Facebook - Don't Miss Your Most Important People

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Once you've been on Facebook for a while, your friends list will have grown large. Also, you will have "liked" (subscribed) to many other business and group pages. Your clients (active and previous) are probably in your friends list (they should be) and certainly your family is there. Do you sometimes feel like you are missing posts for these most important people? I did until I discovered that you can make lists. Sometimes the large volume of posts from all your subscribed pages drown out the people. In the figure below, the "pages" are posting so much, there is no actual "people" shown. These types of posts are good and instructional BUT you might be missing posts that you don't want to miss.

facebook news feed

So... If you haven't discovered this yet, don't miss this button!
when you click on "Friends" on the left side navigation, note the button you get over at the top right...

facebook create list

You will get a pop-up box where you can select the people that you want to put in a particular list. For example, I have lists created for my side of the family, my wife's side of the family, clients, and one just called "people" which is EVERYONE except all the pages for businesses.

facebook select people

Once you have your lists, then you'll be amazed as you start to use them! Now when you open Facebook in your browser, go over to the left side navigation menu and click the Friends link which then expands all your list options directly below. Start selecting your particular lists to filter your news feed and you'll be surprised about all the "people" news that you've most likely been missing!

(note: Facebook (Jan 2011) moved the location where you select the list that you want to display - see my updated post on where to find out about this)

You're in a business of helping people - now don't lose track of them in your untamed Facebook news feed!

(PS - moving forward, as you accept new friend requests, right away put them into the lists that you want them in otherwise you might accidentally overlook the "newcomers")

facebook people news

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Rob Albertson
Realty Austin - Austin, TX

Thanks Craig for the Facebook help.  Anything that helps streamline connecting and utilizing social media is welcomed information here.  Keep the tips coming, please.

Aug 16, 2010 05:48 AM #39
Stephen Hodge
Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage - Cobourg, ON

Ahhh... organization is a good thing in business. In your office or on your desktop - it's always a good idea. And this is one I didn't know about, so thanks very much for sharing. I'm going to start orgainizing my FB friends right away!

Aug 16, 2010 06:37 AM #40
Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX

Craig - That is a sweet idea, I can't wait to try it out...

Aug 16, 2010 08:09 AM #41
Kerry Lucasse
eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team - Atlanta, GA
Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant

Great post -- and a fantastic idea, Craig!  I've categorized my friends, clients, real estate associates, etc but I need to put the categories to work for me.

Aug 16, 2010 08:18 AM #42
Mario Jannatpour
RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville, Colorado - Louisville, CO
Author of the Book, "The Honest Real Estate Agent"

Hi Craig!  This is helpful---

I created a list per your screen shots.  My question is can I then do "posts" on Facebook to the lists that I create, that would be really cool.  For example, post some personal photos and stuff to a Family List so I don't have to send so many personal posts to my entire list.


Aug 16, 2010 10:57 AM #43
Jesus Sotelo Carrillo
Capitol Real Estate Group - Visalia, CA

Great Facebook Tips, Thanks. I haven't quite grown my Facebook enough. 

Aug 16, 2010 10:58 AM #44
Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers

Thanks for the Facebook tip, Craig. (I’ve bookmarked this for future reference.) 

Aug 16, 2010 11:35 AM #45
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Mario: when you make a post in facebook, you can use your created lists. Once you start a post (photos or any kind), notice there is a "lock" symbol button next to the share button. Once you do this, choose "customize" > choose visible to "specific people" > then start typing your list name until you see it and can click it!

Aug 16, 2010 11:47 AM #46
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Great info post about FB.  I have made different friends categories there....I have all my AR/BLOG friends in a group named "Blog-o-holics".   I will go add you too!

Aug 16, 2010 12:42 PM #47
Mario Jannatpour
RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville, Colorado - Louisville, CO
Author of the Book, "The Honest Real Estate Agent"

Craig---did it and it works!  Great, thanks so much, that was very helpful.


Aug 16, 2010 05:14 PM #48
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Thank you for posting to facebook fantatics.  I have featured it there!

Aug 16, 2010 05:18 PM #49
Alex Chang
Roost - San Francisco, CA

Great tip Craig.  I'm reblogging.

Aug 17, 2010 06:54 AM #50
Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
Brand Ambassador and Business Coach

Wonderfully helpful tip, Craig.  Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

Aug 18, 2010 05:54 AM #51
Adam R. Cohn
We actually get mortgages closed FAST!

Thanks for the info, I will do my lists today with your instructions!

Aug 18, 2010 07:45 AM #52
Tom Priester
Paradise Sharks - Jupiter, FL
Paradise Sharks

Craig, another great post that puts some tremendous information out there for us all to contemplate. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope that all is well with your business up in Warwick. Cheers!

Aug 21, 2010 01:10 AM #53
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

i have set up some list before, but mainly just a realtor list and friend list... thanks for the great idea of making more lists for the purpose of time saving.. i hadn't thought of that...

Aug 29, 2010 11:35 AM #54
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I see why your post was featured.  What a great way to start off with Active Rain!  I'm sure your experience with Facebook gave you a head start. There is common ground between Active Rain and Facebook.

Sep 04, 2010 04:46 PM #55
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Craig~thanks for detailing the post, very useful and a real time saving technique.

Jan 16, 2011 06:04 AM #56
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

AWESOME!  I always wondered what the Lists were for, and now I know and can use them!  Thanks, Craig!

Mar 13, 2011 05:22 PM #57
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I am so glad you posted on this. I knew about lists but not sure how to use them to produce leads. I think I am going to update my current lists and see if this works better.

Jul 12, 2012 02:22 PM #58
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