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According to What use are Steam Trading Cards?, additional Steam levels grants extra friend slots. Given that I have as many Steam friends as there are fingers on my hand, I didn't realize there was a limit in the first place, so in the interest of finding out how useful gaining a Steam level actually is, how many slots do each level grant you?

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For clarification: are you counting your thumbs as fingers? –  Fluttershy Jul 16 '13 at 13:04
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I had like 50 friends tops, and I cleaned out like 40 of those who I forgot were. As of now, only people I know IRL are on my friends list. Cause who the hell has 250 friends? –  user1337 Jul 16 '13 at 15:26
    
@user1337 Those of us who use the friends feature to find players we enjoy gaming with - L4D2 makes it a central aspect of the game - so in my case, it's not friends it's people I game with more than once or twice a month. Bearing in mind that some matches require 8 players online and willing to play, a decent-sized pool is required to get a game. –  Basic Jan 16 at 20:17
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As per this Steam forums thread, and this Community discussion:

By default, you have a limit of 250 people for your friends list and every level adds another 5 slots - which means that you get 50 slots per milestone (10, 20, etc).

In addition to that, linking a Facebook account adds another 50 slots - to a base of 300.

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According to the bottommost entry of this page, the initial limit is 250 and the answer to "What do I get when I craft a badge from my Trading Cards?" on this page says that each level increases the limit by 5.

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