Facebook is primarily about connecting people, but it’s also more than that. The world’s largest social network is also a way to find out what’s happening around the world, get a dose of daily entertainment, and even learn a thing or two.
Following certain Facebook Pages based on interests or individuals will populate your news feed with things that matter to you. Plus, it’s a healthier way to use the network because otherwise, Facebook makes you sad.
For the geeks among us, Facebook is full of some fantastic Pages. From famous personalities to informational resources, this is how Likes on Facebook can make you smart or just keep you entertained. So let’s see who you should be following on Facebook.
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Obviously, the biggest names are the brands that you love. Not everyone has a Facebook Page though. For example, Apple is absent, but there is an official page for the new music streaming service Apple Music. Samsung, meanwhile, has split its brand into different categories like Mobile, TV, and so on.
There are also sub-pages based on countries. For example, if you visit the Microsoft Facebook Page, you’ll be automatically redirected to your specific country’s Microsoft page.
Without further ado, here are 25 of the top geek-interest brands you should be following on Facebook:
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Microsoft Windows
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Lumia
- Google Android
- Samsung Mobile
- Apple Music
- Amazon Kindle
- Tesla Motors
- Angry Birds
- EA Sports FIFA
And of course, let’s not forget your favorite brand…
The point is, these Facebook Pages are a great way to stay up-to-date on offerings from your favorite companies and services, and even address grievances at times. For example, Netflix and Spotify announce new additions to the library on Facebook. So if you use either streaming service, it’ll help to follow them.
But beyond the big brands, there are lots of Facebook Pages whose updates should be a part of every geek’s news feed.
The Discovery Channel has its own Facebook Page for news and videos, and boy, if you thought Discovery’s Testtube network had cool stuff, you haven’t seen anything yet. This Page is one of the few media publications to really embrace Facebook’s full potential.
While it serves as a link to Discovery’s main news website, the Page also comes out with interesting factoids, awesome images, and full videos for you to watch without ever leaving Facebook. Here’s a tip: Head to the Discovery News Videos page if you have some time to spare.
With almost 23.5 million followers, I F***ing Love Science (IFLS) is one of the most-followed geek pages on Facebook. It already made it to our previous list of awesome Facebook pages that entertain and educate, but it deserves a mention once again.
Founded by British blogger Elise Andrew, the page’s entire purpose is to round up cool scientific facts and discoveries from across the planet and present them in Facebook-friendly formats. A short caption accompanies each link, whose headline and synopsis perfectly sums up everything you need to know. You can click to find out more, of course. And more importantly, IFLS uploads and shares a lot of cool videos from the world of science and technology.
Famous for playing Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, actor George Takei has become an icon on the Internet. Takei’s Take on YouTube was a must-watch for anyone who loves geek pop culture. While that hasn’t seen an update in over a year, Takei is still active on Facebook, talking about everything from Airbnb problems to feel-good stories around the web.
Not everything Takei talks about is necessarily for geeks, but it’s a staple of Internet culture nonetheless. In fact, he is now influential enough online that he often shapes the conversation on the Internet.
If it involves cool engineering of any sorts, it’ll be on the Interesting Engineering Facebook page. The focus isn’t on geek culture at large as much as on inventions, explanations, and trends in the world of engineering. And because of this focus, the page has a great core community of similar-minded users who are able to add to the shared post and make it a lively conversation.
Interesting Engineering is also one of the few pages to use embedded GIFs in Facebook to highlight the best part of a video or an infographic. Of course, you’ll get plenty of videos and infographics too.
Facebook has several “Did You Know” pages that regularly post interesting facts and observations. The granddaddy of them all is the one run by the DidYouKnowBlog. Why? Because unlike most of its competitors, DYK take the trouble of citing sources so you can find out more about the fact. Although they get it wrong sometimes, it still makes a big difference in credibility.
Most of the information isn’t original. DYK will make meme-like images, posters, or repost links and videos from other sources. But its emphasis is on drawing out the most interesting factoid in the post itself, while letting you click to find out more.
Since Facebook is a huge part of the Internet, it’s no surprise that scammers aren’t far behind. You need to be able to spot a Facebook scam before it’s too late, and Facecrooks is one of the best resources to do that.
The self-styled social media watchdog does its best to stay abreast of all the security and privacy implications of using Facebook, laws regarding it, and any scams and attacks that are currently circulating. Since new scams come up all the time, following this page might just save you from being a victim. It’s why geeks love Facecrooks and it made its way into our list of must-follow computer security blogs.
From the best geeky movies to the must-watch geeky TV shows, it’s a good time to be a nerd in the world of entertainment. To get your fill of the latest news and happenings for things that matter to geeks, Nerd Approved is the Facebook page to follow.
The cool part is that Nerd Approved is more than just entertainment news. It trawls the web for other artefacts that would matter to geeks, like YouTube mash-ups or awesome action figures and toys. There’s also a pretty decent community of geeks in this page, so you could drop in the comments and usually find someone to talk to about whatever you want.
Cosplay is a big part of the geek lifestyle, with great Tumblrs dedicated to cosplay. On Facebook, Cosplay Heaven has carved a niche of around 500,000 people interested in dressing up and acting as one of their favorite fictional characters.
The owner of the page herself does a lot of cosplay and posts photos, but she also invites readers and others to send in their snaps. Plus, the adults-only content is restricted to the Twitter page, while the Facebook page is kept a bit more family-friendly.
At its best, the purpose of science in space exploration is simple: discovery and amazement. Milky Way Scientists delivers both of these in spades, from photographs of the cosmos taken on still nights on earth, to focussing on the science behind the beauty of nature around us.
By delivering all of this in the form of photos, Milky Way Scientists is like a daily source of inspiration and wonder. Once in a while, a photo will come with a longer caption containing a quote or an explanation, which takes it to a new level of entertainment. There are some great websites for space and astronomy fans, but Milky Way Scientists will bring the best of that to your news food every day.
With over 700,000 subscribers, One Million Gamers is well on its way to meeting its target. The page isn’t really bothered about gaming news or helpful tips or any such information. The focus here is to have fun, with hilarious gaming memes, GIFs, videos, and more.
Now really, you need to know your video games (and the typical gamer) if you want to enjoy yourself on this community page. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Uncharted’s Drake, the constant updates will keep you entertained… if you know what they’re talking about!
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Obviously, this isn’t a comprehensive list of every single page you should be following. Fans of Bill Nye have their idol on Facebook, while Star Wars geeks can learn more about their favorite franchise in The Underworld.
So tell us a cool Facebook page that all geeks should be following, in the comments below!
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