Are you crunched for time?
Could you use a little Facebook automation in your life? Well, help is here.
Facebook allows you to schedule your page posts.
Many people cheered this feature because Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm and other quirks make using third-party tools like HootSuite or SocialOomph for scheduling your posts less desirable than posting manually.
Let’s dig a little deeper and find out some of the nuances of using Facebook scheduled posts.
First, we will give you the steps to schedule your posts and edit them.
#1: How to Schedule Your Posts
Scheduling is easy—just follow these steps:
- Write your post as you normally would. You can attach photos, add links,add YouTube Videos, add tags to other pages and events or just include regular text
Type your post as you would normally.
In the lower-left corner of your post, click on the clock symbol as shown in the screenshot above. You can now add year, month, day and time you want the post to go out.
Add the date and time you want your post go out.
Notice that you can also backdate your posts to supplement your Timeline if you wish (more on that later).
You can schedule your post up to 6 months in the future (more months are shown, but if you select more than 6 months out, Facebook won’t accept it). You can schedule the minutes at 00-, 10-, 20-, 30-, 40- or 50- -minute marks of the hour. So if you need a post to go out specifically at 2:15 pm, you cannot set it.
- You can also add language and location targeting in your scheduled posts, just like you can in your regular posts. Just click on the Public icon and make the necessary adjustments.
- Once you have everything set, just click the blue Schedule button. Voilà! Now just remember to circle back to your posts later after the scheduled time to watch for follow-up comments!
· NOTE Scheduled Posts Won’t be Automatically Tweeted
· If you have linked your Twitter account to your Facebook page by setting up www.Facebook.com/Twitter so that everything you post on Facebook gets tweeted (yes, we know that it’s not always a great idea but sometimes it isn’t terrible), be aware that your scheduled posts won’t go out to Twitter.
So if you rely on your Facebook page to supplement your tweets and you move to more scheduled posts, you will have to schedule your tweets with a different tool.