How To Schedule Facebook Status Updates With Hootsuite

How can I schedule status updates to Facebook? One of the limitations with Facebook is that you can’t schedule posts inside Facebook itself. But there is a workaround. Here’s how to schedule updates to your Facebook page so you can keep you page active while on vacation, business trips, or even when off the web.

How To Schedule Facebook Status Updates With Hootsuite

I use Hootsuite to manage both my Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can also use it to monitor your LinkedIn page and others Social Media sites, such as Foursquare.

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To schedule blog posts, for example, to your Facebook page, do the following:

  1. Open Hootsuite (it’s free to use and there is no download.)
  2. Add Facebook to your Social Media accounts. This adds a new tab where you can see your Facebook status updates.
  3. Enter a message in the text box, for example, a link to your new blog post.
  4. Click Schedule and choose the date when you want it to be published.
  5. Click Facebook from the tab. You can change the text if you wish and the image that goes with the blog post.
  6. Click Ok.

This blog post, status update, or message will appear on Facebook later.

Note: you can select other Twitter accounts and send the same message (or blog post) to these accounts at the same time.

That’s it.

You can now schedule as many blog posts, messages or whatever to Facebook. Hootsuite has some other great tools in there. Let me know if you know of any others.

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