Twitter is a fun way to broaden your social horizons, and it can also be extremely useful for practical things like brand marketing and business networking. On the other hand, Twitter can also be a major time-zapper that requires a good amount of self control if you are to put it to its best use – not to mention the fact that about half of all Twitter users are sleeping while you’re Tweeting. Fortunately, there are some very useful applications out there that will help you make the most of your Twitter engagement. Here are some great Twitter tools you can use to schedule Tweets in advance:
Sprout Social. This multi-purpose tool is specially designed with business needs in mind. Not only can you compose, schedule, and publish your Tweets from the easy to navigate Sprout Social interface, but you can also monitor the effectiveness of your efforts using Sprout Socials suite of analytics tools. Sprout Social is targeted to successful companies who are willing to invest in their social media success, and you can try it free for 30 days by paying a visit to the Sprout Social website.
Hootsuite. If you use a multitude of social media accounts, then this app is perfect for managing all of those accounts from a single, easy to use interface. From Hootsuite, not only can you schedule your Tweets in advance, but you can also organize your followers list and newsfeed, and all for free. If you want to pay a nominal fee to upgrade, you can also schedule bulk Tweets and access a highly interactive calendar that will allow you even more scheduling options.
Twitterfeed. If your Tweets consist of mostly RSS feeds, then Twitterfeed is perfectly suited to your needs. It’s simple user interface is ideal for users who specifically deal with RSS feeds and who want a no-fuss, no-frills solution for Tweet scheduling.
SocialOomph. Use this app to schedule your Tweets down to the minute (just don’t plan on scheduling more than twelve Tweets in an hour). Other great features of SocialOomph include the option to auto-follow those who follow you and send direct replies to all your new followers.
CoTweet. This tool is great if you happen to be managing a number of Twitter accounts (up to six, to be exact). Using CoTweet, you can schedule your Tweets down to the minute, and even tag your other Twitter accounts in your Tweets.
It is possible for you to stay actively engaged on Twitter without sacrificing your non-virtual reality life. The trick is in making use of all the great tools available. Explore the options on this list to find one (or more) that works best for you.
About the Author: Cliff Kirtdoll loves using Twitter and Facebook to grow his business. He focuses on social media management at Sprout Social and uses their tools to track his statistics.