Facebook has added a new functionality today which will allow page owners to create and schedule posts for future points in time. Posts can be scheduled as long as 6 months in advance, and can be placed at 10 minute intervals. Here’s how you can schedule a post:
Once you are logged into your Facebook account, go to your Fanpage, choose the type of post, and type in your message.
Now instead of hitting Post, click on the small clock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the sharing tool.
Select the year, month, day, hour, and minute, and hit Schedule. Posts correspond to the time zone you are in at the time of scheduling.
That’s it! Your message will now be posted at the specified time.
A post can be scheduled a minimum of 10 minutes in the future. One interesting thing of this feature is that you can also back-date posts. Again, up to 6 months in the past. However, instead of directly going beneath newer posts on the Timeline, back-posted posts show up in a users real-time newsfeed.
You can view schedule posts from the page’s activity log. From here, you can also reschedule or cancel the post.
If you are already using third-party tools like HootSuite to schedule your post, this new feature may not be of much use as it is limited to only Facebook. Whereas HootSuite would allow you schedule posts for multiple networks. Anyway, a welcome addition!
The other new feature that was rolled out today is “Admin Roles”. Admin Roles will allow Page administrators to manage their pages more efficiently by categorizing authorized users into five different categories: Manager, Content Creator, Moderator, Advertiser and Insights Analyst. Managers will have the highest level of authority, while Insights Analyst the lowest.
Admin Roles option is accessible from Page’s settings.