Update your Blog2Social to version 5.0 to use the new Content Curation feature to share any link from your favorite content sources on your social media accounts right from your WordPress dashboard. 5.0 also ensures compatibility with the Gutenberg Editor as well as advanced WooCommerce compatibility.
Content Curation is one of the key strategies used in social media marketing. Sharing third-party content will add more value and variations to your own content. Presenting relevant content from other sources will also help establish your social media accounts as a valuable resource for your particular field of expertise.
You can now automatically post and schedule curated content with Blog2Social, in addition to automating the social media marketing of your own blog posts.
Content Curation: Share any link with Blog2Social
Blog2Social 5.0 allows you to organize your whole social media marketing from your WordPress backend. You can now share any links you want with your followers on social media. Just take the link you would like to share and click on “Content Curation” in your Blog2Social dashboard.
Enter the link and choose to either use the quick post option to send your post to your standard social media accounts or individually customize and schedule your post just like your own blog posts.
Share your curated content immediately or schedule it for a later date.
>> Learn how to use the new Content Curation feature in Blog2Social.
- compatibility with Gutenberg editor established
- advanced WooCommerce compatibility established
Update your Blog2Social to version 4.9.2 to benefit from usability updates for a better user experience. We have also adapted Blog2Social 4.9.2 to the new XING rules for cross-posting to make sure that your XING posts and scheduling activity will follow the rules to be accepted by XING.
- Filter scheduled social media posts in the social media calendar
- Layout adjustment for pages and groups in the networks section
- Workflow for editing another user’s posts improved
- Social meta data feature improved
XING’s new Cross-Posting Rules
XING is a professional business platform for networking and communicating with peers, customers and business partners. Thus, the rules for sharing content are particularly strict.
XING’s new code of conduct for cross-posting allows to share the same content once on every XING page, once in one group and also in up to three other groups.
To make it easier for you to share and schedule your XING posts in accordance with the new rules, and to make sure your posts and scheduling activity will be accepted by XING, we have adapted the scheduling options in Blog2Social accordingly. Posts for XING pages and groups can now be scheduled for one specific date and time.
Learn more about the new guidelines and how to successfully post to XING groups.
Share and cross-post your content with individually tailored, unique posts for more engagement in XING groups.
Blog2Social provides you with a whole bunch of features for individually customized and tailored social media posts. With unique headlines, comments, and individual images, you can create a variety of unique social media posts that will enable you to share your messages across your XING communities. Unique and professionally adapted content is more likely to be considered as unique posts by XING and XING group admins and thus accepted for publishing. And, social media posts that are tailored for each community are more likely to get likes, shares, and engagement.
Update to Blog2Social version 4.9.1 to use the new Facebook Instant Sharing feature to share on Profiles, Pages and in Groups and Events!
As part of recent updates to the Facebook Platform Policies, Facebook introduced significant changes to the APIs that third-party programs, such as social media marketing tools, are using.
Due to Facebook’s API changes, starting on 1st August 2018, access to Personal Facebook Profiles has been severely restricted for all social media tools, so that automated posting on personal Facebook Profiles is no longer allowed with any social media tool or app. However, sharing your posts automatically on your Facebook Pages will still be possible with social media tools. Of course, Blog2Social will continue to support automated posting on Facebook Pages.
You can easily convert your Facebook Profile to a Facebook Page.
>> Learn how to convert your Facebook Profile to a Facebook Page and how you can benefit from the conversion
Facebook Instant Sharing
Sharing your posts on your Facebook Profile will still be possible with Blog2Social!
Facebook made these changes to ensure that communication on Facebook Profiles stays on a personal level. To help you keep sharing content with your followers, Blog2Social is now introducing Instant Sharing for Facebook.
Instant Sharing will not only let you share content on your Facebook Profile. You will also be able to share
- on a Friend’s Timeline
- in a Group
- in an Event
- on a Page you manage
- in a Private Message
You will be able to
- add @handles
- tag friends
- check in at a location
- add Emotions/Activities
- choose who should be able to see your post
You can still schedule your Facebook Profile posts with Blog2Social. After scheduling your posts, they will be listed in the “Scheduled Posts” tab on your “Posts & Sharing” navigation bar. On your scheduled date, your posts will move to the “Instant Sharing” tab and you can click on “share” to send them to your Facebook Profile instantly. All scheduled posts for your personal Facebook Profiles with scheduled dates starting from 1st of August and later will automatically be turned into Facebook Instant Sharing posts.
Share your blog posts directly to your Google My Business listing [Premium Pro & Business]
Your Google My Business listing is your digital business card and can be a primary touchpoint when clients and prospects search for your company.
As soon as someone searches for your company on Google, your business listing appears in the top right-hand side of the search results and is the focus of attention. Presenting your latest posts from your business blog directly on your Google My Business listing allows you to draw attention before they even visit your site.
Share blog posts on your Google My Business listing with just one click directly from your WordPress dashboard. Your featured image will be converted to the right format automatically and a link to your blog post will be added.
Want to learn more about Google My Business?
Bit.ly URL Shortener for your Social Media Posts
Make the most out of your social media marketing efforts by tracking your posted links with Bit.ly.
Activate Bit.ly in the Blog2Social settings and link your Bit.ly account to Blog2Social to post Bit.ly links in your scheduled social media posts.
Use Bit.ly to track your engagement and see how your posts performed across all social media networks.
- Improved usability in the planning overview for Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram
- Optimization for Safari Browser
- Links to Twitter can now be sent as permalinks if the shortener is deactivated
You can no longer connect your Instagram account to Blog2Social?
Instagram has introduced new terms and data policy that requires your agreement before your can continue using Instagram. Before connecting Instagram to Blog2Social, please log into your Instagram account manually at www.instagram.com or via the Instagram App.
Please confirm the data policy and log out from the desktop as well as from the Instagram APP.
Then go to your WordPress account and reconnect Instagram. Detailed instructions on how to connect Instagram can be found here: https://www.blog2social.com/en/faq/content/2/19/en/how-do-i-connect-blog2social-with-instagram.html?highlight=instagram
Update your Blog2Social to version 4.8 to create and plan Twitter Retweets, plan multiple individually tailored posts for your social media accounts and benefit from usability updates for a better user experience.
Post & Schedule Retweets (Premium)
Since Twitter’s new TOS update, sending the same Tweet to multiple twitter accounts or to one Twitter account multiple times is no longer allowed. However, Blog2Social now provides new options to create multiple Tweets for your blog posts that will make it easier to promote your blog in accordance with the new Twitter rules.
Retweets are still allowed on Twitter and a great way to reshare the same Tweets across your accounts.
With Blog2Social 4.8 you can now schedule multiple Retweets for a Tweet you are planning right from your WordPress backend.
While scheduling a Tweet in the one-page preview editor, you can now enable Retweets and select your other Twitter accounts to Retweet your original Tweet with a short delay.
>>Learn how to schedule Retweets
Schedule multiple individually tailored posts (Premium)
With Blog2Social 4.8, planning and scheduling multiple individually tailored social media posts for your blog post is getting even easier.
Create unique social media posts by using individual comment texts, hashtags, @-handles and images (with the photo-post format) for your posts with only a few clicks.
You can do this now in one single step in your one-page preview editor.
Tipp 1: Unique Tweets for Twitter
Use this feature to create unique Tweets for Twitter. By tailoring your Tweets you have another great way to re-share your blog post multiple times without repeating yourself. And, with multiple individually tailored Tweets, you will get more reach and engagement for your blog post.
Tipp 2: Multiple images on Instagram, Pinterest & Flickr
Posting multiple images from your blog post to Instagram, Pinterest & Flickr is now easier and quicker than ever! Just select a different image for each of your posts and click “share”.
- You can now check the delivery status of your posts in the Blog2Social “Posts & Sharing” section by clicking on the tab “Notifications”.
- XING groups are now sorted alphabetically for easier selection.
- XING group names are now always displayed in the Scheduled Posts & Shared Posts overview for easier review.
- The installation routine has been optimized
- Layout adjustment in the “Networks” section
- Auto-poster adapted for drafts. Drafts are now checked for auto posting if “updated posts” is selected in the settings.
On April 4, 2018 Facebook announced new rules to protect user information on Facebook.
Due to these changes, Facebook is currently working on adapting their Group and Pages API to the new data protection and privacy requirements. This can temporarily lead to interruptions of the Facebook network connections. We will keep you informed.
Twitter has implied several significant changes to rules and policies for scheduling and sharing and the usage of social media automation tools. By enforcing these new Twitter rules by March 23rd, updating Blog2Social to version 4.7 is required to use Blog2Social in agreement with the new Twitter terms of services (TOS) and benefit from usability add-ons that improve Blog2Social’s user experience.
The update to Blog2Social 4.7 is mandatory, in order to comply with Twitter’s new terms of service. Older versions of the plugin can no longer be used. >>See here for more information
Twitter terms of service update
In order to prevent malicious activity and spam, Twitter changed their rules restricting users from posting identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account.
To make sure that our users are in compliance with the new Twitter policies, we had to apply a couple of adjustments to Blog2Social. However, Blog2Social will provide you with many great features for your Twitter marketing in accordance with the new rules and policies.
- You can still select and connect multiple Twitter accounts to share your blog posts. To prevent duplicate content. Blog2Social now analyzes your Twitter comments to make sure you do not accidentally post the same message across multiple Twitter accounts.
- If you select more than one Twitter account, the first account will still have an automatically generated comment in the comment field, all other comment fields will be empty in order to enable you to vary and customize your Tweets.
- You can now select a primary Twitter account for auto-posting your blog posts and RSS-imported feeds.
Please note that Blog2Social was originally built to provide any means of tailoring social media posts in combination with smart social media automation. Blog2Social provides you with many great customizing options such as individual comments, link post and image post formats, individual images and even Twitter Card parameters. With the current regulations on social media automation and scheduling, Blog2Social is highly specialized in providing you with the best options for your Twitter marketing in accordance with Twitter’s new policies and rules.
>> See our Twitter update FAQ for more details
>>Learn more about how the new Twitter rules impact your social media marketing and what you can do about it.
Choose a Twitter Card Type
Blog2Social 4.7 enables you to choose the twitter card type for your posts. The information you choose will be written into your blog post’s meta tags.
The Twitter card type defines the appearance of the link preview shown on Twitter.
With the card type “Summary”, your post will be shown on Twitter with a small image, to set the focus on the text:
With the card type “Summary_Large_Image”, your post will be shown on Twitter with a big image, to set the focus on the image:
To select the Twitter card type for all your blog posts, go to Blog2Social -> Settings -> Social Meta Data -> Twitter and select the default card type:
Please note that content is cached by Twitter for 7 days after a link to a page with card markup has been published in a Tweet. This means that it can take up to 7 days until Twitter displays the change.
- In addition to the editing function in the social media calendar, scheduled posts can now also be edited in the “Posts & Sharing -> Shared Posts -> Details” overview of each blog post.
- Re-share function after post preview adjusted.
- Scheduled posts with your “own interval” now correctly start at the starting date.
- Established compatibility with WP Link Page.
- Updated network overview.
- You will now get a confirmation message after you activated Blog2Social Premium.