8 Tips for Using Facebook Scheduled Posts

social media how toAre 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.

    schedule your post

    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 the year, month, day and time you want the post to go out.

    add the date

    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!

#2: How to Find and Edit Your Scheduled Posts

To see what you have scheduled and make any changes, just go to your activity log by accessing the admin panel at the top of your page (if you don’t see the admin panel, click the red admin panel button in the upper-right corner), then click Edit Page, and Activity Log. You then see all of your scheduled posts.

find activity log

Use the activity log to find your scheduled posts.

activity log

View your scheduled posts.

If you need to edit your scheduled post, the only thing you can change from here is the time, unfortunately. To edit the text, you must cancel the post and redo your scheduling. To cancel or change the time, mouse over the upper-right corner of the post in the activity log.

editing a post

You can only change the time or cancel the post and start over.

#3: You Can’t Schedule Everything

You can schedule links, photos, status updates and videos (although I found scheduling a video to be a bit buggy). You can also schedule a YouTube video link, which will attach as it normally does in your posts.

schedule a photo

You can schedule a photo.

You can’t schedule some of the other types of posts as you can normally do from the publisher, such as photo albums, posting of events, questions, offers and milestones.

#4: You Can Backdate Your Posts

You can schedule things in the past. I’m not sure why you would want to use the backdating feature other than to fill out your Timeline a bit. But if you have a significant event that you want to post about in the past, I recommend a milestone post instead.

The interesting thing about backdating is that the post does go out into people’s news feed immediately and then is shown at the appropriate place on your Timeline.

back dating a post

The backdated post goes out immediately into the news feed with a note about when it was added into the Timeline.

#5: 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.

#6: Scheduling Posts Can Bring about More Engagement

What can you expect when you schedule posts? It depends on your baseline right now with your Facebook page—how often you are posting, how engaged your audience is, what you are posting and other factors.

One thing that scheduling can do for you is allow you to post more regularly and increase your posting without spending all day on your Facebook page.

Randi Thompson of How to Market Your Horse Business (and an active member of our Social Networking Clubs) tried an experiment where she upped the number of posts by using scheduled posts on two of her pages.

On her How to Market Your Horse Business page, she went from posting 3 times a day to posting every 3 hours and 5 times a day. Then she had another page, Horse and Rider Awareness, where she was not posting regularly at all. She tried scheduling 3 quality posts per day. Here are her results over a 5-day period.

horse business horse awareness

Using Scheduled posts to increase post frequency helped increase engagement.

Now of course this is not a comprehensive study. And this could be done without scheduling posts. But the point is that scheduled posts can make things easier for you so you can batch your work, know that things are being posted at the times you want and you can get on with other parts of your business. I encourage you to try some experiments with scheduled posts on your page and see how things work for you.

And again, make sure you circle back to these posts to follow up on comments!

#7: Scheduled Posts are not Identified or “Punished” in Facebook

When you post from a different scheduling tool such as HootSuite or BufferApp, people can see that you’re posting through a different tool. But Facebook’s scheduled posts are seamless.

buffer app

The posting tool appears under the post.

Using a different tool to post to Facebook is not all bad. Sometimes it’s much better to save yourself a little time and get the post out with the tool you’re using rather than not post at all.

But Facebook has been known to show posts using third-party tools a little less in the news feed or collapse them. As of this writing, I believe third-party tools are faring well in Facebook. But we all know how Facebook changes.

#8: Scheduled Posts May be Coming to Personal Profiles

The option does appear to schedule a Facebook post on personal profiles, which may be a good thing for people who are using their personal profiles to talk about business. But as of this writing, I could not schedule anything into the future, only for today or in the past.

Not everyone will see big changes by scheduling posts. You still have to deliver engaging Facebook content. But what scheduled posts can do is free up some of your time by allowing you to batch your social media posts into blocks and give you more time to focus on your business.

What are your thoughts? Have you been using scheduled posts? What results have you seen? Tell us in the comments section below!

 

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About the Author, Andrea Vahl

Andrea Vahl is co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and also uses her improv comedy skills to blog as Grandma Mary, Social Media Edutainer. Connect with her at www.andreavahl.com. Other posts by »




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  • http://www.blazewebstudio.co.za/ geoffreygordon

    Hey Andrea

    Thanks for this, I didn’t know this was possible. Good to know if you have a brand new Facebook page and you want to beef it up. I have always enjoyed this feature in blogging, great to know it can be done on Facebook too. Certainly will come in handy, instead of logging in multiple times just to update and keep content fresh for fans. Of course  “quality should always be observed over quantity.”

  • Dash Notary Tonie ☎

    Love that you posted about this! Set it up before vacation this last week and noone was the wiser!

  • http://www.mysmallbizresources.com/ Justinnthompson

    Just about to head off on holiday and this feature is going to come in very handy!!! Thanks for the great post Andrea. :-)

  • http://www.nimaheydarian.com/ Nima Heydarian

    I use the schedule post for our FB pages all the time. Its definitely great if you’re not using Buffer already (which Im not)

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  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Glad to know it helped you relax on your vacation!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    You are welcome!  Have a great vacation!  

  • Chris

    Thank you for sharing this article I am going to give it a try today. I am new to all this socia media stuff and this has been the best article I have read so far. THANK YOU

  • http://RachelintheOC.com/ Rachel Thompson

    Thanks Andrea! Question: when you say using Hootsuite or SocialOomph to schedule posts is less desirable, can you elaborate further? I heard this at a social media summit I attended recently and the speaker said scheduled posts (from a 3rd party) ‘count’ less. 

    Could you touch on that? thx! 

  • Shane Johnston

     Hi Andrea, I recently started using this feature because of a post you did earlier on this topic ;-)  It works well for us to move Edgerank up and save time plus this client is in a regulated industry so it gives them time to go in for a couple of minutes each day to preview that what I have posted is ok for their standards.  I would really like to be able to schedule shares & comments to other pages too …any idea if this is on the drawing board for Facebook?  btw …I do find the feature a little glitchy at times …sometimes clicking on the ‘schedule’ clock will not bring up the date/time selections and it won’t work if I’m posting as the Page.

  • Mark

    Great article. Has anyone else found that on their accounts they can no longer schedule posts? At first I could, now the clockface scheduler is greyed out and not working. This has not happened on all the accounts I manage. Any ideas folks?

  • http://www.texasmountainbiketrails.com/ Shawn McAfee

    I have been using this for sometime, however I find that the scheduler is inconsistent. I had been using this feature for the past month or two since it first came out, however the last 4 days the scheduler has stopped working. When clicked, the scheduler icon doesn’t initiate any action like being able to choose a date. 

    Great tool, just has some apparent fine tuning bugs that need to be worked out.

  • Mark

    Thanks for the reply Shawn. Sometimes with the changes that facebook quietly implement, I wondered if this had gone under the radar!  

  • http://twitter.com/adology adology

    I have also been using the scheduler. And like Shawn, I have not found the scheduler to be working. Wondering if others are experiencing this?

  • http://www.modernmediamanagemnet.blogspot.com/ Lesley Hollywood

    The only thing I’ve noticed with scheduled posts is that on photos, when you view the actual photo, it says it was posted at the time you scheduled it, not when you posted it.  When viewing it on your page or in your feed, it has the time it was scheduled for and actually posted.  This is a little weird to me when posting future sales, etc.

    I’ve had it be quirky sometimes, especially with photos.  I have had it not post the photo, but just the status.  I’ve also had it post photos multiple times (this just happened yesterday).  Word of advice is to pay attention too.
    Overall I LOVE this feature and between it and tweetdeck, I can get my day’s work done in the early morning hours and play the rest of the day (I’m a social media manager for multiple businesses).  

  • http://www.modermediamanagement.blogspot.com/ Lesley Hollywood

    It has bugs occasionally.  Just try again later.  Refresh the page.  

    Also, be careful because yesterday I was trying to schedule something and it kept “not working” and wasn’t showing in the activity log, then what I’d scheduled popped out 5 times in a row later in the day.   

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  • Dave Virdee

    Great stuff! I’ve been using Hootsuite earlier, I’ll definitely try this out….. Cheers!

    Dave Virdee

  • Dramy

    At first I had no problem with this feature  on my page, now it does not work…can’t figure it out. Anyone else having problems? Any suggestions on how to fix it?  Please help!

  • Maureen Cioni

    This is a great article, too bad I haven’t been able to use scheduled posts for over a week – its just not working. I have submitted a Facebook Page Bug. Hopefully it will show up on the Known Issues page soon.

  • http://www.texasmountainbiketrails.com/ Shawn McAfee

    You bet. It’s some sort of glitch or bug, not a user induced error. Hopefully a solution is picked up soon, its been a big pain for me. My posting strategy and schedule is rock solid right now and having to set alarms on my phone to remind me to post at those times is such a pain in the butt. If third party apps like HootSuite didn’t get penalized I would just switch over to that. I still might if it isn’t remedied soon.  

  • Bea Vanni

    I’ve had good results with the FB scheduler with no glitches. I do believe that FB is so overloaded with people using it at the same time that the glitches are caused from that more than anything. Using a different browser at times may help. I also like how easy it is for me to see exactly what I’ve scheduled in one long list by using the Activity Log. I’ve noticed that I can’t post pdfs which I’d like to do. I can’t post pdfs even in Notes, but images work well there. Thanks, Andrea, for an excellent post.

  • http://www.westoncommunications.org.uk/ Liz Weston aka @TheLizWeston

    I have this problem. The scheduling option is not reliable for me. Sometimes it’s available, sometimes it’s not. I wondered if it was something to do with the type of business page? But I don’t think it is – it’s just not consistently available – I manage several different types of pages for different clients…

  • DavidDavidKatzman

    Very helpful. Can you link us to an article that discusses the best times of day & days of the week for posts? Thanks!

  • Lsmith

     Same thing happened to me for several days now, usually when I included a link. I finally tried clicking on the clock first, setting the schedule, then went back and filled in my post with a link, etc. Didn’t work all the time but at least it worked sometimes. And today, it was working, for the most part. Strange.

  • Deborah Bateman

    Thanks for sharing this post. I have not tried scheduling on Facebook, but have scheduled with other tools and realized that not everybody was seeing my messages. If this will increase visibility of our posts then it will be worth a try. Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  • http://twitter.com/Annjaimi Ann Jaimi

    wow this is great! I had no idea FB had come out with this feature. Thanks for highlighting it and for a well written summary! 

  • Cbell014

    Does anyone know how to activate this? For some reason it does not show on my page? 

  • Sharon

    TRICK for #2: How to Find and Edit Your Scheduled Posts …You CAN EDIT if you upload a picture with your post, just Click photo and hit “edit Picture” :) I do it all the time in case I made a typo.

  • http://www.mikegingerich.com/ Mike Gingerich

    Thanks for the YouTube video tip!  I learned something new!  Always good info Andrea.

  • Cheryl

    Thank you for this very helpful post! I’ll try it and test it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellylinwright Kelly Wright

     Make sure you have admin rights to the page and make sure it is a Facebook page and not your personal profile page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellylinwright Kelly Wright

    Hi Andrea

    I use scheduled posts for my clients Facebook pages. All their pages are linked to their twitter accounts. Every time a scheduled post appears on Facebook it automatically sends a tweet of that post to twitter. Anyone able to do the same?
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellylinwright Kelly Wright

    Make sure you have admin rights to the page and make sure it is a Facebook PAGE and not your personal profile page.

  • PSR Marketing

    I can’t get it to work at all, unfortunately. Not as the page, not as myself, not in Internet Explorer, not in Google Chrome. Oh well, back to Buffer.

  • Erin

    One weird quirk that I have noticed…. when you add a photo and schedule your post, it will show you the time that your photo was added instead of the time that it posts. It’s really weird. I still like using Post Planner instead of Facebook schedule posts. I may pay an extra fee each month, but it’s reliable and you can post on the :05s. 

    By the way, great point about the fact that you still need to post engaging content. Always.

  • Monique

    Too bad Facebook hasn’t made this option available for its notes!  This is my preferred method of posting on my business page.

  • Erin

    Monique, I had heard at one point that Facebook was going to be getting rid of its “Notes” app. If so, you may want to back up those old notes and post them in a blog on your website. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellylinwright Kelly Wright

     If you want to I can help you get it to work. Send me an email info@zkdezigns.com and we will take it from there.

  • http://www.wholetritionwellness.com Galpdawg

    I too am having issues with the scheduler. It has been working for pages that I manage since launched but has stopped working the past 2 weeks.  I am able to schedule posts on my personal page but no longer on any company page. Hopefully Facebook can get this straightened out. Feel free to send me a tweet if anyone has a solution to this. This is a great feature when it works!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Yes, while notes does work now, I have heard that Facebook will be phasing that out, so make sure you back it up!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Interesting, Erin.  I hadn’t noticed the timestamp on that!  I do like Post Planner too!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    There have been a few problems with it in the last week.  Were you able to get it to work at any time?

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Hi Kelly – 
    We have exchanged a few e-mails about this.  It sounds like you have an App that is connected in your Twitter account that is pulling the Facebook posts through to Twitter.  But if you have linked your Twitter and Facebook Page accounts through Facebook with http://www.Facebook.com/Twitter (must be logged in as your profile to see this page) then they won’t get automatically sent to Twitter.  Would love to know which Twitter App you used.  There are so many ways to link Facebook and Twitter, it gets confusing to know which ones work when!
    Thanks!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Great point Sharon!  So glad you brought that up!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    So glad you enjoyed the post Deborah!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Great suggestions Bea!  Yes, pdfs don’t work at all but one thing I might suggest with a PDF is to take a screenshot of it and post it as a picture with a link to the PDF that people can use to download it.  More interesting that the link to the PDF alone.

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Lots of problems with the Scheduled Posts in the last few days unfortunately.  It could be a function of more people using it or just general buggy-ness.

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Thanks Chris!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Hi Rachel!  So Facebook uses their algorithm Edgerank to determine what it shows to people in the News Feed.  It’s been said that using these other tools diminishes the Edgerank and makes them less likely to show up in the News Feed but I know using these other tools doesn’t “punish” you completely – they still show up.

    And for awhile Facebook was “collapsing” these posts so it was only showing one post that came in from Hootsuite and then you would have to click on a link to see the other posts (all from different people but if you were in the “collapsed” area, it was very unlikely that people would see your post at all).  I have definitely not be seeing that happening recently but it’s just something to be aware of – that Facebook has control and they would rather you use Facebook to do your posting.

  • Themargyles

    We’ve turned pdfs into a jpeg and this helps. Try saving the pdf an change file type option to jpeg before clicking save

  • Danyellehildreth

    I have had some issues using the scheduler. I have had to toggle “my voice”, meaning I am logged in as my page, the schedule button is there, but when I click on it does nothing. If I change my voice to my personal then back to the page it seems to work. Anyone else having problems like this? Am I doing something wrong?

  • Carrie Yutzy

    One more tip that’s helpful for scheduling tweets and/or other updates that link to your Facebook posts: When viewing upcoming posts in Activity Log, you can get the link to the scheduled post by right-clicking the scheduled date/time (just like you get the permalink for published posts). This makes it possible to schedule tweets that link to the post before the post is published. So if you won’t be around right when the post is published, you can still schedule a tweet (using Hootsuite, etc.) to go out a few minutes after the post goes live.

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Looks like it’s with a lowercase T!  www.facebook.com/twitter – sorry about that!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Definitely frustrating – I know others who are having problems too.  Hopefully it will get cleared up soon!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    That is strange Lesley – I don’t know if I noticed the issue with the photo time stamp!  Thanks!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Unfortunately there are a lot of glitches – especially this week it seems!

  • Monique

    Thanks so much for the tip, Erin!  I’ll have to get busy with this soon!

  • http://anextraordinaryday.net/ Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    That was super helpful!  Thank you.  I had actually attempted to do this but had gotten a little bit confused and thought I could only back date my posts which wasn’t helpful for me.   It will be great to plan and write my posts and be freed up from getting caught in more FB activity.  Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/hytare Pamela Diaz

    I see a problem with scheduled posts in general, at least for me, if I schedule a post is because I don’t have the time to do it by myself. If so, how can I follow up the post and respond to comments? If I do have the time to post and reply to comments, the why would I schedule a post? xD so.. yeah.. they’re not of much use to me… I like to reply to comments the moment I recieve them.

  • Susan Vincent

    Andrea,
    When I hit the clock, it does everything you said it does EXCEPT give me the hour option. That does not appear. Can you offer suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Susan Vincent

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracykennard Tracy Kennard

    I manage several Facebook pages and this option is available for some but not for others.  There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gorgie27 Rachel Nicole

    This WAS a great feature for business pages to utilize except for the fact that it has been working on and off lately for the past month. (mostly off) so it is no longer reliable. :(

  • http://www.twirp.ca/ Anita Hovey

    Great overview. Re: #7… or when the FB scheduler is bugging out and won’t let you schedule something…GRRR… having that problem on ONE of my pages this week. Only one. So I have to resort to Hootsuite for that page again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kgottschalkhertz Kirsten Gottschalk Hertz

    I went in to try and schedule and the “clock” symbol isn’t available on my posts – what’s up?

  • http://www.foodreviewsmanila.com/ Guia Obsum

    Very nice article! I love using Facebook’s scheduled posts better than Hootsuite since it’s as you say seamless in terms of posting, instead of having to show that your posts came from third party scheduling tools which makes them obvious that they were indeed scheduled. I’ve been using Facebook’s scheduled posts for more than a week now and so far the posts are automatically tweeted since my page is connected to my Twitter account, and I did use the http://www.facebook.com/twitter for linking. The time stamps just aren’t consistent like what Lesley Hollywood said. And there are glitches every once in a while, too, when it won’t schedule your post. I have to refresh a few times or move on to other pages first then just get back to it after a while for it to work again. At least with scheduled posts, I get to plan my content early in the morning or late at night for the next day and all I have to do the rest of the day is check up on comments, which I can reply easily to even on mobile.

  • Emeric

    Hi Andrea, thank you for that great article, helpful and comprehensive as always! Concerning the third party app publishing issue, I made a little test and published the result here: 
    http://facebookadvanced.com/facebook-test-third-party-apps-impact-post-performance-engagement/
    Thought you may find this useful!

  • Susan Vincent

    Thank you! I thought I was losing my mind!

  • http://www.naturallyyoursboutique.com/ Rene’ Michelle Floyd

    Wonderful info. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely use the schedule tool.

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  • Venkatachalam Ravindran

    I too was not able to see the future dates in my profile timeline. Then when I tried to schedule in my facebook page, I was able to see the dates and times.

  • Gabriella Kortsch

    Fabulous point!

  • Patty Chan

    I have trouble scheduling a share for later posting. Has anyone else been able to figure out how to do it? I find stuff i want to save to post tomorrow or later and dont know how to save it. Ive been using another app like evernote to save the post I want to share later, then pulling it back up when I want to post it. Other than shares, i love this capability and used it for 2 weeks while we went on vacation.

    Another thing i dont like is that my post shows as ” xyz posted a photo” as opposed to putting my quote on ticker and having it show as the status .

  • http://www.rewiringthesoul.com/ Gabriella Kortsch

    Another super point!

  • http://humanwebsite.com.my/ Kent

    Scheduled Posts May be Coming to Personal Profiles?? I believe that human love the real time chat rather than scheduling a post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elieaboufares Elie Abou Fares

    There is one down-side for the scheduling. If you schedule posts with images, then FB would group the photos on the timeline and wouldn’t show them as individual posts on the timeline.
    Anyone, figured a workaround to this ??

  • http://www.antonkoekemoer.com/ Anton Koekemoer

    Hi
    Andrea,

     

     

    Yes – making use of the new scheduling function (especially
    to run your Facebook profile and posts in accordance with your other social
    media efforts and paid advertising and promotions) is a great new feature added
    in Facebook. Great wrap up you’ve managed to compile in your post – Screenshots
    should make it easier for anyone who haven’t tried the scheduling option yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victoriousqueeen Fiza Malik

    Hi Andrea,

    This is new thing to me its very nice for scheduling the post even descriptiveness post. Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/socialsasha Sasha Social

    very insightful…a big like for You, Andrea!

  • http://twitter.com/socialsasha Sasha Social

    it was actually fun to read it…lots of very useful info…i’m so looking forward to your future articles!

  • http://facebook.com/landsdzines Lasanthi Soyza

    very helpful info…for our busy life style. thanks a lot!

  • Kristy C. Cartier

    Love, love, love the scheduler! I hope they roll it out for shared posts as well. As a one woman shop, it makes life easier, especially during conference time. Great article Andreas and I love the mention of Randi’s example since I’m a horse person too :)

  • Guest

    This is very helpful, especially for business owners! Setting a time and day to schedule all Facebook posts for the coming week frees up time to focus on revenue generating tasks. Any tools that automate business tasks are…in a word…priceless!

  • http://www.EnlightenedNetworker.com/ Ilka Flood

    Andrea, …this is awesome information! I just scheduled my very first post using your simple step-by-step instructions above. Actually the post I scheduled was this article :) Thanks so much for sharing this! ~Ilka

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    That is frustrating, Rachel!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    I know, I’m not sure why some have it and others don’t.  Frustrating!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    If the hour option isn’t available, then the scheduling isn’t available.  It’s not available on personal profiles yet either but the clock shows up.

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    That is a good point – you have to be there to respond!  But one thing I like to do is use the notifications so I know whether or not I have a comment.  Then I don’t have to stay there and keep checking to see if anyone comments.

  • http://www.dreamplancreate.com/ Lacoya H.

    I actually find that my scheduled posts do show up on my Twitter feed. Just wanted to let you know that this feature does work. :)

  • Clehn

    I have the same questions as Patty Chan

  • Erin

    My pleasure. I’m not sure when that will go into affect. You just never know with Facebook!

  • Shane Shirley-Smith

    Very buggy on one of my client’s pages and will not work most of the time which is exceedingly frustrating.

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Thanks Sasha!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    I agree Kent – I like the live interaction but I do like occasionally scheduling something that I want to post at a time when it would be seen by more people.  

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    No you can’t schedule a shared post unfortunately – I wish they had that capability!  But you have a good workaround with Evernote.

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    I had someone else say that their posts they had linked through Twitter were also tweeted out when they scheduled them.  Interesting as it has never done that for me on any of the accounts I have linked.  Well good to know!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Many people don’t have it unfortunately – I don’t know when it will roll out to everyone!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Very frustrating Anita!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Glad you enjoyed it Diane!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Great idea Carrie!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    It’s definitely very glitchy – good to know that toggling works for you!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    It’s definitely been spotty – I hope it gets working more consistently soon.  Another person said if they toggled their login from their page to their profile and back they were able to get it to work.  But that’s a bit of a pain!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    It is definitely buggy.  Some people have had luck with toggling back and forth between their personal profile and back.  But many people are just not seeing it work consistently.  Frustrating!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    I don’t know if scheduling Shares is on the table but I would love that feature too!  And it is definitely glitchy.  Thanks for your comments!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    I have seen that too and haven’t played with scheduling photos at different intervals to see if you spread them out a certain amount works.  But yes, it is better to have your photos showing as individual posts!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Thanks Kristy!  Yes, especially nice when we are tied up with other parts of our business!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Fantastic Ilka!  Glad it worked for you!

  • http://www.AndreaVahl.com/ Andrea Vahl

    Thanks Lacoya!  I’ve had others say the same thing – it’s odd that it has never worked for any of the accounts I have tied to Twitter – not sure why!

  • Carmenda

    Careful when making future posts. I’ve found that the pictures and links do not always show up, so you still have to go in and check your posts to make sure they’re correct. Kind of a pain.

  • Lanre sonola

    Súper article. I was just about to upgrade my hootsuite account but had issues with the payment feature. I still might upgrade. Hootsuite saved my life(lol). Of cours not having some posts come out right was a pain. Will definitely try the Facebook scheduler ASAP.

  • KumarKali bhushan

    Nice Information indeed…

  • http://twitter.com/Aaroo06 Aaron Ashley Noronha

    Actually scheduled posts are automatically tweeted if you’ve synced your FB account with Twitter (done through ‘Resources’ under ‘Edit Page’)

  • Jennipher

    I really enjoy this Facebook feature. It does free up a great deal of time, especially if I am with a client when a post needs to be made. Thanks for cluing me in about the schedules not going through to the Twitter account. I had not put that together. 
    Jennipher

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  • Anita

    This is great feature which we have been using a lot – we post photos with text and links attached. The only problem we have come across is, if you schedule too many posts with no manual posts in between, the posts will show as individual posts for a period of time, i.e. a few hours then it will group the together into an ‘album’ so the text can’t be seen just pictures. Has this problem been noted by anyone else?

  • Matt S

    #5 is wrong…Scheduled posts are automatically tweeted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zenkaang Zenka Ang

    this is a great function, I always though you got to find an app to do that. but as I was trying it out, they seem to have removed the +Add Hour option? not sure if i did anything wrong?

  • Miata492

    I have been using this for a while – I was lucky enough to get to beta test the feature. I use it all of the time. I like being able to schedule posts for when I am not going to have access, etc.

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  • Delia

    My only other tip is to click ‘post’ only once!  Even if it looks like the update has not changed (eg any images uploaded have not appeared and the update still has the ‘post’ button).  If you click ‘post’ again your update will be replicated! I found out the hard way! :)
    Delia

  • David

    This is really helpful. I use Hootsuite to schedule for multie platforms all at once, but a lot of people only use FaceBook.

  • http://facebook.com/HealthyHappyHome Teena M Brown

    I have been using this for the past bit…but I didn’t clue in to the fact that they weren’t being tweeted! Thanks so much! :D

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  • http://www.transitionalaccountingservices.com/ Nadine Harris

    This is a great feature and will put to use for Transitional Accounting Services. 

  • Whitney Sparks

    thanks for the this!  I saw the scheduled feature on there, but wasn’t really sure how to use it.  I use Hoot Suite for Twitter, but I really don’t want to put FB on there as of yet.  Thanks, again!!!  

  • http://dietways.org/ Fred Bennet

    I never know that facebook post can be scheduled  as my blog post.

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  • Hocus_pocus

    It doesn’t show future dates… what a pain, I’m sticking with Hootsuite.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/SpiritEyesStage Lindasue Spirit Eyes Stage

    Love this!  Can’t wait to try this out.  Being a professional beadworker, I tend to get lost in my beads and totally been neglecting my fan pages.  Thanks so much for this valuable information!

  • outdoorpastor

    Great stuff! I had no idea. Thanks

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  • http://MagnoliaJazz.com/blog Robbie Schlosser

    Thanks for such a useful post.  I’m getting on it right away, and I wonder if Facebook will let me schedule one post to repeat, say, every 4 weeks.  If so, for how far ahead?  A year?

  • http://twitter.com/YouriHollier Youri Hollier

    For those discussing missing posts on your Timeline: 

    It’s not the perfect solution, but it’s easily remedied by going into your activity log and highlighting the post. When you check your page next, the post should be on your page. 

    N.B. If you don’t want to keep it highlighted, click the star and it will remain as a regular sized post. Again, not ideal but at least the post will be visible on your Timeline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anton.grantham Anton Grantham

    I think this is a wonderful tool. I just believe for some reason Facebook is hesitant in allowing users to use Twitter to schedule post. It would be super if Facebook had a built in curation tool.

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  • http://www.wahdailylife.com/ Jesshuerta

    Thank You so much for posting this. There are days when I can’t update my FB business page so this will help keep my business page updated! Great Blog! I’m bookmarking it! 

  • http://www.gibbook.com/ Alfred Ballester

    Hey – thanks for this. I’ve been trying to find out how to ‘#2: How to Find and Edit Your Scheduled Posts’ on several sites but none gave me as clear and precise answer as you. Well done!

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  • http://www.smartphonesepicenter.com/ Marta

    Before reading this post, i had no idea that this is possible.
    Thank you Andrea, you helped me a lot.
    I will be using this approach when I will go to my holiday.

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  • Rachael.

    I just scheduled my first post… love this tip.

  • Mildred

    Scheduled posts is such great addition.  Especially if you’re trying to venture into
    posting out of business hours.  You
    wouldn’t have to pay someone to log and post, but they can do it during their
    regular work day and just have it programed. 
    At the agency we manage a lot of different client’s social media accounts so it will be nice to utilize the scheduling function more. 

    Mildred 
    http://www.theblugroup.com

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  • Alecia

    There are several apps that help you, and you didn’t mention post planner which does all the features that you mentioned that the others didn’t do.  Have you seen that one? 

  • http://www.freedoctopdf.com/ Lucy Toretos

    Interesting pointers, what I find peculiar is that many ask for comments and then don’t approve most of them. It really discourages you from trying to contribute, if you spend 10 minutes writing a comment and then nobody get to read or comment on it.

  • http://www.winterolympics2014.org/ Benly Denver

    Wooh, I never though that there were Shcedule post on Facebook..

    Thanks I will try it now. :)

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  • http://www.masseffect3.net/ Simon Lopez

    I always update my facebook and I don’t have a right schedule. But, now as I read this tips, I really know what I will do next.

  • Redheadmummy

    I only saw this feature with the new OS6 on my phone – brilliant for me as I run a networking page & I can set up the morning posts in advance! I use tweet spinner for twitter already.

  • Redheadmummy

    Please can I share this article on the networking page Those that Craft? It’s a great article and will really help out a lot of small home run business ventures

  • Andrew Newey

    FYI, I have also confirmed that facebook schedules based on your local timezone. I was caught out with this issue with one of the other schedulers (HootSuite I think).

  • Janinekilroe.com

    Thanks Andrea
    Really helpful had no idea this was possible a very comprehensive guide thank you

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  • Swateek

    Awesome! Thank you!!

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  • Chris

    Would you know why some of my pages have the icon to schedule a post and some pages do not?

  • http://www.victoriabuzz.com/ Mike

    So did I understand this right, if I use a third party scheduling app such as hootsuite, it won’t hurt my edgerank?

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  • ShazzNem

    Thanks Andrea, I am so pleased to discover this content from you today especially after finding Post Planner last night. I have been bucking for improving my time management on FB.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.rowe.bass Andy Rowe

    Hi, we have a real bug in our fan page. Every post seems to be treated as as a scheduled post. With the clock icon greyed out and on clicking post we get an error message saying “Year Required” and “Before we can schedule your post, you need to add a year to the date you’ve selected.” This is a real nuisance. Oh and all the admins are getting the same issue Any ideas? Thanks so much

  • JMinneapolis

    The backdate posts feature works really well for the new timeline layout. I uploaded old family photos over the past 15 years and dated them to the correct month and year. Now they show up chronologically correct. Also, if you are taking photos for events, you can upload photos and date them accordingly, so they do not all pile on the day that you upload them, but are accurate to the day they occurred. We use this for our professional networking group. Nothing worse than seeing 4 albums created on one day and then they are all things from 2 weeks ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christelshoe Christel Shoe

    How do I turn off scheduled posts. Everytime I write a comment it automatically comes on?? and its annoying..

  • Brenda Drake Ensley

    Can’t post anything! It wants me to schedule the post and I can’t figure out how to get away from it!

  • Chris B.

    I keep getting the following error message when I try to immediately post a comment:
    “Before we can schedule your post, you need to add a year to the date you’ve selected” – but I haven’t selected a date! Why does it keep doing this? It’s forcing me to schedule everything now!

  • jodi

    My page is making me schedule my posts when I don’t want to. how do I shut it off?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robyn.wainwright.5 Robyn Wainwright

    I’m still having trouble every time i try to post on my page it say’s this ( Before we can schedule your post, you need to add a year to the date you’ve selected.) Why does it keep saying this ?

  • Halley

    My page is only letting me schedule posts. Even if I don’t click on it, it’s asking me for a time and date. Help?

  • Linda

    how do I opt out, I like to do alot of instant post, help plz!

  • Patti

    I would love to us this feature. However it does not work on my page. The clock is there but does not let me do anything to set date or time. Is it a setting? Please help.

  • sundram_v

    Though Facebook does not allow editing of posts or statuses, it does allow editing of scheduled posts with attached image. All you need to do is to click on the image in the Activity Log, and click on the “Edit” button.

    Please note that this allows you to edit the accompany text with the image, not the image itself.

  • http://www.uiuiuiuiuiuiui.de/ Manuel Wolff

    Unfortunately it’s not working on my page … the clock shows up, but it is not clickable, no time can be chosen. I don’t know what it is and I guess, I will never find out … heh .. have you ever tried e-mailing facebook?

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  • http://barrettrossie.com/ Barrett Rossie

    Andrea, do you know anything about scheduled posts that get published way ahead of time? For instance: I have found sometimes at 8 pm, I’ll schedule a post for the following morning… but it will publish minutes after I hit the schedule button.

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  • AAQIB

    Thankyou so much for sharing this article, i found this very helpful!

  • http://facebook.com/rickflaco Rick McGroovy

    By any chance, have you been able to figure out a way to schedule videos? Not youtube videos, facebook hosted.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/anton.grantham Anton Grantham

    Hi Andrea

    What is the maximum number of post to you can make per day to Facebook Groups?

  • http://twitter.com/ukscoob Darren Bennett

    Scheduled posts not being tweeted is ridiculous. The whole point of linking the two was that I can supplement my Twitter with Facebook posts that are scheduled and ready to send. I do not understand why they don’t work. Makes no sense. Means you have to either make two sets of schedules (one for each) or use a third party tool for both and potentially get penalised by Facebook. Thought it would be the best of both worlds using Facebook scheduling + Post to Twitter = job done. It’s nonsensical.

  • http://www.paocollection.com Paola Bueso Vadell

    Very useful to know this!! Thank you!

  • http://www.linkstoweb.in/ Vishnu Aniyan

    The big flaw in this is, if you schedule a post lets say 15 minutes
    earlier; After it is published, the news feed will show the post has
    just published now, but when you click the post it says 15 minutes ago
    :(

  • Kaaren Smoot

    There doesn’t seem to be a clock. Is there some way to make it show up?

  • Kaaren Smoot

    There doesn’t seem to be a clock. Is there some way to make it show up?

  • Cassie

    Is there a required number of fans that you must have to utilize this feature? I recently launched page, but it has 98 fans and does not have the schedule feature available when I go to post.

  • Chad

    I think you can schedule shares by copying and pasting the full url of the item you want to share into a scheduled post.

  • Karen

    Am I correct that I cannot schedule post in a Group I have created?

  • Debi

    I have over 400 likes on the page I administer and the clock doesn’t show up for me, ever. I would love to use this feature. It shows up on my personal page, but not on the Business Page.

  • http://www.trendsetternews.com/ Emp Martinez

    Its been a long time that Facebook has this feature and only this year i know about this, but thanks to this feature. I have 15 pages to manage and I need to post every 1 hour each, so its a big help to schedule your post.

  • http://www.neevgoldkin.com/ Neev Goldkin

    Great stuff. The backdating posts is an interesting option that I will have to try out…

  • Gaby

    Hey Andrea,thanks a bunch for the great information. Only been wondering, isnt there a way i can backdate a status and it doesnt notify the world that i added a post from that time!? it makes it quite obvious that u manipulated the time. Need your help with this please. I need it to look like any other normal post. Thank you

  • jrfent

    Apparently you can back date but no longer schedule (as it’s described here).

  • BKam

    Can we schedule posts to a GROUP? I can only see how to do it on my personal page and other pages that I manage?

  • Deb

    I would love to see the personal pages with this option. Wouldn’t it be great to schedule a “happy birthday” or “good luck” the night before?

  • Jani

    Is there a way to schedule a post before it is live? I’ve tried a few different ways but it doesn’t show the link preview/image.

  • Tee

    I have just set some posts to go off starting tomorrow, so will be keen to see how they go….the only thing i dont like is that the scheduling only allows me to do it on the hour or half hour, not to the minute- i think after a while, people might notice this fact and they will think either i am excessive compulsive or using something to post for me!!!

  • Patrick Miller

    I kind of agree and disagree with you. We have been working with http://www.sociota.net and have a first hand experience with this problem. This probably has been an issue in the past but we don’t see it happening these days. Scheduled posts have almost the same visibility as normal posts.

  • Kyle

    Any idea if this feature will be available on FB groups? I cannot find anything that says it will be.

  • Amy Cotler

    Help! I’ve been scheduling posts for 6 months. All of a sudden I get this when I try to scheduele a post in my business account: “If you want to share
    something now, just use the Post button. Scheduled posts need to be
    shared between 10 minutes and 6 months from when you create them.”

  • Vangelis Catevatis

    I had a scheduler but I lost it from my pages. How can I regain it back?

  • Brandon Vasquez

    Is there a limit to the number of pictures you can post in the scheduler?









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