Sometime during Facebook’s switch from ‘becoming a fan’ to the ‘Like’ button, countless external sites emerged seemingly overnight, allowing users to create and like new ‘Likes’ of their own. These external like pages come in all shapes and sizes, have all different names, and give users the power to quickly and easily type in any thing they could possibly think of, and create a ‘Like.’ Users wishing to have something new to like are no longer faced with creating a page, formerly known as a fan page, through Facebook that could also be liked.
Pages are still around, and can still be created by anyone for any purpose within the rules of Facebook. (Nothing violent, harassing, so on.) The biggest difference between a fan page and an external site’s Like offering is that a Facebook page gives the opportunity of the creator to offer additional information, such as photos, schedules and descriptions. These are commonly being used by tv shows, music groups, businesses, and individuals, but there is nothing preventing a normal Facebook user from creating a page or group the old fashioned way.
Another big difference between a page and an external Like site is how you go about Unliking something, should you decide to do so. It’s easy to unlike an actual Facebook page, but it can be confusing where to go to unlike something that came from an external site. To unlike the Facebook page, you have two options. You can visit the page, scroll down until you see ‘Unlike’ on the left. Click it, you’ll be asked if you’re sure, once you confirm, you’ve ‘unliked’ the page and it will no longer show up in your pages list.
Your other option is also often the only way to unlike something from an external site. If you try to revisit them by clicking the Like on your profile, you may be taken to the external page, but there won’t be an option to unlike even if you find what you’re looking for. Many times, you’ll just get an error and won’t even see an external page. To get rid of these pesky items, first, enter the ‘Info’ tab on your own Facebook profile. If you can’t revisit the page/like by simply clicking on it, click the edit button up by ‘Likes and Interests’. Then click ‘show more pages’ and find the item you wish to remove. Click the ‘Remove Page’ button, you’ll be asked if you’re sure, and once confirming, the page will be removed from your list. This would have to be repeated for each page you wish to remove.