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The Perfect Way To Schedule Your Tweets: Tweriod + Buffer + Pocket + IFTTT

Nancy Messieh 08-08-2012

schedule your tweets appIf you find yourself only spending an hour or two on Twitter everyday, you might be flooding your timeline with a lot of tweets, rather than spacing them out. This could be costing you followers, and also means that a lot of your followers could be missing out on some great content you’re sharing.


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 you can keep your schedule filled even when you’re on the move. While this post focuses on Twitter, you can also use Buffer to schedule your LinkedIn, Facebook profile or Page updates.

Figure Out Your Schedule

The first step to automating your timeline is figuring out the best time to tweet. A service that will come in handy is Tweriod, which does all the heavy lifting for you. Simply connect Tweriod to your Twitter account and, depending on the number of followers you have, it could take anywhere from about 10 minutes to a couple of hours to come up with a tweeting schedule tailored to suit your needs.

Tweriod’s report is packed with useful information. It tells you the best times to tweet on each day of the week (based on when most of your followers are online), and also tells you when your tweets get the most exposure.

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Tweriod also provides a graph letting you know how many of your followers are on at any given time of the day, and another which tells you the days and times you receive the most replies.


While you can analyze all of this information and create a tweeting schedule for yourself, Tweriod can actually be used together with another service to automate the entire process.

Send Your Schedule to Buffer

Once Tweriod has provided you with a schedule, you can save it to Buffer, a free service which allows you to automatically tweet out updates at specific times of the day.

With Buffer you can manually create a schedule, but Tweriod makes it much easier. At the top of your Tweriod analysis page, hit the ‘Connect with Buffer’ button, and it will automatically copy your schedule. If you feel there are certain times that you also want your tweets to go out, that have been excluded by Tweriod, you can always manually add them to your schedule.

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If you haven’t used Buffer before, be sure to check out our in-depth review of the service.

Save Your Tweets to Buffer

Now that your schedule is in place, you can start to queue up your updates when you’re at your computer. Using Buffer’s free add-ons for your browser of choice. You can also use Buffer with a variety of apps including IFTTT, Pocket, Reeder, Newsmix, Pulse [No Longer Available], Zite, Flipboard and more.

To send stories directly from Zite or Flipboard just use the Email to Buffer option. Buffer provides you with an email address specific to your account, which you can save to your contacts. To send a story from your preferred reading app, select the email option, and enter the text of the tweet as the subject, placing the link in the body of the email.

IFTTT + Pocket + Buffer

An almost completely automated system that we have found works very well is to use Buffer together with IFTTT and Pocket for a seamless mobile and desktop experience.


IFTTT, if you’re not familiar with it, is the ultimate automating machine which makes your online life easier than ever. If you haven’t already discovered the awesomeness that is IFTTT, be sure to check out our original review here If This Then That: Connect & Automate Any Two Of Your Favorite Web Apps Connect any two of your favorite web apps in creative ways. A sort of "digital duct tape" according to Linden Tibbets, the app's creator, If This Then That (ifttt) lets you find new uses for... Read More , as well as some great tips 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life We’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post and there have been several improvements made and new channels added to the web application since then. Automation and synchronization are two points that have... Read More  and tricks 5 More Awesome IFTTT Recipes You Can Start Using Today We introduced MakeUseOf readers to ifttt in September of last year. Since then, I've made a few posts regarding the web service. Those two articles introduce 18 one-click "recipes" that can supercharge your Internet experience.... Read More  on how to get the most out of the service.

IFTTT makes it easy to put your Buffer schedule to work, without having to be at your computer at all, together with a read-it-later service like Pocket. If you prefer Instapaper, you can use it instead, as it is also supported by IFTTT.

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Picture this scenario – you’re at your computer saving interesting posts and articles to Pocket (or Instapaper) all day. You might also be saving them from mobile apps like Zite or Flipboard to read offline later. Once you’re ready to read them, whether at your computer or on your phone, you want to share them to Twitter. Instead of, once again, flooding your timeline, you can space them out using IFTTT.


Log into IFTTT and add your Pocket or Instapaper and Buffer accounts. The recipe you will need will automatically send archived items from Pocket to your Buffer schedule. If you prefer Instapaper, you can use a recipe that sends your Liked items in Instapaper to Buffer.

Don’t Be a Bot

Now that you have your entire system in place, a word of warning: don’t be a bot. While it’s great that you can automate the posting of interesting articles, be sure to still engage with your followers. Spacing out your tweets could easily gain you new followers, but if those followers get the sense that your feed is entirely automated, that may eventually drive them away. Don’t automate all of your posts, and be sure to continue to engage with replies, retweets and more.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to automate and schedule your tweets? Let us know about them in the comments.

Related topics: IFTTT, Instapaper, Twitter.

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  1. janice
    January 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the review. I'm looking for a more automated option for Twitter and this looks good initially, certainly Buffer seems like a great tool. However is there any way to actually see your queued tweets in Tweriod? I'm presuming Buffer sends these tweets and Tweriod publishes them at optimum times?
    It would be good to also manually add tweets to the Tweriod schedule but i can't see where this is possible looking at Tweriods docs.

  2. Copenhagen Caruso
    August 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    This is such an excellent service for all interested in tech
    developments, etc.

  3. SKK
    August 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Recently i want this settings but don't have a time.So this post really help to schedule out all posts...

  4. Hoku Sarroca
    August 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I have still yet to grasp how to use twitter... LOL Thank goodness I only use it when companies have promotions. it's a bit mind boggling with the feeds going so fast and trying to figure out where my tweet is, I just toss my hands up in the air and give up

  5. Ashwin Ramesh
    August 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Aditya Roy
    August 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

    i Have been using buffer for sometime now... but for facebook.

  7. Lambvolution
    August 8, 2012 at 7:06 am

    this trick maybe works with someone who works with blogging or marketing, not works with user who tweet something what we are think or feel

    • Nancy Messieh
      September 6, 2012 at 1:45 am

      I think it definitely comes in handy as a marketing tool, but even as a personal user I think it's important to space out your tweets and Buffer is one of the best ways to do that. But it does also depend on your reading habits online I guess. I like to get all my reading done first thing in the morning, so rather than blast them all out in one go, it's better to space interesting articles out throughout the day.

  8. Stefan Natter
    August 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Thanks for sharing this interesting and also helpful post. I do use Buffer but I never heard of Tweroid before. I'll try it now 'cause it seems that it is a interesting tool. You