Facebook Page Managers Can Now Schedule Posts

You have no idea how happy I am that Facebook made this enhancement…

Starting today, Facebook Page managers can now schedule posts. When writing an update in the Publisher, just click the little clock icon on the bottom left (this previously existed).

Facebook Schedule Posts

This was previously used for entering Milestones and other information in the past. You could also (strangely) make a post in the future. Now, these “future posts” are scheduled posts.

As before, you can select the date and time of your post with each individual drop-down…

Facebook Schedule Posts

When you’re done, click “Schedule” and you’ll get the following prompt:

Facebook Schedule Posts

Click on View Activity Log to view this and other scheduled posts that are pending. From here, you can Change Time, Publish Now or Cancel Post…

Facebook Schedule Posts

Really, really simple.

What This Means for You, Me and Everyone Else

This is an awesome development. I have Facebook fans from across the globe (I’m international and stuff), and I’d love to be able to publish posts when I am otherwise sleeping. My Facebook Insights also tell me that I’m often not publishing at the most ideal time — I really should be publishing early.

In the past, I couldn’t do it. I never use other scheduling tools because posts that use third party apps are not given equal billing with EdgeRank.

So, what does this mean for us? We can now post at ideal times, get the most out of this timing, and not be punished for it. This is great!

What does it mean for third party publishers? Oh, man. They can’t be happy.

Have you given this functionality a spin yet? What do you think?

  • Varun

    Awesome!! Finally a way to schedule posts without having to use third party apps!!

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Agreed, Varun! Best news of the day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630246330 Lisa Lilge

    This isn’t just the best news of the day, it is the best news in the history of my facebook page! LOL  I am sooooooo happy!  Now I can sit down in one work session and just get it done! Write and schedule all of my posts for the week. It was painful after a few weeks trying to get things posted.  I work a full time job and my facebook page is for a part time project that I am very committed to and passionate about.  It was frustrating not being able to do as good a job as I wanted to with my page.  Now I can! P.S. Thank you Jon for being on top of the latest news and developments! Really appreciate it.

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Woo hoo! It makes me happy to make you happy! Thanks for reading, Lisa.

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  • Joeytrophyslots

    lol, I get “Invalid Date: The Date you entered is in the future” when I press the “SCHEDULE” button. Isn’t that the point? :D

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      That’s terrible, Joey. Looks like you have a bug!

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  • http://twitter.com/APhanner Annie Phan

    I’ve been using Hootsuite which has this option. My question has been can you post in the past? I get some graphical hiccups going from Hootsuite to Facebook and was wondering if I can backtrack/repost in the past?

    I’ll get the following dialogue, “Scheduled Posts Can Only Be Shared in the Future
    If you want to share something now, just use the Post button. Scheduled posts need to be shared at least 10 minutes from when you create them.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/zoltan.paszinger Paszinger Zoltán

    Where to check pre-scheduled posts?

    • http://www.facebook.com/zoltan.paszinger Paszinger Zoltán

      got it:) go to admin, click manage, use activity tab:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/samueltlogan88 Samuel Logan

    I now get the error message: “If you want to share something now, just use the Post button. Scheduled posts need to be shared at least 10 minutes from when you create them.”

    I am outraged! It was so nice to schedule posts days ahead of time. What happened Facebook?!?!

    Is there a workaroud? Whats the update?

    • fb

      facebook did stop this feature :(

  • HHunter

    I often like to “share” local news and events on my own business facebook page. Is there a way to schedule a “share”?? as the clock icon does not appear on a “share” when when sharing another pages post on my own business page.

  • Saritha Bhandarkar

    Is there a way to schedule a post in a group? Looking for a non paid option…

  • Eric Leszkowicz

    I am not sure if any of you are seeing this….or rather not seeing this.

    I am not seeing the scheduling feature anymore.

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      I can still schedule.