How To Make a Post Shareable On Facebook

Sharing content on Facebook is a great way to reach new audiences and grow your business. But not all posts are equally shareable.

In this article, we’re going to look at how to make a post shareable on Facebook, and some things you need to consider.

But first, let’s take a look at an overview of Facebook post privacy options.

Facebook Post Privacy Options

Facebook has many post privacy options so that you can tailor your posts to very specific audiences or hide your posts from specific groups of people. The basic privacy options you can select when making a post are:

  • Public: This means that anyone on Facebook can see what you have posted, even those who are not on your friend’s list.
  • Friends: This means your post will be visible to anyone on your Facebook friends list.
  • Friends except: This is an option you can choose if you would like to make a post, but you don’t want specific people on your friend’s list to see it. You can add or remove people from this list at any time. When you make a post, simply select the “Friends except” option and click the arrow on the right-hand side. In the new menu, you can add or remove friends from this list.
  • Specific friends: This option works just like the previous one, except you add the friends to this list that you want to show your post to, and it won’t be shown to everyone else on your friend’s list.
  • Only me: You can select this option if you want your post to only be seen by you and no one else on Facebook.
  • Custom: This option gives you total control over who sees or doesn’t see your Facebook posts. You can make specific labels and add different people under them. This is a great option if you would like to hide certain posts from co-workers, old classmates, or specific groups of people.

How to make a post shareable on Facebook from a desktop

If you would like any Facebook user to be able to share your post on the platform you need to make the post public by selecting the “public” option when posting.

Here is how you would do that on a desktop computer.

  • Log in to your Facebook account.
  • In the middle of your home page select the bar that says “What’s on your mind?”.
  • A pop-up will appear and this is where you can create your post by adding text, videos, photos, and much more.
  • Once your post is complete, under your name select the grey bar, and choose “Public” as your audience.
  • Click the blue bar on the bottom that says “Post” and your post will be live.

How to make a post shareable on Facebook from the mobile app

If you would like any Facebook user to be able to share your post on the platform you need to make the post public by selecting the “public” option when posting.

Here is how you would do that on a mobile device.

  • Open the Facebook app.
  • At the top of your home page select the bar, besides your photo. It should say: “What’s on your mind?”.
  • A pop-up will appear and this is where you can create your post by adding text, videos, photos, and much more.
  • Once your post is complete, under your name select “Public” as your audience.
  • Click the blue-button on the top right-hand corner that says “Post” and your post will be live.

How to make a post shareable after posting

It is very simple to make a previous post sharable to everyone on Facebook (making the post Public).

If you would like to edit one of your previous posts to make it Public on Facebook, here is how you would do that on a desktop computer.

  • Log in to your Facebook account.
  • Select your name and photo in the top right-hand corner.
  • On your timeline scroll down until you find the post you would like to make shareable.
  • On the post click the three dots in the top right-hand corner.
  • In the dropdown menu select “Edit audience”.
  • In that menu, you can select “Public”.

Doing so will automatically change the audience to “public” and your post will be shareable by anyone on Facebook.

It is also very simple to change your posts privacy options from a mobile device, here’s how:

  • Open the Facebook app.
  • Click the menu bar in the bottom right-hand corner and select your name at the top.
  • On your homepage scroll down until you find the post you would like to edit.
  • Click the three dots in the top right-hand corner of that post.
  • Select “Edit Privacy”.
  • Select “public” and click “Done” in the top right-hand corner.

How to copy the URL of a Facebook post

If you want to share a Facebook post off of Facebook and on another platform or website you would need to copy the URL of the post which can sound more complicated than it actually is.

In order to copy the link of a post and share it elsewhere, the post has to be public, although there is a workaround for this as well.

Here is how you copy the URL of an already public Facebook post.

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • Navigate to the post that you want to share.
  • At the bottom of the post, you should see three options: like, comment and share. 
  • Select share and in the pop-up menu select “copy link”.
  • The link is now copied and you can share it on another platform or website.

To copy the link of a post that is not public you need to:

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • Navigate to the post that you want to share.
  • You will notice that the “share” button is missing and you can only see “like” and “comment”.
  • At the top of the post, you will notice a timestamp, right-click the time stamp and select “copy address”.
  • Right-click and paste the link on the platform you would like to share it on.
How to make a post shareable on Facebook

Common reasons why you can’t share a post

There are a few reasons why you may not be able to share a Facebook post on your own page, most of them are due to Facebook’s privacy settings.

Although there are still ways t get around the privacy settings and share the post anyways (As mentioned in the previous paragraph).

If you are experiencing difficulties sharing a post here are some of the most common reasons:

  • The post was originally posted to a private group. If you find a post in a group, and that group has its privacy settings on “private” you won’t be able to directly share that post outside of the group.
  • The poster has the post set to “friends” and not “public”. This means that the poster wanted their post to only be seen by their friends and not the public, making you unable to share it elsewhere. Sometimes you will see a send button, which allows you to send the post to other friends. This is a more private form of sharing.

Can you make a Facebook post shareable in a private group?

If you belong to any private groups on Facebook you won’t be able to share any posts that you make in that group, outside of the group.

If you would like to make a post in the group as well as make it shareable the best option would be to make the post on your own timeline.

In order to do that simply follow these steps:

  • Log into your Facebook account and in the middle of your home page select the bar that says “What’s on your mind?”.
  • A pop-up will appear and this is where you can create your post (make sure the privacy settings are set to “public”.
  • Once you have posted your post on your newsfeed, find your post on your timeline or profile page.
  • Click the share button in the bottom right-hand corner. 
  • Choose “share to a group”.
  • Select the private group you wish to share the post in.
  • Click “share” and the post will now be seen in that group, as well as on your own newsfeed, making it shareable.

Final thoughts on sharing posts on Facebook

As you can see, there are many ways to make a post shareable on Facebook, even if you have already published the post.

If you are experiencing difficulties sharing a post (or making a post shareable) then it most likely has to do with the privacy settings of the post or the location where the post was published (like in a private group).

Make sure to check the location and settings of your posts if you are having trouble.

And always make sure that you are happy with the contents of a post if you set it to shareable.

I hope that this article has helped shed some light on the privacy settings and sharing options you have with Facebook, and if you were experiencing difficulties, I hope that I’ve helped you resolve them.

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