Guide to Scheduling Content

By 17th December 2016Guides

Starting New Content

All content authoring is controlled by our Dual Bar input forms. Simply go to either of the two buttons next to the Logo on the top bar and click the side you want to start on. At the top on the menu that appears you should see the following options: –


Author Box

The Author Box



To start a new Facebook post simply click the first option on the menu. To initiate a Twitter Tweet then click the second.

Any unfinished items that you are working on should be saved to your drafts and you can access them at any time later. The input bars should save as they go along so don’t panic if your bar suddenly disappears. You will find your content in your drafts.

Other Continue buttons should also appear if you are working on content on that side of the Yatter user interface.

It is important to note that this is not the only way to start new content. Anywhere you see a Facebook or Twitter logo on a button should indicate that you can start content with it. It will also pre-select the item you are clicking the button on for that content. Profiles, images and the Dashboard all have buttons to quickly start content using the item you are browsing on.

Twitter Input Bar

Tweeting on Twitter in the future is stunningly easy using Yatter. All that is required is to follow the numbered guide on the Twitter Input Bar that appears when you start new Twitter content.

The bar itself is fairly straightforward. The top part of the form details the items that are mandatory, in this case the Content, Profile and Schedule. These items will start as red but turn green as they are successfully completed. Once all mandatory items are complete the Finalise button will appear and flash. This indicates that the content can be successfully scheduled but you can still continue to add further details if you choose.

All of the headings on the input bar are clickable and should open an input area for the appropriate part of the content.

1. Write your tweet

On Twitter this section is actually quite complicated due to the way Twitter structures text. You can Add Tag and Insert Link into the Tweet by clicking the buttons, but Yatter will also detect you typing this into the Tweet and help with the process. The number of characters remaining in the Tweet will be detailed below the text along with any relevant link or tag.

2. Choose a profile to use

Simply click the heading and the Dual Bar interface really starts to pay off. A second bar should appear on the opposite side of the user interface (on devices bigger than mobile). Simply select the profile you wish to use or tweak the search setting at the top of the bar to help find the profile you are looking for.

3. Use some Media

To add imaging and video to your Tweet simply click the Use Media heading. This should open up an option to upload an appropriate image from your device or to use a pre-loaded item of media that is stored within a gallery in Yatter.

4. Schedule a time

Clicking the time header will open a pop up window that allows you to select when you would like the Tweet to load onto Twitter. Simply pick the day you want and adjust the time using the arrows provided.

5. Choose visibility

This section and the remaining sections are specific to Yatter. Selecting one of the three options will determine who on Yatter has preview access to your content. You can set a default setting for this value in the profile settings so that it automatically selects based on the profile. We recommend setting this to partner or private for sensitive content.

6. Promote in Listings

Listings are part of Yatter and are very useful for grouping together content and attracting new partners. Groups of partners can setup shared Listings and post their content in there. This helps classify the content and also helps other people find and use your content. You can also default a listing in your profile settings.

7. Select Interests

Interests are another way of looking at content and are used extensively to filter and cut the content within Yatter. They have no effect on the target platform and are specific to Yatter. Like Visibility and Listings they can also be defaulted in profile settings.

We also replicate the mandatory and finalise buttons at the bottom for easy access. They are identical to the ones shown at the top. You can click the mandatory buttons to shortcut to required elements.

Once your content has been correctly entered the final stage is to click the Finalise button. This will schedule your content.

Twitter Tweet Options

Tweet Options

You should then see 4 new buttons that allow you to advance, clone, draft and load the content. Please note that once an item of content has been scheduled it can not be edited. You have to take the content item back into draft first and this is to stop people making minor accident edits as they are browsing their content schedule.



Twitter Input Bar

The Twitter Input Bar


 

Facebook Input Bar

Facebook posting is much the same process as Tweeting. The input bar is also structured top to bottom with the mandatory items clearly noted at the top. Simply follow the numbers downward and complete the sections that are appropriate.


Facebook Input Bar

The Facebook Input Bar




Facebook is actually a lot easier than Twitter to author content. Unfortunately Facebook do not let us tag as there is no ability through API to do this. Facebook also have a more straightforward link mechanism and this makes actually writing content a lot less complex.

All of the headings on the input bar are clickable and should open an input area for the appropriate part of the content.

1. Write your content

This is really easy compared to Twitter. Simply type in the message you would like to appear at the top of the post. You can use Emoji and other things but it will not recognise tags so you cannot mention anyone.

2. Select a link

Facebook treats links in a more structured way than Twitter and as such we have a separate area within the bar to deal with them. We will cover linking in more detail in another guide but normally you will either select an existing saved link or paste a new one into the box at the top of the Link Bar.

3. Choose a profile

Click the heading and the Dual Bar interface will open a second bar on the opposite side of the user interface (on devices bigger than mobile). Simply select the profile you wish to use. This can be either a Personal Facebook profile or a Page.

4. Use some media

To add imaging and video to your Post simply click the Use Media heading. This should open up an option to upload an appropriate image from your device or to use a pre-loaded item of media that is stored within a gallery in Yatter.

5. Schedule a time

Clicking the time header will open a pop up window that allows you to select when you would like the post to happen on Facebook. Simply pick the day you want and adjust the time using the arrows provided.

6. Choose visibility

Selecting one of the three options will determine the contents visibility on Yatter. You can set a default setting for this value in the profile settings so that it automatically selects based on the profile. We recommend setting this to partner or private for sensitive content.

7. Promote in Listings

Listings are part of Yatter and are very useful for grouping together content and attracting new partners. Groups of partners can setup shared Listings and post their content in there. This helps classify the content and also helps other people find and use your content. You can also default a listing in your profile settings.

8. Select Interests

Interests are another way of looking at content and are used extensively to filter and cut the content within Yatter. Please understand that the interests are not the same as Facebook categories although they do follow a similar structure. Like Visibility and Listings they can also be defaulted in profile settings.

We also replicate the mandatory and finalise buttons at the bottom for easy access. They are identical to the ones shown at the top. You can click the mandatory buttons to shortcut to required elements.

Once your content has been correctly entered the final stage is to click the Finalise button. This will schedule your content.

Facebook Post Options

Facebook Post Options

You should then see 4 new buttons that allow you to advance, clone, draft and load the content. Please note that once an item of content has been scheduled it can not be edited. You have to take the content item back into draft first and this is to stop people making minor accidental edits as they are browsing their content schedule.

 


Interaction

Interaction is the main unique selling point of our platform. People schedule their content on Yatter so that their partners can have preview access. The purpose of that preview access is to schedule interaction as well as content.


Twitter Interaction

Twitter Interaction




Facebook Interaction

Facebook Interaction


Wherever you see a bar of buttons that are coloured in the livery of a social platform this means interaction. The buttons themselves are dual buttons with two parts.

 

  • The coloured part of the button is where you schedule interaction. Clicking this will open a popup window like the ones below that allow a user to schedule interaction.
  • The small grey part of the button to the right of the coloured one displays a view that shows all scheduled interaction from partners. If you are the owner of the content you have the ability to remove unwanted likes, comments or retweets. At all stages the author of content is in control.

Schedule Retweet

How to Schedule a Retweet


To use this popup window simply fill in the number of hours and minutes ahead of schedule you want the interaction to happen and click the button next to it.


Facebook Like

How to Schedule a Like


As you can see from the image, the original source content is clearly displayed along with time and date. The scheduled interaction is below this top panel in a list with the times of each piece of interaction noted.

Summary

Whatever content you are scheduling on whatever platform we think that the Yatter authoring experience is considerably easier and quicker than any other product we have seen on the market. It all follows the same pattern, a bar for authoring detailed written content and popup windows to schedule the interaction.
Once you have mastered one platform on Yatter we think you have mastered them all. Please be aware that these guides are an ongoing work in progress and we will be expanding them as we add new platforms and features.


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Richard Norman

Richard Norman

Richard is the Technical Lead and Co-Founder of Yatter. He is an experienced software architect and possesses a deep understanding of the underlying structure and design of a social network. Well we hope he does because he designed Yatter. His articles tend to have a technical slant and he also has a passion for long form content and SEO. Richard is also a qualified accountant.