Composer supports scheduling

We’ve just deployed the ability to schedule posts. You’ll see a new “Post later” option on the compose screen. If you click it, you’ll get an option to choose the time and date when your message should be delivered.

This feature is brand new, this is the first draft, and it’s still in alpha. It’s best to only schedule posts for a month or so in advance. Further into the future should work, but a month is the safest window. Posts should be delivered within a minute of your specified time, but they could take up to 5 minutes under some circumstances.

We’ll work on making the interface prettier and easier to use, adding a calendar to choose the date, and so on. For now, it should get the job done. If you experience any issues or have any feedback at all, please let us know in the comments.

13 thoughts on “Composer supports scheduling

  1. Donna Barr

    What? Composer seems to have stopped working. Several posts just aren’t going through. So – whether Twitter links are shortened or not is now moot for me! Love Composer, want it to work again. Please.

    1. Callum Post author

      Hmm, I’ve just looked into this, and it seems like some posts were not sent yesterday. But I’m not sure exactly why that happened. I’ve just checked, and I’m definitely able to post right now. Can you try sending another post and let me know if it works now? We’ve been deploying lots of changes over the last few days, so maybe something was broken for a while which is now fixed.

    2. Callum Post author

      Oh, and I forgot to say, thanks for using Composer, and especially, thanks for sharing your feedback, I really appreciate it.

    3. Callum Post author

      I’ve made some changes that should help us investigate problems in the future. So if you’re still unable to post, I should be able to find out why, and fix it.

  2. Nino

    I just found this site a few hours ago and i must say i am impressed, great job…

    The one thing i wanted to do is schedule 1 post per day on 1 Twitter account and 1 Facebook Page, and i wanted to schedule it for six months. After reading this post i decided to set it up until the end of March.

    Anyway, i started scheduling and everything was going smoothly, just as i finished February and started with March, i try to schedule a post, and i get this message:

    “Rate limit exceeded
    Error: The requested address ‘/posts/add’ was not found on this server.”

    I tried logging out and in again. Restarting my browser. But i still get the error…

    What/Why is this?

    I’m hoping it’s just some temporary glitch and i can continue my scheduling tomorrow. Maybe you’d like to look into it and see why this happened…

    At first i thought that maybe there is a limit on how far in advance i can schedule, but then i came back here and you say:

    “It’s best to only schedule posts for a month or so in advance. Further into the future should work, but a month is the safest window.”

    So it should work further into the future.. And besides, it’s just 1 post per day on two accounts, so even if something bad happens (knock on wood) and the scheduled posts get lost, i can live with losing 2,5 months of scheduling… Although i wouldn’t be too happy about it, hehe…

    Anyway, thanks for the site, it’s awesome. Keep up the good work, and keep it simple, as it is… Also, feel free to display ads if you want, and put an “Ad Free” paid subscription, as i saw mentioned in another post. That would be a good idea. 😉 🙂

    1. Fergus

      Hey Nino, Great to have you on board. The rate limiting issue is because we got some “heavy users” who were sending many hundreds or thousands of posts per day. Its a daily limit so the fact that you’re scheduling many posts in one day will trigger it, even though they’re not being sent that day. Agreed its a bit of a crude solution. You should be able to schedule more posts today. RE scheduling more than 1 month in the future, that is to do with the way the scheduling works. Basically, it’s not reliable to schedule posts for more than about 30 days in the future. Regards, Fergus

        1. Nino

          Fergus, one more thing i just noticed.

          When i go to the “History” tab to see my previously scheduled posts, it displays the posts —

          From: 31st of January

          Until: 1st of March

          But i had scheduled posts from 11th of January until the 1st or March.

          So what happened to the posts from 12th of January until the 30th of January? Are those lost or are they just not being displayed in the History tab??

  3. Nino

    One more thing i’d like to ask/suggest. I’ll write it here because it’s directly connected to the Scheduled Posts.

    As far as my previous post, i noticed that the post i had scheduled for today – even though it wasn’t visible on the “History” tab – it was still posted properly on time on facebook and twitter, so i assume the answer is that you simply cannot see all your scheduled posts, but they will still get posted as scheduled. And in that case, couldn’t you put a “Load More” or an “Autoscrolling” or a “Numbered Navigation” function so that we are able to overview all of our scheduled posts?

    And the other, when you’re on the “History” screen you can see your scheduled posts, but – unless i missed it – you cannot Edit, Delete, or Post Now. Basically, everything you scheduled is like it’s “Written in Stone”.

    My question is, can we edit or delete a scheduled post? If not, can you implement something like that?

    Thanks…

    By the way, this site is much better than Hootsuite, i hate going to hootsuite because it’s so complicated. It’s not a matter of me being unable to figure it all out, it’s a matter of the feeling a site gives you. Composer is a pleasure to use, Hootsuite is a circus (and not in a good way).

    1. Callum Post author

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. You only see the last 30 posts on the History screen. Excellent point, and we should definitely add more to that. I’ll add it to the task list.

      Inspired by your feedback, I’ve written up post scheduling in more detail. Hopefully it helps to explain how the system works.

    2. Callum Post author

      Oh, and thanks a lot for your feedback, it’s great to hear both positive feedback and good suggestions on how we can improve, I really appreciate it.

  4. Nino

    Hey Callum,

    Wow, i wasn’t expecting an entire post for this… Thanks a lot.

    I’ll respond on the post you wrote and give you my opinion.

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