How to link to a Facebook Post
How to link to a Facebook Post
Sometimes you want to direct someone to a specific Facebook Post. Perhaps you've shared some information that you want to promote on a different network, or maybe there's a conversation going on within a post and comments that you want to email one or more other people and direct them to that post. While you could simply share your Facebook Page URL and tell someone where to go on the page, it's far more effecient to send them directly to the post you want them to see. While it's actually really easy to do, it's not immediately obvious just by looking at a post where to go.
How to Link to Facebook Posts On Desktop
Each time you add a new post to your Facebook wall, it will look something like this:
This was a post to our Facebook Page that we recently shared. As you can see, under our name and logo, it says that we shared it "about an hour ago." That is the Post Timestamp. If you mouseover the timestamp, it will display a hovertip with the full date and time of the post. Like this:
Clicking on the timestamp will take you to a page just for that post, with a permanent URL that you can copy and paste. It should look something like this: http://www.facebook.com/TheSocialMediaHat/posts/396537587107966 and is located in your browser's address bar.
Be sure to highlight and copy (Ctrl-C) the entire URL to be able to link to that Facebook Post. You can now paste the link (Ctrl-V) into your email or status update.
This will work for any post in anyone's timeline.
To save time, you can also right mouse click on the Post Timestamp and click on Copy Link. This will put the link to the Facebook post into your clipboard which you can then paste anywhere you need it. Like this:
This is a great trick particularly if you have an important post on Facebook that you want to direct people to from other platforms. With the link to that Facebook Post in hand, you can send out a tweet, share it to Google+, or include it in an email or blog post.
How to Link to Facebook Posts On Mobile
If you're on a mobile device, like an iPhone or iPad or Android phone, it's going to be slightly different. That's because most of us are likely using a dedicated app from Facebook when browsing Facebook posts. And if you're within the Facebook app, there's no direct access to the link for a post.
Instead, you'll need to open Facebook using a mobile browser like Safari or Chrome. Log in as normal (and click through the Save Browser question if you get it -- a secuity precaution from Facebook).
Now, before you look for the post you want to link to, open the left menu by clicking on the three bar icon and scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap on the "desktop site" link to re-open Facebook in the normal desktop interface, rather than the reduced mobile version. While, technically, you could still get to individual URLs for specific posts while viewing Facebook's mobile version, the URLs will indicate that it's mobile and send recipients to the mobile version, even if they're on desktop. It's better to send them to the full desktop URL and allow their browser to detect their device automatically.
The display will likely be terribly small at this point, so you can zoom in if you need to, but your'e now able to link to Facebook Posts using the method outlined above.
And that's it! You now know the secret way to link to Facebook Posts.