What Does Bump Mean on Facebook and How to Use It?

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What Does Bump Mean on Facebook and How to Use It?

Did you encounter the “bump” comment in a Facebook thread and not know what it meant?

Essentially, when someone comments “bump” on a post, they want to bring that post back to the top of the New Activity feed in a group.

In groups, your post may be lost amidst posts from other people, and you won’t get as much interaction.

In this case, you can comment “bump” on your post to bring it back to the top of the group’s News Feed.

This guide will tell you more about the meaning of “bump” on Facebook and how you can use it.

Keep reading to find out more!

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What Does Bump Mean on Facebook and How to Use It?

What Does “Bump” Mean on Facebook?

When you enter a group, you do it for a reason.

Maybe you want to find something out, or you need some help.

So, you make a post asking something. But chances are you won’t receive a helpful response for a few days or weeks.

During this time, people will post other things on the group, and your post will be taken to the bottom of the News Feed.

This means not many people will stumble upon your posts, so the chances of receiving a helpful answer will drop massively.

To prevent this, you can comment “bump” on your post. This is like a command for the Facebook algorithm to bring your post to the top of the News Feed.

It means you still haven’t fulfilled your goal with the post and still want to receive answers from the community.

Remember that “bumping” a post to the top of the News Feed is only temporary.

You’ll need to do it several times if you still don’t receive a helpful reply soon.

Other people may “bump” posts that are helpful to the group and the community.

Facebook referred to “story bumping” in a 2013 update when it talked about how too many people don’t see older posts.

They introduced a feature that allows an older post to resurface at the top of the News Feed if someone comments on it.

This is helpful when you’re following a lot of people and pages. You could get lost in so many posts and lose a valuable post.

Almost no one scrolls to the bottom of the News Feed to see those posts, so it’s great that post owners can bump their posts to the top of your News Feed.

Facebook may also automatically “bump” stories and posts to the top of the News Feed based on user interaction and your interests.

How Can You Use “Bump” on Facebook?

It’s simple enough – comment “bump” on your post, and that’s it.

Facebook will move your post back to the news feed of the group.

If you’re in a group, your post will be sent to the top of the group’s News Feed, but this doesn’t work with other types of News Feeds.

For instance, if you use the “bump” feature on your post in your News Feed, it will not be bumped to the top of your friends’ news feeds.

However, the “New Activity” section of Facebook groups contains posts that have received recent comments.

Commenting something on your post will bring it to the top of the news feed immediately.

It won’t remain there forever, though. This position is only temporary because other people can do this too.

Moreover, your post won’t be moved to the top of the “Top Posts” or “Recent Posts” feeds.

That’s because your post may not be a top post, and it’s certainly not a recent post.

Facebook recognizes that your post isn’t new. It’s just that you commented on it.

However, most group members will set the group’s feed to “New Activity,” which means the “bump” feature is extremely helpful for creating more engagement with your post.

Is There Another Way of Using “Bump” on Facebook?

Yes, there is.

Most owners don’t only use the “bump” feature to take their posts to the top of the news feed.

It’s also used by users interested in the thread. They comment “bump” or ”following” on the thread to receive notifications about new comments.

When someone comments on the thread, the person who commented “bump” will also be notified about this.

That’s because Facebook will assume you’re interested in the thread since you commented on it.

However, this is arguably a bad habit that pollutes the comment section with needless comments.

Instead, what you can do is turn on the notifications for the post manually.

Every post on Facebook has this option. You have to know where to look.

Follow the steps below to turn on the notifications for a post on Facebook:

1. Find the post you want to follow and tap on the three-dot icon

Find the post you want to follow and tap on the three-dot icon
Find the post you want to follow and tap on the three-dot icon

You’ll need to tap on the three-dot icon to follow a post.

It should be in the top-right corner of the post, next to the name of the person who posted it.

After you tap on it, a new menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.

2. Select “Turn on notifications for this post

Select “Turn on notifications for this post”
Select “Turn on notifications for this post”

After you tap the three-dot icon, look at the menu at the bottom.

You’ll see several options, including “Turn on notifications for this post.”

Select this button to receive a notification every time someone comments on the post.

This achieves the same effect as when you comment “bump” or “following” on a post, but it’s not as annoying.

No one wants to see a comment thread filled to the brim with “bump” comments, after all.

Conclusion

Engagement is the bread and butter of posts on Facebook, especially if you’re in a group.

To get more engagement from your posts, comment “bump” on them, and the Facebook algorithm will send the post to the top of the “New Activity” feed.

People will know that you still want to get an answer to your question or to receive help with your problem.

It means you’re still searching for a solution and that no one has helped you yet.

People may have forgotten about your post, but you’re reminding them with the “bump” feature.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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