Larry BraunerIn Why Facebook Smart Lists are Actually Dumb, I expressed my annoyance with Facebook for permitting their “smart lists” to interfere with our use of the lists we’ve deliberately created in order to manage our Facebook friends.

I wrote, “Try to use Facebook friend lists to selectively invite people to Facebook events or to ‘like’ Facebook pages. The only lists consistently available for such invitations are Facebook smart lists, even if those ’smart’ friend lists happen to be totally empty lists.”

I’ve devised a simple method to work around the Facebook Smart List glitch. All you need to do is temporarily rename the list you want to use. Append the numeral “0″ before the group name so as to push it to the top of the alphabetic list of lists that Facebook presents to you when you invite people.

Change “Cool People” to “0Cool People” or “Writers” to “0Writers” and don’t worry. Nobody but you can see these list names. Now, from your Facebook home page, go to the list you want to change. Select “Manage List” and then “Rename List” to revise the list name.

FacebookIf only Facebook would allow us to view all our friends in a particular list and then click the link under their pictures to visit their profile pages without deleting them from the list. Unfortunately, that problem isn’t going to be solved¬† in 2011. ;-)

Have a successful 2012!

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6 Responses to “Facebook Smart Lists Work Around”

  1. Jessie Borman on January 1st, 2012 1:51 am

    I’ll try this, thanks for the tip! Have a fruitful 2012 to you! :)

  2. Ann on January 3rd, 2012 2:15 pm

    That is so clever, Larry. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Larry Brauner on January 3rd, 2012 2:52 pm

    Thank you Ann. It’s just too bad we have to search for work-arounds with Facebook.

  4. Dave Lucas on January 5th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Happy New Year, Larry! I tagged you in this blog post.

  5. GrowingMyBiz on January 5th, 2012 8:00 pm

    I’ve not found Facebook to be very profitable in my ventures. It actually seems as though Facebook is doing everything it can to keep people from making money unless you’ve got corporate cash behind you to pay them for placement. I use Facebook to connect with people, but have found that my own site and my other avenues of communication are still much more profitable overall. I will keep this in mind though, as I think it may come in handy one day.

  6. Moshe on January 7th, 2012 9:32 am

    Hi, I just find working with Facebook somewhat confusing and am not all that good at managing it. I will keep trying and will try out your idea. Thanks.

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