How to post a PDF to Facebook


Facebook logo, blue background, white "F"HAVE you ever tried – and failed– to upload a PDF file to share on Facebook, either on your profile or business page?

If, like me, you have , fear not. There is a solution. Or rather, there are a number of solutions.

The reason PDFs cannot be posted to Facebook is because of their  format (Portable Document Format), which is not supported by the social sharing site.

Ordinarily, the  document should uploaded to a different online location, such as a website, from where the link can be shared.

But what if you don’t have a website? Well, if you have the right software, you can convert it to a JPEG or PNG – which are compatible with Facebook – and then share that with your friends or fans. But that can be fiddly and the results are sometimes less than professional in appearance.

A quick search on the web will offer up numerous other alternative ways to overcome this this annoying little problem, but the simplest solution I have found is to sign up to Scribd.

Scribd is a digital documents library that allows users to publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents in various languages.

It’s easy to subscribe to Scribd and easy to share from from your account. Just copy the link from your document, paste it into your Facebook post (this will create a thumbnail too) and share. Easy!

The video below will show you how to post a PDF document to your Facebook page/wall so you can share it with your friends, even if you do not have a website.

Read the WordMediaCo blog for other social media tips and tricks.

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