I have been blogging for almost 6 years now and have been using Facebook even longer. In recent years I have noted several pet peeves of mine when it comes to sharing content from Facebook “fan” Pages. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen photos and memes of mine uploaded onto someone’s Page that give me absolutely no credit. When I have approached these people in the past, I am given the excuse that they wanted to share my stuff but schedule their shared content on their phone and there is no “tag” option. Wouldn’t I rather have it shared and not tagged, than not shared at all? In all honesty? No. I’d like to explain how to share and schedule content, and give credit where it’s due!
How To Schedule a Facebook Share, With Credit
So what do I mean, “with credit”? I mean tagging the page in the most prominent place — the top! When you click the “Share” button on an article or photo, it automatically tags the Page.
Well, here is how you can schedule as many Facebook posts as you want and still automatically tag and give credit. Here is a post from The Farmer’s Wifee that I wanted to share on the Ask the Farmers Facebook page:
Step 1: Click on the “time stamp” (literally, click on the date/time that the content was posted)
Step 2: A new window will pop up and this is what you will see.
Step 3: Highlight and copy & paste the URL from the time stamp, as shown highlighted here:
Step 4: Paste the URL into your “Status” box on your Facebook Page and it was automatically grab the link/photo with the original wording as shown below. It also will automatically tag the page, so when shared at your scheduled time, will appear as: Shared via The Farmer’s Wifee, or whatever Page you shared it from.
Step 5: However, just in case that original tag doesn’t work, I always like to tag the person when I’m writing about what I am sharing. Just hit the “@” symbol and start typing to get a drop down list of potential tags to choose from.
Step 6: Schedule your post.
Step 7: I came back to check that my scheduled/tagged post worked, and it did/it does/it will/it should for you too! This gives The Farmer’s Wifee credit for her photo and for her original content while sharing her Page with the Ask the Farmer’s Page readers.
An Alternate Option, But…
People will argue that they work mostly from their phones, and with the option I have provided you above, it will not work. You can only do this from a desktop computer. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this Page which I grabbed this example from (I don’t want to pick on them, thus the blur), but here is an example of another way of sharing…but I admit it still bugs me when content is shared this way.
As you can see, this was not shared directly via the Fowl Language Comics Facebook Page as it does not say “AnonymousPage via Fowl Language Comics” as it would if you hit the “Share” button from their Page. At least credit is given and they did tag the creator of the content, but they uploaded the comic onto their own page (it will show in their photo album) and benefit from the “reach” of this content. Reach matters to Facebook Pages because that is how you garner more likes. More likes = more reach = a bigger audience = more diversity = more traffic to your website.
Again: I love this page and I’m happy that they did tag the creator of the content, but to me it’s still not an ideal to share content this way.
Note: I have had people message/email me and ask if they can upload an infographic of mine. If I have no intention of sharing it any time soon or I haven’t shared it in the past, I give them permission (or not!) to share as long as they tag my page and give me credit for my work.
Just Please, Don’t Ever Upload Content and Not Give Credit!
This just happened LAST NIGHT. I had this silly rock meme get shared like crazy on my Facebook page, and a friend tagged me on another Page that uploaded my photo and did not tag me or give me credit. At least I was smart enough to put my logo on it, but still — who is going to take the time to search me on Facebook to see if I share other things that they might find interesting? JUST STOP DOING THIS — PLEASE!!!
The reason why the alternate option of sharing content, bothers me so much is this: would you “steal” a photo of someone’s child, upload it on your own Facebook page and tag the parent? Or even worse, not tag the parent? I hope not! I don’t really see it as much different for a brand trying to build a following. I work really hard to create the photos and content I do, and I don’t deserve to have them uploaded onto someone else’s page into their photo albums so they get to take credit for my work. I always use my logo on my memes/infographics, but I cannot and will not be bothered to watermark all of my photos. I have done this in the past and it really takes away from the quality of the photo and I’m instilling trust (silly me) in society that they will be decent and not steal my content (yes, I know this is not completely realistic and I’ve had stuff stolen before!).
If you share a blog post from my blog — that is a different story. It’s really nice to tag my Facebook page, but if you don’t…at least you’re driving readers to my webpage where all my social media links are.
So please take the time to read through my tips and considering sharing content on Facebook (especially photos) what I deem to be with proper etiquette.