How to Create or Follow a Facebook Interest List - dummies

How to Create or Follow a Facebook Interest List

By Jamie Crager, Scott Ayres, Melanie Nelson, Daniel Herndon, Jesse Stay

Like regular Facebook lists, interest lists allow you to follow your favorite people, friends, and business pages in one place. The difference between a regular list and an interest list is that when you set up your interest list, others can follow it — and you can follow the interest lists others create. It’s another great way to control what you see in your news feed.

If you’d like to keep tabs on groups of people and business pages, you can create an interest list to do that. Interest lists are handy because they aren’t private to you (unless you set the list privacy settings to Only Me), and you can share your list(s) with others. This is an excellent way to promote topics, brands, or people you support. You can also follow lists that others create.

You find your interest list in the left sidebar. From there, you can create a new interest list either by clicking the Add Interests link in the left sidebar or by clicking the Add Interests button at the top of the main column. The main column shows a list of interest lists created by others that you may like. At this point, you can do three things:

  • Follow a list. To follow a suggested list, click the Follow button next to any list you want to follow.

  • Search for lists that may be of interest to you. Type a topic or keyword in the search text box, and Facebook autopopulates the list with relevant interest lists that you may want to follow. Click the Follow button next to the lists you want to keep up with.

  • Create an interest list.

To create a list, follow these steps:

  1. At the top of the main column, click the Create List button.

    The Create New List dialog box appears.


  2. (Optional) Click one of the category choices in the left sidebar.

    If you choose Pages, Following, or Friends, you need to type a name in the search text box at the top of the dialog box or scroll through the images shown. Facebook autopopulates results based on what you type.

    If you choose one of the other categories (such as Art, Games, or Technology), Facebook finds and shows results related to that category (you may or may not already Like these business pages).

  3. Click the picture of all the items you want to include in your interest list.

    You can also use the search text box at the top of the dialog box to find friends, people, or business pages you follow, and add them to the list as well. Remember that you don’t have to click the Follow button on a business page to be able to add the business to your interest list.

  4. Click Next when you’re finished. (You can add to the list later.)

    The settings page for your list appears.

  5. In the List Name box, type the name of your list.

    The list name can be whatever you like, but you may want to use common, descriptive words so that others can easily find your list.

  6. Determine your list’s privacy settings:

    • Public: Anyone on Facebook can find and follow your list.

    • Friends: Only your Facebook friends can find and follow your list.

    • Only Me: You are the only person who can see this list.

    Followers can’t add items to or delete items from your list.

  7. Click Done.

    Facebook displays the news feed for your interest list.

When you create an interest list, it shows up in your regular news feed. You also have the option of reading that interest list’s specific feed by clicking the name of your interest list in the left sidebar of your Facebook home page.