In an update rolling out today, Facebook is giving users the ability to schedule their posts in advance from inside Facebook. You can now schedule a post to go out up to 6 months in advance and in intervals of 15 minutes. Previously, scheduling of Facebook posts had to be done using third party tools such as Hootsuite, Seesmic, Ping.fm and SpreadFast. While these tools allow you to maintain all of your social media profiles from one place, this will be a helpful, and quick, tool to use while inside Facebook. Perhaps the most unique feature of this update allows you to schedule things in the past. If you schedule a post at a previous date it will show up at the appropriate spot on your Facebook Timeline. This will help brands and businesses populate their Facebook page with content even if they didn’t start a page until recently.
You can view Facebook’s instructions on how to use the new feature below. Let us know what social media management tools you use and what you like about them in the comments below.
From your Page’s sharing tool:
- Choose the type of post you want to add to your Page
- Click the icon in the lower-left of the sharing tool
- Choose the future year, month, day, hour and minute when you’d like your post to appear
- Click Schedule