How Many Facebook Pages Have You Liked? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Facebook is, like it or not, an integral part of the Web for most people. With a userbase of over 1.3 billion people, and its tentacular reach extending across the Internet like a giant octopus, it’s set to be a part of our lives for some time to come.

It’s difficult to keep track of all your activity on Facebook. Do you, for example, know how many Facebook Pages you have liked in all your years on the social network? Keep that question in mind as you read this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Internet OGs… Old Geeks

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “When Did You First Access The Internet?

Out of a total of 2,487 votes, 54.6% chose 1994 or Before, 32% chose Between 1995-1999, 8.9% chose Between 2000-2004, 4.1% chose Between 2005-2009, and 0.5% chose Between 2010-2014.

We had an epic response to this poll, with thousands of votes and hundreds of comments. The discussion was truly enlightening, with people who ventured onto the Internet throughout the 1980s and 1990s (and in a couple of cases, the 1970s) reminiscing about their first online experiences.

The earliest option, 1994 or Before, won by a landslide. Which took us a little by surprise. In hindsight, we should have added earlier options to the poll, but we chose 1994 as the starting point as less than 1 percent of people had Internet access at that stage.

Still, we’ve learned something about you guys with these results. Namely, that it appears the majority of the MakeUseOf readership are OGs (Old Geeks) who were active online well before the mainstream learned of its existence. Which is good to know for future reference.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a barrage of truly great comments, including those from Suleiman, Bill Fleet, and Amrit K. Comment Of The Week goes to Ellen O, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through MakeUseOf Rewards for this comment:

I’m old school – I’ve been on what would eventually become “The Internet” for a LONG time. I started out in the 1980s using a dial-up modem and dummy terminal to access my university’s mainframe computer from home – I was writing my masters thesis using a LINE EDITOR! Seriously! Whenever i was working, the phone was tied up and no one could call us – the day-long busy signals drove all our friends NUTS! I think that’s when I first got the habit of working late at night, when the phone wasn’t needed by anyone else.

Then I went to Cambridge University for my PhD and had access to Phoenix, the CU system. We had a great bulletin board called GROGGS – Generalized Reverse Order Gossip Generating System. We used it for everything – even had a never-ending game of Mornington Crescent going on! We also used a lot of jargon – long before texting was popular, we were ROTFL’ing, replying iMHO, and telling people to RTFM! We also had Zinque, which was for really long rants.

We also had email, but when you graduated, you lost your computer access, so every June lots of people would say a truly sad farewell to their email. I was lucky – since I became a university professor in the US, I continued to have computer access, and could even log into GROGGS from my university computer in the US! I also spent too much time on USENET.

Eventually, I got a home computer and tried out AOL at first but fell in love with Netscape – I was quite loyal to Netscape Navigator pretty much until the bitter end!

For a real laugh, though – I remember sitting at the dinner table one evening with my parents and my brother – this would be the early 1980s as my brother and I were both undergrads. My dad wanted to buy a TRS80 (the original Radio Shack Color Computer – anyone remember those?!) and he was trying to persuade us all that it would be really useful. I actually remember saying that I couldn’t think of anything I would need a computer for (I had a really good electronic typewriter that I used to type my papers on and was perfectly happy with that). Can you imagine!!!

Facebook Is A Love/Hate/Like Thing

The results of a recent We Ask You enquiring why anyone still uses Facebook suggest Facebook is a real love/hate thing. And then there is the Like factor, which was Facebook’s master stroke at getting us all interacting with the site and each other with the tiniest amount of effort.

This poll is all about Facebook Likes, as we want to know how many Facebook Pages who have Liked over the years you have been on the social networking site. Finding out the number is very simple…

Sign into Facebook on the Web, and look at the menu to the left of your News Feed. Scroll down until you see Pages Feed, and click on it. On the right-hand side of this page you’ll see On This List with a number beside it. And that’s the number of Facebook Pages you currently Like. Please tell us the number before you embark on any kind of Facebook spring clean.


Please vote in the poll above and then take part in the discussion below. We would love to know more about your views on Facebook Pages; from what types of pages you have Liked to how often you view their updates. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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Angela A

1198, but since it’s basically my job to spend lots of time on Facebook, that’s surprisingly low. :)

Dave P

That’s your excuse and you’re sticking to it!

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Amrit K

The story goes like this….. Once upon a time I joined Facebook with 0 page likes. Then I saw other friends sharing stuffs from page. That’s when I started to like pages.
Then one night I created my own page and started sharing it with other admins. Like for like and Share for share was done every day that’s when my like count hit 500. I managed my page for 2 years and made it to reach 200,000 likes.
Oh wait story haven’t reached climax yet….
All was going well. My page was about to hit 200,000 likes and that’s also on it’s anniversary. But the it seems that Mark Zuckerberg already had my page ‘Marked’.
That was the darkest day. My page completed it’s 200,000 likes on it’s anniversary. I was happy to see so many people who likes my contents. I signed out from from facebook and went out side for walk. Oh the irony, when I logged in I saw may page was unpublished by facebook and that’s also on it’s anniversary!
I got fed up and started to unlike pages. I made a script and ran it. The count that had crossed 10000 soon started to decrease. Within few minutes all the pages were unliked. I was once again at zero liked paged but this time with a unpublished 200,000 likes page….

But as it’s human nature we get curious, when the wave of depression passed away I started to like pages again and now it just 50 including Makeuseof.

Dave P

That’s a great story. If you were doing the whole, Like me and I’ll Like you thing I can understand Facebook taking action. Wasn’t your news feed intolerable with updates from over 10,000 pages?!

Amrit K

My news feed got flooded with posts… But soon I tweaked my facebook profile so that I should receive only updates from pages I really like.

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Amrit K

The story goes like this….. Once upon a time I joined Facebook with 0 page likes. Then I saw other friends sharing stuffs from page. That’s when I started to like pages.
Then one night I created my own page and started sharing it with other admins. Like for like and Share for share was done every day that’s when my like count hit 500. I managed my page for 2 years and made it to reach 200,000 likes.
Oh wait story haven’t reached climax yet….
All was going well. My page was about to hit 200,000 likes and that’s also on it’s anniversary. But the it seems that Mark Zuckerberg already had my page ‘Marked’.
That was the darkest day. My page completed it’s 200,000 likes on it’s anniversary. I was happy to see so many people who likes my contents. I signed out from from facebook and went out side for walk. Oh the irony, when I logged in I saw may page was unpublished by facebook and that’s also on it’s anniversary!
I got fed up and started to unlike pages. I made a script and ran it. The count that had crossed 10000 soon started to decrease. Within few minutes all the pages were unliked. I was once again at zero liked paged but this time with a unpublished 200,000 likes page….

But as it’s human nature we get curious, when the wave of depression passed away I started to like pages again and now it just 50 including Makeuseof.

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Kathie B

1,757. Ugh! No wonder there’s so much garbage in my newsfeed. Thanks for the reminder that it’s well past time for a clean up!

Dave P

You’re welcome! I’m now thinking this would have made a better PSA than a Poll.

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likefunbutnot

I’ve never even visited Facebook. Computers under my control have access to Facebook and its content delivery networks blocked.

Facebook contributes nothing positive to the world.

Dave P

Just Facebook or are you lumping all social networks in together?

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Peter F

Has to jump on Facebook and double check how many pages I had “liked”.

I was shocked at how out of control it was.

With a bit of “thinning the herd” I managed to get the list down from around 87 to 40.

The 40 pages left are ones that I actually use, although I suspect I could get rid of a few more.

It really is a surprise how easy it is just how many likes you can accumulate without paying attention.

Thanks for the heads up.

I’m off to get rid of some more.

Dave P

I must admit I did exactly the same thing when putting this poll together. I had Liked around 50, but got it down to around 25. If there is one takeaway from this then it’s that most people have lost count.

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Hildy J

I’m one of your old geeks (I date back so far I had a green ‘green card’ from IBM instead of INS).

Years ago I created a Facebook account to friend my teenage son. The effer never accepted my request and I dropped out (although Facebook undoubtedly still has whatever info I put in). I’ve never missed it.

Dave P

I love our old geeks… I always respect my elders ;)

I have to say I don’t blame your son/ I’ve seen parents posting really inappropriate stuff on Facebook, all of which embarrasses the younger family members.

It means your son is rather intelligent and worldly, so be proud!

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Eric Jay P

a whooping 875. gotta lessen that. im sure there are some of those pages that needs to be unliked.

Dave P

Were you surprised how high the number was? I bet you could have that, no problem.

Eric Jay P

not really, but i was expecting around a thousand.

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Saikat B

I am sure many of us have liked some embarrassing pages which we have forgotten. I still hate the way Facebook “organizes” pages. It really promotes information overload!

Dave P

I hate the way FB organizes all of its content, if I’m honest. I used to like having a clean feed presented in chronological order. Now, that’s impossible.

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James Howde

Well, being a miserable git I ticked the 0-10 box. Then I thought I might as well check and it turns out to be twice as many as I though. Fortunately that still didn’t make my poll response wrong.

The thing is I don’t really care what pages people have liked – they’re them and I’m me and while there’s some stuff we have in common (if we’re real rather than FB friends anyway) there’s loads more we don’t. I then assume that everybody thinks like me and so there’s no point me liking pages either – although I will if somebody asks nicely.

Basically I’d probably send a message saying I think you’d like this rather than mark it as liked by me. Maybe there should be an button for that – on second thoughts maybe not I imagine it would soon become tiresome to wade through the torrent of messages some people would generate.

Dave P

The Like button has become something of a shortcut to acknowledging you’ve seen something, and I don’t think it really means people actively Like something these days. Which is why you get people Liking status updates containing bad news. People are weird.

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A41202813GMAIL

FB Pages – ZERO.

FB Comments System Posts – Some…

…But, FB Demands Signing In To Do It, So, In Fact, Also ZERO – I Will Not Sign In, On Purpose, Just To Vote A Comment Up.

In Terms Of Comments Systems, DISQUS Is The Better I Know.

Cheers.

Dave P

I’m not actually a fan of Disqus, but I can see its appeal. FB will get you in the end, just like Windows 8 ;)

A41202813GMAIL

Do Not Hold Your Breath.

Cheers.

( Five Years And Counting )

XPOCALYPSE, FOREVER !

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Vipul J

I got 202 pages (had to check obviously).
Initially I was on a like spree, but soon I realized that the news feed can only hold so much info. That is when I started unliking pages that were really not useful and I had liked them just because I saw 1 funny picture by them.
Now with the unfollow function, I simply unfollow pages I do like but don’t want any info from (Eg: I liked the movie 300, so I liked the page. But now they post stuff about some movie by the same production which I have no interest in. Hence, unfollow)

Also I have noticed FB familiarizes itself to our patterns. Eg: Early morning I used to check out the FML post of the day, and maybe some TopGear news. Now a new FML post is always on top of my news feed whenever I open the app, followed by other pages according to a similar sort code.
Some might consider this invasive, privacy breach etc. I think it’s actually good that FB is monitoring my likes & dislikes and sorting my news feed accordingly, saving me the trouble.
Because frankly, I gave up my privacy rights the moment I joined FB. I can’t yell at someone after I use their services for free!

Dave P

You can and you should! But you’re right, there is always a price to pay, and with free services that price is usually data.

FB definitely changes your news feed according to activity, and, like you, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

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Jeremy G

Turns out I have 1687 pages liked; which is lower than I expected. Reading the other responses, I reckon it may indeed be time for a clean out. This is unlikely to happen successfully, however, for I fit into both categories of this segment I recently read in Glen Cook’s ‘Cold Copper Tears’,

“There are two kinds [of people who can’t get rid of anything] -sentimentalists who keep everything for what it meant, and the ex-poor, who keep everything as a hedge against revenant poverty. “

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