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Buffer is a great tool that will help you in two main ways. First, you can write a bunch of posts at one time, and choose which social profiles to send them to, and then Buffer will spread them out throughout the day or week so that you don't have to be at a computer all the time in order to have a social media presence. Second, since we shorten your links for you, we are able to provide more analytics than if you just were to post to Twitter or Facebook directly. For example, we can tell you exactly how many folks clicked on each of your links.
There are a few simple steps to getting set up. First, connect your profiles on the left. Then, for each profile, hop into the "Schedule" tab to choose the days and times that your posts will go out. To add a post, click the "what do you want to share" box at the top of the page, and type or paste in your post. Also click the avatars for your profiles to choose which profiles this post will go to. Then, once you add it to your Buffer, you will see it under the "buffer" tab for those profiles.
The best way to implement Buffer is to install one of our browser extensions, either for Chrome, Safari or Firefox. You can grab one here: https://bufferapp.com/extensions. We also have Buffer for iPhone and Android, if you'd like to work on-the-go.
Now, whenever you are on a page you want to share, just click the Buffer icon and add it as a tweet or FB update to your queue. From there it will be posted for you at an optimal time, well spaced out over the day. You can choose your times and days in "settings" at bufferapp.com.
Here is also another post that shows you all the features of Buffer: http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-complete-guide-to-social-sharing-the-brand-new-buffer-browser-extensions
There are a few simple steps to getting set up. First, connect your profiles on the left. Then, for each profile, hop into the "Schedule" tab to choose the days and times that your posts will go out. To add a post, click the "what do you want to share" box at the top of the page, and type or paste in your post. Then, click the avatars for your profiles to choose which profiles this post will go to. Once you add it to your Buffer, you will see it under the "Buffer" tab for each of those profiles.
Near the top of the screen, next to the words Buffer and Analytics, there's an area called "Schedule" where you can set what times and days your posts go out. Choose which days you want posts to go out by clicking on the names of the days, and then add, remove, or adjust the times just below that. When you go back to your "Buffer" tab, you will see each post and its corresponding time.
Start adding your post as you normally would, either through the web app, the browser extension or in a third party channel (e.g. Twitter, Facebook). Once you've composed an update, click the little arrow next to the "Add to Queue" button in the bottom right of the share box. Three more options will appear, click "Schedule Post." A calendar will pop up where you can choose a date and time for your post to be published. Click "Schedule" to add it to your queue. Once you have added the post, you will be able to see which post is custom scheduled as it will have a grey background on the post timestamp.
By the way, shuffling your Buffer queue won't move the custom scheduled post :)
To pause all posts, visit the "schedule" tab for each profile and click the days of the week to turn them off. So, you can just click Friday to turn it off for one day, or all of them to pause indefinitely until you revisit and turn them back on again. Repeat that for each profile you have connected. Leave the times in place so that it's easier to re-start when you're ready.
You've most likely logged into an empty account or created a new account by typing your email address differently; check to make sure you logged in with the correct email address for Buffer. If you have, contact us and we can help.
Or, someone else may have created a Buffer account and logged into a shared Twitter or Facebook account, essentially stealing it from your account. Don't worry, no data is gone! You can steal it back, and upgrade to the Awesome plan to make that person a "team member." Contact us for questions or help with this process.
There isn't a way to set up recurring tweets automatically. We're more of a roll-on, roll-off service. Each tweet in your Buffer will only go out once. However, you can drag it from Analytics back over to your profile and it will copy it back into your feed.
Just be sure that if you're sending it to Twitter, you change it up each day because Twitter doesn't allow the same exact tweet to be sent within a week of the last one. So you'll need to vary the text or punctuation a bit.
Usually this is caused by the time zone being incorrect. To edit this, please visit the "Schedule" tab for that particular social profile. (If you have multiple social profiles, you'll want to set it for each one.) Type your city into the box that says "Schedule Timezone." If that doesn't fix it, let us know and we'll take a look!
With the @ function in the share box you can mention people on Twitter (wohooo). If you post to other networks at the same time it will convert the @ mention on all social profiles (other than Twitter) to a full account name. Unfortunately tagging isn't possible just yet on other social media platforms, but we know that it's something that many folks have asked for, so it's on the short list! It's an improvement we hope to make very soon.
Yes! You can also add items to your buffer queue via email. Here's how it works: you send an email to your "secret email address" which you can find by logging into Buffer in your browser and going here, where you'll find your email address and the instructions:
Just send an email to the address displayed on that page, where the subject is the text you want to tweet/post and the link you want is in the body. Then you can add to your buffer anytime, anywhere. We have also built-in support for the email formats created by many popular apps such as Twitter, Safari, Flipboard, Reeder, Pulse, and Zite.
To change privacy settings for Facebook posts, simply hop over to Facebook where you should be able to double-check privacy settings for Buffer shares by following these steps:
First make sure you add images as an attachment (not as a link). They should be about 440 x 220 pixels, centered and aligned vertically. Also double check it is not an animated gif as we currently don't support these.
Make sure the image is below 3 MB as this is the limit for Twitter.
If the original image’s height is equal or less than ½ of the width, the preview image will be same as the image shown when the tweet is expanded.
By using images with 2:1 aspect ratio, and vertically centered graphics and text you can optimize the in-stream preview.
You can enable a 2-step login for your Buffer account in order to add an extra layer of security for your account. With this enabled, Buffer will ask for a second authentication code in that gets sent to your mobile phone via text or free mobile app before logging you in. You can read all about the 2-Step Login in this blog post: http://blog.bufferapp.com/introducing-the-safest-social-media-publishing-on-the-web
When using Buffer to schedule your social media posts, you’ve probably noticed that the URL’s that you share are shortened to something like “buff.ly/tktk” or “bit.ly/tktk.” Have you ever wondered if you could have your very own shortened URL that uses your personal or business brand name? Well, it’s something that can be done pretty easily and our friend Alex from Name.com created a simple guide to help you setup your own custom short URL on Buffer.
Step 1: Register the domain you’d like to use. It’s important to note that this domain can only be used for shortened URLs. Your short domain name needs to be 15 characters or less (including the dot and extension), or else your links won’t display your custom URL.
Step 2: Add your domain to Bitly. You need to sign in or register for a Bitly account. Once you’ve logged into Bitly, you’ll need to go to “Settings” in the upper right pull-down menu and then click on the “Advanced” button (or click here).
Under the header “Branded Short Domain,” you need to select if you’re using your short domain for personal or business use. Bitly is going to make you verify your email address quickly before you can continue on from this step.
Step 3: Create a DNS record for your domain name. The next step to bringing your short URL to life is changing your DNS information. A DNS is what makes a browser point to a website, so this is where you’re telling your custom short domain to point to Bitly. To update your DNS information, you’ll need to go to the website where you registered your domain name.
Updating your DNS is typically pretty simple and should be very similar to the instruction below, even if you don’t use name.com. For name.com customers, you’ll login to your name.com, click on your short URL, and then click on “Update DNS records.”
You’ll now need to edit the A record for your site. You do this by changing the IP address to 188.8.131.52. If there isn’t an existing A record, simply add a new one. Where you see “host,” you can either leave it blank or add an “@” sign. Either option works because they do the same thing. It’s also important to note that you should only have one A record. If you have more than one A record, you should remove all of them that don’t point to Bitly’s 184.108.40.206 IP address.
Step 4: Verifying your domain ownership. Now that your A record has been added to your domain name you need to go back to the “Branding Domains Settings” on Bitly and press on the verify button. When you do this, your domain is now connected to your Bitly account and your new domain is the default domain for the links you create using Bitly.
Step 5: Pat yourself on the back! You’re almost done! You’re now able to make your custom short URLs work on bitly, but now let’s get to the fun part… making your custom URLs work on Buffer.
Step 6: Connect your Bitly account to your Buffer account. Head on over to Buffer, press the “Settings” button in the top navigation, and then click on “Link Shortening” button when the drop down menu appears.
Step 7: Connect to Bitly. Now that you’re on the “Link Shortening” page, you’re going to press the “Connect Bit.ly” button.
After you press the “Connect Bit.ly” button, you’re going to go through a flow on the Bitly site that authorizes Buffer to connect to your Bitly account. Once you’ve successfully connected your Bitly account to your Buffer account, you’ll be taken back to the “Link Shortening” page where you’ll see your custom URL displayed as selected.
Step 8: Give your custom short URL a spin on Buffer. Now that you’ve set up your custom short domain, you probably want to try it out! All you need to do now is head on over to the Buffer homepage where you schedule your updates, and then type in your message. You're all set :)
If you want to read the full article with images, just head to Name.com.
The best way to implement Buffer is to install our browser extension available at http://bufferapp.com/extensions. It's available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox & Opera!
Now, when ever you're on a page you want to share, just click the Buffer icon and add it to your Buffer account. There are also a few super handy keyboard shortcuts, hacks and tricks you can use with the extension/plugin, read more about them here.
P.S. If your Buffer button has gone missing, don't panic, please try re-installing the extension and then restart your browser. Let us know if that doesn't do the trick. :)
At this point it is not possible to upload videos directly to Buffer. We realise that we could be missing something here and would love to find out how you might use videos with Buffer :)
At this time you can connect to:
On the awesome plan, you can connect to any combination of those 9 up to 10 profiles. On free, you can connect to one per each social network. One Facebook, one Google+, one twitter, one Linked In, one app.net.
On our Individual Plan, we can only connect one of each social profile-- one Twitter, one Facebook, one Linked in, etc. If you'd rather connect a new Twitter account instead of the one you already have connected, you can click Settings and remove it. Then you can connect a new one.
Alternatively, if you'd rather connect both and you find Buffer to be a valuable tool, you can explore our "Awesome" plan. The Awesome plan is $10/month, and has no contract, so if you find that it's not meeting your needs, you can cancel anytime. It allows you to add up to 10 social profiles (any combination of Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and App.net), as well as varied schedules per day and 100 posts in your Buffer. To sign up, visit bufferapp.com/awesome and just email us if you have any questions at all.
With our free account, you can add up to one account per social network. So, you can only have your own personal Facebook profile or your brand page connected at one time. If you'd rather remove one and add the other instead of upgrading, go to "Settings" for that profile (next to schedule) and click remove. Then you can add the page instead. If you'd rather explore our Awesome plan, you can visit bufferapp.com/awesome or click "My Account" and then "Upgrade to Awesome." It's $10/month (with no contract so you can cancel anytime), and you can add up to 10 social profiles, including both a Facebook page and personal Facebook profile.
Currently, you must be the Administrator of a group in order to connect it. We hope to open up access to groups more fully in the future.
A good distinction here is that Buffer app downloads to your Facebook account and then you can use it to manage your business page. Without authorizing through your Facebook profile details we don't receive the necessary access token and Buffer can't connect to your page. So it will look like you're connecting your profile and then at the end you have the option to choose the page.
(Although we authenticate your page through your personal profile doesn't mean we would ever access your personal information or post on your profile. We only post content you have added to your Buffer account.)
We've put together a quick video to show how this process looks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isq807khNoc
To remove a profile, click the profile on the left, and then go to Settings (next to schedule). Then, click "remove." You'll have to confirm because removing a profile also deletes all data and history. If that's okay, click that you're sure.
To post to a profile automatically, you'll want to set it as "default." You do this by hovering your curser just to the left of the profile name and clicking the white circle so it fills with a blue "tick".
Then, any "default" profiles will be selected automatically, and you'll need to turn it off by clicking on it if you don't want the post to go to it."
Occasionally this happens, for example after changing your password. It's super fast and easy to get this fixed:
1. First, go to your dashboard in the web app.
2. Select the profile you want to reconnect on the left panel.
3. Hit the settings tab at the top and click "Reconnect" in the dropdown.
That should take you to the social media platform where you need to reconfirm the password. Once you've done this, you're all set!
At this time we don't support Google+ profiles. Unfortunately we don't know when or if we will get access to the API for Google+ profiles but we would love to add this integration in the future if we're ever able to. If you would like to be kept informed, please register your interest.
At the moment, Instagram don't allow other services to post to them, so we aren't able to do this. Hopefully down the road, they will have an open write API, in which case we'd love to add them!
If you're the account owner: It looks like we could have moved your account over to the the Individual (free) plan which is why this locked symbol shows. Usually this is due to an expired or canceled credit card. Don't worry, no data will be lost. Feel free to visit http://bufferapp.com/awesome to update that card, or email us at (hello[a]bufferapp[dot]com) and we'll get things sorted in a jiffy for you.
If you're a team member of this account: Do you mind letting the account owner know? If he/she has already been in touch with us, we should get this sorted quickly. Otherwise, feel free to email us and we'll figure out how best to move forward! :)
On the Individual Plan, you can connect one profile for each social account. (So, one Twitter, one Facebook, one Google+, one LinkedIn, and one App.net). You can also store up to 10 posts for each profile at any given time.
With the Awesome plan, you also get:
Open a new window and go to Twitter.com and log out. That way, you'll be logged out of Twitter in your browser. Then, go back to Buffer and click "connect account" again.
You can cancel your payments without cancelling your Buffer account at bufferapp.com/awesome anytime. Just click "cancel plan." Then you'll be on the Individual Plan.
If you'd rather wait to cancel at the end of the billing period, just send through an email to email@example.com and we'll set this up for you.
To change your payment details, log into Buffer and visit bufferapp.com/awesome. Click "change details."
No, we don't apply any tax to our charges.
We are happy to offer a 50% non-profit discount (yay!). To get this set up for your organization, please send over your 501c3 or the country equivalent to support your non-profit status. Then, once you let us know that you have upgraded, we'll refund 50% of the first payment and apply a 50% discount going forward.
With our business plans you get a number of additional features under the “Analytics” tab. These include:
You can read more about these features in this blog post: http://blog.bufferapp.com/introducing-google-analytics-integration-for-buffer-and-3-more-features
With our Business plans you’re able to add a new team member as either a Manager or a Contributor.
You can invite your team members to each of your social profiles, depending on which profiles you want each of them to have access to.
To add a Manager or Contributor, first choose the profile you'd like to share on the left by clicking on it, then click on "Settings" and then "team members." You should be prompted to choose 'Manager' or 'Contributor', then able to enter an email address right there.
Please make sure you repeat for any additional profiles you'd like to share.
You can try Buffer Business plans with our free 7-day trial. Throughout the week you can check to see how many days you have left by visiting "My Account" and then "Billing". You can cancel at any time.
You can cancel or change your payments without cancelling your Buffer account by going to the dashboard, "My Account" > "Billing". Then click either "Change your details" in the top or scroll further down to "Cancel Buffer for Business".
To change your payment details, you can log into Buffer and visit https://bufferapp.com/awesome. Click "change details."
Posts that you have added to your set Buffer schedule you can drag around by grabbing the cross-arrows to the left of each one and moving it into place. Posts that you have added with custom scheduling cannot be moved to another time slot as it was added to a set time and date.
To delete or edit a post, click the profile on the left and then click the "Buffer" tab. There should be a list of all of your pending posts. Hover your curser over the post and "edit," "delete," and "share now" should all appear. You can also drag it using the cross-arrows to the left to reorder if you'd rather not delete just yet.
Nope! You can drag each post over from one profile Buffer to another by grabbing the cross-arrows and dragging it on top of the other profile.
We've introduced a 25 post per day limitation based on recommendations from Facebook to limit daily posting. They actually recommend 5 per day as the limit, but 25 is really the upper limit that they allow without decreasing the reach of your posts.
If you hop into "Schedule" for the Facebook profiles and limit the daily time slots to 25, you shouldn't see any more trouble.
We apologise for the inconvenience this could cause. We're trying to make sure that Facebook continues to display your posts to your friends and fans.
This can happen when one of your profiles has hit the limit of 10 posts stored. Then, when you try to add a post to both that profile and another, it doesn't allow it because you've hit the limit. Can you see the number 10 next to any of your profiles in the dashboard?
If so, you have a few options.
1) When you're adding your post, click the avatar of the profile that is full to deselect it, so that you're not trying to share to a profile that has already hit the limit. Only include the profiles that have room.
2) Or, you can make some room in the full profile by clicking "share now" or "delete" next to some of the stored posts.
If that isn't the cause of your troubles, please make sure you email us instead so we can get to the bottom of it!
To reset a forgotten password visit bufferapp.com/oops, put in your email address and you will get a new password emailed out to you.
What we're doing here is just letting you see, at a glance, which of your tweets have done well compared to your history. So, if one tweet in particular has a higher number of shares, retweets or favorites, we'll note that for you so you can see what types of content your followers enjoy. At the moment we're not including clicks, only actions that serve as an endorsement of the tweet like shares or favorites.
The way Potential is worked out in the Analytics tab is that, say if you have 100 followers on Twitter, when you tweet out the update. Your reach potential is 100. Now if someone retweeted your update, and he/she has 150 followers on his Twitter account, your potential becomes 250.
The same applies to Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections.
When LinkedIn displays a link, they un-shorten the link before they display it in the link box below the update text. Unfortunately, we are unable to gather analytics for the un-shortened links in the link box. We are, however, are able to gather click counts for clicks on the shortened link in the update text. This can sometimes result in a discrepancy in the analytics data, depending on where the update is receiving clicks.
We no longer show clicks for Facebook profiles. We were getting inaccurate clicks from Facebook because they un-shorten the link before they display it, so people were just clicking the long link instead of the short link, which causes the click not to be counted. So, because the stats were being under-reported, we removed the link reporting for Facebook Profiles. (Because Pages provide analytics, we can provide accurate clicks for Pages, just in case that was a concern.)
After it has gone out from Buffer, you'll need to delete it from Facebook, Twitter, or wherever it went out to.
We have added a feature that make sure that all links added to updates are unique to each individual update. This allows us to show clicks for each update uniquely rather than as an aggregation of all updates you post with that same link.
To make sure this is turned on head to the web app. First click the profile on the left, then "Settings" and "Link Shortening". Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see "Campaign Tracking" - click "Yep" and enable the setting. Let us know if you have any further questions about this.
[If you are the site owner]
The way we know that an image in your page is appropriate to use if it has a width or height attribute. If this is present we will fetch the image and make sure it's big enough and square enough. If all these are in order we will present the image to people linking to your site with Buffer. So, your image definition in your page should look something like this:
<img src="https://LINK-TO-YOUR-IMAGE" width="150"/>
where the actual value for the width should correspond to the size of your image.
However, we do limit the number of images we will scrape from your site, so there is an additional way to ensure that a given image is presented as the first option regardless of size and aspect ratio. This method is to use Facebook's OpenGraph meta tags like so:
<meta property="og:image" content="https://LINK-TO-YOUR-IMAGE"/>
This should be placed in the <head> section of your page and is actually the recommended method of specifying a default image for viewers to use with your page.
That should fix you right up. Set this for future images and I think you should be squared away!
[If you are not the site owner]
The images that are presented for your selection are based on the format of the web page you are viewing. If you feel that the images are incorrect or could be improved, the site owner will likely need to make some modifications to the page. Your best bet is to point them to this FAQ, and in particular the section above.
To add a new Feed, you'll first want to head on over to Bufferapp.com, login and click the profile on the left that you'd like to add a feed for. Once you have done that, click the "Content" tab and then "Feeds" below to the right. From here, you should see the option to "Add a Feed" with a search bar below. Type in the name or URL of the website you'd like to add, then click "Add Feed".
Once found, Buffer'll get to work pulling some of the most recent articles from the website you've added and display them here in the Feeds tab. When you see something you'd like to add to your queue, just click "Add" to the right of it.
We've also put together a video to help visualize the power and simplicity of feeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTtmaP0hoT0.
Feeds are currently limited to Awesome and Business users on Buffer. If you're on either of these plans, you'll be able to connect up to 15 feeds for each of your social profiles. We're working hard on our technology so that we will be able to support more feeds in the future!
If at any time you'd like to add or remove a feed, you can do that by heading on over to your Buffer Dashboard at Bufferapp.com. From here, you'll want to select the profile you want to change feeds for on the left-hand side (remember, feeds are per-profile). Once selected, click the "Content" tab and then select "Feeds" below. Here you should see an option to "Manage Feeds". Clicking this will give you the ability to remove feeds you already have added as well as add new feeds.
At this point it's not possible to add images to posts once added from Feeds as they go straight into the Queue. We do have plans to pull / add images from links down the road.
So sorry, currently there's no way to disable 'via @source' on Twitter posts. We're working on it and hope to have this option out soon. In the meantime, you can simply click on the text in the post to edit the content in real time!
Typing out the name of the website (for example, "bufferapp.com") should work in most cases, but there might be a few feeds out there that we're still adding to our system.
If searching for or entering a website name didn't get you quite what you needed, a surefire way to add a feed to your Buffer account is to type in the exact feed link. For example, on the Buffer Blog you would type in http://blog.bufferapp.com/feed".
Please reach out if we can't seem to find your feed, and we'll work on building it into our system!
To cancel your account and delete all data, visit "My Account" and then "Access and Password" and then "Leave Buffer."
If you don't plan on accessing the account in the future, you can change the email connected to the account. To do this, click "My Account" > "Email Settings", then put the email address of the new team member in the email form. Once you've done that the new team member can reset the password for the account here: https://bufferapp.com/oops. Once you've done this, you will no longer have access to the account.