Don’t get me wrong, I love facebook just as much as everyone else my age. However, the system does have a large problem that is a result of designing this platform for Generation Y.

Facebook doesn’t do well to different types of contacts. College kids (who were who the site was built for initally) don’t have separate networks of contacts to keep in touch with that prior generations do. Two years into the working world, it’s very clear to me that both my professional network and my network of friends are extremely important to keep in touch with, but keeping in touch means different things depending on the network.

Facebook’s newsfeed is a great way to quickly get a grasp on what’s happening in my network (at least online). But my newsfeed is almost useless now because of all the business connections (mainly real estate bloggers) I’ve added recently. The fact that most of them are “geeky” and are quite active on FB just adds to the noise. I’m not saying that I don’t value their relationships (I do), but their relationships are different from close friends who I keep in touch with. I don’t really need to know everything a real estate blogger in Florida does the day it happens. However, I do care to keep up with my friends who live in Seattle on a daily basis.

I essentially want separate “networks” — one for my friends, one for family, and one for business. What I really want is separate feeds for each of those networks. It seems like it shouldn’t be too challenging — just give me a way to put people into groups & give me a newsfeed for each group. Hopefully, Facebook is working feverishy to solve this problem.


  • thanks for confirming something I have been feeling strongly about. I just dropped a “friend” off my list because my feed was being jammed up by some guy a don’t even know with blog posts that I could find should I “choose” to subscribe to a feed. One should ask permission when exercising such a tact.

  • Jamie

    Facebook accounts for this somewhat:

    Click on NewsFeed preferences, and then add names to the ‘Less about these friends’ list.

    “You can select up to 20 friends that you prefer not to see in your News Feed. You will only get stories about these people if nothing else is available.”

  • This is why I never add prospective clients on Facebook. Do they really need to know that I’m sitting around, peeling an orange and watching the Giants game? 🙂

  • Tarknot

    “You can select up to 20 friends that you prefer not to see in your News Feed. You will only get stories about these people if nothing else is available.”

    This is not enough! I want to keep a friend in Facebook but I do not want to see her updates in my newsfeeds! I only want to see photos that I choose to see and not forced to see in my newsfeeds!

    Is there a way around this other than not have her as a friend on my Facebook?