The 6 Best Tools To Schedule Twitter Updates

twit   The 6 Best Tools To Schedule Twitter UpdatesTwitter is designed to be streamlined and only have the essential features, but for many people the built-in features are not enough and third-party applications have therefore been developed to make Twitter easier to use and add more options. One of the most sought-after abilities is to schedule Twitter updates.

There are many web tools and applications out there that work with Twitter, but not all are created equal. In this article I will discuss the best tools I’ve tried for scheduling Twitter updates and we’ll take a quick look at the other features they offer too.

Just the Schedule, Please

To start we’ll look at services that directly provide what we want – the ability to schedule twitter updates. After that we’ll review some of the more full-featured applications.

Twuffer

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Twuffer is one of my favorites to schedule Twitter updates. In my tests it was the easiest and fastest to use for scheduling a tweet. For me, it’s a big bonus that it doesn’t require me to sign up for a Twuffer user account. Many services require you to sign up with their site, in addition to your existing Twitter account, in order to link the two together and use the service. Most of us don’t like having many different logins to remember, so I appreciate any site that doesn’t require one. We already have enough to remember in life, don’t we?

To login to Twuffer, just type in your Twitter information and you’re ready to go! The interface couldn’t be simpler and it keeps track of your past and future scheduled tweets. This application is pure barebones ““ it only schedules tweets. Don’t expect any extra features like URL shortening in this one yet.

FutureTweets

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FutureTweets is another nice one. The service is very quick and responsive with a clean interface. When using an external service, most of them leave a message on Twitter that says something like, “message sent by Site.com“, but FutureTweets gives you the option of disabling the message.

Unlike Twuffer, the site requires you to register before you can use it. This is the only somewhat negative thing I can think to say about the service, but it’s not something that will bother everyone.

Okay, Give Me More

The following services let you schedule tweets, but they also have a slew of other features. If you’re looking for more than just scheduling tweets, check these out.

twAitter

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twAitter (soon to be renamed as Gremln) is just one step above a basic scheduling application since they also offer a feed manager, URL shortening (using bit.ly) and the ability to translate your tweets into another language with the simple click of a button.

It also lets you post to other networks such as Facebook. They do not require registration to use their service and I found the interface to be very intuitive.

SocialOomph

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SocialOomph requires registration with email activation, but in return they offer many features for free. You may schedule tweets, automatically follow/unfollow those who do the same to you, save drafts to reuse, create extended profiles to display more personal information and more. By upgrading to the optional professional version, it unlocks many more features such as Facebook integration, keyword tracking and recurring updates.

SocialOomph works well enough, but I was surprised by how much text they threw at me in certain parts of the application. That’s not what we’re used to seeing in the days of Web 2.0. Even though the interface could be better streamlined, it’s still a very useful service overall.

Hootsuite

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Hootsuite is one of the most popular services and has been mentioned all over the web. It is packed full of features, including the ability to schedule tweets, of course. The interface is beautiful, very customizable, and I’m impressed with how Hootsuite acts like a desktop client with the way it uses Ajax and other web technologies to keep things updated and dynamic.

Even though it’s overkill for scheduling tweets (if that’s all you want to do), it’s still simple enough to use for just that purpose. It has other time-saving features, such as automatic updates of your blog feeds into Twitter and threaded conversations to help you stay organized when following a lot of other tweeters.

For extensive coverage of what Hootsuite offers, check out our in-depth article.

CoTweet

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CoTweet is popular amongst some of the MakeUseOf staff and after I spent some time with it, I could see why. CoTweet just works. It’s very responsive and has a very smooth interface, which seems to have become the norm for Twitter apps. Besides scheduling tweets, CoTweet will save all incoming and sent messages for you to view later if needed. One of its more unique features is the ability to assign a tweet to a friend, coworker, or someone else to follow up on. This can be very useful for businesses.

CoTweet does require you to register an account with them, but it’s for a good reason. You can link your CoTweet account with up to 5 of your Twitter accounts and manage them all from one place. This saves a lot of time and lets you schedule tweets for multiple accounts from one place.

There are a lot of choices out there. I hope this article has helped find the best one for you. What are your experiences with these services? Do you have any others you recommend? Please share these with us in the comments below!

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Joe

I never even knew about any of this. Thanks for the info. I might have to check into these.

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helen

great suggestions here – was predominantly using hootsuite and still use it for iphone tweet scheduling – great iphone app but for desktop i’m now hooked on tweetminer – it’s a very underrated twitter client that truly has it all.

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Jonathan Bennett

I’ll give Tweetminer a look, thanks!

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Thomas

Hi,

I enjoyed reading your post here… there are some great apps out there.

Like Helen, I am hooked on tweetminer, and quite surprised you missed this one.

Thanks again,

Thomas

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Anthony Camilo

I wrote a bash script over the holidays to do just that, and it works fine for my needs. Here’ya go

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Anthony Camilo

You can do it with BASH
#!/bin/bash

# initialize tweet variable
tweet=””
tweetpath=/path/to/tweetfile

# this is the file with the tweets for the month named YEARmonth (2010Feb)
tweetfile=`date +%Y%b`

# generate today’s date, which will correspond to line number in $tweetfile
linenumber=`date +%d`

# this takes the tweet for the day based on calendar day/linenumber
tweet=`sed -n “$linenumber”p $tweetpath/$tweetfile`

# we don’t want to tweet at the same time of day every day, do we?
# introduce a random 0 to 240 minute delay (4 hours)
delay=$((RANDOM%240+0))m

# run only if there’s a file for this month, and only if there’s a tweet for the day
if [ -f $tweetpath/$tweetfile ]; then
if [ -n "$tweet" ]; then
echo Sleeping $delay minutes…
sleep $delay
curl -s -u twitter_user_name:twitter_password -d status=”$tweet” http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml > /dev/null
fi
fi

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Jonathan Bennett

Nice script. :)

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Robert M

Stay away from Twuffer. It’s just sluggish. Twaitter on the other hand is fast and feature rich. On my site, I like to schedule tweets for contest deadline reminders. Love it!

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Jonathan Bennett

I’m surprised to see anyone call Twuffer sluggish. I’ve used it multiple times over the past week and it has worked fast for me. In what way is it sluggish for you? I liked Twaitter very much too.

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Prolire

Hi,

Great post ! I already know Hootsuite but I am going to test twuffer asap.
Thank you for these information.

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Jonathan Bennett

Awesome. Let us know how it works for you. :)

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Dave

Good list. I have used all of these. I currently use Twaitter. The guys who write it are very responsive to questions which is a plus.

Key thing to note: Twaitter has pretty much every feature of CoTweet with more. Assigning tweets, Archiving, Scheduling, but you can manage 1000 accounts if you want. They also have translation, spell checking, and a built in calendar view like Microsoft Outlook.

Dave

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Jonathan Bennett

Thanks for the extra info. It’s always good to hear when a company is responsive to emails. I think that’s very important.

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Steve

Got to disagree with you on Twuffer – I was using it last week to post a series of tweets and it could take 10 or more minutes before even acknowledging my input (perhaps some site problems that day?), and one message fired 39 minutes late! Also it only allows tweets to be sent on the hour – I was looking for more granularity.

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Jonathan Bennett

Hi Steve, you’re the second person to mention Twuffer being slow for them. That’s not a good sign…

I wonder if they are having some server or temporary load problems. I just tried them again right now and although the login was a tad slower than previously, everything seemed to work fine and my tweet posted instantly.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Laura @Pistachio Fitton

Great post! Would love to see you feature these apps, link to this post, etc. on your profile page at http://oneforty.com/jonmbennett. You can share your reviews of the apps listed on each of their pages, and link back to this post there as well, too.

In the future we will be offering more tools to make it easy to blog about great Twitter tools. Would love your feedback!

Warmly,
Laura

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MiLi

Wow! What a fantastic post! I’d like to know how these tweet schedulers compare to something like tweetglide or tweetdeck?

Thanks!

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Sandra

Thanks for the list. I´ve been using socialoomph for awhile and it works just fine for me. But I really would like a tool like an excel sheet for a week or even a month. Where you put the time on the left side and the days on top. Then put your future tweets in the boxes. This way you would have an overview when which tweet is getting send out instead of scrolling through a list.
Do you know any tool with a feature like this?

Thanks and many greetings from Germany Sandra

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adam

Can someone help me, please? I’m looking for a site with which is accurate and doesn’t leave a message in the end of each tweet. Futuretweets is fine but it’s often a few minutes late. I want to publish 1 tweet every 5 minutes during a period of time (total of 12 tweets) so no delay is acceptable. Which site suits me needs?