How to Create Interest Groups in Facebook

Being organized across your social platforms is key to successful management.  When it comes to Facebook, this is no exception!  So then, how does one go about organizing the content they see on Facebook?  Facebook has a feature where you can organize your pages, subscriptions and friends into Interest Groups. Why would one want to organize their Facebook content?

Consider this…Your Facebook feed is filled with the content of all of your friends, your pages and any profiles you subscribe to, so it can become quite cluttered.  If you are like me, you have already determined who's content you really enjoy seeing.  However, depending on how many friends you have, I am willing to hedge a bet that you miss a lot of the content that you WANT to see.  Setting up Interest Groups can be helpful in helping you see the content you don't want to miss.  Spending time organizing your content, in the long run, will prove to be very valuable.  Instead of watching your entire feed, you will have the option to watch filtered lists.  

This article today, gives a step by step tutorial to getting your Interest Groups set up on Facebook.  Once you have organized your groups, you will have the option to just follow those lists and drown out all the other noise that you may find less important.

First you will want to go to your your Facebook Personal Profile and click "HOME" in the upper right corner.  In the left sidebar, scroll down to where it says "INTERESTS"  and click "add interests"…

 

Before you begin, it is a good idea to jot down some ideas for the Interest Groups you wish to create.  For example, some of my groups are Designers, Craft Manufacturers, Social Media, etc.  You can add a user to more than one group, so don't worry if someone falls into multiple categories.

You will be brought to the screen below.  Click "CREATE LIST"…

 

 

A pop up screen will appear.  You will name your list later…so look at what you have written down and choose one category.  For the purpose of this example, I am going to create a "friends" Interest Group.  On the left hand side of the screen, you can choose to view the pages or subscriptions you follow or view your friends. 

 

If you want to find specific profiles, you can search for them in the search box in the top right corner of the pop up screen.

 

 

Since I have chosen to create a list for my friends, I have clicked on the "Friends" tab.  As you can see below, the thumbnails of all my Facebook Friends appear.  What is really neat about this?  I can scroll through and click on multiple profiles that I want to add to my group.  A blue box will appear around each profile that I click on indicating that I am adding that person to the group.  

 

 

Once you have selected your profiles, click next.  You will be brought to a new pop up screen where you can name your list, select a privacy setting and see which profiles you have added.  Once you've done that, click "DONE".

 

Now, go back to "HOME" and you will see that there is a new list under interests called "FRIENDS".  When I click on that list, I will only see the posts of those profiles that are in that group!

 

It is as simple as that to create Interest Groups in Facebook.  I hope that you can see the tremendous value in creating filtered lists in Facebook.  I have found that by creating groups, not only do I have a more enriching experience on Facebook, but I also save a ton of time!  Before I created these Interest Groups, I would have to scroll endlessly on my wall feed or visit individual profiles and pages.  With smaller groups, I see what I want to and need to see.

Later this week, I will be posting a tutorial on how to edit interest groups.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  I do my sincere best to reply to all comments left here.

Artfully yours…..Theresa

34 Responses to How to Create Interest Groups in Facebook

  1. Sue says:

    Theresa, thanks for this great post.  This is something that was on my "TO DO" list to figure out….Appreciate you simplifying it for me. Can't wait to get it set up!!  Love your step-by-step directions with pictures since I'm a visual person!!  Have a great day!

  2. I love interest lists!  It makes Facebook more organized!  Thank you for sharing how to set one up.  I know a lot of people aren't sure how!

  3. denny hagel says:

    Awesome! Great information presented in such a clear and easy to understand way! Thanks!

  4. Anita says:

    Now this is timely! I was just starting to do this last night and got distracted! Thanks for the gentle reminder :0

  5. Thanks for the great info and visuals, Theresa!  I also love the interest list…which I am just learning.  I can imagine how much I'll appreciate it once I have it working for me!!

  6. Sherie says:

    I love how you used visuals in this post…I am such a visual learner, this makes it so much easier for me.  I am off to create some interest lists, this will make things so much easier for me on Facebook! Thanks, Theresa!!

  7. You made it so easy to follow along with the steps! I am putting this on my "To Do" list for this week as I can see how it would benefit me!

    • Theresa says:

      Awesome, Sue! I am genuinely thrilled that I could offer something of value to you. Keep your eyes peeled! I’m working on part 2…how to edit groups!

  8. Fantastic step by step walk through… I wish we could do this on when when use FB as a Biz Page as well… I would love to group pages into interest groups/sections.  Would make it more like reading the paper and going to the section you want :) 

  9. Lorii Abela says:

    Thanks for this quick tutorial. I would definitely use it. Great job Theresa.

  10. I really have to come back and follow this;  been wanting to make lists for awhile now. Thanks for making it simple to follow!  Great post. :)

  11. Linda Jo Jenkins says:

    wow! fantastic idea and great information!! Thank-you fro writing and sharing this!

  12. Susan Myers says:

    Theresa, thanks for making this easy to follow with the visuals.  Great tip!

  13. Carol Giambri says:

    I love your articles and your visuals!! Wow!  Thanks Theresa.

  14. elizabeth says:

    This is such a good job sweetie!!  I saw my face on there too!!! I tried to do list another way.. this is so much better!

  15. Lori says:

    LOVE THIS Theresa and the screen shots are so helpful! Thanks! I love your site too!

  16. Lorine says:

    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I CAN!

  17. Francois de wet says:

    I am already making use of this feature, but there is some functionality missing from it. Why can you not add a Group to an Interest feed. (Only Pages and People) I have created a News Feed of all the local businesses in our small coastal town, but I can't add the news from the chamber of commerce because it is a Group. (The group is open for viewing by anyone, so why would this be a problem.)

  18. Raymond Ansar says:

    I really love the simple and easy to understand
    method used in walking me through the system of
    creating a group.
    It is fantastic.

    With much regards.

  19. Great article. I started to do this but walked away to do something else … you can only imagine I was looking to walk away. Thanks for this. I’m going to continue this after you inspired me so. You are always spot on!! Thanks again Theresa. Great help.

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