Up until recently if you saw a post you were interested in, you had to type a comment under the post so that you would be notified about any potential updated comments to that post. Even today, people still type “following” in the comments so they can get updates.
And now you know why people type random or sporadic comments like “following!”
But the folks behind Facebook actually took an interest in our desire to follow a post and not look like a fool by typing one word in the comments section, so they added a feature or function that users can now use to follow a post, without having to type anything in the comments.
Here’s How Following A Facebook Post Works:
When you encounter a post that interests you, whether it be a friends, a group or a page…
On a Laptop device: Click on the caret or ‘v’ that’s in the upper right hand corner of the post.
On a Mobile device: Tap/touch the three dots ‘…’ that appear in the upper right hand corner of the post.
Depending on if you are on your laptop or phone, different options will appear, but there is one consistent option that appears on both platforms.
Click/tap “Turn on notifications for this post” option.
Walla! Now you will be notified when new comments are applied to the post you just started following, all without having to comment on it.
I for one like this feature because it keeps people out of my business.
Have you ever commented on something that, for instance, might be something from your family, only to have distant/vague/digital friends from another part of your life chime in on your family’s post? I hate that.
That is how FB works though. It wants everyone to be an open slate of communication and advertising revenue, and that includes interconnecting everyone to everyone. But I want specific parts of my life to be separate from other parts, period. I’ve refrained from commenting on many things and have even refrained from posting updates “like I used to.”
But there are things you can do to protect your personal life and connections on Facebook.
I still post a lot. But now, 90% of my friends don’t see them because I post and filter my posts to specific lists of ‘friends,’ keeping out the commentating witnesses.
If you don’t like any of these options, you could always click on the timestamp link. That brings up the post itself. Then bookmark that link. Now you don’t even have to interact with Facebook to actively follow a post, you can merely bring it up later to see what’s developed. This also keeps your notifications to a minimum.
And now you can follow posts that interest you without commenting and showing the world what’s up with you. I like keeping my ‘underwater basket weaving‘ realm separate from my ‘NASCAR’ friends realm! They have no business interacting. It’s just not right and that’s just how it is.
Thanks for coming by!