In: Facebook3 Sep 2011
I’ve seen a lot of people asking where the Link button on their Facebook profile went. You know, the one that used to be next to the “Add Photo” button, just above the status update field? It also seems a lot of those people think they can’t post links anymore. The truth is that yes, the button has been removed but you can still post links in your updates by either typing or pasting the URL right into the status update along with anything you want to say about it. If you type a space after the URL you’ll also still get the preview as you did before and you can still edit the title and description in that preview before you post your update.
All this time I thought the disappearing button was a bug caused by Facebook’s latest security updates, but alas, that is not the case. Facebook has actually removed the button on purpose. Click here to read all of the instructions for posting links, photos and videos.
Where is the button to add a link when I post?
We’ve removed this button, but you can still share links whenever you want. To share a link, just enter the URL directly into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your profile or home page. You may include a message next to your link if you like. Be sure to set privacy before you post, then click the Post button.
Here’s the thing. As usual, I dont’ think anyone at Facebook really thought this through. Whereas before, when you added a link using the Link button, the actual URL didn’t show in the text of your status update but NOW, it does show. In cases where you’re linking to a blog post with an extremely long URL the entire URL is visible which not only looks tacky but also uses characters you might have wanted to use for your update text.
Edit: Thanks to Cfrey for this tip in the comments but there is a work around to the long URL issue. Type the status update and then type or paste the URL of the link you want to add. Type a space after the URL and the usual preview will appear. You can now delete the URL in the update field before you post and voila, no URL in your update text but the URL and preview below will still be there.
By the way, the Link button is still there on Pages and has only been removed from personal profile pages.