I learned that Facebook was going to be launching a Facebook Pages Manager App for Android last week. Since I have an Android based phone I was looking forward to that in order to have a better way to share content on the go with my pages. Currently the best way to share content to a page is with Buffer, but Facebook tends to penalize third party apps with Edgerank so it isn’t the best solution. It was released in the US yesterday and I downloaded it.
I kept it on my phone for a total of 20 minutes.
The number one problem – you can share links and content directly to the app which is the number one function for me with any social sharing app for my phone.
When I tried to share a link, Page Manager was not one of the options that came up. The native Facebook app has a great share feature, why not for Pages as well.
No I had to copy and paste the URL into a status message and it looked like this:
No link preview. Second problem – you couldn’t schedule it which is a feature you have on pages that I really, really like. Why not with the mobile app (and on personal profiles as well, but that’s an entirely different blog post)?
There are some features that are good. Notifications for the page and being able to respond to comments as the page. Those are good things. But frankly that’s stuff that isn’t vital that I do from my phone if I’m going to be away from my computer for awhile. As a person who manages social media accounts being able to keep my pages updated and add content at the computer and away is what I need.
So I can’t recommend this app at this time. If I had a phone with more memory – another pet peeve you can’t move this app to an SD card – perhaps I would have kept it, but it wasn’t worth the space.
Final rant – why is it that Facebook can’t seem to do this (as well as message) in their native app. I’d prefer not to have an app for Facebook, and app for pages and an app for messaging. One app Facebook, one app…