#HootTip: How to Schedule, AutoSchedule, View and Edit a Pending Post

By Sam Milbrath • 8 months ago • 0 Comments

HootTip IconHosting an event? Planning for an upcoming campaign? Targeting your audience abroad? There are plenty of occasions where scheduling social messages in advance comes in handy. That’s why we’ve made scheduling social messages in HootSuite easy, so you can focus on maximizing your social presence and outreach. To get you acquainted, or just to give you a refresher, here’s our latest #HootTip: How to Schedule, AutoSchedule, View and Edit a Pending Post.

Scheduling Social Messages

Social doesn’t sleep, but you do. So whether you’re a startup, mid-size business or a global corporation, there are always times when you can’t be on your mobile device or computer to be active online. To stay on top of your growing social audience, sprinkle in some scheduled messages and let HootSuite share the load.

Here’s How:

  1. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter? Personal or business? All of the above? Pick what social channels and profiles you want to send your message out to by selecting them in the profile picker.

  2. Type your social message in the compose box.

  3. Click the calendar icon in the bottom right of the compose box.

  4. In the calendar drop down set the date and time you want to send your message (double check AM/PM)

  5. Click the Send Now button. Poof! Message scheduled.

AutoSchedule Your Social Messages

Can’t decide when to schedule your social? Want to spread out a handful of Tweets? Use HootSuite’s AutoSchedule feature to schedule your messages for you, based on optimal tweet times. We’ll help you spread out your messaging to make the most of your content.

Here’s How:

  1. Just like scheduling a message, choose your social networks first.

  2. Type your social message in the compose box.

  3. Click the calendar icon.

  4. In the drop down menu, the AutoSchedule feature is set to OFF. Turn it ON.

  5. Press AutoSchedule. Boom. Done.

Viewing and Editing Your Scheduled Message

Where’d all those scheduled messages go? Want to edit any of them after the fact or delete one altogether? Don’t worry, we’re one step ahead of you.

Here’s How:

  1. On the left-hand side of your dashboard, Click the Publisher icon.

  2. Click the Scheduled button

  3. In here, you can view and edit any message that you’ve scheduled simply by hovering over the message and clicking the edit icon.

  4. This will open up an Edit Scheduled Message window where you can make and save your changes.

Author: Sam Milbrath

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Sam is a HootSuite Copywriter that specializes in Customer Programs Content. From inspirational customer success stories to powerful case studies, Sam knows our customers like no other.

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17 comments
JDyson
JDyson

Could you tell me how to view and edit auto scheduled message using your iPhone App?


henrimarc
henrimarc

Hi,

Is there a way for me to show, in the editor, both past posts (green) AND future programmed posts (blue) ?

Thks

AnastasiosKioulachoglou
AnastasiosKioulachoglou

Hi there, 

very short question.  I'm new in Hootsuite: is there a possibility to have a posting plan in Hootsuite? What  I mean is the following:


Page X: posts should go out every day at 08:00 am and 02:00 pm. 

Page Y: posts should go out every day at 09:00 am and 04:00 pm.  etc. 

Is there somewhere where I can fix this schedule or I have to always manually give the day and time I want a post to be sent?


Thank you for your help

Tassos



Mies02
Mies02

Is it possible to edit Facebook posts via Hootsuite after they are posted?

YasminLockey
YasminLockey

Hi there,


i cannot see my scheduled messages. I have the publisher button yet there isn't a scheduled messages icon? 

sasafraz
sasafraz

i realized i can't tag people or things when i am posting via hootsuite.. Is this normal?

glenwoodmom
glenwoodmom

Hi, I have been scheduling tweets using the instructions posted and I have only had success 2 times out of the attempts at different time through the past month. I always select email me when sent and I check in about 30-60 after it should have been sent only to see it in the publisher tweets scheduled to send. And yes I am gettig the am pm right

LindyL
LindyL

I have been trying to post pictures via the Auto Schedule function, but they don't seem to be uploading to my social media channels, only the text is being uploaded to my messages on each of the channels.  Can you please let me know if I can upload pictures through Hootsuite or is it only text messages.  Thank you


Anne
Anne

In your video, where does the number 80 stand for next to the twitter icon on the bottom? Thanks

evanlepage
evanlepage moderator

@JDyson Hi there. For the quickest answer to customer support questions, please visit https://hootsuite.com/help and submit a ticket. Thank you for your patience!

HootMatt
HootMatt moderator

@henrimarc Good question. In the publisher screen, you can toggle between viewing Scheduled and Past Scheduled messages, but as far as I know, you can't see them together in the same view. I'm sure our development team would be interested to hear this suggestion. The easiest way to get their attention is to share your idea at http://feedback.hootsuite.com/ Cheers!

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Mies02 Hello,
Great question, I understand how this would be useful. It is not currently possible to edit Facebook posts through HootSuite but please feel free to suggest the idea over on our Feedback Forum: http://ow.ly/qYXM7.
If you have any other questions, we're always ready to help @HootSuite_Help on Twitter.
Best,
Nicole @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@YasminLockey Hi Yasmin,

We'd love to look into this with you. On the web dashboard, you should be taken to a view of your scheduled messages by clicking on the Publisher icon from the menu on the left. If this is not what you're seeing, shoot us a tweet @HootSuite_Help and we'll dig in for your specific case.

Thanks!

Nicole @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help


HootSuite_Help
HootSuite_Help moderator

@glenwoodmom Hi there! From what you're describing, you might not have the correct timezone selected for your HootSuite account. To check and possibly correct this, go to Settings > Account then scroll down until you see the time zone dropdown menu. Select the appropriate time zone then click Save Account Info.

If you continue to see issues with this, you can always reach us @HootSuite_Help and we'd be happy to further investigate.

HootSuite_Help
HootSuite_Help moderator

@LindyL You should definitely be able to upload and schedule images through HootSuite [via http://ow.ly/o6W83 ]. If these steps aren't working for you as hoped, please let us know via @HootSuite_Help and we'll gladly investigate with you!

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@Anne Great question! It appears after the social networks (both Twitter, in this instance) are added, and then the messages is pasted in. 80 is the number of available characters remaining of the 140 that Twitter allows. (so the message in the video must be about 60 characters or so). Hope this helps!

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