I’ve seen several people on Facebook asking why they aren’t able to share a post or image on someone else’s profile. Others have asked me, and someone specifically asked me about it this morning. So, I thought it would be a good topic for today’s tip.
The short answer is the privacy settings on the person’s profile is set to “friends,” or restricted in some other way. In order for someone to share your post or image, the privacy setting must be set to public. This isn’t an issue on Facebook pages because the default setting is public.
To change your default privacy settings, simply go to “settings,” then “Privacy” and you can change them there.
On our profiles, however, we have the ability to choose who we want to see what we post. The default privacy setting on my personal profile is set to friends, mainly because I often post personal photos and things I don’t necessarily want anyone and everyone on Facebook to see. I also often change it to exclude a specific list of friends. Those on the list have absolutely no interest in my business, so I exclude them from almost all of my business posts. It’s what works for me.Make your Facebook posts easily shareable by others.Click To Tweet
If you want others to be able to share your posts, here are three options for you.
- Set your default privacy setting to public (I do NOT recommend this if you post photos or images of family, or any other info you don’t want the world to see or know.)
- When you post something manually on Facebook, change the privacy setting for that particular post to public when you create the post. NOTE: Facebook will remember your last setting, so if you change it to public, make sure you change it back for your next post!
- If you post using an automated scheduler like I do for many of my posts (I use CoSchedule), the scheduler will post with your last setting, so once it posts to your profile, you will need to go in and manually change the privacy setting for any post you want others to share. You can do that using the same method for option #2 above in your already published post.
So, if others are complaining because they can’t share the content on your Facebook profile, check your privacy settings! That’s typically the culprit.
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