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Facebook Sorts Your Friends From Your Acquaintances

It's a tough job keeping up with your hundreds - if not thousands - of friends on your Facebook profile. That's why the social networking site has decided to give us a helping hand, courtesy of its 'Acquaintance List' feature. Don't say Facebook doesn't spoil you.

With helpful tools allowing you to remove certain people's posts from your news feed proving to be of no such help whatsoever, Facebook has launched the acquaintance tool to help you distinguish from the good, the bad, and the 'people we don't really talk to but would like to keep on our friends list in case of emergencies' lot.

Basically, the Acquaintance List works like this: the facility suggests people you might wish to reduce contact with, by calculating how often you interact with - which in this case, very little. Sweeping these users into the acquaintance net means you instantly receive less news from them, and can be done manually via the following method (as explained by Facebook):

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This quick tool makes it easy to add friends to your Acquaintances list.

- Acquaintances' posts show up less in your News Feed

- You can share with "Friends Except Acquaintances"

- Acquaintances won't be told they're on this list

Whilst a helpful service, it just goes to show how reluctant Facebook users are in undertaking a 'friend' spring clean. Letting go is always a painful process, but taking the time to sort an acquaintances list is not just time-wasting - it's pretty annoying too.

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Source: The Verge

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration