FAQ 61: What is LiveJournal's Friends system? How do I use it?
LiveJournal uses a system of "Friends" as part of the community element of the site. All LiveJournal users can maintain a "Friends list" of other LiveJournal users. This list is then used throughout the site. Notably, your Friends list is used to determine who appears on your Friends page, and to restrict access to your entries and other information. A list of a person's Friends also appears on their User Info page.
Your Friends page is a single page containing the recent entries of all the people you list as Friends. You can access this page at http://www.livejournal.com/users/exampleusername/friends/, replacing "exampleusename" with your username.
You can customize the appearance of your Friends page in the same way that you can customize your journal page. This allows you to change things such as the overall layout of the page, its colors, and the number of entries that appear on it. Many friends page styles also use foreground and background colors for your Friends. You can select these colors for each of your Friends, and their usernames will then appear in these colors on your friends page.
If your Friends have posted more entries than appear on your Friends page, then you can follow links on the page to view their older entries. However, you can never use your Friends page to skip over 1000 entries or over 2 weeks ago.
When you post journal entries, you have the option of either posting them publicly, or limiting who can view them. This security relies heavily on your Friends list. Full information about entry security can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=24. Other LiveJournal features, such as commenting, default comment screening, polls, text messaging, memories, viewing contact information, and more can be adjusted based on your friends list.
There are two ways to edit your Friends list using the web interface. You can use either the "Edit Friends" page, or the "Auto-add Friend" button on someone's User Info page.
The Edit Friends page is at http://www.livejournal.com/friends/edit.bml. This page has three sections. The first allows you to simply add back other users who you do not list by selecting the check boxes next to their names. The second contains a list of users you currently list as Friends. You can remove people from your friends list by selecting the check boxes next to their names in this list. Finally, there is text area where you can enter up to five usernames to add to your Friends list, and select foreground and background colors for them. After you have made all the changes you wish to make, you need to select "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
If you are logged in, you will see a small icon with a "+" symbol in the blue toolbar at the top of everyone's User Info page. When you click on that icon, you will be prompted to confirm your decision and the user is then added to your Friends list.
If you already list the user as a Friend, this button allows you to modify settings (such as colors and custom Friends groups) or to remove them from your Friends list.
Many clients available for download can be used to manage your Friends list. For information on a specific client, consult its documentation or its menu options.
USER INFO PAGE
Usernames that appear in bold text on someone else's User Info page are those who are on your Friends list. Likewise, usernames that appear in bold on your own 'Friend of' list are those who have added you to their Friends list and are also on your own Friends list. Usernames with lines through them are either deleted or suspended.
There is an option on http://www.livejournal.com/editinfo.bml called "Display mutual friends on profile page." If you select this option, people you list as a friend and who also list you as a friend will be put on a separate list on your User Info page.
What are custom friends groups? How do I use them?
Can I remove people from my "Friend Of" list?
How do I customize the look of my journal or community?
How do I change the number of journal entries per page?
How do I control who can post comments in my journal?
What is a downloadable client? Where can I get one?
The Log In page
I'd also suggest thatthe following be added to the 4th paragraph of FAQ 185, as I removed it from #61 as I figured that 185 was a more relevant place for it:
If you use the option to show "mutual friends" separately to the rest of your Friends list, then these mutual friends will not be hidden.
(I'm not particularly attached to that wording)
One thing I'd particularly appreciate here would be someone reading carefully through this draft to check for consisten capitalisation. I've tried to be consistent, but might not have been.