A PDF file, short for Portable Document Format can be easily considered as the need of the hour with numerous people dependent on this file format to meet the requirements of their day to day activities. Its versatility and flexibility in terms of its ability to be put to use for several purposes makes it an extremely viable option not just for office goers and those involved in some kind of a profession but also for the students as well. The most common use of a PDF, an eBook is something that is used by students all over the globe to compile study material and share it among fellow students. Besides, important documents and application forms are now available in the PDF format as it is quick and hassle free. Besides, the growing importance of social media platforms like Facebook has potentially brought the PDF into more focus now than ever. Since Facebook is a vital media platform not only for sharing and spreading the word to a larger audience but also as a means to get a good amount of feedback from your potential customers that could lead to conversions, it becomes increasingly important to kill two birds with one stone. Given below is a step by step guide that will help you upload PDF files on Facebook with ease so that it can be shared among your followers.
If you try to select a non-image file to upload to your Facebook Wall, you will be faced with the following error:
1.) Upload the PDF file on an external website
As such, Facebook does not provide a tool that lets you upload a PDF file directly on to your profile. Therefore, you first need to upload the PDF file on an external website that enables free hosting of your files online. FreePDFHosting, Zoho Docs and KeepShare are some of the most popular websites wherein you can save and upload your file online with utmost security. It is, however, very crucial that you keep in mind specific details or terms specified by this third party website and it is important that you comply with the same. Once you have done the needful, it is best that you copy the URL and paste it on a new document in your Notepad.
Dropbox is another great option, just put your PDF file into a public Dropbox folder and share the public link the PDF file. This of course requires that you leave that PDF file in your Dropbox folder vs. using an online service specifically for the file that can host it.
2.) Log in on Facebook
Type in your username and password and log in on Facebook. Once the news feed page appears, you have two options – you can either choose the tab that reads, ‘What’s on your mind?’ in the news feed or your profile or you could simply go to your friend’s profile and choose to write on their wall instead. This will be the main area where you choose to share your PDF file.
3.) Attach the file
Once you locate the text area, there will be several buttons below this field wherein you can attach photographs, tag friends and even places which you have visited. Among these buttons there is also a link button, which when selected will ask you for the address of the file’s location. It is here that you will be needed to paste the URL of the PDF file that was uploaded on the external website. Once you have pasted the URL, you need to hit the ‘Attach’ option for the order to be executed.
4.) Share the file
Once the file has been attached, you can write something that describes the PDF file or why people should open the document and read it. This, however, is completely optional. Your file is ready to be shared and go live online. Once your file has been uploaded on your profile your followers and friends can view it, share it with their contacts and even download it.
About the Author
Marjorie Meyer is a social media analyst and a freelance writer. She advocates the use of the PDF combiner and uses it quiet frequently herself. She is the author of a well known eBook on social media and plans to start working on her second one soon.