Facebook to let friends become mere acquaintances

Is your Facebook friend list as bloated as a whale carcass on Georgia’s official marine mammal exhumation beach?

The best ideas are often stolen.

The best ideas are often stolen.

Well I’ve got some good news for you: You can demote all of those “friends” you barely care about to a new, less lofty “acquaintance” status.

Facebook, on its blog, released the joyous news Tuesday. The change will be rolling out to users “this week.”

Placing your distant cousin Geech on the acquaintance list means you will hear about his tick-related ailments less often.

If you put the almost-GF from college on the new “Close Friends” list you will see pictures of her children (or cats, depending on her reproductive choices) more frequently, says Facebook.

It’s a move that’s long overdue.

Also new are Smart Lists, which can automatically sort your friends according to the work, school, family and city information they provide.

Since most of my friends tend to fill their personal info page with random and wrong information, I’m not sure how useful that will be, but I have high hopes, though it sounds a bit like Google+ “Circles.”

So get out there and demote some friends! You know you want to.

50 comments Add your comment

Old Geezer

September 13th, 2011
6:20 pm

The AJC Facebook page will be my first victim.

Bible Beater

September 13th, 2011
6:50 pm

I don’t do Facebook. It’s a sin.

Tea Party Activist

September 13th, 2011
7:14 pm

What if you have no friends or acquaintances?

-The Tea Party


September 13th, 2011
7:27 pm


Matty Ice

September 13th, 2011
7:41 pm

What if someone made you look bad in your 1st game of the season? Can I demote the Bears entire defense?

Liberal Inner City Mom

September 13th, 2011
7:58 pm

I can finally get rid of these evil Conservative rich people. At least after I get all their money for my welfare kids!


September 13th, 2011
8:09 pm

I don’t have a Facebook friend yet (sniff) so it’s too soon to demote anyone.


September 13th, 2011
8:22 pm

Enter your comments here


September 13th, 2011
8:27 pm

Who do you have picture of George with a live animal or a dead boy? This “blog” is so meaningless. And before anyone uses the “why do you come here then” excuse, let me explain. It is almost ALWAYS featured on the front page of AJC.com WITHOUT saying where it’s going. I go to what I think is REAL news and I get this untalented asshat that obviously is either kin to the Cox family or blew someone repeatedly.

I have nothing against this drone on society other than the fact I keep getting directed here from the front page. Leave this useless crap on the “other bogs” section where it belongs and quit hosting it like it is news. But then we can’t do THAT can we? I mean I was correct in one of my first two assessments……….


September 13th, 2011
8:33 pm

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.


September 13th, 2011
8:34 pm

Yeah, nice change in management AJC, here are the latest earth shaking news stories:

Latest Headlines »

Man killed trying to burn ex’s body
101-year-old woman evicted
DOT withholding construction funds?
Strangers lift burning car off man
Ga. cop charged with child molestation
Facebook lets friends be acquaintances
Did a Ga. man cost the Navy millions?
Tribe must take slaves’ descendants
Kids bound since Friday | Pastor worried

I see why blow boy’s column was listed in ”
breaking news.” Oh wait I don’t. Picture or blow. Either way, he sucks.


September 13th, 2011
8:54 pm

Friends don’t let friends Facebook.


September 13th, 2011
9:15 pm

This is SO STUPID and is back sliding…Google is DOMINATING Facebook (fastest growing Social Network EVER)—because they put VERY LIMITED restrictions on “Friends”..as a matter of fact, they use the same model as Twitter where you can “follow/follower” model….ie. If I like Elton John (pulled that out of thin air—he was in another article on AJC)—anyway…if I like him, I can “FOLLOW” him…ELTON JOHN then determines which “circles” he wants to add me to UP TO and including blocking me…..it’s a much better model…for whatever ABSURD reason….FB wants to “control” the friend process (even putting a limit on it)—it’s stupid, short sighted and in the end will kill them.

George Mathis

September 13th, 2011
10:09 pm

Thanks for keeping it real Fred.


September 13th, 2011
10:11 pm


September 13th, 2011
10:46 pm

Why don’t people just delete people they never talk to. It’s pointless to keep those you sat next to in Chemistry class, or some person you were in a group project with in college. I also don’t care to know what the Jones’ are doing, regarding reproduction, fanfare, etc. After college, I had over 800 friends. Today, I have 250 and some days that’s to much. Seriously, no one really “knows” that many people. Why not keep those around who you actually correspond with instead of diving into some middle school game of “having more friends then others”.

G plusser

September 13th, 2011
10:53 pm

Again, Facebook responds to Google Plus. George, why didn’t you mention anything about G Plus, but you included a picture with the caption ” The best ideas are often stolen”.

u will see

September 13th, 2011
11:17 pm

Facebook will destory the world

JD in Marietta

September 13th, 2011
11:21 pm

Facebook brought an end to my marriage…seriously, it does more harm than good.


September 13th, 2011
11:25 pm

Great info…except how exactly do we do this? There is no link or info on the FB page. Why tell us we can do something if you’re not going to say how?

ga dumbo

September 14th, 2011
12:52 am

the ajc sells some facebook now?


September 14th, 2011
7:55 am

I noticed 300 million Americans have demoted me. Wonder why?


September 14th, 2011
7:57 am

This isn’t to help you, it’s to help the authorities decipher which connections are stronger than others.


September 14th, 2011
8:03 am

Bunch of people in here acting as if they don’t like Facebook. Stop lying. You use Facebook. They are like drunks not being able to admit they have a drinking problem. If you comment on a Facebook story, it’s more than likely you have a Facebook account.


September 14th, 2011
8:06 am

boy you have some real douche bags in Atlanta.

Old Geezer

September 14th, 2011
8:13 am

You people are idiots. It says in the story with a link that Facebook will release this option likely “this week” and the article also mentions Google +, if you failed to see this and bothered to comment that to you there was no mention of Google +, then you didn’t read the entire article! And you’ve just been schooled about how to read an article about Facebook by a senior citizen…and I get free coffee and you don’t.


September 14th, 2011
9:19 am

Fred: “This “blog” is so meaningless. And before anyone uses the “why do you come here then” excuse, let me explain. It is almost ALWAYS featured on the front page of AJC.com WITHOUT saying where it’s going. I go to what I think is REAL news and I get this untalented asshat that obviously is either kin to the Cox family or blew someone repeatedly.”

Really, Fred? You thought you were coming here for real news when the title of the link as listed under TheBuzz was “Facebook users can demote friends?” That’s the urgent news you thought was going to be discussed at length in an award-winning news piece? (No offense George)


September 14th, 2011
9:20 am

Old Geezer you are a hoot!

Ron Burgundy

September 14th, 2011
9:28 am

Facebook is for smelly pirate hookers and men who like Wizard of Oz!

FB User

September 14th, 2011
9:29 am

FB is what you make of it…just like life. It’s not that deep. smh

JD in Marietta ~ my guess is FB didn’t end your marriage but it was probably doomed before :( ijs


September 14th, 2011
9:29 am

If I give out more money will you not demote me?

markie mark

September 14th, 2011
9:41 am

I think I agree with Fred….


September 14th, 2011
10:12 am

I am leaving a comment instead of doing something useful.


September 14th, 2011
10:17 am

Hopefully Facebook will provide the means for us to be able to keep it hidden from these people that they’ve been demoted. I’m not holding my breath though.


September 14th, 2011
11:07 am

…and I get free coffee and you don’t.

That’s why I’ve been haunting McDonald’s this week, Old Geezer. Who’s laughing now?

Ron Burgundy

September 14th, 2011
11:14 am

i think Facebook should be able to update status to Smelly Pirate Hooker or Lame Cat Lover

Franklin DJ

September 14th, 2011
11:36 am

I like how Facebook has jumped on the Google+ bandwagon of friends. G+ came up with the Circles and FB follows.


September 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

Why so angry Fred?


September 14th, 2011
1:07 pm

Just another reason for me to dump facebook altogether. It’s really becoming childish.


September 14th, 2011
1:46 pm

Walls, Circles or Silos, Facebook is and will always be more cliquish than real life. Teens with 2000 friends will now be able to create little bullying groups to brag about as the roam around and remind others that they are NOT in the “circle.” The best thing that could happen is for Facebook to disappear.


September 14th, 2011
1:54 pm

Who let the troll(s) loose?!


September 14th, 2011
2:21 pm

I demote Mike Bobo!


September 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

What are friends?


September 14th, 2011
4:11 pm

How does this affect the Dawgs’ 2012 recruiting class?


September 14th, 2011
5:01 pm

This is an irritating article because its way too much unsubstantiated opinion. Oh, right, its a blog, but thats not what I thought when I clicked on it. Before I read this article I had never heard anybody complain about facebook friending but the author makes it seem like the whole world was clamoring for a change. Yawn. Its good to know theres an option but I really dont care either way.


September 14th, 2011
5:22 pm

I wish Google + had the popularity that Facebook has I would move to Google + without every going back to Facebook.

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September 26th, 2011
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So, will the people KNOW that you have lowered their status?


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