Following Facebook Pages Without Liking Them

You can follow interesting Facebook pages independently of your news feed.
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Towards the top of every Facebook page, you’ll find a "Like" button and a "Follow" button. But, unlike Facebook Timelines -- which sometimes allow you to follow individuals whom you haven’t befriended -- you can’t follow any Facebook pages that you haven’t first liked. Hence, you must click a Facebook page’s Like button to activate its "Follow" button, which otherwise remains dimmed. Creating a Facebook interest list helps you work around this limitation. While you may not see posts on your news feed from the Facebook pages on the list, you can follow their posts separately, exclusively and on demand.

Navigate to your Facebook home page. Scroll down to the bottom of the left pane and click “Add Interests.”

Click “Create list,” followed by “Pages” if it’s not already selected on the source pane to the left. All the Facebook pages you’ve previously liked are displayed on the main pane to the right.

Choose one or several previously-liked Facebook pages to add to your interest list, as desired. Since you will now be following these pages through an interest list, you can opt to unlike them later to avoid seeing their posts again on your news feed.

Select a Facebook page category, such as “News” -- or type a familiar name, such as “CNN,” in the Search bar. Click on every Facebook page displayed in the search results that you’re interested in following. Observe “Selected” on the lower left -- it keeps count of your choices. Click “Next.”

Name your list in the List Name field -- for example, “Special Pages I Follow” -- and then activate the radio button that corresponds with the level of visibility you’d like it to have. Choose from three options: Public, Friends and Only Me. Click “Done.”

Navigate to your home page. Click on your new interest list at the bottom of the left sidebar. Browse through the posts from the select group of Facebook pages that comprise your list.

  • You can add and remove Facebook pages to or from an interest list at any time. To do so, click on the list. Select “Manage List” on the upper-right corner, followed by “Edit List.” Click to uncheck pages that are displayed on the “On This List” screen. Alternatively, select “Pages” from the drop-down menu and use the Search box to call up Facebook pages by name. Click to check new unlisted pages and uncheck listed ones.

Since 1988, Diana Faustmann has been writing on technology, business and culture. Her articles have appeared in various print publications, corporate websites and authoritative online sites. Faustmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of the Philippines.