Posts and Shares Explained

Andre Larsen
Andre Larsen
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Facebook posts, LinkedIn posts, EveryoneSocial posts... There are so many "posts” that it can be hard to know what post refers to and how posts may differ. What is meant when we say “posts” at EveryoneSocial, and how do shares fit in?

One of the ways we can understand posts and shares is to consider a community’s bulletin board. Ever heard the old-fashioned expression “posting mail” or “posting a message?” This expression references when someone would post something on a bulletin board to share a message with the community. The bulletin board had flyers marketing homes for sale, job opportunities, tutors looking for work, and even puppies for sale. Flyers would be considered “posts” once pinned to the bulletin board. You might hear someone asking “Did you see the post this evening?”

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Example of a bulletin board with posts

That said, the post didn’t always stay on the bulletin board. It was designed to be shared. Be it by word of mouth or by taking a flyer from the board, posts were shared with others.

This little history lesson helps to understand the origins of posts and shares and explains how we still understand the concept today.

Posts, put simply, are the content in the location the original author created it—those posts might be shared to other locations, but the post refers to the original. Shares, in contrast, are copies of the content out in the wild.

Posts Explained

Posts are pieces of content published on the internet in the form of text, images, and video. Individuals and companies can publish posts, that are typically used to increase engagement and visibility.

While posts can exist on other platforms, EveryoneSocial uses the term "post" when the content was originally published on the platform discussed.

Here are some examples.

Let’s look at how shares differ.

Shares Explained

Shares are content shared to other social platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The purpose is to share content with followers and connections to increase engagement and visibility.

EveryoneSocial uses "share" to indicate posts published on EveryoneSocial that are shared elsewhere.

Here are some examples.


Still a bit confused? That’s okay. We’ve found the easiest way to remember is by looking at where the content was initially published and where it’s currently hosted. If it was in EveryoneSocial (the bulletin board) then it’s a post; if it was shared from EveryoneSocial to somewhere else, then it’s a share.

When in doubt, we can always help. Feel free to connect with our Support team whenever you have a question.

 

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