Social media is something that truly connects us all. Many use the platforms to keep up with family & friends, share our lives, and communicate important developments. Facebook, in particular, seems to lead the way with the many different ways to communicate and a large user base.
If you’re the type of person that is prone to sharing informative information or creating humorous observations on issues, you’ve likely heard the request: “Can you make this shareable?” However, many people don’t immediately know how to do this. Let’s take a look at how to make a post on Facebook shareable.
What Does Sharable Mean?
When we talk about how to make a post shareable on Facebook, we are referring to the ability of others to send the information you’ve posted to their audiences by sharing it on their timeline. When working with Facebook, some posts can be shared, and others cannot.
For example, if you are scrolling through your feed, you’ll see some posts with three options at the bottom: Like Comment, and Share. You’ll also see some posts with only the Like and Comment buttons. The latter cannot be shared. While you could copy and paste the post in your status update, you cannot simply conveniently click the Share button to share it with your friends.
The ability to share a post on Facebook is something that is controlled by Facebook privacy settings. However, there is not a setting that is called “Shareable” or anything similar; thus, it is understandable that some people are confused about how to make a post shareable on Facebook. Additionally, making a post shareable can differ depending upon whether you are making a new post, referencing an older post, or referring to one in a group.
Hot to Make a New Facebook Post Shareable
Let’s start by learning how to make a new Facebook post that can be shared. When using Facebook, how to make a post shareable depends upon the audience settings that a user selects. For those not familiar, there are a variety of different audience settings on Facebook:
- Friends Except …
- Only Me
- Specific Friends
- Close Friends
Public means anyone can view the post regardless of their relationship with you. Friends mean the post is only accessible to your friends. Only me, as the name suggests, means the post can be viewed by no one except you. The other options refer to specific subgroups that can be created such as all friends except specified people, only specified people, or custom lists.
When considering how to make a post shareable on Facebook, the audience setting you are wanting is public. Keep in mind that setting your audience to the public means that you cannot restrict who sees it. Anyone that views your page will see your post. Additionally, if it is shared, anyone who views that person’s page will see your post.
Whether you are using a desktop computer or wanting to make a post shareable on Facebook’s app, the process is the same. Go to Facebook and click on the box that says, “What’s on your mind” where you typically go to make a post. This will pull up that familiar screen. Immediately beneath your name, you will see a menu box that likely will say “Public,” “Friends,” or whatever option you selected for your most recent post. Click it and select “Public” from the options.
Now, simply make your posts like you normally would. When friends see it, they will also see the “Share” button and be able to share it with their audience.
How to Make an Existing Facebook Post Shareable
Making a new post shareable is simple and can be done with just a few clicks. But what about a post you’ve already made? You’ll often have friends request that you make something shareable if they are interested in passing the information along.
Fortunately, this process is simple as well. The first thing you’ll want to do is find the post that you would like to make shareable. On the top right corner of that post, you will see ellipses (three dots). You’ll want to click on this. It will bring up a submenu.
The option you click will depend on if you are on the desktop version of Facebook or the app. If you are on the desktop version, you’ll click “Edit audience.” However, if you are on the Facebook app, you’ll want to click “Edit Privacy.” These are the same option, just worded differently depending upon the software being used.
Next, select “Public” from the options available. Now you’re done. Your post has now been changed to a public post and will now be shareable by friends.
How to Make a Post Shareable on a Facebook Group
If you are a member of Facebook groups, you’ve likely shared information from them on your timeline. On the other hand, you may have encountered posts in groups that could not be shared. This is because the ability to share a post from a group is dependent on the group’s overall settings.
If a group is designated as a private group, posts can only be seen by group members. This also means they cannot be shared outside of the group. If the group is public, posts can be seen by anyone and can be shared.
This means that if you are in a private group (and the share button does not appear on posts), there is no way for you or the person who initially posted to make it shareable.
Facebook is an important tool that makes it easier to connect with others. One of the most convenient features on Facebook is being able to share posts with others. Making a post shareable on Facebook is as simple as changing the post’s audience to the public.
When deciding whether to make a post shareable, it is always important to consider whether you would be comfortable with anyone reading it. Take stock of your privacy desires before deciding upon the ideal audience for your post. Contact Carefree Consulting for Facebook services.