Originally published on June 4, 2018
When I was chatting with one of my friends this week about alternative text for images, I asked them if they knew they could add alt text to images on Facebook.
They replied they didn’t know.
I wasn’t surprised. Though the feature has been out for two years, not many people know about it.
Which is why two years ago, I conducted a poll asking followers on Twitter and Facebook whether they added alternative text (alt text) to the photos they post on Facebook.
Every person who responded to the poll said they didn’t know they could.
If you share images on Facebook, do you add alternative text to the image?
— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) May 30, 2018
I’ve never understood why Facebook didn’t promote their new feature for alternative text. It’s something many people had been asking for over the years.
Certainly it didn’t receive the wide publicity that happened when Twitter announced the alternative text feature for images a couple of years prior.
To teach people about the new feature, I published this post with how-to’s for adding alternative text to images in Facebook.
Almost two years later, and given my friend didn’t know about Facebook’s alternative text feature, I decided it was time to repeat the poll. Continue reading How to Add Alternative Text to Facebook Photos