Facebook have introduced post scheduling for your Facebook Page. This will help to solve some of the issues with EdgeRank that occur when you schedule posts via third party software. Let’s walk through getting you set up and using this awesome feature.

Been Looking For An Efficient Way To Schedule Posts For Your Facebook Page in 2012?

Many Facebook Admins have been experimenting with this for awhile.  Third Party apps are not given the same priority as posting manually to Facebook, so it has been a challenge and consistent search to find a way to be more efficient AND keep your EdgeRank score or “People Talking About This” numbers up.

Some Social Scheduling Options

Popular social media dashboards and scheduling tools that many use regularly:

  • Hootsuite
  • Social Oomph
  • Crowdbooster
  • Buffer

The platforms above all have features that help with time efficiency, but the priority in the newsfeed could not be exactly determined.  Further, there are several case studies that note those posts were not often seen by fans in their Facebook news feed.

Facebook Joins The Club

Idea Girl Media explains the new Facebook Scheduling Feature, 2012

Image credit: Mashable

We’re half-way through 2012, but Facebook began offering a way to schedule future posts.  Right on your Facebook Page so that you can do things like:

  • Go to the gym.
  • Teach a class.
  • Eat dinner.
  • Service your customers.

Isn’t that great!

The feature is so new, we have no idea how this will affect PTAT scores.  However, it would be logical that Facebook would prioritize these scheduled posts higher than the 3rd party apps.

How Facebook Scheduling Works

The image above shows you that once you click to type your post, the clock icon will appear in the bottom left corner.  You will click that clock to choose date and time.

Here’s a video that walks you through, step-by-step:
Pretty simple, eh?

The video explains that you will see any posts you scheduled for the future in your Activity Log, accessed from the Admin Panel.

Your Activity Log also signals you to other activities happening on your page:

  • Summary of recent posts.
  • Posts made by others on your wall.

And now, you will see the scheduled posts there too.  Here’s an example of a single scheduled post seen in Idea Girl Media’s activity log:

Idea Girl Media offers an example of a scheduled post for her Facebook Page which appears in the Activity Log

At first, the way the date and time must be noted is unexpected.  But once you do it once, it’s really quite simple!

Are you happy that Facebook now offers the scheduling feature?

Will you use it?

Please tell me your thoughts in the comments box below… 🙂

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