New this week (May 31, 2012), Facebook has rolled out a much-wanted feature for Page Admins—the ability to schedule posts at a future date/time. Now we Page Admins don’t need to set timers or plan our days around posting our updates (not that I did-haha). So this feature is for Pages only, not personal profiles.
Many folks use third-party apps such as Hootsuite (I use the pro version). Experts say that when a post appears in Facebook and has the via Hootsuite moniker, those posts are not as highly ranked as those posted directly on the Facebook site.
Where is the Scheduler?
Go to your page and click in the box to post an update. You’ll see a small, nearly opaque icon in the lower left of a clock. (check out the image below), then fill in the date and time you want it posted and that’s it.
Canceling a Post
There is a way to delete a post scheduled in the future…courtesy of a commenter over at Mashable:
Open your admin panel by clicking Admin Panel in the upper-right corner of your Page
Click Manage at the top
Select Use Activity Log
Scheduled posts will appear at the top of your activity log. From here, you can edit the post by hovering over it and clicking the menu:
Change the time your post is scheduled for
Publish the post now
Cancel the post
It’s a given that Facebook continually, but quietly tweaks features, algorithms and keeps us confused and on our toes. I got this tip from a page I follow, Dogs Naturally Magazine. In their newsfeed they said to be sure to check pages you’re a fan of to be sure you’re subscribed to their newsfeed.
To do this, go to the page and hover over the ‘Liked’ button. A small box will pop up and make sure you have checked the ‘newsfeed’ box. I checked some of the pages I ‘Like’ and some were checked and some weren’t – don’t know why. Also know that Facebook doesn’t necessarily show you all the posts from a page, just the ones they want to (I don’t know how they figure it out). But if you subscribe to a page, then you’ll always get all the updates.
To subscribe to a page