How to Change Which Facebook Friends Can See You Online

MakeUseOf | 4/23/2019 | Dan Price
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Facebook is quite open about its goals: the company dreams of a world in which everyone is connected at all times. Perhaps that’s why it’s so difficult to appear offline on Facebook Chat. The very idea of “offline” or “invisible” is the antithesis of everything the social network believes in.

However, being “invisible” isn’t for everyone. Thankfully, it’s possible to maintain a veil of privacy while still letting your closest friends and family know that you’re available to talk. Here’s how to decide which Facebook friends see you online and which don’t.

Process - Parts

The process we’re going to show you is split into two parts:

You need to organize your friends into lists.

Online - Status

You need to decide which lists you want to display your online status to.

To begin, you need to create some lists of friends. They’ll form the foundation for the rest of the process.

Course - Lists - Friends - Activity - Status

Of course, lists of friends are useful for far more than turning off your activity status for only some contacts. They also let you filter the content you share, create custom news feeds, and easily invite groups of relevant people to events.

Ideally, you want to put every one of your contacts into a list. It’s great from an organizational standpoint. However, for the purposes of this process, you can either make a “negative list” or a “positive list.” For example, you can give your new list a name like “People I Am Invisible To” or “People Who Can Always See I’m Online”.

Remember - Lists - Bearing - Messages - Anyone

Remember, your lists have no bearing on who can send you direct messages. Anyone who you’re friends with can reach out to you privately. If you don’t want that either, go to Settings > Blocking > Block Messages and enter the person’s name.

To make a new Friends list (and to see which lists already exist), log into your Facebook...
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