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Facebook Smart Lists Kind of Google+-esque

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Facebook is apparently testing a feature called “Smart Lists” which appears to group your friends by people you work with, people you attend school with, and people who live within 50 miles of your current city.

The feature appears to have been first spotted by Nick Starr, who tweeted the following screen shot:

Smart Lists on Facebook

Update: Mashable has some additional screenshots of some broader friend-flitering testing.

The extent of the testing is unclear, and this may or may not become a mainstream feature, but it kind of seems like another way Facebook is encouraging users to use Facebook in a way that has made Google+ appealing to its users – the separation of friends.

Of course, it’s not like Facebook didn’t let you separate people before. Google’s version was hardly a new idea. Facebook has had lists and groups both for some time, but this appears to be more a pre-made set of likely lists that users would want to use, without the user having to make the effort of setting them up.

The real appeal of Google’s Circles as it launched was the ease of the Circle-specific sharing functionality. It’s easy to know who you’re sharing a post with at any time. Apparently recognizing this as a good idea, it didn’t take Facebook too long to implement similar controls.

New Facebook Sharing Features

It’s not as if Google+‘s entire interface wasn’t influenced by Facebook though, so it seems pretty fair. Maybe by the time it’s all said and done, Facebook and Google+ will be exactly the same.

Facebook has also been reaching into the Twitter idea pool again lately as well. Check out the recent iOS app changes.

Facebook Smart Lists Kind of Google+-esque
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  • Ashish bhariyal

    It is so cool..

  • http://aaqilx.blogspot.com Aaqil Mahmood

    Facebook is improving. I am liking it :)

  • http://billing.qth.com Ham Radio Hosting

    Facebook does have Lists, but they are buried, and very difficult to work with. Worse, all of their mobile products do not support them in any way. So, if you are mobile and want to check and see what your REAL friends are up to, you have to sift through all the other junk anyway. Google+ makes it SUPER EASY to only see what certain circles of friends are up to. It seems to have been built from the ground up to allow you to work with circles of friends. This is the difference between Facebook and Google+. If Google+ had enough people on it, I’d dump Facebook for this reason alone.

  • http://www.mytradezone.com MyTradeZone – The B2B Social Network

    Interesting feature. It seems like Facebook is making some changes in response to Google+, perhaps their most formidable competitor.