How to Edit the List of Facebook Friends on the New Profile Sidebar

Recently I was asked how the friends list on the left side if the new Facebook profile could be edited or modified. The user said that the friends that always show up are not her most frequent contacts.

Unfortunately, this list can not be edited in that manner and I don’t know what determines who shows up there – perhaps it is random. There are, however, a some things you can do to so that you have the friends you interact with the most in a sidebar block.

On the Facebook profile page:

  1. Go to the Friends box on the left side of the page and click on the pencil icon to edit.
  2. The Create New List link will allow you to make a list of your frequently contacted friends that will then display on your sidebar.
  3. If you already have a list, you can click on the Add an existing list or group link. Check the box next to the list and then Save. For example, I have a list called NH (New Hampshire) that is a list of people I grew up with. Not all of them still live there or were necessarily from there but it’s a list of people I knew growing up. If I click on this link, I can select that list and it will display on my sidebar above the list of all of my friends.
  4. The box will only show three friends but by clicking on the title I can have quick access to the friends in my NH list.

If you want to make a special friends box but don’t necessarily want your friends to know that some friends are more special than others you can hide it from everyone but you in your privacy settings. This, however, will also hide your full list of friends from everyone but you. Unfortunately they can’t be separated.

  1. Go to Account > Privacy Settings.
  2. Under Connecting on Facebook on the top of the page, select the View Settings link.
  3. In the dropdown to the right of ‘See My Friends List’, select Custom and then Only Me.

As with most things Facebook, we can’t edit our list of friends to have specific ones show up in the sidebar but we can use lists to help us find our closest contacts more easily. It’s a sort of workaround Facebook style.

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  1. aruna says

    I tried doing what you said — following th einstructions exactly! — but it didn’t work. I find the present list unbelievably annoying, as I don’t even know half the people there — whereas my best friends and kids are not on it.
    Is there any way of contacting Facebook about this?

    • says

      You can try to contact Facebook but it highly unlikely that you will receive a response. If there are people that you don’t know on your friends list, maybe you should remove them completely …?

  2. aruna says

    Thanks for replying!
    I could of course get rid of them completely — but I’m sure they’ll only be replaced by other “friends” I don’t know!
    I’m fine with having a networkd of people I don’t know; as a writer, it’s good to have a net spread wide. I just don’t want them on the front page.
    Ah well. I guess I’ll have to live with it.
    Thanks again.

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