5 Free Twitter Tools To Schedule Tweets
Posted: October 15, 2013 by Emily Brown
With so many social media management tools out there, it's hard to know which ones are trustworthy enough to use them for managing your Twitter account. To save your precious time, we've gathered 5 Twitter tools that are both reliable and easy to use when it comes to scheduling tweets.
Many may believe that Bit.ly is just a URL shortening service, but that is just one of its uses. A free Bit.ly account provides you access to a dashboard where you can both shorten and share links to multiple Twitter accounts. You are also offered a view of the stats for any Bit.ly links you share through your dashboard and you can plug your Bit.ly API key into Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed, or Seesmic in order to get stats for links you share through those apps as well.
HootSuite is one of the most widely exploited tool as far as Twitter management is concerned and there is a good reason for that. It is useful if you want to manage with ease several social networks, all neatly arranged and easily accessible. Also, you can analyze social media traffic and track brand mentions.
If you're searching for a smarter way to manage your tweets, Buffer will fulfil your wish. It lets you schedule your tweets in such way that they will be spread throughout the day so you don't go through a reading spree and inundate your followers with 20 tweets within an hour. While its analytics will help learn what your audience loves or doesn't, as well as the times of day you get the most action on your tweets.
It is a one-of-a-kind application that gives you the possibility to collect tweets and curate them manually or automatically in a unique newspaper-style format which can be automatically shared daily on your Twitter account. What makes this app great is the ability to collect the top tweets from your followers, people on a specific Twitter list, or even anyone who mentions a particular #hashtag.
A desktop Twitter management tool, TweetDeck has similar features to HootSuite in terms of orginizing your Twitter activity. In addition, it also gives you the ability to send longer messages. But we have to note that this app is useful only if you use one computer. Otherwise, it makes more sense to use a browser-based application instead of one you have to install on a local computer.