How to follow Violinist.com and other pages you like on Facebook
October 25, 2012 at 3:24 AMWe'd love to have you join our fans on Facebook by "Liking" our official "Violinist.com" Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/violincommunity.
But if you want to see posts from Violinist.com in your news feed on the Facebook front page (and we promise, they'll be worth it!), you need to take an extra step.
You see, Facebook doesn't show you all the posts from the people and pages you follow, on that front-page news feed. It selects only posts it thinks you're most likely to click on or to "like." (Or posts that a company pays for you to see. More on that in a bit.) So when a Violinist.com post does appear on Facebook, if you click that link or like the post, you'll get more Violinist.com posts showing up on Facebook.
But you won't see them all. There's only one way to do that. Go to Violinist.com's Facebook page and hold your mouse over the "Liked" button. (You have to have a mouse to do this - you can't do it on mobile.) When a window appears, scroll to the option "Add to Interest Lists…" and click that.
Facebook will then walk you through the steps of adding a new "Interest List." This first list you create will start with Violinist.com's page, since you clicked from that page, but you also can add any of the other pages and people you follow on Facebook to the list. And you can name the Interest List whatever you'd like. (You can create as many Interest Lists as you want, too.)
Here's an example of an Interest List that I've created: It's called "Violin" and it includes Violinist.com's Facebook page as well as the official Facebook pages for 16 great violinists whom Laurie's interviewed on the site. You can subscribe to this Interest List by clicking to it and then clicking the "Subscribe" button on the top of the Interest List page.
Once you've created or subscribed to an Interest List, you'll see it appear as an option whenever you click "Add to Interest Lists…" for a page. You'll also see links to your completed Interest Lists on the left side of Facebook's home page, listed under "INTERESTS." Whenever you click one of the Interest List links, you'll see all the posts from all the people and pages on that list. (You can add or remove individual pages from a list at any time.)
Again, the more you interact with the individual posts in your Interest Lists by clicking or liking them, the more likely Facebook will be to show posts from that page to you on the Facebook front page.
Facebook used to show our Violinist.com posts to almost all of the people who'd like our Facebook page. These days, Facebook only shows the posts we put on Facebook to about 10 percent of the people who've liked us. And Facebook's pressuring website publishers to pay up if they want their posts to be seen by more of their followers. (We'd be happy to pay Facebook to expose Violinist.com to people who haven't heard of the site. But it seems a bit weird to us to not show our posts to so many people who've said that they want to follow the page. That's why I'm posting these instructions.)
Interest Lists can be a powerful way to get the Facebook you want, instead of the Facebook that advertisers want you to see. We hope that you'll use Interest Lists to stay in touch with Violinist.com via Facebook, but you can use it to tailor Facebook to see posts from any of the pages you like. You shouldn't have to miss any of the posts you want, and be stuck with posts you don't care about. With Interest Lists, you can get more of what you want, and avoid the rest.
Thanks again for reading Violinist.com - here, and on Facebook!
From Bohdan WarchalIt seems to be not working Robert, I am sorry. I visited violinist.com FB page, did hold the mouse on "like" button, but not any "scroll to the option - Add to Interest Lists…" appeared.
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:02 AM
From Trevor JenningsSorry to rain on the party, Robert, but I joined Facebook last year only to find a while later that some unidentified person had made changes to my personal profile. This was of course completely unacceptable, so I left Facebook forthwith.
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM
From Robert NilesBohdan... You will have had to click to "Like" the page first, before the "Add to Interest Lists..." appears. And it's a bit of a user interface disaster, quite frankly. You have to hold the mouse cursor over the "Liked" button, but don't click, wait until the little pop-up appears, then move your mouse down to the "Add to Interest Lists..." and other options appear. As the English say, it's a bit dodgy.
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM
Trevor... I totally understand. That's why we're always here on the Web, and on other social media services such as Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Wherever you want to hang out with us on Violinist.com, we'll be there for you.
From Robert NilesAlso, I wanted to make the point that if Facebook drops a page or person you really want to follow from your front-page news feed, the best way now to get that back into your feed is to use an Interest List. By clicking to your Interest Lists, you can at least see that page's or person's posts again, allowing you to click and like them enough so that they start appearing on the FB front page again. If you don't use an Interest List like this, there's no way to tell Facebook that you really do want to engage with posts from that page or person, because it's stopped showing them to you.
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM
Again, I'm not trying to bag on Facebook here. I just want everyone to know how to make it do what you want. Once you start using tools such as Interest and Friends Lists, I've found that Facebook really does start behaving differently and becomes a very useful resource once again.
From Bohdan WarchalRobert, I understood your instructions correctly. I did not click it, but I moved and held the mous on it, without any effect. I also tried it with another FB page.
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 PM
Maybe FB works differently in various countries.
From Laurie NilesTrevor,
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Don't worry, we aren't pushing FB on anyone! Whatever people do or don't do on Facebook, we'll be here, as we have been for 15 years. Robert just wanted to put this information out there for people who use Facebook, who might want to get the notices we put up about new stories and blogs, and occasional links to relevant news stories. But you'll find all of that, and actually quite a lot more, right here on the real Violinist.com website!
From Robert NilesStrong point, Bohdan. I don't know how Facebook behaves in different countries, so let's just state that these instructions are for Facebook users in the United States. If anyone outside the US sees a lists feature on FB in their country, too, please let us know.
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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