I’m baffled. When I am on my Facebook business page, I go to share posts and don’t have my timeline shown as an option. Other people seem to be able to share those posts on their timeline, but I cannot. What’s busted and how can I fix it?
The problem you’re facing on Facebook is related to a bit of an identity crisis. Not you, but your identity on Facebook itself. Here’s the problem: When you are managing a business page, you switch to the identity of the page so that if you leave comments or interact with content on that page, it’s identified as being you, the page, rather than you, the individual. Meanwhile, everyone else who comes to that page is still in their individual identity so can share, comment and do all sorts of stuff without incident.
Fortunately, nothing’s broken. It’s all a matter of learning how to switch your identity for a specific task when you’re on Facebook and interacting with content on your page. Of course if you’re trying to share anything you’ve posted on your personal page this doesn’t apply (tho it’s a bit odd to share your own content off your own page!) so most people don’t bump into this issue.
Let’s have a closer look by checking out a post that I made recently on my Facebook AskDaveTaylor page, which you have “liked”, right? 🙂
Looks like it’s starting to get some traction, which is good. I’d like to share this to my personal timeline on Facebook to give it a bit more visibility, though, so I’ll click on “Share“…
Oddly few choices, but I don’t want to share on another page nor do I want to share in a group. I want to share on my own personal timeline! Best possibility? Well, hopefully “Share…“, which is what I choose.
The top option is still “Share on a page You Manage” and the ID shown immediately below it is my Facebook business page ID, not my personal ID. Hmm… Most people simply click on the “Share on a Page You Manage” assuming that your personal timeline will show up as an option and let you fix the problem. Right? Ahh, well, not so much.
Where’s that dang timeline? It’s hidden, because I’m not using Facebook as an individual but rather as the admin of this particular business page or fan page. Okay, so what happens if I click on the “Ask Dave Taylor” ID box?
Nope. That shows me the other pages I manage. Not useful. To actually change back to your personal ID you need to back up to the original post and click on the tiny circular profile photo icon. A menu pops up:
Ah, this time my personal Facebook ID shows up. Huzzah! Now when I choose that, the Share menu is quite different:
Now when I choose “Share…” I have the option of sharing it on my personal timeline with a comment, as desired:
In fact, I added a prefix and then can easily click to POST and share it on my timeline from the business page I manage on Facebook. Mission accomplished. Key to remember in the future is that tiny profile icon pic on the lower right that lets you change your ID for that action.
Pro Tip: I’ve been writing about Facebook for many years and have a ton of Facebook help here on the site. Please check it out. Then please also go ahead and “like” AskDaveTaylor on Facebook while you’re at it too. Thanks!
Seriously, Thank you!!!
Thanks for helpful information 👍🏾👍🏾
I’ve been trying to figure this out for a couple years since Facebook changed the options under Share. So glad I finally found your very clear instructions after MANY google searches. This was great info and will save me so much time in the future!
I am having a lot of trouble sharing a time hop from my personal page to my business page because I don’t have a drop down arrow to share to a page at all. I can toggle between the two (personal and business), but I cannot share from personal to business unless I save the link and simply post that which is not as eye-catching as the actual memory with photos. When I click the “Share” button, I only have my personal page as an option. I see how I can change the audience (public or private, etc.) but that’s it. Clicking my circle icon prompts a Leave page box that reads: You didn’t share your post yet. Are you sure you want to leave without posting?
Not sure what is happening. I’ve watched two tutorials but I just don’t have that option.
I think the specific “time hop” posts that are reposts of earlier content have different rules, Katie.
Hi, I*m also frustrated about this matter. When I try to share my album on my page into my timeline, it only shows two options: share to a group, share to a page. No only “Share” option. I hope you can help with this. Thank you.
i have an issue w/ sharing a page’s post that comes up on my newsfeed ( i follow them) …when i try to share that post w/ my ‘business’ page i can go through the motions of share, choose, then nothing- it has a nice post to share but no POST button at the bottom. they are a public page and my page is public…any ideas? do i need to make my newsfeed public too? it is strange that it allows me to choose share, and a page to share it to, but has no way to share it there. it is a pain to always have to go to the page itself and share from there instead of my newsfeed. can you help? thanks!
Even though I change my icon to my personal profile icon for sharing, it is not posting AS my business page and that’s the whole point–giving visibility to my business page on my personal page. I also tried using embed but that didn’t work either. We used to be able to share as our business identity on our timeline. Is there another work around?
Unfortunately, I am still not able to share. Has anything changed since your last suggestion? Thank you in advance!
Hello, im a bit desperate. I have an issue with ny Page..where when i share a post from my page to my personal profile, it does not appear on my Profiles newsfeed. However i still recieve notifications from that share even tho i cant see it on my timeline. What seems to be the Problem?
At first i used to post on my page and then share it to my Personal Profile and i could see it see the likes and even the comments and reply. Now it still seems to be shared but everyone else except me can see it?
Ps it no longer says i shared the post it says i published a post from that page.
Please help. Thank you.
Thank you for a helpful and informative article.
However, my business page does not have the ” tiny circular profile photo icon” you refer to above to allow sharing to my personal page and I can’t figure out how to enable hat function.
Facebook just changed this a few days ago. Now you need to look near the top right of the entire business page where you’ll see your icon. A click and you can choose which “persona” or identity you use for subsequent behaviors on a business page. Much more clumsy, but same functionality.
Thank you! This problem was so frustrating. Thank you so much for your solution.
Thank you for your answer to Bill’s question! This was the answer I have been searching for and all other google results turned up nothing! THANK YOU!