New Feature: Embed The Publishing Schedule In The Bulk Upload File

You can now include custom scheduling codes on each update in the bulk upload file to specify exactly when each update must be scheduled. Meaning, with custom scheduling codes you embed the schedule in the file itself, and you can configure that schedule exactly the way you want it. It’s easier than it may sound.

A custom scheduling code, supplied with each update, can be either an exact date and time (publish the update at this specific time) or it can define the time gap between the update and the preceding update in the file (publish the update 35 minutes after the preceding one).

Read in our self-help center how to use this new feature.

Bulk uploading is available to Professional and Twitter Advanced Scheduling accounts.

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New: Self-Destructing (Time-Limited) Twitter Tweets And Facebook Posts

You can now post updates that are automatically deleted from Twitter (Professional and Twitter Advanced Scheduling users) or Facebook (Professional users) after a period of time of your choice. You set that period of time for each individual update.

When you create an update, add the self-destruct code at the very end of the update text. You will do that either in the New Update form, New Update & Image form, or in the text file that you will bulk upload.

Here are a few samples.

Read all about our limited-time special offer! example.com/offer #t7d
Use coupon code STARTREK for a 20% discount on all footwear! #t1m

In both samples, the tweet or Facebook post will be automatically deleted when the special offer or coupon expires. It won’t be out there confusing people.

Read in our self-help center how to use it.

New Feature: Posting Shares To LinkedIn Company Pages

We have now added the ability to post shares to LinkedIn Company Pages, in addition to the existing ability to post shares to LinkedIn profiles and LinkedIn Groups.

The feature is available to Professional users. To post shares to a LinkedIn company page, first add your LinkedIn profile as a social account with Social Accounts, Add New Account, Add LinkedIn in the menu. You will then be presented with a list of company pages that LinkedIn allows you to post shares to, and you can add those to your list of social accounts. If you have already added your LinkedIn profile, select Social Accounts, Manage Accounts in the menu and then click the Edit link of your LinkedIn profile account. You will then see the same list of company pages that you can add as social accounts.

New Feature: Mimic Following For Twitter Accounts

Finding quality people to follow on Twitter is always challenging and time-consuming.

We’ve added a much requested feature, namely mimic following to help you easily find quality Twitter accounts to follow.

With mimic following you give us the usernames of a few Twitter users of your choice. We analyze those users’ Following list (the people they follow) and present the entries of the Following lists to you in batches in the Vet Followers/Friends area. You then decide whether you want to follow or reject each entry.

Benefit from the work that others have done to surface quality people to follow in your areas of interest. You only need to find the right people whose following you want to mimic.

The new feature is available to Professional users and can be found under Followers/Friends, Friend Finder in the menu.

Modified Processing Of New Twitter Followers

Please note that starting July 8th, 2013, new followers that you want to follow back must be individually approved using Followers/Friends, Vet Followers/Friends in the menu. This change is required by the July 2nd, 2013, change in Twitter’s rules.

If you elected to follow-back and send auto-welcome-DMs, then auto-welcome-DMs will be sent to all new followers (within Twitter’s DM sending limits) regardless of whether you approve the followers for follow-back or not. In other words, the sending of welcome-DMs is not influenced any longer by any decision you record on the vetting page, it happens regardless.

If you elected to only send welcome-DMs and not follow back new followers, then there is nothing you need to do. The sending of welcome-DMs will continue as before.

Twitter Decided Auto-Follow-Back Is Now Taboo

Please note that on July 2nd, 2013, Twitter changed their terms of service and outlawed automated following back of people who followed you first.

You can follow an ongoing discussion about the matter here:

https://dev.twitter.com/discussions/19337

Unfortunately we have no choice but to modify our system to comply with Twitter’s new rules.

Hence, from Monday, July 8th, 2013, the manual vetting option of new followers will be automatically enabled on all accounts that currently have the auto-follow option enabled. If you do not manually approve the follow-back, as Twitter now requires, then the follow-back will not take place.

If you are not using auto-follow-back but are just using the auto-welcome-DM, then your account will not be affected. Auto-welcome-DMs will continue as before without any change, and you do not have to do anything.

If you are using both auto-follow-back and auto-welcome-DM on a Twitter account, then you will need to manually approve each new follower, as per Twitter’s new requirements, for that new follower to be followed-back and to receive the welcome-DM.

If you have any issues with or concerns over this new Twitter policy, please contact Twitter directly via support.twitter.com or by commenting on the discussion thread linked to above, or both.

Should Twitter in the future decide to again allow auto-follow-back, we would be more than happy to restore the auto-follow-back service that you have found so useful for such a long time. We’re as dumb-founded by Twitter’s decision as you are.