What I Learned From Trying Ten Different Twitter Scheduling Apps
For the past two weeks, I've hit Twitter hard. My favorite Twitter scheduler, Twuffer, has limited their scheduled posts. So, I've spent a few hours (YES, HOURS!) researching web-based Twitter scheduling apps. There are a lot of Twitter scheduling apps to choose from. If you don't believe me, run a search for yourself. Or, you can look at the image below.
I created an account with over eleven Twitter scheduling apps, including Twitter's very own. Now, I'm going to share something really cool with you. Twitter has a scheduling app. Most people don't know about it because you have to sign up through their Ads account, which requires a credit card. But, they don't charge your credit card unless you create a sponsored ad.
At first, I didn't like Twitter's scheduling app. I'm a visual person. So, I would've liked to have been able to see my posts in calendar view. And, whenever I wanted to delete or update a post, the pop-up appeared at the very top of the screen. So, if I'd been at the bottom of the page, I'd have to scroll all the way up just to edit or delete the post. That was really annoying.
After getting frustrated, I popped on over to a few other apps. My least favorite was UfollowSpy. Their interface is very Myspace era.
The one with the most potential was Twittimer, but they only allow you to post ten times on the free version. I scheduled the ten posts and decided on leaving them in order to analyze the data later.
After a few more tests with other Twitter apps, I settled on two. Twitter and Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is great. Not, "I'll-Never-Use-Twitter-Again-Great," but great enough where it made the #1 spot. First, understand that Tweetdeck works great with Twitter. I'd already scheduled a few posts via the Twitter scheduler and Tweetdeck not only shows it on their calendar, but I'm able to delete it right from their site. No need to log into Twitter to delete a scheduled post.
Also, you're able to see a lot more on one screen than you'd ever be able to see on the official Twitter site.
You're able to move all those vertical boxes around and add images and hashtags easily. This is the way I currently have it set up. I suggest using Chrome when using Tweetdeck so that you can add an emoji extension. Trust me, it's nice to be able to add emoji's right from your desktop.
The only thing I don't like about Tweetdeck is that you have to refresh the page after you've posted. Also, sometimes when choosing a date and time, it messes up and chooses a different date and time. I think it's because I choose the time first and then, the date. I'll have to check on that later this week.
However, Tweetdeck is free and like I mentioned, it works seamlessly with Twitter.
Once I settled on my Twitter scheduler, I spent the next few days scheduling some posts. After a week, I gathered my data and completely felt like I was going to lose my mind. Let me tell you something, nothing will drive you more insane than trying to figure out your Twitter analytics.
The image below is my Twitter analytics directly from Twitter itself.
You can easily tell by the graph, when I started to focus on Twitter. I went hard core on August 17 and then, on August 18, I posted 44 times.
The next thing I did was create a handwritten Twitter schedule which is the very first image at the beginning of this post. The reason I did this, is because I can run my business across multiple time zones. It's not uncommon for companies such as mine to create different social media accounts for various time zones. There's no way I'm going to do that. Mostly, because I run my business by myself and there's just not enough time in the world for that.
So, I gathered all that information, added it to my handwritten schedule and came up with my own Twitter schedule.
I also have Instagram connected to my Twitter. That way, whenever I post to Instagram, it automatically posts to Twitter.
Currently, I post 7 - 8 times per day on Twitter. Twice per day on the weekends.
Overall, I think there's a lot of useless Twitter apps that aren't worth the time or the money. Twitter's scheduling app is underrated and could use a little updating to make it more user friendly. Tweetdeck is a great choice. I'd stick with Tweetdeck.
All the apps I tried:
- Crowdfire (used to be justunfollow)
- Dynamic Tweets
Which Twitter app do you use and why? Please comment below and share.