New Facebook does not let you 'Include Original Post' when you 'Share to a Page'

PUBLISHED 2 Aug 2020

Since May, Facebook has been rolling out 'New Facebook', a massive redesign of its desktop experience (with the old design now named 'Classic Facebook'). It has a new dark mode, bigger type and more space to breathe. But the changes aren't purely aesthetic - there are also some changes to functionality which may not be immediately apparent.

One such change relates to sharing a post from one page that you manage to another that you also manage. Admittedly not everyone will be managing multiple Facebook pages. But if, for example, you are a publisher with several brands in the same sector, this could be a common scenario.

Classic Facebook...

Here you can see what happens in Classic Facebook when you 'Share to a Page' (to do this, click Share under the post and then Share to a Page). Note the original post consisted of a link to an article ('How to view your Nintendo Switch Wish List online'), plus some message text above this ("Not what I normally write about..."):

Share to Page Classic Facebook

When I share this to another page, by default it only shares the article - but I can also tick 'Include Original Post' to include the message text as well. At this stage I can also add some new message text of my own in the 'Say something about this...' field (this appears on the shared version only, not the original obviously).

What's the point? Well, the option to 'Include Original Post' is great for setting up micro-dialogues between pages. Perhaps page 1 has a particular take on a current news story, but page 2 disagrees with this. Perhaps page 1 makes a joke, and page 2 runs with it - and so on. It's a good way of cross-promoting pages while highlighting any similarities or differences in editorial opinion.

I know what you're thinking - this all sounds very contrived. But it doesn't have to be: the two pages could well be managed by different editorial or marketing staff members at the same company, who are spontaneously interacting with each other.

...Versus New Facebook

Now took a look at what happens in New Facebook when you 'Share to a Page' with the very same post:

Share to Page New Facebook

The option to 'Include Original Post' has disappeared! It is only possible to share the article, but not the message text that was posted alongside it. This reduces the opportunity for dialogue between two pages in the same stable.

For the time being, it is still possible to switch between New Facebook and Classic Facebook (click on the Account arrow in the top right and you'll see the option in the drop-down menu).  So if you need to 'Include Original Post', you could swap back to Classic just to do the share. But I am sure that Classic Facebook won't be available forever.

Sharing image posts

Incidentally, all of this only applies to sharing posts that include a link. Posts that include an image always include the message text, on both Classic Facebook and New Facebook. Here's what that looks like on New Facebook (I had to zoom out a little to capture all the different elements of this without Facebook introducing a scroll bar):

Share image post on New Facebook

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Meredith
Meredith
3 years ago

So frustrating! Thanks for calling attention to this unfortunate change.

Katharine Fraser
3 years ago

What you can do is create a new post and paste in the url of the original post with a link.

Roger Timmons
Roger Timmons
3 years ago

I am sharing a Youtube video that I post on my page. I went and got the URL of the page post. When I put it, the post got rid of my youtube post and tried just to share the page.

Philip Machanick
3 years ago

Can be done but the old way allowed you to edit the original post and the changes propagated to any shares.

Tina
Tina
3 years ago

Nope. Doesn't work.

Katharine Fraser
3 years ago

Ignore my last suggestion! It appeared to work in the preview, but once posted, the original post text is stripped out! Why, Facebook, why?

Thom
Thom
3 years ago

I copied the link, pasted it in a new post, and then I saw the drop down arrow with the menu option to include original post. I just now did this on new Facebook. It worked.

Katie Liljedahl
Katie Liljedahl
3 years ago
Reply to  Thom

bare with me , the link? it is just a posting with no link...big fundraising project and the layout is crucial...HELP...i tried so many extensions to revert back to old and none worked

Carol
Carol
3 years ago

So... that's it? One of the best features of sharing stuff on FB is now just gone? I don't understand why these companies have to periodically make these sweeping changes to the interface. So annoying.

Barbara Glassman
Barbara Glassman
3 years ago

Thanks for bringing this up. It's a huge loss even for people who don't manage multiple pages. It removes meaningful content and context. What is FB thinking?!

Kristi
Kristi
3 years ago

I'm just trying to share a post from a FB page (not my page) to my personal wall, mainly wanting to share because of all the hilarious comments people had made on the original FB post. I've tried sharing it everyway I can think of - phone, computer, sharing, linking, etc. and can't get the comments/reactions from the original post to be included. Went to classic Facebook (guess they aren't cutting it off 9/1/2020) and the box for including the original post is there and I checked it, but it didn't do anything. Arghhh. This isn't a situation where the post being boosted makes sense. It was a news article.

Maurice Carter
Maurice Carter
3 years ago

Glad to see it's not just me. I've been going crazy all week trying to find how to include the original post in the new Facebook. Very frustrating.

Ellen
Ellen
3 years ago

Thanks for writing about this so clearly so I can see it's a 'known issue' and not just me! I hope they rectify this soon - I will look for somewhere on FB to report it.

David Perry
David Perry
3 years ago

They have now taken away the option of switching to Classic Facebook. Are there any workarounds you “Include Original Post”?

Vicky
Vicky
3 years ago
Reply to  James Clark

James, thanks for this. It's the only work around still available as far as I can work out. Sooo annoying by Facebook. every week since the switch to New Facebook I've submitted it as an issue - hope others are doing the same!

Susan
Susan
3 years ago

Yes, I manage several pages and am still being given the option to switch back to classic FB for 48 hours.I have been doing this every few days now. But here's another thing. The new Facebook eliminates the "Our Story" section of the business page that appears on the right side when logged in to Facebook on a computer. (It still is visible on the mobile version of FB.) I was in contact with a FB rep about this and she confirmed this saying, "I believe this section was deprecated when we moved to the new version of the Facebook platform." She "escalated the issue to their specialists." My problem with this is that the "our story" section gave you a nice open platform to write about your business/band/artist in detail --to tell the story. It allowed more characters than the abbreviated "about" section so it blows that it's gone.… Read more »

Michael Downey
Michael Downey
3 years ago

It soesn't share you original post with a video and there is no option to share original post... I am Sharing from my personal page to t a page I manage and it only shres whatever I say while posting... the original post and the video doesn't appear

Slow Motion Startup
3 years ago

Looks like you can still share with original post. When you click share and select "Public" the option to share the original post isn't there. If you click "Share To Newsfeed" the option is there and you can make the post public. Possibly just an oversight in the implementation?

John C Carter
John C Carter
3 years ago

The feature was back for a while (I used it as recently as a few days ago) but in the past couple of days it seems to have vanished again. ??

Sue
Sue
3 years ago
Reply to  John C Carter

Yep. Cannot use Classic anymore. Unless anyone knows a hack? I did just manage to post a share with the " keep original post" check box but it only worked the once and I have no idea how it happened!

Michael Q. Rudnin
3 years ago

Nearly a year later and I'm still having this same issue ... when I try to share something from my friends pages, or they try to share from me, the original post commentary isn't transferred to the share ... have to do it manually every time I get a notification that someone shares from me ... and those notifications aren't 100% either ... I keep saying it over and again: #NewFacebookSucks.

Karen T. Starnes
2 years ago

I HATE the "new Facebook"! At least the part of it that doesn't share the original post. I've always enjoyed seeing how long ago a memory was - and now they've taken that away and we have no choice about it. That is seriously messed up. It is OUR Facebook and we should have the option to have it posted as the original memory or without. I suppose the powers that be at FB did not give a thought as to when memories are shared of people that have passed on - to not include the original date makes it appear as if it just happened - which could be quite confusing to someone who didn't know and upsetting to the one who posted when a follower asks about it thinking that it just happened, and then one has to relive their passing. 🙁

neucarol
2 years ago

I use/used ‘include original post’ to direct traffic to my page. Guess FB is now charging as only way is thru buying a ‘Boost’.

abc
abc
2 years ago

trick:
1- posted content without link & thumb.
2- share the post
3- edit the content to put link with thumb.
hooray

Simplify One Thing
Simplify One Thing
2 years ago
Reply to  abc

This is a brilliant hack! I tried it and it worked. Thank you for sharing. Just want to elaborate that all 3 steps are to be performed on the original post from the Page we manage.

go abc!
go abc!
2 years ago
Reply to  abc

Brilliant! works!

Tina
Tina
1 year ago
Reply to  abc

Can you please elaborate in detail how you did this?? Thanks so much in advance!

julia
julia
7 months ago
Reply to  abc

THANK YOU!

Jey
Jey
4 months ago
Reply to  abc

Fantastic!! Still works!

W W
W W
2 years ago

Glad I can see I was not the only one pulling my hair out trying to figure this out. Still doesn't seem to be any kind of workaround as of Dec 2021. Sucks since it's a pretty good way to get personal friends engaged with my page (as opposed to sending out cold page invites that everyone ignores).

Turning notifications on for this thread in case anyone figures something out.....

spoe
spoe
2 years ago

This youtube video seems to have a good suggestion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpEpBatSL9E

ACTUALLY... update... I can't actually get it to work.... so nevermind.

Last edited 2 years ago by spoe
Orcadian
Orcadian
2 years ago

This is useful not only for Page-to-Page shares, but for ordinary users too. When I Share something from \Memories, I want that to include my original post - not just the link itself. Otherwise anything useful or amusing I may have said is omitted.

Last edited 2 years ago by Orcadian
Liz Griifin
Liz Griifin
2 years ago

I need to know. Like with the tiny homes posting…I can’t send it to myself! I find this very annoying…so does my friend who has to mail it back. Solition?

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago

How can we get this changed back? Just because a post includes a link does not mean that link represents the message that needs to be shared. We post community information posts that other local community Facebook pages wish to share (for the text), but all they get is the link. This totally defeats the purpose of sharing content. It should share all content by default, with the option to share just the linked information if that is desired, not the other way around.

Virginia Keller
Virginia Keller
1 year ago

I have a news page and frequently share posts from other pages (not groups) - I can no longer do this. Share to a page is gone for me. I can only share between my pages. Argh!

Jen Dial
1 year ago

I can't even share at all. I have a personal page and business pages, and I like to bring things from personal to business since that's a good way to introduce people to my business. It's always pertinent to the page. But I cannot share anything at this point, only to my feed and a friend. I'm at my wit's end...At least I know it's not only me.

Jake
1 year ago

You have to select "Share to feed" not "Share post" (the naming makes no sense).

dry_red_wine
dry_red_wine
1 year ago

It stopped working with personal profiles, too - first on the mobile app, now also on the desktop version. It's so annoying and I can't find any information on this change anywhere. Apparently it isn't just my case as I checked it using different profiles and different browsers. Has anyone else experienced the same problem recently? I'm really frustrated as I've been using this function for years.

Viktor
Viktor
1 year ago

In 2023 I did not find the option to switch back to the classic

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  Viktor

Such a nonsensical change. Good one Zucc

Andy
Andy
10 months ago

i have a company Facebook account and use Canva for designing each post. My problem is when i go to share on my personal account, the only thing that shows up is my company link. It does not show the original add i designed in Canva. Any help would be appreciated

Michael Schell
Michael Schell
1 month ago

Annoyingly, this issue has now cropped again with the update to Facebook over the past week and the redesign of the share manager. The Include original post option has disappeared from the user interface when sharing a post to a group. And if the post includes a link (to Mixcloud.com or wherever), the caption/annotation to the original post is no longer included in the share. Only the link remains. Additionally engagements are not counted in the original post's Insights.

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