Instagram recently applied changes to their interface. We are currently working on providing a smooth authentication to the network and will update our workflow shortly.
Update your Blog2Social now to version 4.5 and benefit from a major range of new features to improve your scheduling options, choose your preferred post format for Google+ and automatically add hashtags to all networks that support them.
Social Media Calendar: Sort and add scheduled posts - all in one place
The enhanced Social Media Calendar now makes it much easier for you to keep an overview of your scheduled posts:
Sort all your scheduled Social Media posts by network and accounts. Know exactly what’s happening on your social feeds and when best to add a new post, to keep your followers entertained.
With Blog2Social 4.5 you can now keep track with your editorial plan and manage your entire scheduling in one place:
Easily fill empty slots in your editorial plan by adding new posts with a simple click on the empty space in your calendar. Choose the blog post you’d like to add to your editorial plan from the selection of posts and pages, published or scheduled for publication on your blog, in the pop up window. With a click on “Share on Social Media” you will then be forwarded to the Blog2Social preview to customize your Social Media posts with individual comments, images, hashtags and handles.
New Calendar Button in the Preview Editor
We have also added a “Calendar” button to your Blog2Social Custom Sharing preview editor. When you customize and schedule your posts with the preview editor, you can click on the new “Calendar” button, which will display all scheduled social media posts. The Calendar view makes it easier for you to see how many posts are scheduled for a certain day and take this information into account when setting up your customized scheduling schemes.
Improved Scheduling for recurring posts: Schedule each week, each month or in your very own, preferred rhythm
We have improved your options to set up recurring scheduling schemes to match your specific needs. You can now choose whether you want to repeat your evergreen content every week, every month or according to your own chosen interval.
To do so simply select your preferred interval in the drop-down menu of your Blog2Social preview and choose the weekday and time at which you’d like to post. For a more in depth explanation and step-by-step guide, take a look at our FAQ: How do I publish blog posts on a recurring scheduling scheme?
Select Link Post and Photo Post Formats for Google +
To increase the impressions, interactions, likes and shares on your Google+ postings Blog2Social has now added the option to choose post formats for the Google network.
You can define your preferred custom post format for Google + in your Blog2Social settings by selecting the tab ‘network settings’ and choose to either post a link post or photo post.
The link post format displays the post title, link address and the first one or two sentences of the post. The biggest advantage of this format is that your followers will be redirected to your website or blog right after clicking on the link preview in your Google+ feed. PLEASE NOTE: To have your preferred image displayed in your Google + link post, make sure you select an image from your blog post image gallery.
A photo or image post displays the image you’ve selected in the Blog2Social preview along with your comment. Blog2Social automatically adds the link to your website to your comment. The main benefit of photo posts is that your image is uploaded to your personal gallery and, thus, generates long-term visibility.
Turn your WP tags into hashtags for more engagement
Blog2Social 4.5 will automatically turn your WordPress tags into hashtags and add them to your comments
in your social media posts for all networks with hashtag-support. You can activate this feature in your Blog2Social settings, ‘General’, By filling your comments with valid hashtags, your social media posts will be turned into searchable content and are easier to find for potential readers.
For example, the tag “Social Media Automation” will be turned into #SocialMediaAutomation and will help you to increase your posts outreach, visibility and to address new target readers.
For further information, check out our FAQ: How to Automatically add Hashtags to my Social Media Posts?
Furthermore, Blog2Social 4.5 includes a variety of usability updates to provide you with a hassle-free experience to support your social media marketing.
Version 4.4.1 - 280 character limit for Twitter messages
Twitter has doubled the character count per tweet from 140 to 280 characters. But brevity will still be the soul of Twitter messages. During the first phase of testing only 1 percent of tweets hit the 280 character limit, 2 percent were over 190 characters and only 5 percent were over 140 characters. With Blog2Social you can now test the new freedom of characters on Twitter for yourself.
Version 4.4.0 - Auto post RSS feeds and imported blog posts (Premium Feature)
Update your Blog2Social now to version 4.4 and benefit from an improved Auto-Poster function.
Enable the auto poster for imported content via RSS feed or third-party apps (premium feature) and share your imported blog posts, products or events on Facebook and Twitter. Automatically post imported content as soon as it is published on your website. [Here's a link to the detailed How To]
In addition, Blog2Social 4.4 includes a few minor bugfixes and usability updates to provide you with a hassle-free experience and to support you efficiently in your social media marketing:
XING group name display
When you publish to XING groups, the XING group name and the corresponding group forum are displayed more optimally in the network settings. It is now even easier to navigate between groups and forums when posting.
Share to Goolge+ Group sub-categories (Premium Feature)
With the new release, you can now post in sub-categories of Google+ groups you are a member of. Select the sub-category directly in the Blog2Social editor sharing.
Setting the Image Format for Instagram (Premium Feature)
Choose your preferred image format for Instagram. In Settings -> Network Settings you will now find a menu tab Instagram. There you can choose between Frame Images and Pictures without Frame.
Selecting Frame Image means that rectangular images will be displayed in landscape format. A white bar will be shown at the top and bottom of the respective images.
With Picture without Frame, rectangular images are cropped at the edges, but have the advantage that your overview looks more consistent. The selection has no influence on the image display in the preview of your posts.
Post to Medium Publications
In addition to your media profile, you can now publish your blog posts in Medium publications. Select your publications directly in the network settings.
We have released a new version of Blog2Social to ensure seamless functionality and enhanced usability.
Please, update to Blog2Social 4.3.3 to enjoy a smooth functioning of the new drag & drop scheduling calendar, the best time manager and an advanced customization of your social media posts with Facebook Open Graph (OG) and Twitter Card Meta Tags.
Furthermore, you can now display the authorship of your blog posts when sharing them to Facebook, by automatically setting the OG author tag when sharing your posts with Blog2Social.
Some Blog2Social users have reached out to us and brought an error to our attention which occurred during the updating process to Blog2Social version 4.3.
This issue is now fixed.
Please, update to Blog2Social 4.3.1 to enjoy the new drag & drop scheduling calendar, the blogger platform Bloglovin’ as well as the customization of your social media posts via OG tags and Twitter Cards.
Update Blog2Social to benefit from a new drag & drop calendar which lets you change or edit your scheduled social media post. Connect your blog to the blogger platform Bloglovin’. Change your image, title and descriptions of your link post formats for Facebook and Twitter Cards.
New drag & drop calendar: Keep an overview of your scheduling and change or edit previously scheduled social media posts
With Blog2Social version 4.3 you can now check, change and edit all your scheduled social media posts in an easy drag & drop calendar.
- Change your post's previous date of publication via drag & drop
- Change your post’s previous time of publication
- Change your previously selected image
- Double check and edit your post’s comments, hashtags and handles
Re-publish your blog posts on Bloglovin’!
For many bloggers, Bloglovin' is one of the biggest sources for new and recurring visitors. With 8 million active users and 750,000 active bloggers, Bloglovin' is the leading destination for readers in North America and Europe to discover and consume fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home decor and food content by their favorite bloggers on web, mobile and via email.
With the new Blog2Social Release 3.4 you can easily re-publish your blog posts on Bloglovin’. Auto post and re-share your blog posts to Bloglovin, keep your subscribers up to date and put your content in front of a great community of bloggers and readers interested in your topics. On top, profit from the reach and features of Bloglovin’ and have an email or push notification send to each of your subscribers the minute you publish a new post. Posting on bloglovin’ will drive more traffic to your blog and get you yet another external link to your website, pushing your SEO ranking. Happy Sharing!
Control your Post’s Appearance on Facebook & Twitter by setting Open Graph (OG) and Twitter Card Tags with Blog2Social
Facebook and Twitter have changed their policy for posting link posts via plugins or web applications. The networks no longer display the featured or selected image for your blog post by default, but only images defined in the Open Graph (OG) or Twitter Card Meta Tags of your blog post. If you have not defined any OG or Twitter Card Meta Tags, Facebook and Twitter displays a random image from your blog post or blog site. If you have defined an image in your blog post’s OG or Twitter Card Meta Tags that does not meet the image size requirements of the networks, Facebook will display a random image instead while Twitter will display a white space. Please make sure that your image meets the image size requirements.
With Blog2Social you can select a featured image or any image you select to be displayed with your link post. Blog2Social will automatically write the required parameter in the OG Meta Tags of your blog post, so that your selected image will be displayed with your link post. If you have defined your own OG meta tags,you can easily deactivate this Blog2Social feature.
Learn more about setting up open graph tags for Facebook and Twitter Cards with Blog2Social:
In July Facebook made several changes to their API interface, affecting posts shared on profiles, pages and groups. One of these changes was, that Facebook supports individually selected images for images post format only. For link posts Facebook will display images set in the "og" (open graph) parameters of the given blog post. If you have set og parameters for your featured image in your blog post, Facebook will display this featured image. Otherwise Facebook will display a random image from your blog.
Learn more about "og" tags in our FAQ: What are open graph tags and what do I use them for?
This change does only affect link post formats, not image post formats. If you share your blog post as image posts, your selected image will be displayed in the shared post on Facebook.
You can select the post format for link posts or image posts as default settings for your networks in the Blog2Social settings.
We will provide a solution to fix this issue with the coming update in August. So with the next update your selected image in Blog2Social will be display on Facebook for link posts as well as image posts.
Today we released a new update for Blog2Social!
- Enhanced image upload and workflow to share individual images for premium customers
- Adapted notifications for the auto-posting feature to improve your understanding