[ANSWERED] How Do I See Who Is Following Me On Facebook – And Why You Shouldn’t Be Asking This Question

Do you know how to see your followers on Facebook?

In light of the recent news about Facebook security hacks, there has been a lot of focus on how to ensure that your Facebook data isn’t compromised. Some of the most frequent questions I hear from people concerned about their Facebook security, include:

While there are plenty of articles and instruction guides on the first three, the last one is a question that I find is a nebulous. The last couple of times the question was asked, I responded with “why are you concerned about who follows you on Facebook?”

Then answers ranged from simple, like “I just want to know how to see who is following me on Facebook” to downright nefarious like “I saw an app that told me it could help secure my Facebook account by showing who is following me.”

That second answer really disturbed me.

With the exception of Facebook’s own security checkup, which can be accessed by clicking here (you must be logged in to Facebook before triggering it), you should NEVER trust any app that proclaims to show you your followers.

Let me repeat that.

You SHOULD NEVER trust any app that proclaims to show you your followers on Facebook.

Why? Because Facebook apps, by definition, require you to give them certain permissions in order to interact with your Facebook profile. In the case of these “follower apps”, they are asking you to give them permission to read and collect the information not only about your followers, but about your friends.

In fact, as recently as September 2017, a pretty sizable group of people fell for a hoax where they were typing “following me” into their Facebook search and were tricked into giving permissions to an app that then harvested their Facebook data. In reality, the app didn’t help anyone find out who was following them…it just appropriated their data.

So, how do you find out who is following you on Facebook? The only answer is to use the Facebook following list. To access that list:

  1. Login to Facebook
  2. Click your profile photo to access your public profile
  3. Click the “Friends” tab right under your cover photo
  4. On the friends page, click the “Followers” tab

From your Facebook profile, you can view all of your friends, as well as anyone who is following youClick the Followers tab to see your followers on Facebook.

By doing that, you will see a list of people who are following you. These are folks who generally want to see your updates, but may not want to be your Facebook friends. This is really the best way to to see who follows you on Facebook.

No fancy app needed. It’s a simple, core process that is built into Facebook. 

So…why should you stop being concerned over who is following you?

The answer is because that question is focused on the wrong aspect of the problem. I applaud you for wanting to better understand how Facebook works and for learning how to see who follows you on Facebook. It’s always a good thing to learn more about the social network, especially since privacy concerns have been a pretty big problem in the past. 

But rather than spending any time trying to figure out how to see your followers on Facebook, the better question to ask is “Who am I sharing things with?”. While you have little to no control over who follows you on Facebook, you have ABSOLUTE control over who you share posts with.

Rather than worrying about who might be creeping on your profile, take some time to go through the security checkup and lock down posts that you don’t want visible to the public.

I hope that helps some folks out there. Facebook definitely is at the center of some serious privacy concerns, but the more control you take over your privacy, the more you can minimize the risk associated with posting things on the social network.

Have a tip or trick for locking things down on Facebook? Be sure to share them in a comment.



Update – Is there a legitimate reason to understand who is following you on Facebook?

I love my readers.

You send me some great questions and things to think about. In this case, I was recently contacted via my contact form about a legitimate reason why someone might want to have a deep understanding of who is following them, especially in situations where harassment might be involved.

I completely agree that there definitely are times that you want to know who is seeing your posts. Just be sure that you don’t allow a third-party app to “help” you, especially when the simple instructions above show you how.

One last important note. If you missed the link in the text above, this article gives you step-by-step instructions on how to limit who gets to see your Facebook posts.

Let me know if there are questions by leaving them in a comment below or reaching out via my contact form.


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  1. I’d like to know which of my friends have unfollowed me so that I can unfollow/unfreind them. If they are so uninterested in me and it’s so important for them to unfollow me without regard to my feelings, they are people I don’t need as friends.

  2. Thanks for sharing

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