How Do I Decide the Posting Order in My Category?

There are multiple ways to publish through SocialBee. The most common way of publishing is by using the category-based system we have in place. Your categories queue up content in a top to bottom order and can publish in either one of two ways:

  • Last in, First Out (LIFO), or top to bottom;
  • First in, First out (FIFO), or bottom to top.

In this article, we'll talk about what each of these options does so that you can decide which one is the best for you. 

Last In, First Out (LIFO)

This is the default order of posting, in your categories. This means that new posts will be added to the top of the queue. Your newest post will be the first one to get published. 

In an evergreen category, this means that every time you add new posts, the older ones are being pushed lower and lower into the posting cycle. That being said, they will publish if you don't add any new posts to your category for a while. 

This is the best way to post if your posts are evergreen, like for your blog posts, for example. This way, you have all your past blog posts lined up to post whenever needed on your Social Profiles, but your newest post will take priority over them since it's the one your audience hasn't read yet. 

First In, First Out (FIFO)

By contrast, the FIFO order is when the oldest of your posts from a category are published first. This means that your new posts will be added to the bottom of the queue.

In an evergreen category, this means that your new posts will be queued up after the ones that are already added to your category. 

This is the best way to post if your posts are time-sensitive, or if you want them to publish in a particular order. News, for instance, lose their newsworthiness if they are not published that day or the next. So, you may want your existing posts to get published before others that you will add later. 

How can you choose the right order?

There are two ways in which you can choose where your posts go. These are the following: 

1. When creating your post.

When you create your posts, you have the option to choose when to post. There, you'll see that you can choose between adding your post to the TOP of the queue, or to the BOTTOM of the category. Choosing one or the other will place your post in that order, but it will not change the order of posting in the category (so it only affects that particular post).

2. By enabling the "Switch item posting order in category" feature.

If you want the default order in your category changed or you want different orders for different categories, you can choose to enable the "Switch item posting order in category" feature from your Workspace Settings.

That's all! Now your posts will be shared in your preferred order. 

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