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100 Awesome Facebook Lists to Follow (and bypass Edgerank)

January 30, 2013 - 06:34:55 by
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Facebook Lists

Lists + Facebook = Happy

Behold the MOTHERLODE LIST OF FACEBOOK LISTS!

Everyone likes to gripe about Edgerank (myself included at times). But let’s face it — it’s here to stay.

So if we want to see more posts flowing through our News Feed, we need to find other ways to open up the spigot.

How do you get a more dynamic & vibrant News Feed full of diverse and ever-changing information?

Turns out it’s easier than you think. :)

Enter Facebook Interest Lists

Facebook quietly launched “Interest Lists” about a year ago — around the same time Timeline launched.

Before that, lists were mostly used for organizing friends. The new Lists let users include people (including non-friends) and pages.

Below you’ll find 100 Interest Lists to follow — arranged in categories like:

  • social media
  • business
  • sports
  • politics
  • music, art, food, etc.

Keep in mind that once you follow a List, you only see a summary of the List’s recent posts in your main News Feed. To get the most out of the List, you need to visit it directly — by clicking the List’s bookmark in your left Facebook navigation.

Edgerank bypassed!

But here’s the kicker… ready for it? There is NO Edgerank algorithm applied to Lists!!

Yes you read that correctly.

And the cool thing is the creator of the List gets to decide:

  • which pages & people are included
  • what types of posts are shown

For example, on the Lists I created, I set them up to show only status, links, photos and videos — normal posts, basically. I excluded all the other stuff — like milestones, birthdays, liked pages, etc.

I’ve done my best to show you a broad array of Lists from different people. But you’ll notice many names repeated — typically Facebook employees who’ve created Lists for users.

Enjoy this “Motherlode List of Lists”! — and make sure to follow them and share this post with your friends and followers!

Social Media Lists on Facebook

I start with the niche I talk about the most: Social Media. If you’re in this niche or want to learn how to use social media for your business, follow these Lists!

1. Social Media Resources

by Scott Ayres (me). This is my go-to resource for social media related news. You’ll find Mari Smith, Social Media Examiner, Jon Loomer and more. If you’re into Social Media, this List is a must.

2. Facebook Experts

by Mari Smith. Mari’s List is full of experts and pages focused mainly on Facebook. One of my favorites on the list is Amy Porterfield. Mari’s List has almost 30,000 followers to date!

3. Facebook Designers

by Chris Kalani. Created by a Facebook employee, this List includes people who work at Facebook in the design department.

4. Social Media Savvy (and fun!)

by Scott Kleinberg. Another great List of social media related people. But not your typical big names.

5. 100 People to Follow on Facebook

by Mari Smith. Mari created this great List of great people to follow on Facebook — folks like Rosh Khan and Casey Zeman to name a few.

6. Google+

by Matthew Rappaport. Great list of over 300 active Google+ members. Matthew has a cool site called “Hangout Conversations” you might find handy as well.

7. Facebook Fan Page Apps

by Mari Smith. Looking for an app for your Facebook page or business? Look no further than Mari’s List. You may notice a familiar page on this List ( *cough *cough… Post Planner!)

8. Mashable Staff

by Pete Cashmore. Follow this List to see what the Mashable staff is up to.

9. Phyllis Khare’s Go-to Social News List

Phyllis is the co-author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies and has shared her go-to List for social news. It’s a good one!

10. Social Media News

by Kate Buck. If you don’t know Kate Buck, Jr, you need to know her ASAP. She has created a great List to get some juicy social media news from.

11. Social Media Superheroes

by Jo Barnes.  Jo Barnes is an amazing person who I’ve talked to many times. I’m honored to actually be on this List with other super heroes!

12. Facebook Marketing

by Jon Loomer.  Jon is quickly becoming one of the top minds when it comes to Facebook tips, and his List does not disappoint. Check it out.

13. Facebook

by Vadim Lavrusik. Created by Facebook to list a ton of Facebook employees. Fun to follow.

Tech Lists on Facebook

I have a secret — I’m not the most tech savvy person. I’m an old school PC guy and I’ve never owned a Mac. And while I try to keep up with all the tech news, I couldn’t do it without these lists.

14. Tech Entrepreneurs

by Sachin Monga. If you’re in the tech world, this is a must follow list with over 15,000 followers to date.

15. Tech Heads

by Scott Ayres. Yes this listed was created by me — but it contains many tech related pages like Quora, PC World, etc that you need to be following.

16. 50 Women in Tech

by Rebecca Searles. Rebecca is an editor at Huffington Post and has a great List here. This one is all about women who are rocking the tech world.

17. 50 People in Tech

by Rebecca Searles. Great list including Robert Scoble, Kevin Rose and more.

18. Tech Innovators

by Hardik Patel. Created by another Facebook employee, this List has some great pages and people, like Techcrunch and Social Media Today.

19. Tech News

by Vadim Lavrusik. This List by Facebook employee Vadim has over 49,000 followers and has over 127 people/pages in it — like the Verge, LifeHacker and more. Go follow it!

20. Tech VIPs

by Robert Scoble. If anyone knows about the tech world, it’s Robert Scoble. Anyone in the startup world or tech industry needs to follow this List.

21. Big Tech Companies

by Robert Scoble. A List of the heavy hitters in the tech world: SAP, LinkedIn, Nokia, etc.

22. Tech Gadgets

by Evan Fogel. Over 69,000 follow this list, which includes the likes of Gizmodo, Engadget, ThinkGeek and more.

23. Tech Media

by Sumeet Sham Vaidya. Another great tech List with some familiar faces from the previous Lists. But this one also includes PcWorld, MG Siegler and more.

24. Personal Technology

by Vadim Lavrusik. Can we say Cali Lewis, Geek Tech and Wired? Yep… all in this List.

25. Tech Science

by Kaushik Iyer. Are you a science geek? Then go follow this list. Includes Science Friday, Popular Science, National Geographic and more.

Business & Marketing Lists on Facebook

Own a business? Are you an entrepreneur? Want to keep up on the latest and greatest trends in marketing — both online and offline? Then follow these lists.

26. Business News

by Vadim Lavrusik. This is a great List with tons of resources for every business.

27. Industry Updates

by Taher Sumon. This list tends to stay on the Marketing track including posts from Marketing Land… and I just realized I’m actually on this list! Woohoo!

28. Innovative Brands

by Pete Cashmore. This List, from the founder of Mashable, has over 64,000 followers but only contains 13 brands. These are the movers and shakers in business. Go look.

29. Media News

by Vadim Lavrusik. Another Facebook created list with about 50 news sites and people to follow. One of my favorites on the list is the relatively unknown LostRemote.

30. Motivational People

by Evan Fogel. Feeling a bit down and need a pick me up? This List could do the trick. With the likes of Jack Canfield, Tim Ferris, Jim Rohn and Dave Ramsey!

31. Social Entrepreneurs

by Arianna Huffington. Over 56,000 have followed this List containing Kickstarter and more.

32. Startup Investors

by Robert Scoble. This may be one of the largest lists I’ve seen with almost 600 people and pages feature. If you’re a startup looking for an investor, follow this List.

33. Business Authors

by Vadim Lavrusik. This is a power-packed list of 8 — including Seth Godin and more.

34. Business Leaders

by Evan Fogel.  Huge following on this list including Bill Gates, Guy Kawasaki and Mark Cuban.

35. Media Brands

by Pete Cashmore.  Another homerun by Cashmore focused on major news sites. I get my daily news from this List each morning!

36. Internet Marketing

by Selena Narayanasamy. Not a ton of people on this List or following it, but contains some great pages like SEOmoz, BlueGlass and Facebook Live.

37. Small Business Marketing

by John Jantsch. You can’t talk marketing without mentioning John Jantsch from Duct Tape Marketing. I’m surprised his great list only has 632 followers. You can find HubSpot, CopyBlogger and more in here.

38. Facebook Savvy Non Profits

by Randi Zuckerberg. If this list is good enough for Mark’s sister, it’s good enough for me!

Sports Lists on Facebook

This next group of lists is pretty self explanatory so I won’t include any summaries. I’m hoping you know what “NFL” means! :)

39. NFL Teams

by Adam Schefter

40. NBA Teams

by Evan Fogel

41. NBA Players

by Mark Pike

42. Athletes

by Vadim Lavrusik

43. NFL teams, players and analysts

by Nick Grudin

44. NFL Players Pages

by Troy Polamalu. I do want to point out that this List was created by an actual NFL player — which is pretty cool.

45. MLB Teams

by Dave Ugelow

46. College Football

by Vadim Lavrusik

47. Sports News

by Vadim Lavrusik

48. Olympics

by Kristin Thayer

49. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA- UFC)

by Brad Hettervik

50. Soccer Players

by Dave Goldblatt

51. Nascar

by Brad Hettervik

52. Boxing

by John Maier

53. NHL Teams

by John Maier

54. Ultimate Frisbee

by Manny Lopez

Television & Movies Lists on Facebook

I’m a bit of a TV junky — especially reality TV. These are some cool TV-related Lists that you may find interesting.

55. TV News Shows

by Vadim Lavrusik

56. TV Comedy Shows

by Charles Porch

57. Reality TV Shows

by Charles Porch (mainly all the housewife shows)

58. News

by Vadim Lavrusik

59. Hollywood on Facebook

by Charles Porch

60. TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

by Al Baxter

61. TV Crime

by Al Baxter

Music Lists on Facebook

I couldn’t find a ton of music-related Lists, but did manage to find a few you might want to follow — most of them created by the same person.

The titles are pretty self explanatory. None of them are very large lists — and the creators really should add more to them.

62. Indie Music Blogs 

by Ethan Tremaine Avey. I love indie music. And I love these Indie blogs. One of my favorite is Stereogum.

63. Music Technology

by Julian Muller

64. R&B Music

by Charles Porch

65. Christian Music

by Charles Porch

66. Rock Music

by Charles Porch (102k)

67. Pop Music

by Charles Porch

Food & Health Lists on Facebook

Most of us are trying to get healthier — I certainly am. Below you’ll find some really interesting Lists to help you on your journey.

68. Food Media

by Morin Oluwole. This List is very well followed with around 54,000 followers. You’ll find PBS Food, Top Chef and HealthyEats.com.

69. Food & Recipes

by Shawn Van Daele. Another great find with over 100 resources to help you find recipes! But hardly anyone following it yet. I’ve frequented AllRecipes.com a few times myself.

70. Health News

by Vadim Lavrusik. A Facebook created List with some news related to the health world.

71. Green News

by Hanna Welch. This List contains about 30 resources aiming to help you live green. They include HuffPost Green and more. Check it out.

72. Recipes

by Bailey McRae. Only 24 sources on this List but nearly 97,000 followers so far! If you need an idea for tonight’s dinner, follow this List. Btw, BakingBites.com is a great site, but might just make you fat(ter)!

73. People That Make You Hungry

by Trey Ratcliff. A great List of some of the world’s greatest chefs — people like Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart and Wolfgang Puck, to name a few.

74. Exercise

by Bailey McRae. I couldn’t make it all about food so I included this great List of the top exercise-related pages such as Shape Magazine, 24 Hour Fitness, and P90X.

Art Lists on Facebook

I couldn’t find a ton of Lists that seem authoritative in the art category. But I did manage to find a few you may want to check out.

75. Photographers

by Thomas Hawk. This may be the List I’ve seen with the most followers. Over 157,000 and counting! Contains over 200 photographers that regularly show off their work. The cool thing about this List is its creator, Thomas Hawk, set it up to show only photos — which makes for a really nice feed.

76. Design

by Robyn Morris. This is another great List with a massive following that contains nothing but photo posts. Some great inspiration can be found on this list. Love this one!

77. Art Critics

by Nick Grudin

Video Gaming Lists on Facebook

To my shock, Lists on Facebook related to video games are very scarce. I did manage to find a few though. You can check out below. I’m not a gamer by any means, so I really can’t add much commentary on these. But there are some familiar faces.

78. Console Games

by Sara Brooks

79. Popular Video Gaming

by Sumeet Vaidya

80. Role Playing Games

by Al Baxter

81. Arcade/Puzzle Games

by Sara Brooks

Travel Lists on Facebook

We all need a vacation, right? Here are some great Lists to help you on your way.

82. Disney Vacations

by Barrie Brewer

83. Travel

by Morin Oluwole

84. Travel Bloggers

by Scotty Perry

85. Travel and Culture

by Annemarie Dooling

86. US National Parks

by Zach Behrens

Politics Lists on Facebook

Ok… I’m not really into politics. Maybe on the local level, but not so much nationally. I also try to stay clear of talking politics on Facebook, as it causes too many problems and riffs.

But I do think it’s helpful to share these Lists with you below. All of them are created by Katie Harbath, the Manager of Public Policy at Facebook. She helps politicians use Facebook effectively, and has put together some helpful Lists.

87. World Leaders

by Katie Harbath

88. US Democrats

by Katie Harbath

89. US Republicans

by Katie Harbath

90. US Governors

by Katie Harbath

91. Political Journalists

by George Stephanopoulos

92. US Senate Members

by Katie Harbath

93. US House Members

by Katie Harbath

Random Lists on Facebook

Ok… So I called this category “Random”. What I should have called it was “I headlined my list as 100 and only ended up with 93 so I needed to find 7 more to finish this blog!!” :D

Anyway, below are some random lists I found that you may find interesting.

94. My Little Pony

by Jessica Migatulski. I have 5 and 6 year old girls, so my house is full of My Little Pony!

95. World Birding & Conservation

by Gunnar Engblom

96. Fabulous Kids Activities Blogs

by Cathy James. I’m in love with this list now! With 3 kids, this one is awesome. Lots of great resources for parents. I especially dig QuirkyMomma.com .

97. Non-Fiction Authors

by Vadim Lavrusik. A Facebook created list containing some non-fiction authors like Mari Smith, Tim Ferriss, Zig Ziglar and Gary Vaynerchuk.

98. Child Causes

by Charles Porch. Great list created by Facebook to talk about child causes.

99. Robert Scoble

by Robert Scoble. Never miss a post by the Scobleizer!

100. Cool People named Scott Ayres

by Scott Ayres. I found 15 other people with my name and made a list! Seems I’m the only one posting though. :)

Whew!!!

My fingers are tired from writing this post, but I hope you found some great Lists to follow!

By following quality Interest Lists, you will greatly improve your Facebook experience. I promise.

Did I miss any lists? Sound off in the comments.

About the Author:

Co-author of Facebook All-In-One for Dummies and "Ambassador of Awesome" at Post Planner, Scott became addicted to social media before even MySpace (the first time around!). Any given day he spends 20+ hours on Facebook! He's been married for 20 years and has 3 kiddos who are his world! Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

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