How to Look Up Someone Else's Likes on Facebook
By David Nield
Likes are an integral part of the Facebook ecosystem, enabling us to approve the comments and activities of others as well as express support for a particular brand, movie, celebrity, television show or other type of page. If you want to look up the likes registered by another Facebook user, you can see a selection of them by visiting the person's timeline. The activities visible to you depend on the privacy settings put in place by that user and whether you're confirmed Facebook friends with the user involved.
Log in to Facebook and type the name of the friend whose likes you want to see in the search box at the top. Select the correct name when it appears to view your friend's timeline.
Click "More" and then "Likes" to view content liked by the user. The likes shown here don't fit into any other categories and may include businesses, organizations, venues and other miscellaneous pages.
Click "More" and choose another option from the drop-down list to see likes in that category. Select "Music," for example, to view all of the artist and music-related pages liked by the user.
Click on your friend's name on the cover photo to return to the main timeline page and scroll down to the Recent Activity box, which may include notifications of recent likes. Click "More recent activity" to see if any older stories are available.
- Hovering the cursor over the thumbs up symbol under any activity on Facebook shows you the users who have clicked to like it. This works in the news feed, on your timeline and on the timelines of others.
- It is not possible to see a full archive of the comments, statuses, photos and other content liked by another Facebook user (in other words, any likes that don't involve a specific Facebook page). These likes may appear in your news feed if you are friends with the user, and may appear in the person's Recent Activity box.
- Facebook gives users control over the visibility of the likes on their timelines. If you click through to a likes page and find there is nothing to display, it may be because the user has kept the list of liked pages private. Click the "Update info" button on your timeline page if you wish to configure the privacy of your own likes.
An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.