NOTE: As of February 2013, it is now possible to edit all types of Facebook posts. To do edit a post, go to the update, click the drop-down box at the top-right hand side, and then click “Edit…” I am leaving the post below just for archiving purposes.
Don’t you hate it when you make one typo on a Facebook post but you can’t edit it?
Usually in this situation, you only have the following options:
- Delete the post and re-post, double checking that don’t make a typo again
- Post a comment correcting the typo
- Leave the post as is and hope that none of the people who have liked your page notice the typo
Well as it turns out, Facebook administrators can edit a post — sort of.
In the following video by Tod Maffin, you’ll learn exactly how to edit posts on Facebook. This method of editing an update is guaranteed to work, but there are two caveats:
- You can only do it for your own post — i.e. you can’t edit the caption of something you’ve shared.
- It only works for photos that you directly added to your Timeline or as part of your album. If the photo was uploaded through a third-party app such as Instagram, for instance, the method won’t work.
You might be wondering — if this only applies to photos, then what’s the point? Posts including a picture generate about 120% more engagement than the average post, so you should be posting images frequently anyway. If you posted something else, then try the three options I provided at the beginning of this post.
All this said, Facebook recently rolled out a feature that allows users to edit comments, so it could be that the ability to edit posts of any type is just around the corner.
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