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Facebook wall

What is a Facebook wall?

A Facebook wall refers to the space on a Facebook user's profile where other users can post messages, pictures, videos and other digital content for their friends or the public to see.

What is a Facebook wall used for?

Through the wall, people can share updates about what's going on in their lives with others, comment on posts from other users, like comments or posts from other users and even tag friends in photos.

For businesses, a Facebook wall offers great opportunities to engage with their customers and followers to share updates, ask questions, post pictures or videos and create polls to get feedback from their followers. They can use the wall to promote events and products, announce special deals or discounts and feature customer stories.

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Facebook walls enable users -- businesses and consumers -- to post status updates, engage with others and share different kinds of digital content.

Who can see my Facebook wall?

A wall is a collection of all of a Facebook user's posts, as well as the posts from other people that you are connected with on Facebook. As a Facebook user, they have control over how their posts will appear on their Facebook wall. They can choose from the following three different viewing settings for their wall: 

  • User + others
  • Just the user
  • Just others

These settings allow users to hide certain posts from showing up on their wall based on their personal preferences.

User + others viewing setting

This setting allows users to see all posts from other users that are directed toward them or about them and all of their posts. It is essentially a mixture of both sets of information -- theirs and others -- on one page. Examples of types of posts visible in this setting include comments on their photos, likes on media that they shared, friend requests, shares of content that they posted, etc.

Just the user viewing setting

This setting only displays the content that was posted by a user. It filters out any content that was posted by other people who are connected to them on Facebook. Examples of types of posts visible in this setting include status updates that were written by themselves, photos or videos uploaded by them, tags related to events created by them, etc.

Just others viewing setting

This setting only displays content from other users who are connected with a user on Facebook. It does not display any content posted by them. Examples of types of posts visible in this setting include comments from friends or followers about photos or videos shared by them, likes from friends or followers about media shared by them, tags related to events created by them, etc.

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Many businesses use status updates on their Facebook wall to market themselves and stay connected with and inform customers.

Other Facebook wall filters

Besides controlling what posts appear on a page, there are several filters available on the Facebook wall that enable the user to customize how information is organized on the page and who sees it.

Relevancy

The first filter allows users to choose what type of posts they would like to appear on the wall. Users can sort posts by Most Recent or Top Posts, which will show the most popular posts from friends and followers at the top of the page. The user can also select specific types of posts, such as photos or videos, that they would like to see on their wall.

Privacy

The second filter is privacy settings, where users can control who sees their posts and content on their wall. Depending on your privacy settings, you may restrict access to only those people who are connected with you directly (Friends) or make it available for public viewing (Public).

Search

Finally, the third filter is the search bar. This allows users to search for posts and content based on keywords or phrases, as well as specific people or organizations that are connected with the them. This can be very useful in helping find particular posts and content quickly.

Through the various settings and filters available, it is easy to customize exactly what posts will appear on a Facebook wall and who will have access to view them.

See also Facebook Connect, Facebook Live, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Marketplace, social media influence, social networking, social media policy, social listening

This was last updated in January 2023

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