How to Add a Life Event to Facebook - dummies

How to Add a Life Event to Facebook

By Carolyn Abram

What’s nice about Facebook is the way it lets you connect with friends over the small stuff. Facebook is also awesome for life events or letting you connect over the big stuff. Babies being born, houses being purchased, pets being adopted. The milestones, if you will. The Life Events section lets you make a note of that event on your Timeline.

Although it’s not required, you may also feel an urge to fill out your history on your Timeline. If you’re new to Facebook, you may want to expand your Timeline back past the day you joined. Life Events is a good way to think about what you want to add in your history.

To add a life event, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Life Event section in the Share box.

    A menu of various types of life events appears. The categories are listed here although when you click each one, you’ll find many subcategories as well:

    • Work & Education

    • Family & Relationships

    • Home & Living

    • Health & Wellness

    • Travel & Experiences

    Milestones can be big or small; if you check out the subcategories, you’ll see things that range from getting your braces removed to learning a new hobby to having a baby. And you should feel free to make up your own. Lots of people use Life Events to represent small accomplishments in a humorous way.

  2. Select the event you want to create from the menu.

    This opens a pop-up window with specific text fields to fill out and space for photos to go along with the event.


  3. Fill out the details you want to share.

    You don’t have to fill out all the fields, but it’s pretty important to fill in the date of the event so that it goes to the right place on your Timeline.

  4. Add a photo to illustrate the event.

    Click Choose from Photos if there is already a photo on Facebook you want to use, or choose Upload Photos to add photos from your computer.

  5. Use the Privacy menu to choose who can see this event in your Timeline.

    You have the same five options you have all over Facebook: Public, Friends, Friends Except Acquaintances, Only Me, or Custom.

  6. Click Save.

    The event is then added to your Timeline, with any photos you’ve added featured prominently.

As you scroll down through your history, you may realize that you want to add an event or milestone. Don’t worry about scrolling back up to the top of the page. The Timeline navigator should be following you as you scroll down, showing your name and the year you’re looking at. Click the Life Event icon on the right side of this bar to add a milestone to your past.