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About a year ago, Facebook launched its own IM system, FbChat. And while it’s a useful way to connect with friends directly, there are still many people who don’t use it for one reason for another. Now though, Facebook’s added another great reason to use FbChat with the release of Friend Lists within FbChat.

Not only is the ability to create and edit Friend Lists available from the Facebook chat bar, but you can now control who sees you online via friend lists. Say you want to be on FbChat, but don’t want your coworkers to see that you’re online. Now you can simply exclude your co-workers friend list from chat and viola! - you’re invisible to just them.

This type of control has never been available in FbChat, and is really only something that Facebook can do with its large social graphs and its useful friend lists feature. The ability to only have your favorite group of friends appear in chat and to control who sees you online is a significant advancement for the social network’s IM product.
The new FbChat comes with two tabs in order to execute this functionality - Friend Lists, which is where you edit and display specific lists, and Options, which is where you can now change FbChat settings. To disappear from FbChat for a specific list, you just have to move in-chat sliders from the on position (green) to the off position (grey).

Just like most of Facebook’s site-wide changes, this one is being rolled out gradually, so you may not see the update in FbChat for up to a few days. But if you’ve been avoiding FbChat because of a group of friends you don’t want to talk to but don’t want to defriend … well, you just lost your excuse.

[via mashable]