One thing that makes social media so “social” is the ability to share content with your friends. Whether you’re creating your own content or sharing the latest YouTube sensation, many do not realize that Facebook allows you to share a post to more than just your own timeline.

Here’s a brief overview of how to make sharing smarter, not harder!

On your Own Timeline

By default, when sharing a post, Facebook will post it on your own timeline. After all, this is where the majority of your personal interactions on the network take place.

sharing FB to timeline

Share on your own Timeline

Sharing on your own timeline is great if you feel the majority of your friends would enjoy it, however that doesn’t mean all of your friends will see your shared update. Keep in mind your friends are on at different times and may miss your update, or your update would be best hidden from your parents who just friended you.

On a Friends Timeline

It’s very likely after finding a status you’d like to share you say to yourself:

“Boy, I’m sure ______ would really appreciate this!”

The problem is, even if you share it on your page, your friend may not see it as your status update is competing against all of their friends and fanpages they interact with.

share status to friend

Share on a Friends Timeline

To share the status directly with a friend select the “On a friend’s timeline” from the drop-down menu. You will then be asked to enter your friends name and after typing the first few letters of their name Facebook will auto-populate  your friend connections with that name for you to choose from.

In a Group

If you find an update you’d like to share to a specific group that is focused on a particular topic you can do that as well. This is important for sharing statuses that your friends may not appreciate but the members of the group you affiliated with would benefit from.

sharing status to a Facebook group

Share to a Group

This provides you an easy way to share content with any particular group by simply typing in the groups name and should streamline your participation with the group.

On your Page

Now if you’re sharing a piece of content while logged into your personal profile but also want to share the status on a fanpage you admin for you can do that as well.

facebook fanpage share

Share on your Fanpage Option

Simply select from fanpage you’d like to share the status with from the provided drop-down menu. Keep in mind you will be posting as yourself and not the actual fanpage identity.

Sharing it what makes social fun, engaging, and keeps us coming back for more. Though you can can’t select a status to share with more than one friends, group, or fanpage at a time, you now know how to share status updates with the people you actually want to see it.

Did you know this targeted share feature was available? Have you used it before? What other sharing options would you like to see?

Harvey Specter
Posted at 5:36 pm January 24, 2013

Hi Jacob,

I have a page that I want to share on someone’s timeline. It looks like the share button doesn’t have a drop down arrow to choose the option. How to make the dropdown arrow appear?


    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 10:28 am February 4, 2013

    Hey Jayden, I think the best way to go about this would be to copy the URL of the page you want to share and them post it on your friends timeline. The share button described in this post is specifically for status updates.

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