Stop missing updates from friends on Facebook

Instead of scrolling through your entire Facebook timeline for updates from your closest friends or family, try using this list instead.

If you have a lot of friends on your Facebook profile then you know how crazy it can get when trying to keep up with everyone's status updates. You may have tried using the Most Recent mode for your timeline, but the posts you want to read get lost in a sea of game updates and location check-ins.

To keep track of the most important updates you should add people to your Close Friends list. The main reason for using this list provided by Facebook, instead of making your own, is notifications. You can also adjust the types of notifications you receive for people on the list. Ready to get started? Here's how:

The list manager on Facebook. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Open the Facebook list management page and then click on Close Friends.

The Manage List button lets you add many friends to your your list at once. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: When the list page displays, click the Manage List button and then choose Edit list.

Click the pictures of friends you want to add to your list. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: In the pop-up window, click the drop-down menu labeled On This List and select Friends. Now you can click on the pictures of friends you want on the list, or search by name. Click Finish.

Uncheck the updates you don't want to receive about Close Friends. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 4: Click the Manage List button again and make sure there are checkmarks next to the updates you want to receive. For instance, you may want to remove Game updates -- unless you like them.

Choose how you want to be notified about new activities by Close Friends. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 5: Use the Notifications button on the list page to determine if you want Facebook notifications, or Facebook and email.

Now you'll have no need to scroll through your feed, making sure you didn't miss updates from the people you are closest to. Additionally, you will get notifications on your smartphone for each update (like you would when someone replies to your posts).

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