Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to Follow a Facebook Post without Commenting

Your friend on facebook just posted a status update on his timeline, and you want to get notified when any one comments on that post without you actually commenting or liking that post. How would you do that?

You are a member of a facebook group and you see a post in which someone has asked a question. You have that question too and you would like to get notified when any one comments on that post without you actually commenting or liking that post. How would you do that?

While facebook gives you a builtin option to do so, many people don't know about that and can be seen writing "following" in comments in facebook groups.

Following a facebook post without commenting on that is not really that difficult. Just follow these two simple steps to follow a facebook post without commenting.

These steps are applicable if you are using facebook in a web browser on your laptop/PC/Mac. The process for mobile phones, cell phones, tablets is identical.

While being in the facebook group


Step 1


Click on the little down arrow in the upper right corner of the post (figure 1).

Click on the little down arrow in the upper right corner of the post
Figure 1

Step 2


In the menu that appears, click on "Turn on notifications for this post" (figure 2)

In the menu that appears, click on Turn on notifications for this post - How to Follow a Facebook Post without Commenting
Figure 2

After you have clicked "Turn on notifications for this post" in the previous step, Facebook will show a message just above that post confirming your choice. (figure 3)

Facebook confirms your choice by showing a message indicating that you have successfully subscribed to further comments on your desired post
Figure 3

While being in the News Feed


The drop down menu that appears after clicking on the little down arrow while viewing a post in your news feed has a bit different appearance. (figure 4).

Drop down menu of a facebook post while viewing the post in facebook news feed
Figure 4

The options, formatting and layout of the drop down menu further change depending upon where you find the post and what is inside the post. The post may have a link, a photo, or link+photo+text, text+photo or just text.

When the post has only text and not being viewed in your News Feed


When the post has only text and not in your News Feed
Figure 5

When the post has text+photo, visibility is set to public and not being viewed in your News Feed


When the post has text+photo, visibility is set to public and not being viewed in your News Feed
Figure 6

When the post has a link and is being viewed in your News Feed


When the post has a link and is being viewed in your News Feed
Figure 7

Notice that in figure 6, we have an option "Embed" which is not present in figure 5. And the figure 7 has an option "Save link" which is not present in figure 5 and figure 6. Also the formatting of drop down menu in figure 7 is different than figures 5 and 6.

Concluding Remarks


In this article, we looked at the solution of a simple problem: how to follow a facebook post without commenting. The solution lies just two simple steps away. Clicking the little down arrow and then selecting "Turn on notifications for this post". Commenting on a post with words like "following" just to get notifications of further comments is annoying at best, does not adds value to the discussion and thus should be avoided.

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