Post Previews

You've created a great new post. πŸŒƒ

But how will it look like once it shows up on the various social platforms?

We've built Post Previews to see exactly* how each post will look like once shared on each social network.

socialbee post previews.png *Well, not really exactly, as social networks tweak the way they display posts all the time, but this is our best estimate to how the posts will look like.

Just click the ribbon next to each post, to see how they will look like.

No more surprises, just great looking posts. πŸ•Ά

Better image posts on LinkedIn

Until now, when we wanted to share an image post, we had to do it via a weird trick where we'd share it via a SocialBee media file. That worked but was not ideal.

Now, your LinkedIn images will be front & center. Plus they will look crisp.

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You can even add up to 4 images to a LinkedIn image post.

No change is required on your side.

This way, you can wear your best suit* on LinkedIn, and look good in it.

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*Even though it's LinkedIn, ties are not mandatory.

New Twitter Limits and Limitations

From the beginning, we started SocialBee with three main functionalities: Content, Grow, and Engage.

And even though we know that businesses need all of these functionalities to thrive, we also understand that SocialBee is a powerful tool, and...

With great power comes great responsibility. πŸ’ͺ

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Twitter recently suspended πŸ”— tools which had similar (but much more aggressive) functionality to our Grow and Engage features.

Our app was not affected, and we've always worked with Twitter to stay compliant with their Terms of Service.

We're being proactive in making Twitter a better place for all of us.

But no worries: these new limits won't affect 99% of you.

What does this mean? What will change?

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New Grow Limits

One of the main use cases of Twitter is to find relevant accounts to follow and engage with.

As private individuals, we might want to find friends, relevant news and entertainment sources, or thought-provoking profiles.

As companies, we might want to find our competitors, influencers in our space, or prospective customers.

But this should be used for just that - finding relevant accounts you want to follow, and not in order to generate notification spam.

This is why we're limiting the Growth functionality to 100 follows and 100 unfollows per day.

We feel that this still gives legitimate, well-intentioned entrepreneurs and businesses the possibility to find relevant accounts to follow while disarming any spammers.

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New Engage Limitations

We find that it's crucial to engage with your followers, as well as with other relevant accounts.

So we still want to give you the opportunity to start a meaningful conversation.

But as of now, if you want to set your engage @mentions to running, you need to have at least 20 meaningful engage messages set as engage templates.

This can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, so we suggest to start with a targeted message that can spark a conversation.

Besides this, as DMs have been abused a lot on Twitter, we've removed the option to send auto-DMs (auto direct messages) from our platform altogether.

Plus, we have other changes in the works which will improve the growth and engagement on Twitter for everybody.

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Daily Posting Safeguards

Most people post to Twitter once or twice per day.

Even though we feel that Twitter's real-time nature does lend itself to a higher posting intensity than the other social networks, you should also not overdo it.

So we're limiting the number of daily scheduled times to 100 for each profile. About one post every 15 minutes, which under regular posting conditions, is not a limit that anybody should hit.

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What's next?

As always, we keep working to improve our tools πŸ”— and our services πŸ”— to help you get more leads with less effort.

We thank you for being with us on this amazing journey. πŸ™

Keep buzzing! 🐝

Pinterest is here! (Through HootSuite)

πŸ₯ πŸ“Œ πŸŽ‰

I know this is something you've been expecting for a long time.

So guess who can now post on Pinterest through SocialBee?

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We would have loved to be able to post directly, without any 3rd party integrations, but direct API accesses are hard to get nowadays...

So until we get our very own access to the Pinterest API, you can already post on Pinterest through our HootSuite integration.

A free HootSuite account also works.

Find out how to set up your Pinterest account through HootSuite here: https://help.socialbee.io/content/posting-to-pinterest-via-the-hootsuite-integration

As this is a brand new feature, if you find any issues with it, or have any suggestions, please let us know.

Happy Pinning! πŸ“Œ πŸ™Œ 🎊

Google+ shutting down

As I'm sure you know by now, Google+ is shutting down.

As a result, we've also removed our Google+ Buffer integration.

What is changing?

  • You can no longer connect any Google+ profiles.
  • The posting on any connected Google+ profiles has been set to not running, and you can not switch it back to running.
  • All your Google+ linked content is still available in SocialBee, in case you want to assign it to other profiles.

We suggest removing any Google+ profiles from your SocialBee account.

We're sorry to see Google+ go.

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But there's also good news: we're already working on our Google My Business integration.

Shopping Cart for the Concierge Services

As we've been adding more Concierge Services (plus more are coming), we needed to give you an option to move from buying each one individually and to allow you to select all the services you want and buy them in one go.

So now when you go to Concierge in the app you'll see a redesigned experience. 🀩

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So go ahead and buy any new Concierge Services in one go! πŸ’ͺ

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Twitter posting (and Grow) is working again

Our previous Issues with Posting (and Grow) on Twitter have been solved.

All services are back on track.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Issues with Posting (and Grow) on Twitter

We're currently experiencing issues with Posting, Following, and Unfollowing on Twitter.

We’ve already raised it at Twitter so we hope we’ll get our write actions (posting and following/unfollowing) rights back ASAP. It should normally not take more than one or two days.

In the meanwhile, you can still use our Buffer integration to continue posting on Twitter: https://help.socialbee.io/accounts-and-settings/buffer-integration

We’re really sorry for this inconvenience and we’re doing our best to get this solved ASAP.

LinkedIn Post analytics are also here πŸ“Š πŸ’Ό

After the Facebook and Twitter Analytics, we are excited to let you know that we've completed the LinkedIn Analytics functionality.

You can now see the analytics of all your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles.

So you can get the stats of your Facebook cat videos, Twitter snarky remarks, and LinkedIn corporate mumbo-jumbo. Or any type of content you'll decide to share on your profiles.

You'll see your analytics under: Posting -> Post History -> A Profile.

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Enjoy analyzing :)

Post analytics are here πŸ“Š

You can now see how your posts on Facebook and Twitter (plus the LinkedIn coming announcement is here) are doing.

This way, you'll know which of your posts worked best so you can double down on that type of post.

You'll see your analytics under: Posting -> Post History -> A Profile.

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We just have the basic stats for Facebook at the moment, but we're working on aggregating a lot more info into the platform in the coming months.

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Over the coming months, you'll see the analytics and reporting capabilities grow, so keep posted.

And if you find any issues or have any suggestions, please email us at hello@socialbee.io.

No published changelogs yet.

Surely SocialBee will start publishing changelogs very soon.

Check out our other public changelogs: Buffer, Mention, Respond by Buffer, JSFiddle, Olark, Droplr, Piwik Pro, Prott, Ustream, ViralSweep, StartupThreads, Userlike, Unixstickers, Survicate, Envoy, Gmelius, CodeTree