One of the features that has stood out for most using Google Plus, and probably the best feature for many, is “Circles”. The feature allows you to sort your friends into individual circles providing the ability to post messages that are visible only to that circle or to customize your feed to read only posts from people within a particular circle.
The capability to post content or ask questions that apply only to specific people without subjecting the rest of your friends to what amounts to clutter (for them) in their news feed is great. The fact that the user can read only posts that (if your ‘Circles’ were created properly) on a specific subject or individuals can make it easier to get the information you’re most after and allow for greater social interaction.
What few realize, the feature has long been available within Facebook. I have taken advantage of Facebook’s lists for some time. The only difference – Google Plus made it front & center as well as easy to use. The list feature, while easy to use, is hidden and as a result, less than 5% of most people use Lists effectively. Facebook is looking to change that with some new features (http://on.mash.to/q8xZGR), but until the changes start to show up here is a basic Lists 101:
Click ‘+Create a List’
Change Recently Interacted to All Friends
To the left of the ‘X’ highlight click Edit Lists
Select the list you want
As you add friends, you can immediately add them to lists at that time.
From your Home Page, Select ‘Most Recent’ as your News Feed, select the down arrow to the right of Most Recent and you’ll see a drop down menu allowing you to select what shows up in the feed including your lists and an option to just see the business fan pages you follow.
Let us know how this works for you!