Introducing Custom Scheduling: The Easiest Way to Schedule Your Social Media Updates Into the Future

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scheduling tweets, facebook postsWithout doubt, Custom Scheduling has been one of the most requested features for Buffer over the past few years.

We couldn’t be any more excited to finally launch this feature today to make more targeted timing of your social media posts possible.

Before we got into any details on how to get started, I thought it’d be worth sharing more around the story of Custom Scheduling. What our thinking behind adding this feature this late was and how we think about things going forward:

Why did Buffer not have this feature for almost 2.5 years?

A little over 2.5 years, when Joel started Buffer from his bedroom in the UK, he wanted to solve a very specific problem. At the time, there were a lot of tools that would allow you to custom schedule your posts with the exact date and time. That wasn’t what Joel had in mind.

So instead, Joel built Buffer. A way to effortlessly add your social updates and they’re automatically scheduled and spaced out over the day. That way, “adding to Buffer” would be as fast and simple as posting something now.

And that idea of simplicity was what helped us establish ourselves as one of the easiest ways to keep on top of your social media and make managing it all a lot easier.

So, “Buffering,” quite different to “Scheduling” is what helped us get the word out and educate people about an easier way to post to their social media sites.

Now, almost 2.5 years later, Buffer has evolved a lot. With the recent introduction of Business plans, that a lot of people found useful, adding some more key features made sense. And we thought that posting something at a specific date and time, different to Buffering has a lot of use cases now.

You might be working on a marketing campaign, there is an event or launch coming up, you want to schedule a nice message for your friend’s birthday. Those are just a few of the amazing use cases people have been telling us about.

That’s it, just a little of background about how Buffer got started and why custom scheduling was long something we didn’t do. But now that we’re growing up a bit, we thought it was an important addition to add to the mix.

 

Custom scheduling your social media posts

When we brainstormed for this feature, we wanted to make sure to make it easier and more straight forward than ever before. We iterated many times, with different designs and tons of amazing conversations with many of you about how to best make Custom Scheduling work.

Here is what we’ve come up with and we hope it makes for the easiest way to schedule your updates on social at a custom date and time.

If you’re using the Buffer browser extension, simply hit the schedule icon any time you want to customize the date and time of your update being published:

scheduling tweets facebook posts

Anytime you change your mind, just go back to regular Buffering and delete the set time:

scheduling tweets facebook posts

Custom scheduling images, retweets and more

You can custom schedule anything you like, which of course includes custom scheduling retweets right from Twitter.com:

scheduling tweets facebook posts

The same works for any image you find on the web. Just right click the image to “Buffer this image” and we’ll post it full size to your Facebook or Twitter page. Of course at the exact time that you want:

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Of course, custom scheduling also works in the same way from your Buffer dashboard. Simply open the composer and add new updates that you can right away schedule at the perfect time for you to go out:

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In short, the new custom scheduling function is available to you anywhere you are using the app from.

Display of Custom Scheduled posts in your queue

Another point that we wanted to solve was to clearly differentiate Buffered posts from Custom Scheduled ones.

In order to easily separate the two, Custom Scheduled posts have a slightly different marking in the interface. Here is how you can easily make sure you know whether you’re dealing with a custom scheduled or Buffered post:

Custom scheduled updates have a grey background for their timing:

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All Buffered updates, that are going out according to your pre-set scheduled on the other hand will continue to have a white background as usual:

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Scheduling your Tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn updates on Buffer for Android & iPhone

Of course custom scheduling also works on mobile, so you can pick an exact date and time for your social updates to go out whilst on the go. Let’s take a quick look how you can schedule updates through Buffer for Android:

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The same works with Buffer for iPhone (Important: We’ve recently submitted this update to the App store, so it should be live in the next few days!). Pick a date and time and you’re good to go:

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With the launch of Custom Scheduling, we hope that scheduling Tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn updates at a specific time will be easier than ever before for you. Give it a try and let us know what you think, we’d love your feedback in the comments below.

  • Michael de Groot

    OMG, AWESOME, OUTSTANDING, SUPERB!!!!!

    Keep up the great work!!

  • Khalid Al Ameri

    Beautiful work, love it!

  • Ethan Waldman

    Thank you for continuing to improve this excellent service!

    • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

      Thanks for the continued support Ethan! Have an awesome day :-)

  • Guest

    Fantastic! Is there a way to repeat schedule?

  • http://www.TheSocialMediaHat.com/ Mike Allton

    That’s a great addition to your feature-set. Thanks! I’m sharing it with my readers now.

  • http://www.upwardcreative.com/ Upward Creative

    Fantastic! Is there a way to repeat schedule?

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

    @leowid – Love this update!

    I think you just eliminated yet another tool in my social media toolkit. :)

    Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.joshbenson.com/ Josh Benson

    Nice job, guys. You really have succeeded in making managing social streams easy. This is just another add-on to a outstanding product. Thanks again.

  • TamiSavage

    Buffer was already my favorite social media tool, and you just put me on cloud 9 because now I can JUST use buffer. :-) I do have a question, is there a way to change the customized time from the buffer queue? I tried clicking edit and on the time itself, but it didn’t allow me to change the date/time.

  • Eddie Cliff

    Awesome work guys. Looks like a great and much needed feature. Now we just need that pause button!

    • Some Guy

      Agreed. I downgraded my Pro account because without this feature, Buffer is of limited utility.

      Nothing like having to delete all of the posts in my Buffer because I didn’t want random nonsense going out while the nation was grieving for Sandy Hook.

      • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

        Aha, yes I can understand how frustrating that must be to go and delete all the posts.

        One quick thing you can try next time, which is a little hack, is that you can go to your Schedule tab and toggle off all the days. This will let you ‘pause’ without removing all the posts.

        I know it’s not as good as a real pause button, and we’re certainly planning that :-)

        • Mike Maney

          Free feature idea: Let companies opt-in to a master “pause” button for those times when the SHTF.

        • Robert DelRossi

          Yep, that works great and I’ve used that approach before, too. Frankly, I’d rather have you keep rolling out great new features (like Scheduling) that take time to work on things that are already possible when you know the interface.
          Thanks again for continuing to improve this product.

        • Luc Bouillon

          Super excited for the pause button myself as well! Pretty much the last feature I need to make buffer perfect!

    • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

      Thanks Eddie, and that’s a great point. Totally agree how necessary pause is at times, it is certainly high on our list! :-)

      • Eddie Cliff

        Great to hear. Also funny that you released the scheduling feature today – just missed the social media launch we had earlier this evening!
        (but it’s ok – we have another one next week so I can put the feature to the test!)

  • Andrew

    Fantastic work Buffer team!

  • Tweriod

    Awesome new introduction. Well done guys.

  • Marc

    I tried scheduling tweets for a future date and it schedules that post for the day prior. Any one else experiencing this?

  • http://inpursuitofhappiness.net/blog Miss Britt

    Is there a way to pick just the day and let Buffer pick the best time? For example – I love loading up my blog posts in a Twitter schedule right after I write them. I don’t want them tweeted until they’re live (usually a day later), but I’d love to be able to use Buffer’s expertise about the best time!

    • Harry

      @missbritt:disqus The best thing to do is research when people are most active on Twitter in your area and schedule your tweets for then. Do a quick google search “When is the best time to tweet” there are plenty of articles out there.
      - @Preston_23

      • http://www.savannahbrentnall.com/ Savannah Brentnall

        I don’t think that’s what she’s asking. She’s saying she wants to schedule the DAY but not the time. So she’d schedule the tweets for Tuesday and Buffer would add them to Tuesday’s buffer at the pre-set times.

      • lisaleague

        Buffer and Tweriod can help you with this.
        They go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly:)

  • Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    Awesome idea. I love Buffer more all the time. Will this new option be available for Kindle Fire as well.

  • http://gauravtiwari.org/?ref=disqus Gaurav Tiwari

    I am just speechless. Awesome service, for a ‘not-awesome’ user too. I signed up with Buffer, accidentally in order to try IFTTT. And I fell in love with it. Great user experience! Thanks for this added new feature. Let’s see how good it is for me.

    • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

      Woohoo! I’m so glad you accidentally found us :-)

      Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or notice anything odd with the feature!

      • http://gauravtiwari.org/?ref=disqus Gaurav Tiwari

        Always, I do!

  • http://www.suddenlymarketing.com Suddenly Jamie

    Love you guys! :)

    • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

      Aww thanks Jamie! Hope you enjoy this feature :-)

      • http://www.suddenlymarketing.com Suddenly Jamie

        I’m sure I’ll love it. Don’t know what I did before Buffer. Seriously. If it weren’t for your app, I might have abandoned Twitter completely. Now, it’s an easy-to-manage and professionally beneficial part of my social media mix. Next up: integrating my other social networks! :)

  • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

    This is the best news I’ve heard today. Thank you to the whole Buffer team! :)
    Keep it up!

    • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

      Yay! Thanks for sharing the news Mhel, really appreciate your kind words :-)

  • Michael Psarouthakis

    Excellent change, great job! Used it for the first time for this blog post.

  • Mike Maney

    Got introduced to Buffer by a client who was using it. I now find myself sharing more (and smarter) because of this app. And that applies to both personal and professional sharing. Well done.

  • annettethompson

    Thank you Buffer team. I love it!!!

    Annette in Texas

  • Greg Mischio

    Two questions –

    1. Can you Buffer to Google+ yet?
    2. Essentially, you can do all this in HootSuite, and schedule to Google+. How do you see it being different or an improvement?

    Not trying to negate this, it’s just that I’ve ramped up my posting to HootSuite and I don’t want to have to switch unless there’s an incredible reason to do so.

  • LaDonna Harris

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

  • http://ThatGuyKC.com/ ThatGuyKC

    Buffer is my go to posting app for Twitter & Facebook. I use it on a daily basis and this is just an extra layer of icing on a chocolate cake. Thank you!

  • http://thedsmgroup.com/ Jason Diller

    awesome stuff guys!

    next up… visual data for the analytics of social.

    buffer is so awesome. we love it at our agency http://thedsmgroup.com

    thanks again and keep up the awesome!

  • http://pamelamkramer.com/ PamelaMKramer

    This is fantastic!

  • http://soloprpro.com KellyeCrane

    This is an excellent addition! One question: it looks like once a post is scheduled, the only way to change the distribution time is to delete the post and start over. Is that correct? If so, I’m sure adding the ability to edit the time/re-schedule is on your to do list…

  • http://www.caelanhuntress.com/ Caelan Huntress

    I love it. You guys just keep getting more and more awesome.

  • Ed Ferrigan

    Can I go back say 6 months from now and change the date of a post that has already posted and repost?

  • Eric Leszkowicz

    Love it….although NOT being able to schedule has been nice….it will all team members who love to schedule the opportunity to do so.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.igobydoc.com igobydoc

    Outstanding update! Keep up the great work!

    • http://www.igobydoc.com igobydoc

      After playing with this, I must say that it would be very cool to have the ability to edit the post time. So, if you had it set to regular buffer, click the time and edit to scheduled. And, if it was scheduled, being able to do the reverse or edit the time/date you want the post to go out. Or is this live, and I can not figure it out?

  • http://www.postplanner.com/ Scott Ayres

    Good work guys.

  • Scott Wilson

    Fantastic! Buffer was my favorite of my 2 main management apps already but this gives it another boost. As soon as you get Google+ for personal pages rocking I’ll dump Hootsuite and get on the Small Business Plan!

  • http://about.me/polleydan Dan Polley

    #mansquee

  • John Chapman

    Finally! Scheduling times for posts will be a big help. (Thanks for BulkBuffer too)

    • LeoWid

      Hi John, glad you like the update and yep, BulkBuffer rocks big time! For those who want to check it out it’s at http://bulkbuffer.com

  • http://crmfyi.com/ Jeff Grosse

    Thank you very much for adding this feature. I think the idea of not having to think about the schedule is a great concept, but there certainly is a great reason to having a specific date or time to post other stuff. Thanks for a great product!

    • LeoWid

      Jeff, yep, you’re exactly right. I think for most times, simply Buffering works, but in specific cases exact timing is required.

  • http://CloudieNetwork.com/ Evan Varsamis

    awesome update you guys! Congrats and keep up the great work!

    • LeoWid

      thanks for the kind words Evan! :)

  • http://www.johnarobb.com/ John A Robb

    I’ve wanted this for some time so thank you. We need to make announcements for events and the timing of those doesn’t always fit in our buffer schedule.

    Am I the only one that noticed a google+ account in the screen cap used in the post? I looked and I can’t add a g+ account to my buffer. Is there some pending goodness there?

    • LeoWid

      Hi John, so glad you like the new update!

      Oh and you’re right, we’re actually in the testing phase with G+ already and hope to launch it for everyone soon. :)

      • Rich

        Love the new update and VERY excited to hear that G+ is in testing. Once that gets launched Buffer will be a near perfect tool!

      • http://www.johnarobb.com/ John A Robb

        So I wasn’t imagining it, excellent! We’d really like to use g+ more but without buffer support it’s hard.

      • DugCampbell

        The scheduling is fantastic, thanks guys – as always, nailing it on release. And as for the news about G+? That just makes me all sorts of unreasonably excited – cannot wait for that! :-)

      • Luc Bouillon

        I can’t wait for G+ support either.. I’ve basically just avoided using G+ as I wait for it.. I can’t be bother to update individual networks when I can just update my buffer! Way to make a great app even better guys.. keep up the good work!

        Any word on when this new android update will be pushed to BB10?

      • Honey Rowland

        Can’t WAIT for G+ too!! :)
        ~Honey

  • http://robincampbell.ca Robin Campbell

    Leo, Joel and the Buffer posse, this is amazing guys. Been waiting for this for so long. It’s been the only piece that I’ve still really needed HootSuite for. Congrats on the slick implementation! I’m using it.

    • LeoWid

      Hi Robin, that’s so great to hear! Really makes me jump that this is something that’ll make your life easier of being able to do more inside Buffer. :)

  • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

    Love it! Congrats on having this nearly ready to go across all platforms and tools right at launch.

    Any thought to avoiding overlap between buffered and custom scheduled posts? Such as allowing a custom scheduled post to “fill” a future buffered slot to keep spacing between tweets, or some such?

    • LeoWid

      Hi Dave, so great to see you here and thanks for the kind words!

      You are a mind reader – that is exactly a challenge we are pondering right now. You’re exactly right, if you’ve already have a Buffered post at that time and then custom schedule, there could be some complications. I think your suggestion to “fill” a Buffer slot if it is a custom scheduled post is genius, that might just be how we could make this work!

      • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

        Thanks, Leo! There was no way you guys weren’t already mindmapping ideas like that for your roadmap, of course :-)

        The tension between simplicity and fitting different use cases usually starts with rolling out something simple and prioritizing feature requests around it for future iterations, so I’ll be fascinated to see if you can find something simple that pops around this need.

        My OTHER use case paid dream feature is drag-and-drop REscheduling of posts, but we’re a bit of an outlier in our needs!

  • http://www.madalynsklar.com Madalyn Sklar

    So thrilled by this new update. Joel, as always You Rock!

    • LeoWid

      thanks for the kind shout Madalyn! :)

  • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

    Words cannot express how much this functionality was needed. Don’t get me wrong… I love my schedule but there are just some times when you want to post someone timely and don’t want it messing up your schedule.

    Thank you for making Buffer an even better experience!

    • LeoWid

      Thanks Shannon, so great to see you here and I really appreciate your kind words! :)

  • http://www.colthart.com Bruce Colthart (@bccreative)

    A great addition to a great product

    • LeoWid

      thanks Bruce! :)

  • John Chapman

    A couple of things after playing with it a while:
    1. Is there a limit on how far ahead you can schedule? I tried one for 30th July which just seemed to disappear.
    2. Do you have plans to allow the time to be edited?

    • LeoWid

      Hi John, thanks so much for stopping by here and for the heads up on this.

      1.) Oh actually you can schedule into the future as far as you’d like. So sorry for the hassles here – could you try rescheduling and see if it works now? Keen to fix this for you.

      2.) Yep, that is high up on our list and we hope to have it soon!

  • http://toya.ma Shoichi Toyama

    Awesome!! I love this feature!!

  • Nathan Roth

    Fantastic work Joel! Thanks for the update. Is tumblr on the roadmap for this year by chance?

  • http://www.productiveflourishing.com Charlie Gilkey

    Outstanding work, guys. I’ve always loved Buffer and this is the one thing that kept me from using it exclusively. What, one place where I can do all my social engagement? Love it. :)

  • O. van Nieuwenhove

    Awesome.. Congrats! just thanks.

  • http://niel.delarouviere.com NielDLR

    Great job guys! Impressive how well supported the feature is across platforms!

  • rollbahn

    Great update – thx guys.

    Only thing I would love to see is a predefined time in a dropdown such as buffer in “1 Hour”, “30 Minutes”, “2 Hours”, “1 Day”. It’s a little fiddley to have to change the default 4 hour time to buffer back to just 30 minutes. For example if I attempt to post before lunch say at 10:33AM I have to change the hour, minute and AM/PM to just quickly post something in 30 minutes because the default is 2:33PM.

  • http://flippa.com/blog Ophelie Lechat

    Great addition to Buffer! I’ve been hoping to see this added since I started using Buffer last year.

    I also love that you’d acknowledge that it’s been a long time coming. Given Buffer’s history, it makes perfect sense for you guys to have waited this long to add something that might seem so obvious and necessary to your users.

  • Chip D Thompson

    Great work guys, keep it up!
    I really do like the buffer and now the scheduling… awesome!

  • http://www.tylerjanderson.com/ Tyler Anderson

    As I said via my tweet, I think this is a great feature for Buffer. If not Buffer could integrate a monitoring platform they would give Hootsuite a serious run for their money.

  • Doreen Sargente

    Is this available for iPads? I just tried from my ipad but te option to schedule doesn’t seem to be a possibility. There was no ‘clock’ icon visible.

  • http://www.buildandbalance.com/ Michael_N

    You know I’m a big fan guys and now I’m just that much bigger. Great work! I’ll say it for the record here that it’s as much about your enthusiasm, awesome service and commitment to an excellent tool that works nearly 100% of the time that I appreciate as much as the features. You keep doing what you do and I’ll keep telling my social media audiences about it as the mini Buffer evangelist.

  • http://weightlossau.com.au/ Merrin Robinson

    Awesome! Love Buffer :)

  • http://www.turningthepage.info/ Barry Pearman

    This is great. Any plans for adding Google plus to Buffer.

  • Pierre-Yves LOCHET

    Is it a way to change custom time of scheduled tweets?

  • Pierre-Yves LOCHET

    Hi Leo, you have to update the FAQ section:

    “How do I schedule a post for an exact day and time in the future?

    At this time, we don’t have that functionality. We’re more of a
    “roll on, roll off” service where you store tweets that go out on the
    schedule. You can’t schedule one outside of the regular schedule; you’d
    need to add it to the pending posts and then drag it to the correct
    place in time (using the cross-arrows to re-order), or edit your
    schedule under the “Schedule” tab to move the post in question to the
    correct day and time you prefer.”

  • http://thepaidstylist.com/ Michelle Rodriguez

    hooray! thank you BufferApp. love this feature!

  • Benjamin Nelson

    Great Idea

  • Laura Simms

    Hooray! Been waiting for this day.

  • jasonkneen

    Hey Guys, when is the API being updated to support this? I’d like to get http://tweet4.me updated to support this from the @buffer4me service so people can send buffers at specific times from any twitter app.

  • vvbellur

    Oh wow.. this is awesome! Thank you! Buffer is my fav app! Love you guys!

  • Holly

    So excited! Now I can custom buffer my Friday and Monday posts! Thanks so much!

  • RipRapRob

    You just made a great product even greater.

    But now I need 24-hour clock even more. Please ad an option to choose between 24-hrs and AM/PM. Thanks.

  • augieray

    Love the scheduling; hate the user interface for it. I find it kludgy to do the three dropdowns, and the scrolling for all 60 minutes is difficult. I hope you’ll consider some improvements and do away with the dropdowns, but it’s great new functionality. Thanks!

  • joeycochran

    Brilliant!

  • Teresa

    Im a fairly new user (AWESOME APP BTW) but Ive been wanting to future post stuff and couldnt, until now. Cant wait to try it out! Thanks!

  • LOVINGLY MADE LTD

    Wow, brilliant, can’t wait to use all these lovely extra’s, so excited! Thank you for all your hard work…

  • Ytrewq

    Is it possible to edit the time and day after I’ve hit the “Schedule” button?

    • LeoWid

      Hi there, that’s a great point! We don’t quite have an edit option available yet, but that’s high up on our list to add soon! :)

  • zvi

    Sorry I’m not reading through the 100+ comments already here, but I just wanted to say I’m disappointed that there’s not a way to schedule something after you add it to the buffer. Sometimes I rearrange or want to tweet things closer together.

    • Lisa

      I agree with zvi. I’m disappointed I can’t change it in the buffer queue. Sometimes I want to push out posts sooner or later than I had originally planned, so it would help a bunch if I could switch that.

  • DCFuse

    Awesome, after you guys add Google Plus, we’re definitely going to upgrade to a paid plan. Buffer is a super useful web app for us.

  • Dinah Saur

    I’m excited to use the new feature on this! One question, though. Now that you’ve added custom scheduling, are you working on making it possible to include privacy settings on posts?

    For example, my company runs a number of contests for the US only and the posts we send to Facebook need to be limited to a US audience only. Otherwise, we get a lot of flack from our Canadian fans who want to participate in the contests.

    Anything along those lines on the roadmap?

  • Renee Dobbs

    Thank you for eliminating one extra place I have to go to schedule social media posts. What took you so long? Oh well. At least it is finally available to use.

    • LeoWid

      Hi Renee, so glad you liked the new update and that’s a great point. I tried to explain a bit above in the post why we took quite a long time for that feature. :)

  • http://www.matthewjcochran.com/ Matthew J. Cochran

    And now I have no reason to use both Hootsuite AND Buffer. Thanks guys!

    • LeoWid

      Awesome, so glad we could simplify! :)

  • Melody Granger

    I’m excited! I love the clean, simple design of buffer. Pacing or “buffering” all that I want to share is a feature I adore. I’m looking foward to using the scheduling feature for my business.

    I’d love to see these scheduling features go a step further and have an automatic repeat feature (kinda like google has for setting recurring birthdays, client appointments, etc.)

    It would be great to have this feature for automating repetitive marketing strategies…like sending a post about a free gift every 6 weeks – indefinitely!

    I would totally take advantage of this business-building “cloning” feature. AND be even more excited to shout you to the world of entrepreneurs I know.

    You guys seriously rock already. Isn’t it fun growing up and becoming the owner of a thriving, lucrative business?

  • http://programmerdiaries.tumblr.com/ taha bahraminezhad

    When will buffer update its API for developers?

    • http://joel.is/ Joel Gascoigne

      Hi!

      We’re planning to update the documentation soon :-) Glad you asked!

      Custom scheduling is supported in the API, you can set a custom time for updates by passing scheduled_at=ISO8601 when you use the updates/create.json endpoint.

      Hope that helps :)

  • Jeremy Parsons

    Good to have a new feature – and yes, scheduling does have valid use cases, so thank you! Me, I’d love to see a couple of new options that go with the grain of buffering. Currently you have as a default, send it next free slot, or send it now, or (newly) send it at this specific future moment. If I could also specify a tweet to be buffered is to go “express,” meaning, next time there’s a slot, always take an express tweet if there is one, that would push the somewhat time sensitive ones up. And if I could specify a tweet to be buffered as a “snail” tweet, those tweets would wait around for a day when there was no regular tweet for the first slot (kind of a reserve tank of tweets). Most of the time I spend shuffling tweets in the buffer is because I need to boost some tweets to soon; and the very rare moments I feel disappointed in your awesome app are when I think, “didn’t you know if I only had one tweet buffered, you should hold it back…?”

    • http://www.MissionMusings.com/ Michelle Porter

      I love the idea of express and snail buffers, because I, too, am continually juggling my buffered posts around.

  • drivethekiwi

    Drive the Kiwi loves Buffer! We cannot imagine how our SMO team would function without it.

    • LeoWid

      wow, that is so great to hear! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • http://www.redesign2.com/blog.html Paul Biedermann

    Awesome job, Leo and gang! Loving Buffer more and more each week!

    And that is AWESOME news about Google+ that I saw mentioned here in the comments. Can’t wait for that!

    • LeoWid

      Hi Paul – so fantastic to see you here, long time no speak! :)

      Definitely, Google+ is on it’s way! We’ll keep you posted. :)

      • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

        Wow are you serious!

  • http://tammikibler.com/blog/ Tammi Kibler

    Yes!!!

  • http://www.7stepmarketing.co.uk/ Guy Outram

    This an excellent addition to an already fantastic tool. All I need now is the ability to buffer and schedule to Google+ (pages as well) but I see from your posts that you are testing this now – Can’t wait :-) Great job buffer.

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    Hate to say it but now Buffer has replaced Hootsuite. Waiting for the iPhone app. I love custom scheduling.

    I have been using Hootsuite for Two Years time to make the switch.

  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

    @LeoWid:disqus, will Buffer ever provide bulk scheduling? If, so it’s a wrap! I’d never use another sharing tool like this.

    I try to schedule at least a weeks worth of social media posts, sometimes a month. It’d be great to be able to load multiple updates to be scheduled throughout the month, and then buffer updates throughout the day as i come across things I’d like to share

    • LeoWid

      Hi there! That’s a great point and yes, bulk scheduling is already available here: https://www.bulkbuffer.com/

      Hope that helps! :)

      • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

        Awesome, thanks! Gonna be trying it out this week.

        Questions:
        Say I drop a file with 20 updates to be bulk scheduled. Will those 20 updates just fall in the next available buffer slots, or will I be able to schedule them? For example maybe I want 30 different tweets to go out at 1pm for the next 30 days. Is that possible?

  • Jonas Cisum Pedersen

    How can you, when you have “custom scheduled” a post, edit the posting time?
    Can’t seem to find it anywhere when i click “edit” on the post in the buffer.
    Please help.

  • http://www.coachingreallyworks.com/ Abe S.

    That’s great I was having to use other software for scheduling. Well done!

  • Andrew Stein

    Nice feature… Joel and the team have done it again. In-situ tools beat any tool you have to go to their system to use.

    Have a question, though:

    How do you turn off the “try it out!” pop-up? It blocks the toggle and checkbox to change the buffered image. Typically, there is a little check box that says “don’t show this again” on these kind of a new feature launch UX.

  • heri16

    Where is this feature on your blackberry app? Useful for companies.

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  • Astrosomnia

    No real comment, just a massive kudos for a really amazing tool. Thanks guys. Keep it up.

  • Jennifer

    Very excited about this feature!!

  • Scott

    This might be a dumb question, but how can I reschedule a post/tweet that was custom scheduled? I’m putting my mouse over the dark grey time icon and clickig on it (I had assumed this was how I could reschedule a post), but nothing happens.

    Thanks!

    • LeoWid

      Hi Scott, great to hear from you and thanks for the heads up on this. So unfortunately we don’t quite have an option to change it once scheduled, this is coming real soon though!

      • http://www.flybluekite.com/ Laura Click

        Oh good! I was searching around trying to figure that out. Looking forward to this functionality coming soon!!!

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    Just introduced ti Buffer. Awesome tool!:)

  • Kim-Marie Burnett Graham

    Just started using Buffer and love it so far! I am using the Custom scheduling but want to just pick a custom day for certain types of content and still let Buffer pick my time automagically. Am I missing how to do this?

    • LeoWid

      Hi Kim-Marie,

      Thanks for stopping by and that’s a fantastic idea! Unfortunately we don’t quite have an option to just pick the day, I’ll pass this along to the team and see what we can do!

  • lynnhuber

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  • http://julianabritto.com/ Juliana Britto Schwartz

    Love the new feature! In particular, I’m excited about being able to right click an image and add it right into Buffer. Except, for some reason when I right click that option doesn’t appear. I’ve already installed the Safari extension, do I need to install anything else?

    • carokopp

      Hi Juliana! Thanks so much for asking about this. I’m afraid this feature isn’t possible in Safari, which is definitely a bummer. Is there any chance you can give it a whirl in Firefox or Chrome, with the extension installed? Sorry the answer there is a bit disappointing. :( Let me know if we can answer any other questions for you at all, happy to help in any way!

      • http://julianabritto.com/ Juliana Britto Schwartz

        Aw, bummer. Well thanks for letting me know!

        • carokopp

          Sure thing, wish I had a better answer for you there. Let us know if you run into any other snags at all!

  • Colin Smith

    What Time Zone Does Scheduling Use

  • danielles

    Can you remove the custom scheduling so that the post starts following the regular schedule again? I tried clicking on the custom time but did not find an “edit” or “remove” possibility.

    • Belle

      Hi danielles,

      This is something we’re working hard on right now, and hope to release very soon. For the moment, you would need to delete that post and add it to your Buffer again.

  • Joe

    Does Buffer allow the scheduling of posts beyond Facebook’s 6 month limit?

    • LeoWid

      Hi Joe, yes, we certainly allow the scheduling of posts beyond Facebook’s 6 month limit!

  • BeckonsAttore

    There really is great freeware out there but you can not beat free scheduling software. Freeware is typically limited, as well as restricted and takes forever for even just a few simple features to come out. Software is better because the scheduling software is always being improved, meeting up to par with its’ users needs and so on. You can NOT beat that with freeware.

  • MC

    Is there a rule that allows only 10 posts to load up on your buffer at any one time? I’ve got 21 times scheduled for Sunday – but only 10 of the posts out of 21 have loaded up onto my Buffer.

    • Belle

      Ah sorry for the confusion—there is a limit of 10 posts to be queued up if you’re on the free plan. For the Awesome plan, it’s unlimited, so if that’s the one you’re on there might be a problem. You can email us at hello@bufferapp.com if you think something’s going wrong, and we’ll take a look at your account.

  • http://kellymartinspeaks.co.uk/ Kelly Martin

    Hi trying out buffer but when I try and schedule a tweet no time is visible I click the date but that is all I can see.

    • LeoWid

      Hi Kelly, thanks so much for stopping by here! Oh, that is no good at all, are you using the web app or one of the mobile apps right now? Really keen to fix this asap!

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  • Zahid Habib

    How can I set specific time while using Buffer via Email?