Facebook's New 'Interests' Feature Helps Organize Your News Feed
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
March 12 2012 11:09 AM ET
If you have "liked" a lot of pages on Facebook, chances are it's tough to find what you're looking for without scrolling through an endless stream of updates. What once was interesting has become clutter. Facebook has added a new section called "Interests" that lets you organize brands and friends by category.
Facebook is the last social media platform to help its members get organized. Twitter recently added the Categories feature, which contains prepackaged lists for popular topics such as sports, technology and music. Google+ has its circles to share with others. And newcomer Pinterest helps users organize their interests using less newsy topics, including "My Style" and "Products I Love."
Along with sorting your own pages and friends into shared interest groups, you can subscribe to ready-made lists from other users. Right now, "Photographers" has the most subscriptions with more than 14,000, followed by "News" at just over 10,000.
Here's how it works:
- Look for "Interests" in the listings on your homepage. If you don't see it, click "More" and it may be there.
- Click on "Add Interests." You can "+ Create a List" or subscribe to a public list. If you choose to make your own, a window appears that shows the pages and celebrities you've already subscribed to along with your friends — choose the ones that fit your interest and move on to the next window to add additional pages from Facebook.
- Name your new interest list and select who can see it — the public, your friends or only you. Your specialty news feed will now appear under the "Interests" tab. Only the top headline from an Interest list will appear on your homepage.
Need inspiration? Facebook has begun featuring lists made by celebrities including Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu's "Movies I've Recommended." You can add any public list to your own Interest lists by clicking "Subscribe."
Facebook said the new feature will roll out to all of its users over the next few weeks.