Facebook's chat sidebar frustrates me to no end. It uses some algorithm to place people who I have apparently recently interacted with on the bar, despite not having talked to them or commenting or liking anything on their profile in a long time. This means that the group chats and people who I actually chat with are not visible in the sidebar.

Facebook stupidly does not allow you to change who appears in this list. How can I change this? I run Google Chrome and it is a home PC running Windows 10 (not that the OS should make a difference).

  1. Select which friends and group chats to permanently, prominently display in the chat sidebar
  2. Do not display the friends and group chats that I have not chosen to display (basically, I whitelist the chats I wish to appear on the sidebar)
  3. The method should be actively developed to allow for rapid fixes when Facebook inevitably changes the site code and layout, breaking it

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On Facebook

  • Click on the gear icon at the bottom of the chat sidebar,
  • choose Advanced settings,
  • choose the 2nd option, "Turn off chat for all friends except..."
  • In the text box that appears, enter the names of all those that you wish to whitelist. (Or create a list in Friends settings, and enter the name of the list)
  • Click Save.

One Caveat, a friend that you don't see in the sidebar, is a friend that won't see you in theirs.

  • As you said, this marks me as invisible for the other users. It also does not allow me to pin group conversations. I don't have so much problem with the individual users showing up, the main issue I have is that it doesn't show all the group conversations I'm active in.
    – BenAdamson
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 15:48

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