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6 Free Ways to Schedule Tweets

Yaara Lancet 08-03-2013

schedule tweetsUsing Twitter is really about the here and now. You find an interesting article, a cool picture, an awesome video, or maybe you just want to share something you’ve just realized or thought of. Either way, the way Twitter works, you’re supposed to open a client, write your tweet, send it, and repeat this sequence every time you want to share again. So yes, tweets can only have up to 140 characters, but the process can still get pretty time-consuming.


This leaves us with two main options: Become a Twitter addict, tweet every time you think of something or discover something cool, no matter where you are; or neglect your Twitter account, forget to update it for days or weeks, and miss sharing things you actually meant and wanted to share. It’s not black and white, of course, you might be somewhere in between, but in my experience, it mostly goes in these directions. The solution? Schedule tweets!

No, you’re not going to become a bot, and if you do it wisely, it’s still going to feel like a live and natural account. In addition, most Twitter analyzers provide best times to tweet depending on your followers. With a schedule, you can get the most impact for your tweets, and make sure most of your followers see them. Scheduling tweets is not hard – most of you have probably done it at least once. Here is a list of the best services, compared.


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Buffer Schedule & Post Updates For Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn With BufferApp [Chrome] Buffer is a web service for scheduling tweets, LinkedIn profile and group posts, as well as Facebook updates for both profiles and pages. Buffer is great if you want to plan ahead and schedule your... Read More is a brilliant service that helps you figure out the best times to tweet according to your time zone, and lets you schedule up to 10 different tweets for those times (unlimited for paid accounts). Your tweets are kept in a buffer, and are sent on their way according to your schedule. Buffer also offers some analytics on updates you send through it, and you can find a handy Buffer button on numerous services such as Feedly, Pocket, Reeder, Instapaper, TweetCaster, and others.

There are also Buffer add-on’s available for Firefox and Chrome, and Buffer mobile apps for Android and iOS.


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Buffer is not only for Twitter. You can use it to schedule updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and as well.

Overall score: A+

Further reading: The perfect way to schedule your tweets: Tweriod + Buffer + Pocket + IFTTT The Perfect Way To Schedule Your Tweets: Tweriod + Buffer + Pocket + IFTTT We've come up with the perfect way to figure out when to post your tweets, what services to use to automate the process, and also have a few tips and tricks for you on how... Read More



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Everyone’s heard of TweetDeck Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client If you use Twitter in any capacity, there’s a 75% chance you’re using a client. After all, Twitter’s web interface is not the most convenient, and if you’re keeping track of more than one account,... Read More , but not everyone knows you can use it to schedule tweets in advance. TweetDeck is Twitter’s own client, and is available as a desktop client for Windows and Mac, a Chrome app, and was only recently discontinued as a a mobile app for iOS and Android. It’s a fully-fledged Twitter client you can use to tweet, read tweets, manage lists, favorites, etc. It also supports multiple accounts, but doesn’t support any additional social networks other than Twitter.

TweetDeck makes it easy to schedule tweets for later, but doesn’t help you decide which times to schedule them to. Click the clock icon on the tweet screen to set a date and time for your tweet. You can then view your scheduled updates in the Scheduled column

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In the past, I had some issues with scheduled updates not being sent, but this is a rare occurrence, and seems to have been fixed since.

Overall score: A-

Further reading: 10 tips to help you use TweetDeck and Twitter more efficiently 10 Tips to Help You Use TweetDeck and Twitter More Efficiently If we have to actively use social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, we have to be efficient at them. We have to streamline them so that we can mine a blink-and-you-miss source like... Read More


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HootSuite is another client that needs no introduction. It’s much more than a Twitter scheduler, and can be used as a centralized dashboard for all your social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Pages, LinkedIn, and more. It’s available as a Web app or a mobile app for Android, iOS and Blackberry. HootSuite includes a pretty awesome scheduler, which lets you flexibly schedule updates to any date and time you want.

Alternatively, you can use HootSuite’s own algorithms, and let it schedule them for you using its AutoSchedule feature. This feature uses your own data to determine the best time to tweet for optimal impact. HootSuite is a powerful tool, and makes it easy and convenient to schedule tweets. If you’re just looking for a way to schedule your updates, though, it might be a bit of an overkill.

Overall score: A

Further reading:  Let Hootsuite Be Your Android Hub For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Accounts The One Tool You Need for Managing Your Social Feeds Staying up to date on lots of social media feeds isn't easy. We found the best tool to consolidate your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ feeds in a single place. Read More

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If apps and clients are not really your thing, or you want to be able to schedule tweets from absolutely anywhere (with an Internet connection), could be the solution for you. With, you get to schedule up to 15 tweets through a simple email. All you have to do is connect your Twitter account, set up to 4 times a day to send your tweets, and get your unique email address.

To schedule a new tweet, email this address, write “buffer” in your subject line, and write your tweet in the email body. It will automatically be scheduled for the next available time slot. You can schedule several tweets in one email by separating them with an empty line. If you change your mind, you can log on to and erase your tweets.

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There are some drawbacks to the service: For some reason, you can only schedule tweets to full hours (i.e., 9:00, 13:00, 22:00), times are in UTC only, you cannot re-order your tweets once they’re scheduled, and there’s no built-in way to shorten URLs. The service is very basic, and might not be enough by itself, but it’s a great way to be able to send updates to Twitter when you have access to nothing else.

Overall score: B



Twuffer is a combination between Buffer and an in-client scheduler such as TweetDeck’s. It’s a stand-alone Web app that can be used only to schedule tweets and track the tweets you’ve sent. Using Twuffer is pretty straightforward: Write your tweet, set a date and time and hit “Schedule Tweet”. The only important thing you have to do is set your time zone before you start scheduling, otherwise Twuffer won’t know which times you mean.

Twuffer’s interface is simple but not the prettiest, you can only schedule tweets on times rounded to 5 minutes (i.e., 10:05, 23:45, 12:25), and it doesn’t have a built-in URL shortener. On the other hand, it does let you sort your scheduled and sent tweets in several ways. If you’re looking for a simple solution that doesn’t involve any apps or clients, but does let you track your tweets and schedule many of them, give Twuffer a spin.

Overall score: B


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LaterBro is another Web app dedicated solely to scheduling updates, but this one supports Facebook updates too. LaterBro is similar to Twuffer, but includes a built-in URL shortener, which is a nice addition. In theory, you can add more than one Twitter account to LaterBro, but I couldn’t get this to work. To schedule tweets you need to first set your time zone, and then start entering your tweets and setting dates and times.

LaterBro has a nice interface for setting your time, but if you want something more precise such as 18:32, you can enter it manually and press enter. It won’t work if you enter this time and click on “Schedule”. Below the update box, you’ll find a list of your scheduled tweets complete with dates and times. All in all, it’s a nice way to schedule updates, especially if you’re using it for Facebook as well.

Overall score: B+

Further reading: 5 free methods to schedule Facebook updates 5 Free Methods To Schedule Facebook Updates At MakeUseOf, we’ve already covered several ways you can schedule Twitter updates, so that even if you’re not at your computer, you can continue to send information, links and thoughts to your followers. The same... Read More

Which Should You Choose?

According to my scores, this is the final order, from best to worst:

1. Buffer

2. HootSuite

3. TweetDeck

4. LaterBro

5. Twuffer/

This doesn’t mean Buffer is the right solution every time, but it’s an excellent service that can be combined with many others to create the perfect experience. If you have special requirements, such as a client that can schedule tweets, a very simple interface, or the ability to schedule by email, choose one of the other options.

How do you schedule your tweets? Which is the best service? Or do you think tweets should not be scheduled at all? Share in the comments.

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  1. kathniel
    September 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    what is the different between ifttt and tweetdeck

  2. Anonymous
    October 9, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Personally, I like HootSuite, however, its sometimes a confusing site to use. Even after using it for years I still find myself confused because its so overwhelming and there are so many things to do / that you can do lol.

  3. JD Kaplan
    May 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I have used Hootsuite extensively and am looking for something different for one simple reason: when I post images from a scheduled tweet, the image shows up as a link to another site where hootsuite has stashed my image. not sure what that's all about but I got tired of it and moved on...

  4. DGrief
    April 14, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Hmmm, Going to that societa link above now links to an adult site. So Im guessing that service no longer exists, What about, I've heard some good things, anyone use it here?

    • S K Jain
      March 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Yes, Twittimer is excellent Twitter scheduler.

  5. Carl
    August 22, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Bufferapp is good program but to honest unless they add pinterest its really not worth the fee. Facebook you can schedule your post right on your page. So your basically paying for buffer to post scheduled tweets. Also buffer tracking for shortened links in total not individual post. For example let say on 6/1 you post a tweet with shortening link and it gets 50 hits...then on 8/1 you tweet that popular link again and it shows 70 hits - you need to go back (thru hundreds of tweets) to find original tweet and minus out original 50 hits to give you true hits of 20 on 8/1. That is really not logical way of tracking your analytics.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

      What you're saying about tracking links is true, but it's not just true for Buffer. No matter what service you use for tracking clicks (I use something aimed at companies and much more expensive than Buffer), if you use the same link twice, the number of clicks gets accumulated.

      Also, Buffer is free to use unless you want to schedule a large number of posts. I never found a reason to get the paid version. But I'm not a very frequent updater.


  6. pat
    July 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Buffer and hootsuite are good but I like more because of the range of features it offers for free. May be this article should include sociota.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Thanks Pat, I've never heard of sociota. What does it have to offer than the others don't? Design wise it doesn't look very impressive, but that doesn't mean anything.

      • Pat
        July 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        Well, it's a relatively new website. Hopefully, people will hear more about it in the time to come. The design is a bit messy right now but the features are fully functional. Design also will get better with time.

  7. @Adrianna_Tweets
    July 5, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I prefer buffer and I really like it. The bad thing is that you can only put 10 scheduled tweets on at a time. Which sucks. I tried to use but it doesn't load. If anyone knows a good buffer alternative or how to fix please tweet me @Adrianna_Tweets and I'd be very grateful.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm doesn't load for me either. You can get a paid account with Buffer, and get unlimited tweets. :)

  8. Larisa
    June 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Buffer and Hootsuite are not free, I don't know about others

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Buffer and HootSuite both have free plans. I personally use both of them, and never paid neither of them. They have premium plans, of course, but you can schedule tweets without them.

  9. Suzi Love
    April 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Changed from Tweetdeck to Hootsuite a while ago and haven't looked back.

  10. Rachel B
    March 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Hootsuite is a great!

  11. Keith Swartz
    March 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Awesome read! Check it out! Thanks MUO & Yaara.

  12. macwitty
    March 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Buffer is my favorite. Easy and also great together with other apps

  13. suneo nobi
    March 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Glad you mentioned Hootsuite! Buffer has been preferred by many these days...........

  14. Joel Pinto
    March 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I do use Hootsuite and works great. I do recommend it everytime I can. Nice and very useful post. Sharing it :-D