Graduating from med school, getting engaged, starting your dream job — these are life-changing events that you want to shout about from a hilltop.
Facebook met that need with its "Life Events" feature, but it never felt like shouting from a hilltop until now.
Facebookrecently rolled out an updated feature that makes your Life Events pop — literally. Now these posts can include photos from the other page or person tagged in it (like your new job or partner), animated photos and videos, Facebook 3D photos or photos from Facebook's own gallery.
How to use Facebook's updated Life Events feature
Go to your profile and click "Life Event" under the field "What's on your mind?"
Select the category of the event and select a specification
Choose animated art from Facebook or photos from your camera roll
Select from a wide variety of icons
Fill out the fields and share the post!
Facebook redesigned Life Events
There are many cool new aspects this update provides to Life Events. I'll go over everything you can expect from your new Life Events post and then provide step-by-step instructions (with photos) on how to use it!
Here are some great new offerings you can expect with the updated Life Events.
What does the new Life Events look like?
Life Events have existed as long as the Facebook timeline itself has. So what's the big deal?
The new Life Events rollout is meant to make those posts stand out because, well, they are kind of a big deal. Facebook knows that and wants to make these announcements even more special by giving them some pizzaz.
As I mentioned above, you can now include a wide range of photos. You can still upload your own, but now you can include cool animation, such as slowly zooming in.
Say your post tags another profile or page — like the school you just got into or the partner you just married. You can now choose from photos that exist on their page or profile as well! Talk about a cool personalization.
If you don't like any of those options, you can choose from Facebook's suggested animated art, which is really neat.
You can also pick and choose from a selection of icons, which is what appears in the middle of the post. In the example above, it's a paw print.
Facebook's algorithm has figured out who exactly you are close to and what profiles or pages you like to look at regularly. And previously, Life Events only appeared in your newsfeed. So you might not see that your old college friend who you no longer speak to regularly just got engaged. Or — as Facebook admits, not all Life Events are happy ones — you might not see the Life Event about your high school teacher who just died.
Now, Facebook will ping you with notifications about certain Life Events regardless of if the person shows up regularly in your newsfeed. That means you won't miss out on any big moments — and no one will miss out on your big moments, either.
Now that most of your friends have been notified about your announcement, you'll probably be receiving a lot of interaction with the posts. Likes, wows, hearts, tears. When anyone interacts with the post, they'll see a fun explosion showcasing all the likes, hearts, etc. that friends gave the post.
Your timeline is changing as well to accommodate the importance of these posts. Now there will be a special section dedicated solely to Life Events.
Previously, it was difficult to locate past Life Events. This new addition to your profile will give you a way to look back on all the excitement and curveballs life has thrown you.
It will also give other people a way to get to know you by looking through your most important milestones. If this makes you a little uncomfortable, Facebook offers a way to hide Life Events from your timeline.
TIP: Dive into your Facebook Activity Log to see all of your engagement from the past day, week, month, and even year!
How to use new Life Events feature
Now that you know what you can do with this new feature, are you excited to post a new Life Event?! Me too. Let's go over how to, step-by-step.
1. Go to profile and select "Life Event"
Navigate to your Facebook profile. You can do so by clicking on the humanoid icon at the bottom of your screen, or from the three-line menu button in the bottom right.
Once on the profile, look to where you'd normally make a status. You'll notice "Life Events" under the field "What's on your mind?"
2. Choose the category your Life Event falls under
Facebook offers a variety of common Life Events for you to choose from. If what you want to share doesn't fall under any of these, you can select the last option "Create Your Own."
From there, another screen will appear asking you to specify even further what kind of event it is. I choose "Work" and this was the following screen.
3. Choose your image(s)
Here's where the new feature elements start kicking in! Facebook offers filler images right away that you can keep if you want. Or click on the "Photos/Videos" link to choose from your camera roll or from animated art Facebook suggests based on the event.
You can choose as many photos as you want to represent the event.
Here's the options Facebook suggests based on the fact it's a work Life Event.
And here are some general "Feelings" images that Facebook offers:
Pretty cool, right? Choose whatever option is right for you and your big moment!
4. Choose an icon
The new "Life Events" also lets you choose the little icon that appears right in the middle of your post to symbolize the event. Click on the icon (the initial one for the job category is a briefcase) to peruse the selections. Here's the options you can choose from:
5. Fill in the fields and post it!
Fill out the remainder of the post by tagging any relevant profiles, pages or locations and adding a description about the event. Click Next when you're finished.
A pop-up screen will ask how you want to share the post. You can pick and choose who sees it on your Facebook news feed.
Then click Share. The Life Event is now on your profile under the new "Life Events" section, and your friends will get a notification you posted one!
Life Events are a big deal!
And now, thanks to Facebook's updated version, your big moments will look and feel like a big deal to the entire Facebook community. Plus, you'll be better at keeping up with and celebrating your connections. All in all, a wonderful update by Facebook.
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Holly is a manager on the content marketing team. An avid reader and writer, Holly graduated from the University of Missouri with a dual major in Journalism and English. She firmly believes in the power of content and is constantly seeking ways to better engage and delight readers.