise please!” This is the list!
How about the 12019313239273652 girls that are trolling for attention by posting pictures of themselves all-but-nude? This is the list! How about that guy that’s always doing political or social rants of some kind? Prime candidate for this list! Ha, pun.
Maybe you’re a leader in the public eye and you have lots of people who think you’re “friends”, but in all honesty you don’t care what they ate for supper, or to see the 10th picture of their dog that day, or to hear about how she’s “so angry she’s about to go off on yada, yada, yada.” Well, Acquaintance those folks!
Again, yes you can control what these folks see of you as well by using your Audience Selector in your posting box (remember, go watch my post or check out the comments), but bottom line thinking here: “I don’t wanna see _______ from _______.”
Then there’s the Restricted. These are the people you don’t want seeing your updates.
Yes you can control this in other ways, but this is more of a blanket fix. Ya know, for those people you just know, that you know, that you know, ya don’t want them creepin on ya! Ha!
Once someone goes in this list, the only way they see your content is if it’s posted as Public in your Audience Selector when you post, or if you directly tag them.
I’d have to admit that I rarely find use for this list. I guess perhaps if you’re wanting to hide things from your boss you might find it useful (but one of you has a problem then).
Perhaps though, again your someone in the public eye and you don’t want people seeing your baby pictures, status updates from your out-of-town trips, honeymoon speedo shots, etc., If that’s you, then, well, there’s a few uses for it.
Bottom line thinking here: “I don’t want _______ seeing my ________.
SO HOW DO I, MYSELF, UTILIZE THESE?
The way I look at it is this: If I’m called to be an ambassador for Christ, then I want as many people seeing what I say and do as possible. This means I rarely ever have anyone just plain Restricted. I do at different times though.
Ya know, basically it’s that I think I’m pretty awesome. (Ha! Joke) I mean, If they want to be my “friend” then they get to see my stuff – with some discretion!
If they don’t like it, they don’t need to add me as a “friend”.
The Acquaintances list though, is huge. Here’s why: Females on Facebook are often looking for attention – like most all of us – with their bodies these days. I don’t believe this is a healthy situation for myself, or any one. So my Acquaintances list is loaded with tons of females who “troll for attention with their body as bait” – as I’m fond of putting it. They’ll catch something, and probably not what they’re wanting, but I want to guard myself from it being me.
I never have to see these 47 mirror shots, 33 new outfits, and 58 bikini photos per week. Less war on the mind, heart, and soul. It’s a good thing. Outta site is usually out of mind for me. Thank you lists!
For men or other people who just seem creepy, annoying, or crazy, I can just control their population of my feeds on an individual basis with the selector box on their profile in the right hand corner.
It drops down, you select the updates you’d like and how often. Boom. Done.
The best news of all is, nope, your “friends” are never notified if they’re put on these lists! It’s super easy and private!
Think well! Have any other questions or suggestions? How do you use lists? Leave them in the comments below and let me know if this helped ya!