How to let someone Facebook follow you without “friending”

follow without friendingI have received several inquiries from small business professionals asking how to let someone follow their personal Facebook page without adding them as a friend. It may sound like an unusual request, but there are some occasions when business professionals would like to allow others the ability to follow their public posts on their personal Facebook account without adding them as a friend and giving them access to their personal information. Some examples may include:

  • Authors and artists who wish to give fans a glimpse into their personal life from selected public posts
  • Promoters and marketing professionals who want to use every opportunity for someone to connect
  • Professionals who don’t have a business Facebook page, but want to connect and share select information from their Facebook account
  • High profile employees or staff that want to allow colleagues, acquaintances or others access to selected posts.

Special Facebook settings will allow people who are not your friends to view your public posts, but not give them access to your personal information. Here are the steps to enable the “follow” button to appear on your cover photo:

  1. Log into your personal FB account
  2. Click the control wheel icon on the top right side of the page and select “Privacy Settings”
  3. On the Privacy settings page click the “Followers” button in the left navigation area, then check “Turn on Follow”follow3
  4. This will allow a button to appear on your cover photo that says “follow”  follow1

Learn about what Facebook has to say about Follower Settings and browse our other social media tips too!

About Brian Loebig

Owner of, author of, and part-time Technology Manager for the Alliance for Performance Excellence, Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the quality improvement, human services and technology fields as an administrator and consultant. Brian has also worked as a practitioner and administrator in the corrections, substance abuse and human services fields with a special emphasis on technology. He continues to work with numerous community-based non-profits as a web technology consultant, board member and volunteer. Feel free to .
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