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Facebook lists: what they are and how they work

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Facebook lists: what they are and how they work: Wandering about Facebook, have you noticed some very particular posts published by your friends: these are lists including places, people or other elements characterized by colored backgrounds and by the presence of numbers or points next to each item that composes them. I bet you are now wondering how your friends did post them and how you can create similar ones too. Did I guess? Well, then know that I’m here to help you and to clarify your ideas about these “strange” contents that you have found in your timeline.

The lists that your friends have published are nothing more than posts made through the lists function of Facebook, which the famous social network began to introduce in February 2018 and which allows, precisely, to create bulleted or numbered lists including elements of any kind: names, places, movie titles, goals to be achieved and much even more.

It is possible to create lists on Facebook starting from ready-to-use templates or creating them from scratch, acting both from a computer and from an app for smartphones or tablets: all in a few clicks (or a few taps). If you want to know more, keep reading: below you will find explained what are Facebook lists, how they work and how to use them to interact in a more sympathetic and original way with your followers. Happy reading and, above all, have fun!

Create lists on Facebook from smartphones and tablets

If you want to impress your friends by posting lists on Facebook and you want to act via smartphone or tablet, start the official application of the social network and press the box to publish a new post (What are you thinking about?).

At this point, select the item List from the menu that appears below and choose whether to create a personalized list or whether to use one of the templates made available by Facebook: in the first case, you have to press on the item Create a list with your title and go on. In the second case, however, you must select one of the example lists proposed by Facebook by opting for the one that best suits your needs: Song titles that describe my life, People for whom I feel gratitude, Information relating to my education, My goals for 2018, The films I want to see, Things I miss from my childhood, Things I always say, Friends I miss, My favorite competitions from the Winter Games, List of things I must do before I die or other.

Create Facebook lists

In the screen that opens, if you have chosen to create a list from scratch, tap on the field Title and type the title you want to assign to the list. If, on the other hand, you have chosen a predefined Facebook list, go directly to the second step, that is to insert the elements into the list.

To add a new item to the list, press on the field 1. Add an item and type the text you want to insert in it. Then, to add a new item to the list, tap on the item + Add another element (below) and type the text you want to display in the new field created.

Create Facebook lists

Repeat the operation for all the items you want to add to the list and choose whether to create a bulleted list or one numbered list by pressing on one of the appropriate icons under the list.

After this step too, choose it background you want to use for your list by tapping on one of the colored dots placed under the list. If you want, type a text to accompany the list by entering it in the field Write something on this list … (above) and proceed with the publication of the post by pressing the button Share located at the top right.

You can choose the audience to view the list as you do with any other content posted on Facebook, then using the privacy settings menu located under your name (eg. Friends, All or Only me).

Create Facebook lists

Your friends will be able to view the list you created regardless of the device used and will be able to comment on it and / or add “likes” as if it were a normal post.

Also, know that in case of second thoughts you can both edit and delete the list you posted on your profile. To edit the list, locate it on your profile page, tap the button located at the top right of it and select the item Edit post from the menu that appears. The Facebook lists editor will open again, through which you can change the background and content of the list.

To completely delete the list, instead, locate it in your profile, press the button located at the top right and first select the item Delete from the menu that appears and then the item Delete post from the box that appears on the screen.

Edit Facebook lists

Note: to create the tutorial I used an Android smartphone, but the instructions contained in the post also apply to the Facebook app for iPhone, iPad and Android tablet.

Create lists on Facebook from PC

Facebook lists

Facebook lists are also accessible from PC. To take advantage of them, all you have to do is open your favorite browser (eg. Chrome, Firefox or Safari), connect to the main page of the social network and, if necessary, log into your account.

Subsequently, click on the box for the publication of new posts (What are you thinking about?), scroll down the menu that appears below and click on the button List to start creating a new list.

Facebook lists

Now you have to choose whether to create an empty list to which you can assign a custom title or whether to use one of the predefined Facebook lists. In the first case, click on the entry Create a list with your title. In the second, instead, select one of the lists proposed by the social network: Things I have to do, Moments that I would like to relive, Things I hate the most, Things I want, People I love, Life lessons I learned the hard way or other.

Facebook lists

At this point, if you have chosen to create a list with the custom title, click on the field Title and type the title you want to assign to it. If, on the other hand, you have chosen a list model among those proposed by Facebook, go directly to the second step: inserting the elements in the list.

Then click on the field (1) Add an item and type the first item you want to add to your list. Then click on the entry + Add another element (below), type the second item you want to add to the list and continue in this way until you complete the list with all the items you want.

Facebook lists

Once your list is complete, you can choose a background theme among those available below (i colored dots) and you can decide whether to display the list as numbered list or bulleted list by clicking on the appropriate icons located at the bottom left.

Facebook lists

Finally, choose the audience to display your list (ex. Friends or All) via the drop-down menu located at the bottom right; type, if you want, a message to accompany the post in the field Write something on this list and presses the button Publish to publish the list.

Once published, the list will be visible to all your followers (i.e. all friends and other people who follow your updates) on all devices. If you change your mind, you can change or delete it.

To edit your list, locate it on your personal profile page, click on the button placed on it and choose the item Edit post from the menu that appears. The Facebook list editor will open, allowing you to edit the list’s properties just like when you created it.

Edit Facebook lists

To permanently delete a list, instead, locate it on your personal profile page, click on the button placed on it, choose the item Delete from the menu that appears and presses the button Delete post in the box that appears in the center of the screen. Easier than that?

How to activate lists on Facebook

Facebook lists

Despite my directions, you still haven’t managed to create lists on Facebook? Obviously you are part of the unenviable group of users who have not yet had the function on their account.

What can be done in these cases? Unfortunately not much. The activation of the lists must be done remotely by Facebook and no action by the user can change things. The only advice I can give you is to be patient and check every now and then if in the field “What are you thinking about”Of the social network, the list icon appears. Also try to log into Facebook using multiple devices: sometimes, in fact, the function is available on one platform (eg Android) and not on others (eg computer and iOS).

Finally, even if this does not allow you to force the appearance of the lists, make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of the Facebook app on your smartphone and / or tablet. To check for updates for Facebook, do this.

  • If you use an Android terminal, open the Play Store (the colored ▶ ︎ symbol located on the home screen), presses the ☰ button located at the top left and select the item my apps and games from the menu that appears on the side. Next, select the tab Updates which is located at the top of the screen that opens and presses the option to update all the apps that need updates. Alternatively, if you want to upgrade only Facebook, presses the button Refresh located next to the application name. Still another way you can go is to search for Facebook in the Play Store, press on its icon in the search results and then on the button Refresh present in the screen that opens. If you don’t see the “Update” button, it means you already have the latest version of Facebook installed on your device.
  • If you are using an iPhone or iPad, open theApp Store (the icon of the letter “A” white on a blue background located on the home screen), select the card Updates located at the bottom right and presses the button for update all apps. Alternatively, if you want to update Facebook only, locate the application icon and tap the button Refresh located next to it or search for the application in the tab Near of the App Store, select its icon from the search results and press the button Refresh. If you don’t see the “Update” button, it means that you have already installed the latest version of Facebook on your device.