How to Find or Create a List of Interests on Facebook

Facebook Interest List allows users to organize their news feeds according to their own personal interests, including status updates, posts, pictures and stories from the people and pages a user has added to a list.

A user can make different lists for topics, such as “Sports,” “Recipes,” or “Fashion.” Or users can list people according to interest or the types of things friends post, things like "Friends That Post Cool Photos" or "Newsie Friends," for instance.

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Example of a Facebook Interest List:

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If a user created a “Sports” interest list, he or she could follow the pages for his or her favorite teams, athletes, and publications. More specifically, a list called “NFL Teams” could follow the pages of all the teams in the NFL. Facebook Interest Lists make it easy for people to follow other users or pages who post about similar topics of interest.

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Options for a Facebook Interest List:

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Facebook users have the option to follow an already-created list, or to create a list of their own. Be aware that Facebook users can create and follow interest lists but Facebook pages cannot create and follow interest lists. So if you manage a Facebook page, for example, you cannot create an interest list as the page; you have to create it as yourself.

Facebook Interest Lists can be a mix of people and pages. For example, if you were a New York Giants football fan, you can create a list that includes the team page, as well as the players' Facebook profiles.

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How to Follow an Interest List:

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When you are logged in to Facebook, in the bottom of the left, you will see a button that says “Add Interests…”

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Searching for a Facebook Interest List:

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After clicking this link, you will then be directed to the "Interests" page, which allows you to subscribe to pre-curated interest lists. You can also get to this page directly by going to http://www.facebook.com/addlist/.

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Subscribing to a Facebook Interest List:

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Type in a topic you are interested in into the search box. For example, if you wanted to follow all the teams on the NFL, you would type in “NFL Teams” and hit “Subscribe.”

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Where Your Facebook Interest Lists Are Located:

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The list you subscribed to will now show up in the Interests sidebar on the bottom-left of your Facebook page.

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What a Facebook Interest List Feed Looks Like:

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When you click on this newly-added interest button, you will then be taken to an organized newsfeed, which includes the most recent updates from each page in your list.

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How to Create a Facebook Interest List:

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If you search for a list on the Interest page, and it is not already created, you can create your own. For example, if you are a fan of SEC football, you can create an interest list the follows the athletic pages for each school in the SEC. To start, when you are in the Interests List section, http://www.facebook.com/addlist/, click the "Create List" button.

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Finding Friends or Pages to Add to a Facebook Interest List:

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Search for friends or pages that you would like to add to your list. If you wanted to make a list for the Southeastern Conference, you would search for the athletic pages of each school in the SEC. Once you have found the correct pages, select them, so they have a check in the icon.

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Double Checking Your Facebook Interest List:

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In the bottom left portion of the screen, click “Selected” to see which friends or pages you have selected to be a part of your list. Then click “Next.”

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Naming Your Facebook Interest List:

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Pick a name for your list and create privacy settings specifying who can see your list. After you finish, click “Done.”

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How to Access Your Facebook Interest List:

Once you have completed all the steps in making your Facebook Interest List, the list will be created and added to the page that displays all of your interest lists: http://www.facebook.com/bookmarks/interests (accessible by clicking the word “Interests” in your left sidebar).

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How to Share a Facebook Interest List:

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On your Interest page, you will be able to share and manage your list. Sharing your list allows other people to see it on your own wall, on a friend’s wall, in a group, or on a page.

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How to Make Changes to Facebook Interest Lists:

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Managing your list allows you to rename it, edit the pages in your list, and change the update types and notification settings.

Additional reporting provided by Mallory Harwood.