social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Gives Granularity to Page Admin Roles: Businesses with Facebook Pages can now set five different roles for their admins: Manager, Content Creator, Moderator, Advertiser and Insights Analyst.  This is a useful tool for Facebook managers.

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Businesses on Facebook can now grant page admins varying degrees of permissions, depending on their role.

Facebook Adds Post Scheduling: You can now schedule posts directly on your Facebook Page. “You can prepare a post and schedule it to appear later by adding a date and time in the future before you post it.”

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"You can schedule a post up to 6 months in advance in 15-minute intervals," and you can also "choose a date in the past" and your post will appear at the appropriate place on your Page's Timeline.

Discussion From Our Networking Clubs: Thousands of social media marketers and small business owners are asking questions and helping others in our free Networking Clubs. Here are a few interesting discussions worth highlighting:

Facebook Rolls Out Promoted Posts for Facebook Pages: “Promoted posts are a simple way to reach more of the people who like your Page and their friends.” Promoted Posts give your updates more exposure on Facebook.

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To promote a post, select the Promote button after creating an update on your Page.

Google+ Local Replaces Google Places: “Each place you see in Google+ Local will now be scored using Zagat’s 30-point scale, which tells you all about the various aspects of a place so you can make the best decisions.”  Google Place pages have been automatically converted into Google+ Local pages. This is Google’s first step beyond Google Places.

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Google+ users can see the different scores others give this restaurant. Gets New Look:  The new design features “make it easier and faster to find and share interesting stuff.” Things have moved around a bit, so if you’re looking for something specific, check their Knowledge Base for directions.

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Check out's new bookmarking feature, the Bitmark.

Pinterest Rival Fancy Brings Social Commerce to iPhone: The Fancy iPhone app allows people to browse the cool products shared on Fancy and also purchase items directly through their mobile devices.

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Fancy has nearly one million users who press the Fancy button 3 million times every week.

Enhancer Adds Music to Vimeo Videos: Vimeo’s new Enhancer tool makes it easy for users to find and add music to their videos. The music catalog “has tracks in tons of genres, with lots for free.”

Here are a couple of social media tools worth noting:

Network Updater: A free social network alert service that sends you email alerts for any changes or updates from the Twitter and Facebook friends you select.

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Network Updater ensures you don't miss the news from the people who matter most to you.

Curalate: A paid monitoring and analytics Pinterest tool for both the activity on your Pinterest account and all of the pinning activity from your own website.

What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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  • OMG Social Media Examiner I love you for making this announcement. I have been waiting for the day when I can schedule any content to Facebook and the third party apps just weren’t cutting it in this department. As an SM marketer, this has got to be one of the happiest days of my life.

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  • Figliodios

    how do you change the time on an already scheduled post? 

  •  Can anyone tell me if this hasn’t been rolled out in Australia yet? I have a number of pages and don’t see any clock icon or date scheduling available. Love to hear anything you might know about this!

  • Hi Cindy!

    This is an awesome piece of information. It is indeed great
    to know that Facebook Pages can now set five different roles for their admins,
    we can schedule posts directly on your Facebook Page, etc. All these new
    aspects of Facebook seem really interesting. Thank you for sharing and keeping
    us updated with the new social media news.

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  • Lucyclothing

    WOW! So many important updates this week! Thank-you SOOOOO much for the help! I really appreciate it!

    Laura Offenwanger

  • Rekha

    Thanks for sharing the news on Facebook ability to schedule posts!! This is so much better than using 3rd party tools for sure.  

  • Facebook evidently considers promoting a post to be an ad.  You cannot promote a post until you’ve run at least one ad – so I’ve got my first one in waiting for them to approve it. It was much easier than I would have thought.  

    However, I think the big news for this week is Google Place pages moving to Google+.  That makes for a whole new ball game!

  • I particularly look forward to using the new admin & scheduling features being roled out to Facebook page. It means we can potentially add more collaborators into the mix without risking giving them too much access too soon. 

    The scheduling feature is something that quite a few tools out there offer, HootSuite being one of them, but personally I don’t like the way they credit themselves in the “via” box, and think potentially it sends the wrong message to our audience, who may think that scheduling leads to automation and less authenticity.

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  • Hi Evoque,
    I have the functionality on all the pages I manage in Australia. Don’t have the promoted posts yet though. Great functionality!!

  • Wow! Social Media Examiner has done it again! THANK YOU! You have no idea how revealed I was upon read you can now plan posts on Facebook 🙂  Great post. You focused on our needs effectively, Cindy!

  • You can’t edit it, but you can change the date and time and delete it under your activity log at

  • Thank you so much for these updates.  Everything is changing so fast that I appreciate the help in staying current.  I hadn’t heard about Network Updater.  I’m going to check it out.  Thanks again.

  • Hkyejian86

     that’s really wonderful, but why my facebook can not apply that function, da i need to update or add some apps? or what should i do? thank you!

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  • Hey Thanks for the post!! Its always good to keep up to date with this stuff, Yea I was a bit lost when I logged on to my account yesterday and noticed the change. As for Facebook I think that’s a excellent new feature.

  • Great updation and I was looking something like this and you have provided the information in detail and worth reading the article.

    Thanks for providing facebook up dation in detail. 😉

  • Steph Synoracki

    What a great update! I am extremely excited about the Facebook news in particular. However, I do not see the “post scheduling” feature on my Facebook page. Do I need to do something in order for this to show?

  • It is a good day when things get easier, isn’t it?  Thanks for sharing, Stacy-Ann!

  • I’m not sure where you’re located, Hkyejian86, but these are new features so they may take a little while to roll out to everyone.

  • Hi Suneeta!  Yes, finally!  It’s great that businesses can now manage admin roles. 

  • You’re welcome, Laura!

  • Thanks for sharing, Jeff!  It’s going to be interesting to see how local businesses will do on Google+.

  • Cindy – I don’t see how businesses can ignore Google+ now if they wan to be relevant in search results.
    In many ways I think its a game changer.  More of my thoughts on that here if you are interested:

  • Drew Frey

    Thanks for the great update Cindy! 

  • Please explain the new iframe requirement coming up in afew days on Facebook.

  • Andre Beukes

    Hi There I am from South Africa. I
    also do not see the scheduled icon on my pages, do you have to be a paid
    advertiser to have scheduled post? Regards

  • I too am very happy to learn about post scheduling. Thank you for the heads up!

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  • Hi, I don’t seem to see a button to promote posts on my page. We’ve run ads on Facebook, via our agency, in the past so that shouldn’t be an issue… Any suggestions in case I’m looking in the wrong place?

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