Facebook Timeline For Pages: Editing Timeline

Great, so you’re previewing Timeline for your Facebook Page. Now what?

Well, one of the things you should look to do is edit what is currently on your Timeline. Editing Timeline is easy. Let’s take a look at the many ways you can alter what currently appears when fans come to your Page.

Highlight Posts on Timeline

Hover over an item on your Timeline and one of the options will be a Star. Hover over that and a tooltip will come up that says “Highlight.”

Highlight Facebook Page Post

Click on that and it will make that post spread across two columns. Click it again, and it will go back to one column. This is particularly useful for any post that you want to… well, highlight.

Pin to Top

Interesting label, isn’t it? Facebook may be “borrowing” a bit from Pinterest here, but it’s language that is being accepted into our daily lives. So I’ll let it go.

When you hover over a post on your Timeline, an edit icon will also come up. Click on that and a drop-down will appear. The first item is Pin to Top.

Pin to Top Facebook Timeline

If you select “Pin to Top” the post will then stick to the top of your Timeline. These posts are flagged with a yellow bookmark-like-thing:

Pinned to Top Facebook Timeline

This is especially useful for anyone who posts frequently and doesn’t want important information to get buried in their Timeline. A “pinned” post will stay at the top for up to seven days. Of course, you can always unpin it by going through the same steps, and it will go right back to where it was.

Something I figured out is that you can’t both Pin and Highlight a post. In other words, you can’t keep a two-column post at the top for extra emphasis.

Other Options

From that same drop-down menu, you can also Change Date, Hide from Page, Delete Post, or Report/Mark as Spam.

Changing the date would typically only apply for important events you’ve put into your Timeline after the fact. You can always go back and correct the dates.

Hiding and Deleting are different. You can make it so only certain “important” items appear on your Timeline. This will especially be the case in the past. If Facebook’s policies for personal Timelines hold true for Page Timelines, you will begin seeing fewer posts in your Timeline from the past. They are still available, and you can add them back to your Timeline if you prefer.

Activity Log

Go into your Admin Panel, then from the Manage drop-down you can select Use Activity Log.

You should recognize this feature from your personal Timeline. You can filter your posts by year or any of the following categories:

  • All
  • Info Updates
  • Photos
  • Spam
  • Video
  • Your Posts
  • Comments
  • Posts by Others
  • Questions
  • Notes
  • Events

It’s a fun way to filter back through old content. And of course, only you can see this view.

To the right hand side of each post will be an icon that will indicate whether the post is Allowed on Page (open circle) or Hidden from Page (circle with a line through it).

Allowed on Page

If you click on this icon, you can toggle whether it appears on your Page or not.

What Do You Think?

So what do you think of these options? Do you like being able to pin or highlight posts? Tell me how you’re using these editing features in the comments below!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605530808 Mårten Kellerman

    On my pages (as opposed to my personal account/timeline) that’s made the switch to the new timeline design “Allowed on Page” does nothing. Anything hidden, that’s switched to Allowed on Page, remains hidden. To bring the posts back on the timeline I have to star them. Once they’re starred and turn up on the timeline, I can unstar them and they remain on the timeline. But when hidden again, the Allowed on Page does nothing. And new posts via LinksAlpha.com all show up hidden … forcing me to manually starring+unstarring them in order to have them appear on the timeline the way they should. It’s like once you’ve first hidden a LinksAlpha post (in the new timeline design for Facebook pages), then all – even new – LinksAlpha posts are always hidden unless first starred. At least on my pages. I’m less than thrilled, to say the least. :-(

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Thanks for this info, Marten. I hadn’t heard this, but it’s consistent with another problem I noticed recently that many of the “posts by others” are not appearing even though they show that hey are “allowed on page” in the activity log. I’ve notified Facebook, and hopefully others have as well.

  • Indeedee Graphics

    Very helpful – cheers! Now I’ve at least found out a few things that are cool on Timeline.

  • Indeedee Graphics

    Though…it’s a letdown that you can’t pin up and highlight at the same time, don’t make sense…hope they’ll fix that!

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      I tend to agree, Indeedee, But Facebook would then need to figure out what to do with the content they pin to the top right by default!

  • TinaTurner

    I want to correct my spelling…why cant I do that?

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      You should be able to request a name change, Tina. To to your Admin Panel > Edit Page > Update Info.

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  • Tasemaro

    I want to edit a post I made on my Timeline, but there seems to be no way to do this. The “Edit” option is misleading as you’re not really editing the post, just changing the way it is displayed.

    Maybe this is what TinaTurner wanted to do

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.gerhard Paul Gerhard

      true it’s a pain

  • [email protected]

    Jon, the one thing you left out of your article was how to edit a post on the timeline. Edit means change the text. Or is that impossible?

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      You can edit the description within a photo that you share, but you can’t edit a post otherwise.

      • Luis

        That sucks, If a post something with a typo can’t correct it.

  • Talula

    I’m creating a page for a small grassroots NGO from y account. I want to put in all the past events the organisation has done. I know it will show up in my timeline but I’d like it to show in my “about” profile under “History by the year”. How do i do that please? I’m stuck. Been researching on the net but nothing.

  • Jason Rasset

    I have a page that won’t allow me to pin a particular post.. it has a youtube link in it..it is currently highlighted. .. but the option to pin isn’t even their… does it matter what kind of page it is? … community? website? etc? thanks!!

  • Gisela

    I have no star or highlights so I can’t edit my timeline. What can I do?

  • Van

    Dear John I need your help badly. Lots of my posts showed up on timeline first and then went to albums section instead. What did I do wrong there because that’s my business page and it looks empty once those posts went to the albums.


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  • Kristian Rex

    Jon, When looking at your Timeline Page you can see your 9 friends pictures in a block. Can I edit that? There is someone’s picture that I don’t there and its annoying to see and you cant move this section either ty