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How to Find the URL of Any Facebook Post

January 22 2015

web address urlFacebook makes it pretty easy to share posts with other Facebook users. Just click the 'Share' link at the bottom of any status to post it to your wall, a friend's wall, or to a page. Once you step beyond the social network's boundaries, however, sharing a Facebook post gets a bit more complicated--but only just a bit.

Let's say you've uploaded a batch of photos of your new listing to Facebook and you want share them with Twitter. Twitter, after all, is not the best medium for showing off multiple photos--but they sure look great on Facebook. Plus, you like the idea of encouraging your Twitter followers to visit and 'Like' your Facebook page.

But when you go to click the trusty 'Share' link at the bottom of the Facebook post, there's no option to share it to other networks. That means you'll have to link to the post directly. To do that, you need to find the URL of the individual post you want to share.

In Search of the Elusive 'Permalink'

Every webpage and every Facebook post has its own unique URL. The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the "address" your browser uses to locate and display a page on the World Wide Web. You can see the address of any page or post in the Address bar at the top of your web browser. An address usually starts with "http://" or "https://".

On Facebook, the URL of a post is called the 'permalink' (think 'permanent link'). While Facebook doesn't offer any hints about where this elusive address may be, it's easy to find once you know where to look. To find the permalink, just click on the timestamp directly below the poster's name. (You can find the URL of a tweet this way, too!)

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Once you've clicked on the timestamp, just copy the post's URL from the address bar at the top of your browser. Then paste that URL and a brief status into Twitter and you're all set!

A Note on Privacy Settings

Take care that you only share posts that are public. If a Facebook post is marked as Friends-only, for example, anyone who isn't a friend of the original poster will be sent to a Facebook error page. You don't want that, so make sure that the icon next to a post's timestamp is a globe. That means everyone can see it.

Your turn: do you ever "cross-pollinate" by sharing posts across social networks? Which are your favorite networks to share between?