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How to Create a Cause-Based Newsfeed on Facebook

By Aless Piper

May 29, 2012

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I hate its ever-changing privacy policy, but love the many ways it makes it easier to connect with fellow HIV/AIDS and LGBT activists and organizations.

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 -- is HIV/AIDS-related; many of them are ASO's from all over the world.

Unlike with groups, you can't get emails when pages are updated, so more often than not I am about a half-month to a 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.
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.
Click 'New 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.
Start selecting your pages.
6. You can view all the pages you've selected by clicking "Selected" at the bottom of the list.
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.
Click next to choose a name for your list and tweak your visibility settings.
8. Press Done. You can view your new cause-based list by returning to your newsfeed and scrolling down to where it says "Interests," which should appear below either Pages if you maintain your own Facebook Pages, Groups if you belong to any, or Apps.
Press Done.

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?

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See Also
10 Black HIV/AIDS Advocates Who Are Making a Difference
More Info and Guides on HIV Activism

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Aless Piper is a 20-something office assistant by day, world-changer by night. She is a voracious reader, and addicted to iced caramel correttos from her favorite coffee shop. She has been reading TheBody.com for more than half her life.

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