How to Schedule Facebook Posts

Update to Facebook

A new tool for the social media network.
A new tool for the social media network. | Source

The New Feature

Facebook recently added the useful option to schedule a post to appear on a Fan page or a personal profile page.

Whether you use the social media network for personal or business reasons (or both), this tool is handy for users. Facebook has over 500 million active users and over 50 percent of those users (250 million) sign in every day!

What Is The Post Scheduler?

The administrative tool enables users to schedule posts for publication at a specified date and time. Previously, businesses relied on third-party applications such as HootSuite to plan out automated shares.

Now, the middle-man application is eliminated for businesses that use Facebook as a primary way to network with clients and potential consumers.

How to Schedule Posts

Once you are logged into your FB account, click on the sharing tool. The sharing tool is the box where you update your status and add photo, place, and/or life event information.

Click the clock icon in the lower right-hand corner of the box. The year drop-down box will appear; select the current year or a future one, if available. You can schedule items to appear up to six months in the future.

Next, choose the year, month, day, hour and minute when you want the information to appear. Click Schedule.

The data will automatically post at the selected date and time.

Enter Future Date and Time

Page From Facebook Help Center
Page From Facebook Help Center | Source

Details about the Post Scheduler

Here are additional details about how tool:

Posts can appear at 15-minute intervals.

You can also schedule past events by choosing from the back-dated years available in the drop-down menu. The share will appear immediately within your page’s timeline based on the chosen date and time.

The back-dated option is useful for companies who want to point out past milestones in the company.

All times correspond to the user’s current time zone.

Evolution of the Social Media Network

Facebook continually modifies its appearance, features, and ultimately its usefulness. Although there continue to be privacy concerns about the social media network, the usefulness of the post scheduling tool should not be underestimated for businesses.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Deerwhisperer!


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Deerwhisperer 4 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

You sure know your Tech stuff. Great hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Excellent Mel, glad you will make sure of the tool. Glad to help!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

This is brilliant! I spend far too much of my day at the popular times when most people are on (early morning, lunch and just before going home time) in order to make sure my posts receive the most amount of exposure. And this cuts into my writing time. Thank you so much for this article, it's going to help me so much! :) Voted up - awesome - useful - interesting.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks @Jenna, @Invincible and @doodle for stopping by and glad to be showing you more in the social media world! Take care


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doodlebugs 4 years ago from Southwest

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I didn't know that feature existed. I'm not sure how I would use it, but will surely check it out.


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The Invincible 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wow, I never saw that... Let me look into that. Thanks for sharing this one..


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

This tool is a good idea. I may use it. Voted up.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@sen.sush23, yes this is primarily a tool to help businesses as they can multi-task by automating posts. Golad you find the hub helpful.

@cclitgirl, Thanks! There are so many website options, it's fun!


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

This is definitely a wonderful idea. Thanks Christy for picking this topic to discuss. I think this paves the way for better communication for those who chose FB as their regular business contact point with the public. I look forward to checking out this feature, though I may not be requiring it on a personal level. Voted up and shared.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

That's awesome that you can schedule posts - I can definitely see the value in that because I sometimes schedule my blogger posts. I'm also considering making a public page with all my websites on it instead of a separate web page. Happy birthday!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@jainismus, Glad you find the Facebook update useful for your needs.

@Julie, You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by too!


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Thank you Christy for sharing this information, this is very useful for me.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Thanks for this hub! :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks Aubrey, glad you are going to use the feature!


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Thanks for bringing that to my attention!! I am so going to use that feature in the near future. See you around, Christy.

-Aubrey


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@teaches, thanks for noticing about the hub design. I do try to take time with that in addition to the text. The package is important. I'm glad we're connected on Facebook and nice to see you today :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for the information on this new feature, Christy. I am going to follow through on this. Thanks for updating us on FB options. Great design on the hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Trinity, social networking will get easier with time don't worry. Are you on FB now? If so we can connect there too. Unwrap the layers slowly and they will start to weave together. Take care.

@beingwell, I thought so too! Ah yes Gremlin is a good way to stay organized, right on!

@Rose, Yes I think FB is trying to be the go-to for different features and hence the addition here. Thanks for the comment!

@prasetico30, Glad to share; I was excited to write the hub when I learned about the feature. Nice to see you today.

@Jane, thank-you for sharing this the way you did and the compliments too. You are wonderful.

@Lord, The platforms are always updating. While we travel the social media universe it changes daily! Thanks for stopping by the hub Lord.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Great hub Christy! When it comes to Facebook it’s like facing alien software as far as I’m concerned. Thank you for this very useful information, it makes working on FB a little easier for those of us with 2 left social networking fingers :) Up and useful.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

This is so cool! Weee!! Though, I schedule FB posts using gremln heeheeheeee


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I'm so glad that Facebook is finally doing this! I've scheduling posts for Facebook and Twitter for a while through Hootsuite, but it's nice that it's an option on the site now as well.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very...very..very informative hub. I had never heard about this before. Thanks for share with us. Voted up :-)


Jane Carroll 4 years ago

Thanks for this article...I had no idea you could do this!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Hey Christy,

This was useful and entertaining. There is so much to catch up in Cyber world, even if you are computer or SEO savvy. Great hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@rfmoran, You are quite right to note it is similar to your Twitter tool. The difference is that Facebook does not require a 3rd party application as the tool is within Facebook itself. Perhaps Twitter is working on a similar feature. I also use Twitter; feel free to connect there, I am @christybis

@traslochimiliano & Gypsy Rose Lee, thank-you both and glad to share the info!

@iefox5, I think the feature will mainly benefit businesses who rely on FB as a tool.

@AndyWon, thanks and welcome to HP!

@Rajan Jolly, Glad to help and thanks again for your time and votes.

@ellebyam @Vinaya, glad to help show how to use the feature and thanks for the comments too.

@Jackie, yes it's good to be organized! Thanks for stopping by :)


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Thank you for this useful Hub Christy. I am a sometimes facebook user but a heavy twitter user. I schedule certain tweets using socialoomph.com. My tweets refer back to my blog or to hubpages. The majority of my traffic comes from twitter. Using this tool you talk about here can do that for facebook users as well


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Helpful for all who is not aware with these new features of FB. Thanks for sharing it here


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iefox5 4 years ago

This new feature is not so meaningful for me. I don't need to schedule my posts and public them at a particular time.


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing about these new features of FB.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing. Passing this on to my followers.


AndyWon 4 years ago

good


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Thanks for sharing this new feature Christy. Will be looking into it. Voted up & useful.


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ellebyam 4 years ago from North and South Poles

Interesting! Glad to know about this new feature. Thank you very much for sharing. Voting all the way up!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Though I was aware about this new feature on facebook, I did not know how to do this. Thanks for sharing your expertise.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Bredvaies, Yes another neat feature!

@Bill, You don't need to use it if you don't want to. The tool is not mandatory by any means. Thanks for the comment.

@Josh, glad to share the information!

@dwachira, hehe yes that's right! Can you imagine scheduling a birthday post - funny!

@iTommyGuns & @Hunbbel Meer, Thanks for the comments and feedback here.

@Sally, I believe it will be most useful for businesses who balance many updates on platforms. Thanks for taking time to read and comment here.

@Sunshine, thanks for spreading a little sunshine around this page :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is great and thank you for sharing. Just a few clicks and a schedule is met! Can't beat that. Thank you for giving us all the info! Great and very understandable article!


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Bredavies 4 years ago

thats really cool!!!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Just what I need....another change. I just get comfortable with something and then they add something or delete something and then I feel like I'm in the first grade again.

Very useful; thanks for the tutorial.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Christy,

Interesting Christy, I had no idea. Thanks!


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I feel sorry for middlewares such as schedularManager and to the FB users it means now you can schedule that birthday wish message and post it on the actual day lol!


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iTommyGuns 4 years ago from Blakeslee, PA

A great, easy read and useful article. Thank you


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Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

I didn't about this feature. Seems to be a good addition though. Nice hub :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thanks very much for sharing...I happen to think this is a layer of unneeded complexity, meaning that I don't see it as a tool to accomplish what I want to do. But maybe that's just me. It's great information...who knows where fb will go next?


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

FB took this idea from Twitter. I didn't know about this Christy, thanks for sharing!!

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