Why you might want a “Follow” button on your personal Facebook page (and how to add one)

Did you know you can add a “Follow” button to your PERSONAL Facebook page?

Here’s why you likely will want one, plus HOW to add one. 

 
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Why to add a follow button to your Personal Facebook Page

If you already know WHY, scroll down to “HOW to add a Follow Button” below.

Your personal Facebook page is the one you use to connect with friends. Adding a Follow button allows people who aren’t your friends to see your public posts without having to be friends with you.  In other words, when you share a post that is set to Public, both your friends and your followers can see it. 

Reasons you may benefit from a Follow button:

  • You get friend requests from people who admire you but who you don’t know or consider a friend (maybe you run an online course or business or are an influencer, activist, educator, or expert in your field)
  • Maybe you want to limit “Facebook friends” to people you have a certain level of intimacy with, but sometimes you want to be heard by as many people as possible
  • You can get the word out more by sharing public posts. When friends or followers see these posts, THEY can share them too and everyone they share it with will see it and be able to share. If you share something privately and a friend shares that post, only your mutual friends will see it.
  • Follow buttons = less awkwardness. Let’s say you get a friend request from someone who doesn’t fit your definition of facebook friend. If you delete the request, they become a follower automatically and will see your public posts (and they won’t be notified you didn’t friend them).
  • You may want to expand your reach as an influencer or knowledgeable source. Here’s an example: Say I take a workshop from a yoga instructor named Amanda. Amanda doesn’t know me, she only taught me some moves! But I am a fan of Amanda and want to learn more about her. Plus, she seems pretty cool and I want to hear more about what she’s interested in. Now, if Amanda has a “Follow” button, I don’t have the awkward choice of deciding if I should send a friend request to her to stay in touch. I can just follow her!
  • Having a follow button is helpful for me as I’m in the wellness industry as a Hypnotherapist. I also run an entertainment blog for fun. I work with hundreds of clients online (one-on-one, in groups, and with watch-when-you-want video experiences). I get followers for these reasons. I choose to post some content publicly, some to “Friends-only” and some to select group of friends. It’s pretty great to have this feature.

HOW to add a Follow Button

It’s easy. Here’s how to do it from your laptop or computer:

  1. Go to facebook.com and be sure you are logged in to your personal account (you’ll see your current personal profile pic at the top to the right of center.)  
  2. Click on the down arrow on the bar at the top of the page. It’s a tiny down-pointing triangle at the top near the far right side. This pulls up a drop down menu.  
  3. Select “Settings” from the drop down menu. This will pull up a new screen.  
  4. On the left, click “Public Posts.”  
  5. On the next screen, in the center near the top it says “Who Can Follow Me” – select “Public” in the grey box.  

This blog post was written in September of 2019. If you have trouble with the directions, let me know so I can update it or help you (Facebook is always changing things, it seems.)

Facebook explains this (and a bit more about checking who is following you) here.  

Any questions? Just ask. You can post in the comments or message me directly via my form at keridwyn.com/contact. Oh, and of course you can also follow me on facebook at fb.com/keridwyn. 🙂   After you set up your follow button, give yourself a gold star!  

– Keridwyn

My links and more about me: linktr.ee/keridwyn

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