Today, I want to talk about social media and how this can help us as writers. This will actually be a series that I touch on for the next few months, and I hope you’ll come back for each part.
This one can be tricky for those who haven’t used it before, but it doesn’t have to be. Think of it this way. This is a way for you to interact with your readers, which is something like for us to do. It can also be a way to get news and to share with them as well. The more you use it and people interact with you, then the more people will see your post. It can be difficult to figure this out, and I’ll tell you that I’m still learning this part.
I didn’t want to be tied to my computer all day and I’m sure most of you don’t as well. This is why I like a new feature. Schedule. I think it’s been around for a year or so. Personally, I just learned about it a few months back.
You can now schedule out status messages. I’ve played around with this and really like it. You can do a week out or more if you so wish to. This will free you up to be able to write more, and to also interact with your readers.
In the above picture you will see the arrow pointing to schedule. If you click that button, it will then have a pop up screen. You can then put it in for when you’d like the post to show. Now, one thing I do want to tell you is if you have your page linked to your Twitter account, any post scheduled won’t post there. I didn’t know that until recently. So, while Facebook is good for getting status done ahead of time. You may want to use a third party like Hootsuite or TweetDeck. Both of these you can use and schedule ahead of time. Another one that I like is Postcron (you can only post 10 messages ahead without needing to pay a monthly fee, but I’ve never not used the free part of it.)
How many of you use the Facebook Schedule and do you like it or not?