15+ Great Twitter Tools for Improving Your Social Networking Performance

October 19, 2012 · 44 comments

by Lars

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Twitter is a pretty important social media service for anyone trying to have an online presence. Once you have build a follower base sending them regular tweets really can make a difference ex. for attracting traffic to your blog or your online business. Problem is – it takes time to keep taking all the time at the twitter party and since you have no idea when your followers are listening some tooling help can be needed. By taking time to prepare what you are going to tweet over the day and then schedule the tweets throughout the day you will be sure that as many as possible will see a tweet or two of yours. Is this OK or is it fundamentally wrong to “act as you are there?”. I think it is OK really if you still remember to tweet normally as well with your close twitter contacts and maintain your relationships. Scheduling is for marketing purpose and for reaching the masses… do you agree? This article lists most of the services available for automating your work, e.g. scheduling tweets for future publish. Many of the services have other useful features and you may find that one or more in combination can significantly improve how you use twitter.


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HootSuite

HootSuite is a fully featured and free web based twitter client. I personally use it because it has loads of features. First of all it works with the ow.ly (now ht.ly) link shortener which allows you to keep track of how effective your tweeted links are (essential if you’re a blogger). hootsuite also allow you to use a send later feature making it possible to record tweets that are sent through out the day (and if using ping.fm it will go to your entire network). hootsuite is a full twitter interface providing the tools you need. It also integrates with tools like wordpress allowing you to post from hootsuite to wordpress.

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14 blocks

14 blocks makes it easy scheduling tweets regardless if you have less than 2K followers or more than 100K. If you have one Twitter account you can get a small package with or without weekly analysis on when to post in order to reach the majority of your users. If you have more accounts they have larger packages containing 5 accounts.

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TweetDeck

TweetDeck allows you to follow any number of Twitter and Facebook accounts you run in one columned application.TweetDeck is absolutely essential if you use more than one Twitter account. It’s easy to use, and very clearly designed, with the added security of Twitter’s official support. Making a real installer so Adobe AIR isn’t required is a great improvement on earlier versions too.

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Socialoomph

SocialOomph.com is a web-service that provides a rather large set of both free and paid functions to manage your social network. You can automate sending message to new followers on twitter and a lot more including scheduling tweets.

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FutureTweets

FutureTweets.com is a free service that lets you schedule your Twitter messages. Send it at a specific time in the future or send a reoccuring Tweet daily, weekly, monthly or yearly!

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Twuffer

Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release.

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DynamicTweets

DynamicTweets allows individuals or businesses to enter future tweets and schedule them to be posted at a specified day and time.

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Autotweeter

AutoTweeter is a light weight tweet scheduler desktop application. AutoTweeter can send automatic tweets to your twitter account. Autotweeter also have built in URL shortening service using bit.ly.

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Gremln

Gremln allows you to control all of your major social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, from one convenient dashboard. It contains a translation tool, which makes it possible to reach customers allover the world as it is fluent in over 40 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, German, and French.

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FutureMessage

To send a message in the future, first type in your message and select a date. Then, use at least one method of communication: Text, Twitter, or Email. If you enter a date in the past, it will be sent at the next time messages are sent out. Messages are sent from the server twice an hour.

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SocialFlow

SocialFlow is a scheduling services, which uses a complex algorithm to determine when to post a massage based on what time the interest in a certain topic is peeking. Thereby increasing the the chances of a post to be re-tweeted, click-through and replyed on.

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Laterbro

You can schedule recurring Facebook updates or schedule tweets from multiple Twitter accounts!

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Tweetsqueue

TweetsQueue lets you build a queue of tweets for your Twitter account. The tweets in the queue will be twittered in a configurable time interval. This is great for collecting tweets while you are on an internet trip or you have a lot of things on your mind but you do not want to blow all the tweets out at once.

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Pluggio

Make Twitter Easy. Discover your ContentGrow your Following. Schedule your Tweets. Be the SIGNAL not the NOISE.

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Tweet adder

I have been using this tool for several months now. It is not free but you get a lot of useful features for that – probably the best money can buy (in terms of twitter marketing and automation). You can try it out as a trail first so don’t hesitate trying it! First of all You can manage more than one twitter profile which is important for some people. Then you can set up a multitude of tweets in the software, and allow the software to spread them out through out the day to keep you actively involved on twitter while you enjoy yourself with your free time. You can build a list of tweets (one per line) in a file and load it. You can also Automate Direct Messages, auto Follow Twitter Users, Auto Unfollow Twitter Users, keeps track of people you have un-followed so that you do not re-follow them, and much more. Take a look at the full feature list and try watching some of their videos. This tool can really help you build your twitter popularity!

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Su.pr

With Su.pr by StumbleUpon you can now promote your best content on Twitter and Facebook with one click. Su.pr is an URL shortening service for online publishers, bloggers and regular StumbleUpon users that allows you to simultaneously syndicate your content to multiple social media website. Ability to schedule your posts at optimal times.

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Author : Lars Vraa

Lars started tripwire magazine back in January 2009. He is really passionate about web design, web development and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for his readers.

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Patrick July 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

You guys should also include sociota. They have very powerful features when it comes to scheduling things on FB or Twitter.

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Regina Timothy June 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I agree with Andy on this one. HootSuite is the only tool that is offering unique features in the list.

I do hope the developers of the other tools have updated their apps to stand out from the competition.

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Solid Website Design April 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for a great article – i need to setup a tweet scheduling facility for a client and your list has helped me to get through some of the best options available :)

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Jason Coles April 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

Lars,
Good round up of various tweeter apps, thank you. I am leaning more towards Hoot Suite but someone also told me about TweetCaster. Do you or anyone else have any experience with TweetCaster?
Thanks a lot,
Jason

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annesofie April 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hi Jason, thank you for your comment on Hootsuite vs. TweetCaster.

We use Hootsuite ourself to post various posts on the social medias and it fits our needs to the fullest. If anyone have any comments on TweetCaster please join in the conversation as we are always curious on learning what others prefer to use and why!?

Kind regards,
Sofie

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Jason Coles April 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi Sophie,
Thanks so much for your swift response to my comment, I really appreciate it! Thank you also for reaching out to the rest of the community to see if anyone has any experience with TweetCaster.
Cheers,
Jason

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Manish March 18, 2013 at 3:44 am

I am looking for a list of tools that let me import a list of tweets and schedule them all at once. I tried Hootsuite and Twuffer but haven’t found a free option yet. Thanks for this list. I will definately try these tools you have listed to see if one fits the bill.

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annesofie March 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thank you for your comment. There are many great tools on this list, personally I can recommend Hootsuite – which is free if you only have less than 5 accounts I believe. If you find one that suites your needs, please share it with us, so we can add it to the list :)

Kind regards,
Sofie

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Amol Pomane November 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

Thanks for these really use full twitter tools

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preston dawson October 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

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preston dawson October 26, 2012 at 6:31 am

Twitter needs a tool where you can type in a date and see what you tweeted that day like a modern day diary!

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david July 19, 2012 at 6:52 am

Check out future scheduler app that helps you in scheduling the the future tweets along with the features like future scheduling for sms, emails and phone.

Check here:
http://futurescheduler.appsicum.com/

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@gamesaucer February 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

FutureTweets does no longer support reoccuring tweets.
Shame really.
I know that it can easily be misused, but I would’ve loved it to be able to mention my followers at their birthday automatically.
Nevermind, I’ll have to reschedule that stuff every year now. Little bit of work, but not too much of a deal.

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privatzimmer frankfurt January 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

The URL to Tweet-U-Later is not working (anymore).

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Matt November 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

We have been using Time2Tweet, which has been quite good. Especially since it is free and you may bulk import tweets. The only drawback is that it has a specific amount of tweets to publish per day, so they don’t always work.

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John September 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

I have been using an app called AutoTweeterPro for sometime. It’s a small & very easy-to-use software, which tweets from my computer. I am using unlimited trial version,which is as good as free. Hope you will find this tip useful –http://bit.ly/autotweeterPro1

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Leo Widrich March 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Great post and a truly awesome list. However there is a new kid on the block I am using, which is way easier than all 18 above :). With Buffer all you do is throw a few tweets in your Buffer and in return they will be scheduled FOR you. Super simple. Make sure to give it a go.
oh, it’s http://bufferapp.com.

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Lars March 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

thanks for the tip Leo!

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Leo Widrich March 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Wow, many thanks for the reply Lars. I didn’t expect it on such a popular blog. Glad you found the tip useful. Hope you give Buffer a go and let me know what you think about it.

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Leo Widrich March 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I am just thinking now whether I can offer you a guestpost about Buffer. The app now has fully integrated analytics as well, so you can keep track of the Clicks, Retweets, Avatars of who retweeted and Reach of your tweets.
Let me know, it would of course be an unbiased review with all pros and cons. :)

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David Mon March 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This is a really good article, I always have people asking me about scheduling tweets. Now I have this little reasourch to send them to.

I’m also going to check out tewwt adder, sounds awesome!
Dave

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Damien, BlatantWorld.com October 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I am a little surprised that, with so many of these articles on the net (“best twitter scheduling tools, etc”), not one writer can actually recommend one app over another. And none of you seem to have any reliability gaugues, based on past/current performance?

Ive tried many of these apps, today was the turn of TWUFFER (had to do the same tweet over 10 times before it saved it to a scheduled time, then that time came and went, and it said it was sent, but it did not appear in my tweets, since then i have been unable to schedule anything!), and FUTURE TWEETS (Ive spent over 2 hrs setting up and scheduling over 20 tweets @ 1 per hr, then I go away for 12 hrs, and realise that tweets stopped after about 3 hrs. Now their site is unreachable, and the app for that matter)

Any chance you ‘reviewer’ guys could start setting up performace tests and access some form of info about the app’s bandwidth/capabilities over a period of time? Could you get this info? And why does Twitter not just recommend one scheduler, and allow it to be developed and to become stable?

More importantly, is there any users out there who have actually used one of these apps successfully, and regularly, over the past few months?

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Rick London July 6, 2010 at 12:57 am

Have tried them all….many have their advantages and/or disadvantages. If someone can show me anything close to what Twaitter does, I will switch over. Meantime, nobody holds a candle to Twaitter. Used to use Hootsuite and they were very good until Twitter tied their hands forcing us to do one future tweet at a time. Twitter is like any other media; tv radio newspaper etc. It IS an advertising venue no matter what people say. A message has to be seen again and again before it “sinks in”. Twaitter allows that just like a tv, radio etc. campaign. The other services might take a page out of their book. Sincerely, Rick London

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tripwire team July 6, 2010 at 1:45 am

thanks for your opinion on this subject. Ill chel out Twaitter ASAP.

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sonia July 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Twitter has become a important social networking site for everyone, small and large businesses, or any individuals. Through, Twitter we can update our status so that we are connected in network continuously. But sometimes due to lack of time it may not be possible to type twitter status continuosly, But through twitter tools like Spokentwitter we can update twitter status from anywhere and from any phone like you can listen to your twitter timeline reply, delete your personal messages and even Retweet a message from your phone itself. A good tool especially for people continuosly on the move like Journalists, news reporters, interviewers, TV or Radio Anchors.

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Tweet Buddy June 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

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tripwire team June 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm

thanks for the tip – I will check your app out ASAP

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Donna Messick June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

It’s been long since I have read such a well composed blog. I appreciate your sincerity and hard work that you must have put in your writings. I wish you good luck with your upcoming posts.

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Douglass Janiak June 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I really enjoyed reading this. Think I’m going to look through your other posts!

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Rico Rosso June 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm

OK cool to see- useful comments are always welcome! Peace.

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Seo News June 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thanks for providing us this useful updates. Scheduling tweets is a useful feature for business website owner or internet promoters. They can manage the tweets for future and also change them if needed.

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Kingsley Tagbo May 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Scheduling tweets can be a great tool for many types of users. Naturally, marketers are one of the first categories of users that come to mind for this type of tweeting. I think another category that would make good use of these tools is Twitter DJs. Along with Blip.fm and one of these tweet scheduling tools you can have a play list going for the whole day, or a week. Then you can focus on the more personal messages and building relationships with followers, rather than worrying about keeping up with the number of posts that you feel you need to make.

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Nick May 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

You can also use social whale to schedule tweets and it will also schedule status updates in Facebook, linkedin, myspace and other services

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Andy @ FirstFound May 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

After HootSuite, there’s not really a standout tool on that list. It’s a shame really, that so many tools offer pretty much the same functionality.

Then again, there’s not much room for innovation in the field of Tweet scheduling.

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Smashing Buzz May 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

really useful twitter tools.

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Social Tool May 7, 2010 at 8:05 am

Thanks for this list! Currently, I’m using Hootsuite and so far it’s been reliable, except for times when it’s undergoing maintainance and such.

I might just try some of these items listed in your article!

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