How to Create a Cause-Based Newsfeed on Facebook
If you're anything like me, there are probably dozens, if not more, pages you've liked on Facebook. In my case, 550, and a good chunk of that number -- probably more than 200 -- are HIV/AIDS-related; many of them are ASO's from all over the world.
Unlike with groups, you can't get e-mails when pages are updated so more often than not I am about a half-month to month or more behind in news from any one page. Updates do appear in more or less real time on my newsfeed but I also have friends, both offline and on, so again, I don't always see them.
I have found a work-around, however. In the same way I've created lists to filter what complete strangers see of my profile, using a feature launched in March 2012, I've created lists that enable me to isolate my HIV/AIDS-related information to peruse at my leisure. And while I do still miss some things, it's getting better.
How did I do it? Easily, I promise.
1. Open Facebook and navigate to a page you've liked. For this tutorial I've chosen the Positive Women's Network, an awesome HIV/AIDS organization located in British Columbia.
2. Click the "Like" button to display a drop down list:
3. Click "New List". A new screen will display that will begin taking you through the steps to create your list.
4. Click "Pages" and type your search criteria in the provided search box. Press Enter. Please note: you have to like a page before it will show up in the list.
5. Start selecting your pages
6. You can view all the pages you've selected by clicking "Selected" at the bottom of the list.
7. Click next to choose a name for your list and tweak your visibility settings. I named mine Canadian HIV/AIDS Organizations, and I plan to create a new list for US ASO's. I choose "Public" for everything I do that is HIV/AIDS-related.
8. Press Done. You can view your new cause-based list by returning to your newsfeed and scrolling down to where it says "Interests" this should appear below either Pages, if you maintain your own Facebook Pages, Groups if you belong to any, or Apps.
And there you have it, your own cause-based newsfeed.
Here are some awesome pages to get you started:
If you make a public HIV/AIDS-based list, how about sharing a link in the comments?