We all know that awful feeling when, immediately after you’ve posted a carefully crafted Facebook status update, you notice “see” instead of “sew” or “live” instead of “love.” (It’s particularly embarrassing if you’re posting for your writing business’s Facebook page!)
Spending some time on Facebook over the holiday weekend, I noticed that many users don’t seem to be aware that you can edit a post or comment that you’ve already shared. Fortunately, unlike Twitter, it’s very simple to edit your newly created posts, as well as your previous posts.
If you’ve made a typo or thought of a better way to phrase something in your post, simply click on that little gray arrow in the top right corner of the post:
Click “Edit Post,” and you’ll be given the opportunity to change the text.
When you’re happy with your edits, just click “Done Editing”!
To edit your comment below your own or someone else’s post:
- Hover over the comment and click on the pencil icon
- Select “Edit”
- Make your changes and then press “Enter” or “Return” to save, or “Esc” to cancel
If you’re using an iPhone or Android, these instructions will be slightly different, but it’s still easy enough.
Please note that every edited post will indicate that it has been changed, and any user who can see the post will be able to see the edit history. But that’s still less frustrating than having to delete your post and start over, or having to explain what you meant to say in the comments!
Do you have other social media writing and editing questions? Please share them in the comments below.