We've already established that very few fans actually see the updates posted on a Facebook page. It's not good news if you own a Facebook page. And it's really not good news if you follow pages on Facebook and don't want to miss anything!
So as a Facebook fan, is there a way to fix this? Yes. It requires a few steps to set up, but yes. And then it's super handy.
How to see all the updates from the Facebook Pages (and Friends) you love
Currently, the best way to accomplish this is to use Interest Lists on Facebook.
Update 11/5/12: There is another option that Facebook is rolling out which is the "Get Notifications" option you can/will see when you go directly to a Page and click on the gear icon. Because FB is just now rolling it out, it's possible you don't have this option yet (as of today, I don't) but I'll keep you posted as soon as I know more. (Check out Inside Facebook's post about it for more info.)
Update 11/14/12: It's rolled out. I wrote about it in this post: Facebook "Get Notifications" and "Pages Feed": More Ways to See the Page Updates You Want.
Interest Lists basically let you create a personalized feed in which you will see all the updates from exactly the people and Pages you want.
After you set up an Interest List (or lists), then when you login to Facebook, click on the list(s) you want to view from your Home page, you can be sure to see all the updates from the Pages and people on that Interest List as they are posted.
How to set up an Interest List
Login to Facebook and go to your Home page.
Once you do, scroll down until you see "Interests" in the left column. If you don't see "Interests" in the left column, click on "More" at the end of the left column and "Interests" should appear. Click on "Add Interests…" to create a new Interest List (you'll see here I already have created an Interest List called "Faves…").
In the next window, click the "Create List" button.
First you'll get some suggestions of pages that Facebook thinks you might want to add to your new list (see below). To include any of them on your new list, simply click on them. Once you do so, you'll see a check mark appear in the bottom right corner of the profile pic. (If you make a mistake and add something you didn't mean to, just click it again to deselect it.)
Tip: I highly recommend you choose your own Page (if you have one) so you can keep tabs and make sure you are indeed seeing all posts on this list. (It's just good to subscribe to all your stuff so you know what your readers/followers/fans are seeing.)
Now, I assume these are not the only pages you want to add to your new list. (Please note, Facebook can be buggy here, so hang with me. A note about the workaround at the end of this explanation, but ideally this is how it should work…)
Ideally, once you have selected the suggestions Facebook presented (above), you should be able to add more to this list by navigating through the options in this window. For example, perhaps you know of a Page you want to add but it didn't come up in your suggestions. You can search for it by typing it in the search bar up top. Once you see it, click on it to select it.
Go ahead and type in more page names you know off the top of your head. (The others should remain checked even if you navigate away from them.)
And then you might want to select some of your Friends by clicking on the "Friends" link in the left column. Yes, you can have a mix of Friends and Pages on one Interest List. Cool, huh?
Once you click there, your Friends should pop up on the screen. Add any of them to your list by clicking on their profile pic.
And maybe you want to choose some of your Subscriptions or browse some of the categories Facebook suggests (again see left column in image above).
So go ahead and select all the Pages, Subscriptions and/or Friends you want to add to this list. Then once you've selected everyone you want to include on this list, click the Next button in the bottom right corner of the window.
On the right side in the next window you should see all the people and pages you just selected.
Workaround: Now this is where Facebook can get buggy. If you realize not all your selections are on the list, you might have to add People and Pages in batches, checking after each to make sure they are showing up as shown above. If this happens to you, simply click the "Previous" button at the bottom right of the screen.
Once you go back, work through the above steps again, this time clicking "Next" after each group (suggestions, search entries, Friends, etc.) to make sure they were indeed added. I know it's a pain, but it's the only workaround I've found when Facebook is temperamental.
OK, workaround is done. Back to our regularly scheduled program…
Once you've got everyone on your new list that you want, enter a name for your list. Then choose who you want to be able to see the list (Public, Friends, Only Me) and then click the "Done" button in the bottom right.
Once you are done, you will be taken back to your Home page. Again, look in the left column under "Interests" to see the link to your new list. Or, access all your lists here.
How to make your Interest List easily accessible
Once you've created your Interest List, you want easy access to it right? The long way to get to it is to scroll down on your Home page (of your Personal Profile) and click on it under "Interests."
The faster way is to add your Interest List to your Favorites so you can get to it quick as a wink. As a Favorite, it will show up in the top left corner of your Home page.
To add a list to your Favorites, from your personal profile's Home page, scroll down until you see "Interests" in the left column. (Again, if you don't see "Interests", click the "More" link at the end of the left column and it should appear.)
Hover over the list you want to add to your Favorites until you see the edit icon (pencil) appear. Click on that pencil. Then click on "Add to Favorites." Doing this will bump up your Interest List link to the top of your Home page (see above) so when you login, you can go directly to your list.
Bonus: If you want to be super on top of things, hover over your list name again (under Favorite) until you see the pencil icon once more. Click the pencil icon and then click "Rearrange." You'll see three lines appear to the right of the items on your Favorites list. You can drag and drop your Interest List where you want under Favorites, like, just below your News Feed (which has to stay put).
I don't know how you could make it any easier to get to.
How to create a list and add Pages or Friends on the fly or individually
So now let's say you have your list created, but as you are browsing your News Feed or as you are bopping around the internet, you come across a Facebook Page you want to add to your list, or you remember you want to add that new Friend. Simple. (If you have trouble with this, you may have to switch your "Using Facebook as…" options.)
How to add a Page to an Interest List on the fly
If you already Like a Page and want to add it to a list on the fly (like when you're browsing your News Feed), simply hover over the Page name, then hover over "Liked" and then click "Add to Interest Lists…" when the menu pops up. Just choose the appropriate list.
Or, another alternative is to go directly to the page itself and click on the gear icon until you see the option to "Add to Interest Lists…"
Not only can you add the Page to an existing Interest List, you also have the option to create a brand new Interest List right from here. Just select "New List…"
How to add a Friend to an Interest List on the fly
If it's a Friend you want to add to your Interest List, they must allow Subscribers. To add a Friend to a list, I've found it works best to go directly to their main Profile page and then complete the steps required for adding a Page (click the gear icon and then "Add to Interest Lists…") like so:
A few more tidbits
- If you own a Facebook Page, consider sharing this post with your readers so they understand how Interest Lists work. There is so much confusion about this issue and so many are probably missing your posts!
- If you found this post via another blogger, consider adding their Facebook Page to one of your Interest Lists so you don't miss their posts.
- You can subscribe to my Faves list if you'd like. It's a handful of pages on a variety of subjects.
- You do not have to Like a page or Subscribe to a person in order to include them on an Interest List. Kinda makes Facebook Page Likes sort of not an accurate representation of how many people may be actually following your posts, right? Interesting…
- You can go directly to all your Interest Lists here.
- To delete an Interest List, hover over the list name and click on the pencil icon on your Personal Profile home page (left column). Choose "Delete List" or…
- Manage your lists by clicking on the link to one of them here, then in the right corner you will see a Manage List menu in the top right corner.
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