Ever Heard of the Facebook Friend List Feeds? No? That’s why It just Shut Down

The little-known and very underused Facebook Friend List Feeds has been discontinued by the social network, but there are alternatives…

Facebook has announced it’s abruptly shutting down Friend List Feeds, a feature which hardly anyone actually used. In fact, back in 2011, Facebook stated 95 percent of its users never even accessed the option. 

Facebook Friend List Feeds Shut Down

Facebook Friend List Feeds was a dedicated section where users could catch up on posts from a designated group of people. For instance a list might only contain certain family members, coworkers, particular friends, and so on. As a result, Facebook Friend List Feeds offered a more personalized experience, free of Pages and acquaintances.

Facebook posted a note in the section on its app, which states, “Friend List Feeds Will Be Going Away Soon.” (It’s important to note, this only applies to Feeds, not to Lists, which is confusing.) “We’ll be making these friend list feeds unavailable on August 9, 2018, to focus on improving your main News Feed experience. But don’t worry — you can still continue to create, edit and share to your friend lists.”

Facebook Friend List Feeds shut down notice
Credit: Facebook / TechCrunch

Even more confusing is the intertwining of Feeds and Lists. The latter still works. But, it’s quite a bit of work to put one together. Users must create unique lists of friends, one-by-one, then access their posts through Feeds. The Feeds section curated all included friend lists. 

Facebook sought to make the process easier with Smart Lists, where it auto-grouped friends’ posts.

The company confirmed the sunsetting of the section and told TechCrunch, “While people won’t be able to view custom feeds from lists of friends, they’ll still be able to create and edit friends lists, and share just to these audiences whenever they post to Facebook. In addition to these options, they can also keep customizing News Feed by visiting News Feed preferences to choose which posts they want to see first, or hide posts they don’t want to see.”

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