Liking pages on Facebook always comes with annoyances: your friends can see everything you follow, it uses you for ads in your friends’ News Feeds, and it doesn’t offer any way to organise them. Lifehacker reader 1proposalista recommends using Facebook’s lesser-known Interest Lists instead.
Some of you already know about Interest Lists, but Facebook doesn’t really push them a lot, so many people are still in the dark. 1proposalista explains how they work:
A great way to avoid problems with Facebook’s “Like” feature is to set up “Interests Lists.” From any Page (that you would normally decide to “Like”) you can instead click on the little gear tab next to the “Message” button and “Add to Interests Lists.” These lists can be set up so that only you can see them, so there is no noise generated on your friends’ News Feeds when you connect to Pages this way.
This is also a terrific way to segment your own News Feed by creating Interest Lists based on any topic you choose. When you want to check in on a given topic, you can quickly find it listed on your Home page, left column bar, under “Interests” — I’ve found this to be a terrific way to organise my News Feed and also shrink down the annoyances associated with Liking, both for myself and my friends.
The other advantage is that your friends don’t see what you’ve liked, so if you have any guilty pleasures you want to follow (but don’t want showing up on your profile), you can add them to your Interest Lists instead. We’ve shared a workaround for this before, but using Interest Lists is more convenient and less of a hassle.