In this video, learn how to post a status update and comment on other posts in Facebook's News Feed.
- [Narrator] Let's start posting some status updates. At the top of the screen, click your mouse inside the "what's on your mind" box and you can start typing your status update. Once you've typed it there is a few things that you can do. The first one, is that you can add a photo or video to the post and we'll do that in just one second. You can also, tag people in your post. I'm going to show you how to do that in a completely separate video. You can add what you're doing or how you're feeling, this is completely optional.
But if you click on the happy face icon, you can choose either moods or activities. For example, if I click on feeling I'll get some more things that I can choose from here. I can scroll down, it's a very long list. You can also choose to check in to a particular location. If you're doing this from a mobile phone, it's much more pinpointed. But in this case, you have some choices of where you want to check in. This is good if you're checking in at a store or a monument or a location.
You can even put in a city. This is completely optional. If you scroll through these lists you can see all sorts of things that you can do such as ask for recommendations, include polls, support your favorite non-profits. All of these things are built in to Facebook's functionality. It's also how comfortable you feel telling people where you're currently located if you want to use the check in feature. In this case, I don't mind.
And it's completely optional. Remember, there is no right or wrong. Finally, I can choose who I want to be able to see this post. In most cases, I can set this option once and it will always remember. So I don't have to do this for every post. However, if there is a particular post that I want to be made available, to a completely different audience, I can click the down triangle next to friends, and choose the audience. I can mark it as public, and that way it will be available to anybody on or off of Facebook.
It defaults to being visible to only my friends. You can also have it available only to me by clicking more, friends of friends, or all friends except some particular people. This one is useful if you're planning a surprise party. I can click away to get out of the screen. When I'm happy with my post, I'll click the blue post button. I've just made my first Facebook post and now anybody who follows me on their news feed will be able to see this.
Also, anybody who clicks directly on my name to go to my timeline, will be able to read this post as well. That is, people that are friends of mine. And I can see that by hovering my mouse over this people icon and seeing that the visibility is to my friends. Also, anybody who clicks on my name to go my timeline that is, a friend of mine, will be able to see this post. I can tell because if I hover my mouse over the people icon I can see that it's visible to your friends.
Let's do this one more time. I can create a post directly in my timeline by clicking the what's on your mind, right from here. It's the exact same dialog box that was visible from my news feed. This time let's add a picture. I can add some text though I certainly don't have to instead of adding a picture. I could add a colorful background to my post. I do that by clicking any of these icons. You can click back and forth, and to get out of it click on the plain white background.
To add a picture, click photo/video, either at the top of the screen or directly underneath. It's going to bring me to the browse dialog box on my computer. From here, I'll choose a photo, click choose, and it's going to get added into the post. I could click the plus sign and continue adding pictures if I want to. Even though I've added a photo, I can still add some more and I can do other things such as, saying who I was with, checking in or adding a feeling.
But I'm happy with this. So I'll click the blue post button. This beautiful picture has been added to my timeline. This is how it looks to everybody else. Now they can like the photo and they can also comment on it. I could even comment on my own photo. Hit the enter key and it's going to show up on my news feed right underneath the photo. Now other people can add comments.
In fact, if I go back to my newsfeed by clicking the F I'll see my picture, my comment and I can scroll through other people's posts and add comments to their post's as well. When I hit the enter key, Henry will get a notification that I've just added a comment to his status update. In fact, if I scroll up and see my photo if anybody else adds a photo, I'll be notified also.
The notification will appear on this top right hand side, in the notifications area next to the globe. Up next, I'm going to show you how to edit and delete your post and comments, in case you need to change something or get rid of it altogether.
- Setting up a new Facebook account
- Adding friends
- Liking pages
- Chatting and sending private messages
- Posting status updates
- Editing and deleting posts
- Reacting to other people's posts
- Sharing photos
- Creating events
- Adjusting privacy settings
- Using the Facebook and Facebook Messenger mobile apps