Facebook has launched an easier way for you to share photos, posts and updates with smaller groups of friends.

Facebook now wants to make it easier for users to organize their friends into different groups, such as family and work colleagues. The changes are designed to make using Facebook – whether sharing videos and photos, or having online dialogues – more like real life.

The revamped Friend Lists feature will also now make suggestions for various lists. The whole idea is to help users more easily sort out among hundreds or more “friends” on Facebook with whom they want to share content with and see updates from.

The smart lists are populated based on information explicitly included in friends’ profiles. Facebook has also added a “restricted” list for people who will only get to see a user’s public posts.

Beginning on Wednesday, Facebook will introduce so-called Smart Lists, which automatically group a person’s contacts into four categories: Work, School, Family and City. The new and improved Friend lists on Facebook will be available to all of the social networking site’s users later this week.

The 3  improvements  announced today are:

  • Smart lists – You’ll see smart lists that create themselves and stay up-to-date based on profile info your friends have in common with you–like your work, school, family and city.
  • Close Friends and Acquaintances lists – You can see your best friends’ photos and posts in one place, and see less from people you’re not as close to.
  • Better suggestions – You can add the right friends to your lists without a lot of effort.