You can create up to 30 custom friend groups. These are useful in controlling which of your friends can see your journal entries, or which of your friends' journal entries appear on a filtered friends page (http://www.blurty.com/friends/filter.bml).
For details on how to make a post with a custom friend group security setting, please see "Who can read my journal entries? How can I make things public, private, and protected?" at http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=72
In addition, the custom "default view" friends group allows you to view only those specific friends and communitites you choose to display on your default friends page (http://www.blurty.com/users/yourusername/friends). To do this, you would create a friend group with the name "default view" and add all the friends and communties you wish to see to the "in" group. By default, all the friends and communities not in that list will not display on your default friends view. Only those you have selected to see will appear.
Another feature is being able to view a specific custom friends group by itself. You can do so if you create a group (for example, "Group1"). As before, add in all the people you'd like in this group to the "in" list. Then visit http://www.blurty.com/users/yourusername/friends/group1 (where "yourusername" is your username, and "group1" is the name you've given the filter). This will display a page with only the friends and communtities you have selected for this particular group. You can also view your groups by checking the appropriate boxes from the "friends filter page" (http://www.blurty.com/friends/filter.bml).
Both of these features will only work for you, and only when you are logged in to your account, unless you specifically mark your group(s) as "public". If they are marked as "private" (the default setting) anyone else who goes to any of your filter pages will see all of your friends, regardless of the groups you have created.
If you create your custom groups from http://www.blurty.com/friends/editgroups.bml but use the option on one of the downloadable clients (http://www.blurty.com/download) to view them, you may need to close your client and open it again before it will list your newly created, custom groups.
Using the web interface:
Go to the "edit friend groups" page (http://www.blurty.com/friends/editgroups.bml). From here, you'll see a link at the bottom of the page saying "If you want to edit your friends groups, go here." Click this, and you'll be on your way.
Using the Visions client for Windows:
(This capability was introduced in version 1.2.6 of the client.)
1.) With your client open, type Ctrl+F or go through the "LiveJournal" menu and select "edit friends".
2.) Go to the "Friend Groups" tab.
3.) Click the icon on the most left that looks like a square box (to the left of the red x).
4.) Type in a name for your custom friend list.
5.) Select which friends you want to "add to group" which will put them in a list in the right window.
6.) When you are done selecting which friends you want in that custom friend list, click the button that says "save groups & lists" This is imporant to remember, or your group will be lost.
7.) Click "OK" when you are done saving.
Security notes: If you want to delete a group and make a new group, do NOT simply rename one group to something else and change the people that are in the group. If you do, all the people in the new group can see all your old entries you made for people in the old group.
If you delete a custom group, any posts made to that group will still have the "custom" security set, but it won't be set to any particular group. The effect of this is that the entry becomes private (but it will still show the lock icon instead of the eye icon).
Additionally, if you recreate the group with the same name, the post will not automatically be set to that group again. If you wish to make the entry non-private, you'll have to go back and edit the entry (see http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=2 for more information on editing posts).
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