Facebook turns on “Share” button for mobile web, coming soon to Android and iOS

Daniel Bader

November 14, 2012 4:30pm

Facebook has turned on one of its most requested features, and it will make link hounds on the social network very happy.

A “Share” button has finally been added to mobile — first the mobile web, then Android and iOS apps — allowing users to take an existing post and duplicate it on their timelines with a comment or snarky remark.

While it’s possible that this will add a lot of unwanted content to users’ feeds, it may begin to replace the “Like” button as people choose to quickly action a post instead of liking it, which appears more passive.

Facebook has been iterating its feature set to compete with fast-moving Twitter, and a mobile “share” button is more akin to a retweet than a like, which endorses but does not move a post past its original location. Zuckerberg and Co. have likely been testing out the feature for some time, and are going to be cognizant of how it affect users’ experiences. It already consolidates posts that have been shared by multiple people, and companies are going to be very happy about this addition.

There’s no word when the feature is coming to the Android and iOS apps, but we’d expect it to roll out in the coming days.

Source: Techcrunch

  • Munir

    I wonder why it wasn’t there in the first place! Is the coding too hard?!

  • MailmanDelivers

    That took too long

  • RJ

    The Facebook app for android is still brutally bad

    • Dave

      I’ve never understood all the negative reviews on the market place. Everyone say’s it’s bad or s**t or some equivalent which always refrains me from downloading the updates, but when i do, it always runs fine for me. You just need a better phone.

    • 45

      I have a Galaxy Nexus, and I really dislike the Facebook app on it. It’s pretty laggy, and sometimes it just takes forever to load things, when other apps/websites load instantly.

  • Rob

    Agreed that this took too long and should have been there from the start. I’ve always wondered where this feature was. Seems so obviously missing.

  • Alpha

    Kitten Mittens? Do people really have so much time that they sit around viewing/creating/uploading this stuff?

    Wow, I feel so old and out of touch.


    It’s slowly getting better, the Android App I mean. It was terrible for awhile but it’s becoming much better to use. I’ve been bugging them for a while for a share button and we’re finally getting it Yay. I’ve told them they need everything that the Web version has as mobile tech is taking over. I’m so glad Zuckerberg forced his employees to use the Android App to see how terrible it was and motivated them to fix and improve the damn thing. Finally Zuckerberg does something right lol. – KID ANDROID. ( Team.Android.Canada).

  • Mike

    Facebook?…. snooze…

  • trdartz

    I would like them to implement the “unfollow post” feature on the mobile app

    • dave thans


  • Rob

    If they keep at it, facebook might be as good as Google+ one day, but I doubt it.