Facebook-Let Me See My Friends

According to an article about Mark Zuckerberg in the current issue of Wired Magazine, one of the goals of Facebook is to organize one’s real life friends online, mapping what he’s called the “social graph.” I was thinking about this, and I have to say: Facebook does a HORRIBLE job of mapping this out for ME.

I Can’t See

If I click my “Friends” tab in Facebook, I see an alphabetical list. There are a few other ways to organize this list, but in none of the cases does this map to my real universe. I can’t, for instance, group Jim Long and Jonny Goldstein together, even though I know they both are in the DC area, are both media makers, and are both people I’d want to think about in similar ways. I just can’t see people in this fashion. My own friends are shuffled into a deck in an order I have no power over. (Yes, I’ve heard of “Top Friends.” I use it. Not enough.)

And I want tags to sort in other ways, like “Twitter friends” and “People to call when I’m sad” and “People who might help my business goals.” What do you think, Robert or Jeff? With thousands of friends, don’t you wish the organization would be just a little more David Weinberger for you?

What I Want

I want to slice and dice this data any way I choose. I want tagging. I want visual shuffling, the same way I do with business cards. Know how I organize my business cards? By event. If I met you at TechCrunch40, your card is right there beside other people I met there.

I want ways to message people or notify people geographically. “Chris Brogan is in San Francisco with a few hours to kill.” Sure, you see that status message on your news feed, but if you’re like me, and have more than a few hundred friends, these needles get lost in haystacks.

If YOU Won’t Slice It, Let Me

Is there an app I could write to do this? (By “I” and “write,” I mean someone smart who writes apps, and I would, say, either pay them or encourage them a lot). What’s up with this? Could we break open the “friend” prison, and let me see my friends my way?

Visual Data

And now for something completely different. I want my damned data my way all the time. I want that Microsoft Surfaces interface. I know. Sacrilege. A Mac guy just said he wanted a Microsoft product. But I do. I want to stack my info my way. I want to see things in a way that makes sense to my needs. For instance, I want Gmail notifier to do it my way. I want my files to slide around in piles. I want searches to be heat maps and graphical and more than just text.

Not in Facebook. Everywhere. But hey, if the new rumbling in town – Facebook is Google – is to be taken forward, then I want some better control and visualization. Have you ever thought about just how much we use our qwerty keyboards to do just that? To type words? Why aren’t we coming up with new ways to move things around, and see things not just as lists of text (Look at GMAIL and Google Reader), but perhaps as overlaying data structures? Where is that?

Okay, Zuckerberg. Give me back my friends, and you! Write some apps or something. Okay?

What do you think? Am I alone on this one?

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  • Heritagewildrose

    Sooo, why CAN”T I even get my ‘Friends List? It used to be on the left side of my fb page, Home, Where’d it GO??????

  • Charles N.

    I want to first off make myself clear about Shareasale. I think that it is a very good site and from what I’ve read it sounds like a very easy way to open a website for your busness. My problem is that I was trying to see a list of all of my Facebook friends to see if a particular person was in it and I get a list of different friend groups, I have not gone through my friends to put them all into any particular group and I am having trouble know if someone is already a friend under any of the sub-groups. The link that brought me to Chris’ site said ‘so you’re having trouble finding a list of all of your facebook friends’ well click here and Chris will help show you how, and I can’t seem to find any such help. Does this help exist or am I searching for something that isn’ t here? Wish I knew as I am wasting a lot of time in here. Sincerely Charles N.

  • baba samoura

    i want to see all my friends list on face book that ‘s all.thank y

  • mm

    I have a hard enough time learning things on the computer, and I was able to find friends but now I don’t need to go on Facebook at all. No friends=no Facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515075651 Elizabeth-Cary Kokkonen

    I am so frustrated about the exact same thing. Every time I think of someone I want to connect with out of my Facebook friends I can’t find them. If I am passing through a city and have a few hours to kill I’d love to be able to find all those who live there. Tags are a great idea. I don’t want more friends I can’t even find the ones I have at the right time. I am terrible with names so imagine my frustration when I’m looking for an old friend and can’t seem to recall there married name… This is frustrating. Makes me want to just keep 30 close friends and family on there and use another platform for everyone else. We used to be able to search using towns and other markers but now nothing. Big brother and other entities can use our social graph linked with friends and interests. I’m using Facebook less and less anyways.

  • Douglas Oger

    I need a list of my friends and some are not my friends and i lke to take them off my list? Thank You Douglas Oger

    • Douglas Oger

      I am not trying to take off my unfriends because some unfriends are nice to me but unfriends are complaining about me and i better do what facebook whats?

  • Darlene pickett

    I can’t get any kind of list of friends. FB has no customer service but if you dare break a rule they can sure dish out punishment.

  • disgusted

    l cannot find my friends list and all the easy way to access them or view their current activities and send message just by clicking like it used to be. this is a useless site to me now. Maybe twitter is better.Really stupid for these people who do the changes on facebook.

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