Post links to Facebook automatically every 20 minutes, with Staggr

Those who are keen to post links to Facebook have a dilemma: unless these links are spaced out at a rate of one every twenty minutes, they will be buried in a “similar posts” container and forgotten about.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could post all of the links you want at once time, and have some automated tool serve them for you at 20 minute increments?

Enter Staggr, a free web service and Facebook app that does exactly this.

Staggr can be added to your browser in the form of a bookmarklet, which can be used to post any page that you are browsing by a single click.

Staggr will take things over from there, keeping a list of all the links that you wanted to post, posting them on Facebook fro you in 20 minute intervals. You can do this from your browser or on your Android device via an Android app.

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How to use Staggr:

  1. Add Staggr to Facebook and give the app the ability to post on your behalf
  2. Drag the Staggr bookmarklet to your browser’s ‘bookmarks’ toolbar.
  3. Browse to the pages you want to post, and click on the Staggr bookmarklet to schedule them
  4. Optionally add a comment, and choose whether you want to your own timeline or that of any Facebook page(s) associated with your account.
  5. Bask in the appreciation of your Facebook friends and community for your artfully curated updates!

The verdict:

This tool is not for everyone, but those who need it will doubtlessly appreciate it. It would have been nice to be able to schedule updates at other increments aside from 20 minutes (e.g. every hour or something), or at user-specified times. On the other hand, if you like to keep things simple and to the point, that’s what you will get with this service.

Get Staggr (browser bookmarklet and Android app).


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

Has been reviewing software since 2006 when he started Freewaregenius.com
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  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    Stinks like a spamming tool and I reckon Facebook will block it before long.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/110765036334827012485 Samer Kurdi

      @ Carbonize: it is not a spamming tool. Who will you spam on facebook? Your friends? If so, they can easily unfriend you.

      But in any case, this app as Haliphax pointed out above is more appropriate for facebook pages and communities. For example, I have a dormant and not very active Freewaregenius Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/YGIWzX), and I sometimes think about making it into a space where I would post a lot of freeware links and tech stories which will never make it onto this site. In that case, a tool like this one would be invaluable.

      • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

        Samer maybe this would be useful – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook/

        As to my spamming comment I was refering to pages where they post nothing but stupid comments saying like if you agree share if you don’t. That sort of crap.

        • http://roadha.us haliphax

          In that case, I would expect that people would simply stop following that page if they were uninterested in its content.

  • http://roadha.us haliphax

    Hi. Author of the app here. It is hardly intended to be used as a “spamming tool”. It posts directly to pages or your own timeline — not to the timelines of others. There is also currently no support for mentions, so I’m not sure I follow your logic.

    I made it because I post a lot of the articles that I read and projects that I find in the web development space, and they were all being lumped together. I later found out that it could be used as a tool for multiple individuals to do this same thing for one Facebook page (so that, for instance, my buddy Jim and I could both post links to my tech feed mentioned earlier).

    • http://www.paleografie.tk Cerberus

      But all those posts will turn up in some panel when your Facebook friends log into their accounts, don’t they? This way, they will see 20 of your links as opposed to a single “lump” notification.Why do you think Facebook has this policy?

      • http://roadha.us haliphax

        That’s all good and well for individuals, but for my tech feed, its intent is clearly to be a stream of links related to a specific set of topics. I read the majority of my articles in the morning. Rather than having my page filled with these clumps of links, staggr allows me to cleanly dole them out on the page’s timeline.

        I don’t see it as any different than if I had a text file full of links that I shared to Facebook one at a time every 20 minutes manually (which is actually not too far off from what I had been doing before I wrote the app).

        At any rate, I understand your apprehension… but Facebook provides the ability to block all posts from a specific app. If you don’t like that one of your friends or pages are using staggr, then you can block all staggr activity from that person (or all staggr activity from everyone). Of course, you could also stop following that page/individual, as well.

        • http://www.paleografie.tk Cerberus

          Okay, people can always block you if they feel you are too spammy. Do people really use Facebook as an RSS reader?

        • http://roadha.us haliphax

          From what I’ve found, people really like the tech feed I’ve been curating. They can view it in Facebook, or they can view it in an RSS reader (for reals) by using the Feedburner URL for the page feed I’ve linked up.

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  • http://roadha.us haliphax

    I’m currently migrating staggr to the AppFog system for better resiliency. My apologies for any downtime you may experience.