How to Post a Facebook Event - dummies

By Carolyn Abram

The first way you’ll most likely find out about a Facebook event is through a notification. When a friend invites you to an event, a small red flag appears over the notifications icon in the big blue bar on top. Click the icon to open your notifications menu; then click the invitation to be taken to the event.

The event photo appears at the top of the page, much like the cover photo does on your Timeline. Beneath the event photo is the event’s name, host (which can be a person, group, or page), and privacy info.


Events have three privacy settings:

  • Public: Public events are just what they sound like: open to the public. Anyone can see the event with or without an invitation, view the guest list and posts, and join the event herself.

  • Friends of Guests: Events with this privacy setting are slightly more private than Public events. Any friends of guests — whether or not they received an invitation — can view and join the event.

  • Invite Only: These are the most private events. Only people who have been invited are able to see the event and join it.

The left side of the event page shows the progress of the RSVPs. Three categories are shown (although this may depend on the settings of the event, as decided by the event admin): Going, Maybe, and Invited.

The most important info about any event is in the center of the page: where, when, and what. There’s a spot here for the date and time of the event, the location, and any info the event creator wants to share with guests. If the creator put in a specific address or location, a map may also appear so that you can easily get directions.

Below the event info is the Posts section of the event. The Posts section is where people can post messages and communicate with other guests (and potential guests) of that event. Event hosts use this section to post important updates — for example, a reminder to bring a sweater in case the weather is cold, or to let people know at which section of the park they’ll be meeting.

Guests’ RSVPs appear here as they come in, as do posts that people actively make to communicate with other guests. Depending on the event, the posts may be from people just saying how excited they are or from people coordinating rides or the food they’ll bring to a potluck.


To post to an event, follow these steps:

  1. Click in the Share box (where it reads Write Something).

    This is the same way you update your status or post to group.

  2. Type your message in the Share box.

  3. (Optional) Add tags, location information, or photos by clicking their respective icons at the bottom of the Share box.

  4. Click Post.

    Your message is posted to the Posts section of the event. Depending on settings, guests may be notified about it or see a News Feed story about it.

Within the Posts section, you can click the link to View Declines, which will show you all the posts people left when they said they wouldn’t be able to attend an event. Seeing all the declines in the Posts section can be a bit of a bummer, which is why Facebook sequesters them away from the more inviting and excited posts.

You actually can’t post to an event until you’ve RSVPed. So make up your mind, and then you can start talking to the other guests.

Responding to an event is easy; just click the blue Join button if you plan on attending, the Decline button if you can’t make it, or the Maybe button if you aren’t sure.

After you RSVP to an event, the RSVP buttons are replaced with the following new buttons:

  • Invite Friends: If you want some company at an event or know of someone who would really be interested, click this button to send him an invitation. (Some Invite Only events may not allow you to invite more friends.)

  • RSVP status: If, for example, you join an event by clicking the blue Join button, it will be replaced by a gray button named Going. Click this button to change your RSVP at any time.

  • Settings (gear icon): Click the gear icon to turn off event notifications, to share an event on your Timeline, or to export an event to your calendar or e-mail.