Author Archives: Fergus

We Just Added Service Groups

Excited to announce, hot on the heels of adding image support, we’ve now also added service groups!

Service groups allow you to create groups of services that you frequently post to, and then select a whole group of services at once, rather than having to choose each one individually.

This is really useful if you have a lot of services, or manage multiple ‘personas’.

Managing Your Groups

Login to Composer and go to Account>Service Groups

If you’ve not created a group before, your first step will be to choose which services you’d like selected as default. This will create a group called ‘Default’ and will be your default services chosen on the Compose page.

Once you’ve selected those, you can then create as many groups as you want. Groups display right above the list of services on the Compose page, so when you select a group, you’ll be able to see exactly which services your message will get posted to.

Changing Your Facebook Password Breaks Posting

Thanks to some helpful tips from one of our awesome users, I found out this morning that if you change your Facebook password, it breaks posting on Composer. IE when you try and post to Facebook after changing your Facebook password, you get a ‘failed’ message.

To resolve this, you need to delete the Facebook service and then re-add it.

I find this slightly peculiar for Facebook to work in this way. When I changed my password, I did have the option to ‘Sign out of all devices’, but in my mind, this shouldn’t affect apps which integrate with Facebook.

I also tested posting to Facebook from Hootsuite right after the password change, and it also failed, so it appears to be an issue with the way they authorise apps, rather than a problem specific to Composer.

I also tested changing my Twitter password, and can confirm that there were no issues. However, they had a nice feature where after changing my password they said “There are 9 apps which currently have access to your Twitter account, check them out here” with a link to view the apps which have access.

For me, this is a much better way of managing the password change process.

Compose in Chrome with the New Extension

Very excited to announce that we now have a Composer Chrome Extension!


ComposerChrome allows you to write a post about anything on the web, from any page.

It works in a similar fashion to the bookmarklet. Install the extension, log in, and then click the button to write a post on any webpage – the title and URL will automatically be inserted into the post to make sharing what you’re looking at much easier.

At the moment, your post is sent out to all your networks, although we’ll aim to improve that in the future and allow you to choose what networks you can post to before sending your update.

We’re really excited by our first Chrome extension, and big thanks go out to Roni Laukkarinen for creating it.