How to Post & Share
Sharing Status Updates and Other Stories
You can post a new status from the top of your Timeline or your News Feed. To post a status update:
- Type your update in the share menu on your Timeline or at the top of News Feed
- You can also:
- Select an audience for your post
- Click Post
You can share stories from the top of your Timeline or your News Feed. To create a new post:
- Pick what type of story you want to share (ex: Status, Photo, Life Event)
- Type in any details you want to add
- You can also:
- Select an audience for your post
- Click Post
To post to a group, go to the group and then click the box that says Write something.
From here you can:
- Post an update
Group members get notified about all new posts in a group unless they choose to adjust their group notification settings. If group privacy is set to Closed or Secret, only group members will be able to see things that get posted in the group.
To add and post photos to Facebook:
- Click Add Photos/Video at the top of your News Feed.
- Select an option:
- Upload Photos/Video: Post photos from your computer. The photos you post will be added to your Timeline Photos album.
- Add Synced Photos: If you have photo syncing turned on, you can post photos that have synced from your phone or tablet. The photos you post will be added to your Timeline Photos album.
- Create Photo Album: Post photos from your computer to a new album.
- Choose who can see your post.
- Tag friends.
- Add a location.
- Let people know how you're feeling or what you're doing.
Keep in mind that when you tag someone, the photo or post may be shared with the person tagged and their friends. Learn how to turn this setting off when you post.
To share a link, enter the URL into the share menu at the top of your Timeline or homepage. You can include a message next to your link if you like. Be sure to set privacy before you post, then click Post.
While you're browsing the web, you may also see opportunities to post links back to Facebook. Clicking a Like or Recommend button on another website can create a story for you on Facebook.
To upload videos
- Click Photo at the top of your News Feed
- Click Upload Photos/Video and choose a video file from your computer
- Click Post
Your video will need to process before others can see it on Facebook. When it's ready to view, you'll get a notification. Go to the video and click Edit to add a title, tag friends, choose a thumbnail and more.
We worked with the Humane Society of the United States on the following tips. For more information, visit humanesociety.org.
Finding a good home for your pet
If you ultimately decide that you cannot keep your pet, you have several options.
Your best resource is your local animal shelter. Most shelters screen potential adopters to make sure that they will be able to provide a safe, responsible, and loving home for your pet.
The easiest place to start your search for your local animal shelter is online at PetFinder.com. Here you can enter your zip code and find a list of animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community. You may also want to look in your phone book. Animal shelters are called by a variety of names, so look in the Yellow Pages under listings such as "animal shelter," "humane society," or "animal control." Public animal care and control agencies are often listed under the city or county health department or police department. You can also call information at 411.
If you have a dog of a specific breed, there may be a breed rescue organization in your area that will accept him and work to find him a new home. Purebred rescue groups are usually run by people with in-depth knowledge of a specific breed. Rescue groups usually keep adoptable animals until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes. To locate a rescue group that specializes in your dog's breed, contact your local animal shelter go to PetFinder.com.
In some cases, breed rescues only work with animal shelters and may not accept pets directly from owners. Be sure to find out as much as you can about the rescue group, and always carefully screen a breed rescue organization before relinquishing your pet. You should make sure the current animal residents appear well-cared-for, that the group screens potential adopters, and that the group offers post-adoption support services. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
Finding a new home
If you decide to try to find a new home for your pet yourself, rather than relying upon a local animal shelter or rescue organization, be sure the animal's best interests remain your top priority. Finding a new home for a pet can be difficult. A "good" home means a home where the animal will live for the rest of his or her life, where he or she will receive attention, veterinary care, proper nutrition, and be treated as part of the family.
If you choose to find a home for your pet yourself, follow these guidelines:
- Advertise through friends, neighbors, and local veterinarians first; then try the newspaper, if all else fails. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know.
- Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure she will be cared for properly and that you want to see how the animal responds to the new home. Screen potential homes carefully.
- Don't be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as "bunchers" routinely answer "free-to-good-home" ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actuality, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through "free to good home" ads. These people are "professionals" who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets.
- Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters or if you allow a prospective adopter to enter your home.
- Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will your pet get along with small children? Is the family planning to keep the dog chained outside as a watch dog? Will the cat be kept only as a mouser? Does the family have a veterinary reference? Do not be shy about asking questions. Your pet's life and happiness may depend on it.
- Ask for a valid form of identification (preferably a driver's license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.
- Have your pet neutered or spayed before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.
- If your pet is chronically ill or has behavior problems, it may be difficult to find him a suitable home. A new owner may not be willing or able to deal with these issues, and it may also be difficult for the pet to adjust to a new home. The decision to humanely euthanize such a pet should not be made without thoughtful input from a veterinarian, a behaviorist, and the family, based on how well they believe their companion would adapt to a new home.
Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Remember: Your local animal shelter has a qualified staff trained to screen and counsel adopters. Relinquishing your pet to your local shelter may be the best option for you and your pet.
Privacy Controls for Stories You Share
You'll find an audience selector tool most places you share status updates, photos and other stuff. Click the tool and select who you want to share something with.
The tool remembers the audience you shared with the last time you posted something, and uses the same audience when you share again unless you change it. For example, if you choose Public for a post, your next post will also be Public unless you change the audience when you post. This one tool appears in multiple places, such as your privacy shortcuts and privacy settings. When you make a change to the audience selector tool in one place, the change updates the tool everywhere it appears.
The audience selector also appears alongside things you've already shared, so it's clear who can see each post. After you've shared a post, you have the option to change who it's shared with. If you want to change the audience of a post after you've shared it, click the audience selector and select a new audience.
Remember, when you post to another person's Timeline, that person controls what audience can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends.
Learn more about the audiences you can choose from when you share.
When you choose the Custom option in your audience selector, you can share something with specific people, or hide it from specific people. You can also choose to share or hide posts from friend lists if you’ve set them up. Custom also gives you the option to share with groups or networks you belong to.
Learn more about choosing audiences when you share.
If you're comfortable making something you share open to anyone, choose Public from the audience selector before you post.
Something that is Public can be seen by people who are not your friends, people off of Facebook, and people who view content through different media (new and old alike) such as print, broadcast (television, etc.) and other sites on the Internet. When you comment on other people’s Public posts, your comment is Public as well.
You can use the audience selector to change who can see stuff you share on your Timeline after you share it. Keep in mind, when you share something on someone else's Timeline, they control the audience for the post.