How to Bring Up an Old Facebook Post

by Andrea Ruiz

When you post a status update to Facebook, the site organizes it on your profile's Timeline in reverse chronological order, with the latest update displaying first. However, Facebook enables you to quickly locate older status updates you've posted on your own Timeline, and you can search through the Timelines of pages, groups and other users to locate posts there, as well. If you find that an older post has become relevant once more, you can quickly use Facebook's sharing feature to republish the post as desired.

1

Log in to your Facebook account and then click your name in the main menu to visit your own Timeline. If the post is located on another user's Timeline or on a Facebook page or group, type the name of the group in the search field and select it from the drop-down list to navigate to the page.

2

Scroll down the Timeline to locate the post you'd like to revisit. On the right you will see links to years that you can click to make this process faster. Facebook automatically loads older posts as you move to the bottom of the page.

3

Click the date link in the post to view the individual post and all of its comments. To view the exact date and time the status update was posted, hover your cursor over the date in the post.

4

Click the "Share" link in the post and then select where you'd like to republish the post. You can post it on your own Timeline, on another user's Timeline, in a private message to other users, in a group to which you belong or on a Facebook page.

Tip

  • You can share older posts from other users' Timelines as well as Facebook pages following the same steps. However, all republished and shared posts keep their original privacy settings. If the original post's privacy settings weren't public, this may limit who can see the shared post on your own or another person's Timeline.

Warning

  • You can only view older posts for which you've been included in the privacy settings.

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About the Author

Andrea Ruiz has written professionally for blogs, online entertainment magazines and television network websites for more than a decade. Ruiz has also been a web and social media developer, Internet business consultant and computer programmer since 1999, and worked for four years as a professional community manager. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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