I was so glad someone asked this question as I was just wondering about this myself! I knew it was possible but never found the time to research it and implement from my end. My friend Kathryn gives easy to follow instructions to make your life easier and schedule those FB posts too! I am a big believer in scheduling tweets that you know you want to send (and then of course filling in with relevant things as the day goes on) but now to be able to schedule FB posts too! Woo Hoo!
Dear Sarah, How do you schedule FB to post like tweets on hootsuite?” Is this possible and can you tell me how to do it? Thanks – Robin Humphrey http://www.robincharlotte.com
Thank you for your question. Hootsuite is one of our favorite tools and can be used not only to schedule and monitor Twitter but yes also to monitor Facebook personal and pages, Linkedin, Ping.fm, WordPress, Myspace and now Foursquare. Quite an impressive list!
You can also set it up for team members to use, like a Virtual Assistant so you don’t have to give your userids and passwords out to your team, they can be set up in your team network and can manage from there.
To your question, how do you schedule Facebook posts through Hootsuite? Here are the instructions:
1. When you sign in to Hootsuite, go to “settings” on the bottom left
2. Click add social network
3. Click on the Facebook tab on the left side of the pop up window
4. Click “connect with Facebook”, enter your userid and password then click connect.
Your Facebook profile is now stored in Hootsuite. You will also see your facebook profile icon come up next to the status update bar in Hootsuite. To post to your profile, begin typing and then when you’re done, you can decide on which social network this post will appear. If you only want it to go into your Facebook newsfeed, click on only the Facebook icon or if you want it to go to all social networks click all. Then click “share” and it will post.
A couple of cautions, however:
1. Be mindful of the character count.
2. If you decide to post across different networks you will want to keep your update to 120 characters to allow for re-tweets on Twitter.
3. You cannot “add link” like you can on the Facebook platform so if you only post from Hootsuite, your friends and fans will not see the thumbnails that make a lot of posts and walls look colorful.
4. Lastly, you cannot “tag” people or pages in Hootsuite.
Good luck with Hootsuite!
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