Facebook Links Not Working? Do This


We all love sharing Facebook links to spread exciting content with our friends. But now and then, you click on one and scratch your head in confusion instead of being amazed. Reason being? Let’s break down why these links go wrong sometimes.

Why Are Facebook Links Not Working?

1. The Link is Mistyped

It happens to all of us. You see an article or meme you want to share with your friends, and you rush to copy-paste that link to your Facebook wall, excited for everyone to enjoy it. But when your friends click that link, they get nothing, a broken link into the void. The reason?

A tiny typo snuck in when you pasted it. It’s remarkable how a missing letter or extra period can break a website link. Every little detail must be perfect on the internet, or you end up in the middle of nowhere.

So, how can you ensure you don’t accidentally send your friends off track?

  1. First, read through any link again before you share it. Double-check for mistakes like repeating the https:// part or leaving out characters.
  2. Also, try link-shortening sites like Bitly. They make long links easier to handle and let you preview the page you’re linking to.
  3. Test the link yourself or send it to a close friend before sharing it everywhere. Just a quick click to make sure it works.
  4. Please copy and paste links instead of typing them out manually. That leaves less room for typos and mistakes.

The tiniest typos make a massive difference in our digital world. So remember, accuracy matters!

2. The Website is Down

Oh, it’s pretty frustrating when this happens. You get excited to click on a link someone shared on Facebook, ready to dive into that fresh content. But as soon as you click, – “This site can’t be reached” pops up instead. Extremely annoying.  

Before you get mad at Facebook or start questioning your internet, think about this: It’s probably the website itself that’s down, not the link. Facebook is just passing the directions to the party (the link); they didn’t host the party (the website). So, if the venue suddenly closes or has issues, the directions are still valid, but the destination is temporarily unavailable. Does that make sense?

But how can you tell the difference between a website being unavailable versus other problems going on online?

Here are a few things you can try:

  1. Use website tools like Down for Everyone or Just Me? to see if the site is down globally or just you. These sites are digital detectives getting to the bottom of website mysteries.  
  2. Please give it a minute and hit refresh – Sometimes, minor server glitches cause short downtimes that sort themselves out.  
  3. Check out the website’s social media pages – if they’re having more significant issues, they’ll often post about it to keep people updated. A quick look might give you some clues.
  4. You can try accessing the site from a different device or network – that’ll help determine if the problem is isolated to your phone or WiFi.  

Anyway, this gives you some ideas on figuring out what’s going on next time your favorite site seems unreachable. Happy browsing!

3. The Link has Expired

Can you imagine the thrill of seeing a sale pop up on Facebook? You eagerly click the link, already dreaming of the discount you’re about to get, only to be met with an error message instead. Does this sound familiar? Welcome to the strange world of expiring links. Some links are only meant to last briefly before vanishing into the dark. 

Link expiration isn’t some sneaky digital trick – it’s a tool companies use, especially for time-sensitive matters like promotions or webinars. The links are only available for their 15 minutes of fame.

So, what do you do when you come across a dead link that used to work? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Check for hints in the original post – if it was about a flash sale that’s now over, that explains why the link is broken. 
  2. You can go directly to the company’s main website – you may find the content you wanted or an explanation.
  3. Try searching on an archived web platform like the Wayback Machine – they might have an old page snapshot.
  4. Reach out to the company – if it’s content you want, it never hurts to ask! They’ll probably appreciate you taking the time.

The key is to stay calm when links disappear – it’s usually just because they were meant for a specific promotion or event. You can figure out what happened or find an alternative with some detective work.

4. You’re Not Logged in to Facebook

We’ve all been there – you see an interesting headline or an enticing video thumbnail, but when you click it, you get that annoying login page instead of the content. Why does Facebook have to be like that? It comes down to authentication.

Some content people share in private groups or pages are only meant for specific individuals, so Facebook requires you to prove your identity before they show it to you. It’s about keeping things private and exclusive.

So, what should you do when you hit this wall? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Login if it makes sense – If it seems legitimate, log into Facebook, and it’ll take you to the content once it recognizes you.  
  2. Please ensure you’re using the same browser where you’re always logged into Facebook – that’ll sometimes does the trick because the browser will remember you.
  3. Bookmark the link for later if you need help logging in, for instance you are on a public computer or not in the mood. Please feel free to come back when you’re ready to access it.
  4. Be cautious – double-check you’re on the actual Facebook site, and it’s not a phishing scam. Protect yourself.

While it’s frustrating when you want to view something but get halted by the login, remember it’s also maintaining privacy, which is essential. You can get past those barriers with some patience and attention when needed.

5. Your Browser is Blocking the Link

Browsers are designed to keep us safe online. That’s their primary job. Sometimes, they get suspicious about certain links, especially if they seem sketchy or don’t align with your security settings. You can’t blame them; they are just trying to protect you. But still, it could be more annoying when you can’t click on something you want to see.

What can you do when your browser is an obsessive gatekeeper? Here are a few ideas:

  1. You can look over the link without clicking – check where it’s trying to take you. Does the address seem legit, or is it super long and random? That might be a red flag.
  2. Look at your browser’s privacy and security settings. They may be set up too high, blocking content unnecessarily.
  3. Try a different browser. They treat links differently, so if one blocks something, another might not. Worth a shot.
  4. And remember to update regularly! Keeping your browser up-to-date gets you the latest security fixes. 

It’s excellent for our browsers to watch our backs online. But with some savvy, you can stay safe without missing out on those all-important links. It just takes some diligence and a balancing act.

My Final Thoughts

The internet can be a peculiar place sometimes. Links on Facebook can be impulsive – they’ll work one minute and not the next. I’ve had my share of frustrations trying to get links to cooperate.

Sometimes, I’ll mistype the URL, or my browser will block it for no reason. Other times, the website itself goes down temporarily right when I try to share it, and links are as fleeting as shooting stars, shining bright initially but fading fast.  

As you navigate the sprawling halls of Facebook, please remember your influence when you share a link. It’s more than just clicking a button – you’re building a bridge for people to cross over and find laughter, insights, or new information.

The internet only sometimes works how we expect, but with some awareness and patience, you can get your bridges to take people where you want them to go most of the time.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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