A few years ago no one knew that eventually we’ll have to find a way to schedule Facebook updates. Imagine a situation where you need to update your Facebook page as soon as possible, but you’re in the middle of some important meeting and won’t be able to log on to Facebook for hours. This is especially relevant to people who run fan pages that belong to businesses and brands. Facebook is a great way to keep your fans updated, but what to do when you simply don’t have time to post another update? Regular postings are the key to recognition to popularity, which is what everyone is trying to achieve on Facebook.
Luckily for you, you won’t have to worry about posting things on Facebook on time, because now you can easily schedule Facebook status updates. You can even create a calendar and fill it with all kinds of posts at different times. Then you just have to sit back and watch your Facebook status updates appear online. Below you’ll find out exactly how to schedule Facebook updates.
1. Before you schedule your first post, you’re going to need to enter the start of your business. If you’re already done it, then you can just click on the status line to start typing your post. If your page already has a start date, you’ll be able to click the clock icon and enter the desired schedule date. Otherwise, you’ll see a box that says “When Did Your Page Begin?.” Enter the correct information and save it. Now you’re ready to schedule a status update!
2. Next click the clock icon that can be found in the bottom left of the field. Choose the desired year, month, day and hour for the post to appear. Facebook allows you to schedule status updates six months in advance with 10 minute intervals. You can even choose a date in the past: your status update will be placed in the appropriate position, in your timeline.
3. When everything is ready, press Schedule button. You’ll see a message confirming that the post was saved and will be published on time.
4. If you changed your mind about the post and want to cancel it, just go to your activity log and review your scheduled updates.
Smartphone users can schedule Facebook status updates with the help of Pages Manager App. To schedule a post you need to choose the post, then click the clock icon to select the date and time for the post to be published. Tap Schedule button and you’re done! To review and cancel your saved posts use Filter function.
Remember that once you’ve saved the scheduled post, you’ll not be able to edit the entry, because you have to type carefully and spell-check your post. If you need to change the content of the post, you will need to delete it and start the whole process all again. However, there are other ways to schedule your Facebook status updates. We’re talking about three incredibly useful third-party applications.
HootSuite is one of the most popular apps designed for scheduling Facebook posts. The free account won’t let you schedule posts in bulk, but you can schedule as many individual status updates as you want. To schedule a new update go to the calendar, choose the date and time, and then save the information. Note that status updates posted via HootSuite will include a link to the app downloading page.
LaterBro offers the same set of functions and is very easy to use. The downside of the app is that it only allows status updates up to 140 characters (exactly like Twitter), even though on Facebook you can post status updates that are up to 420 characters long. LaterBro doesn’t let you post images in your status updates. However, you can post URLs that will be shortened via their own URL shortener. The interval for updates is 15 minutes. Your status updates can also be posted every day, month, week or year. As well as in HootSuite, posts scheduled by LaterBro will include a link to the application.
TweetDeck can post updates to a number of social networks, including Facebook. To schedule a post, tap the clock icon and choose the exact date and time you want your post to be published. Your Facebook status update will include a link to the app.