Want to know what you can get out of social media? It’s very simple, you get – what you put into it. If you put the time and energy required to make it succeed for you, then it will. If not, it won’t. However there are plenty of smart and free (or low cost) tools on the web which facilitate good productivity from Twitter.
If you wish to free up time to write, advertise, guest blog or promote your site on the web, then you might be interested in automating certain aspects of Twitter such as blog post site updates, status updates and so on. Or maybe you’re interested in managing several Twitter accounts all under one centralized roof. If that’s the case, then a solution that manages multiple accounts is what you’ll be on the lookout for.
With that in mind, we wanted to showcase and discuss a few good and free or low cost productivity tools for smart Twitter use. See our top picks below.
1. Twitter WordPress Plugins
If your blog is on the WordPress platform, then consider yourself lucky as there are many good WordPress plugins which enable you to use Twitter more effectively. You can use a plugin to directly send your latest articles to Twitter without having to manually go in and do it. There are a few net gurus on the web who expound on the virtues of manual entry, but these gurus also have assistants that help them with their social media accounts and or do it for them, so until you’re in the position to hire such assistants, automation is your friend.
Let me first say that HootSuite has two versions, a free and a paid version. The free version allows you to schedule tweets in advance, great for when you know you will be on vacation or simply will not be online at a given time frame and want certain tweets to go out to your followers. The app itself is a simple web based tool that you register with and add your Twitter account to, then configure as needed. Simple, free and works like a charm.
For more advanced features and to manage more than three Twitter accounts, you will need to go PRO and sign up for the premium monthly pay option.
You might have seen or heard of Buffer mentioned around the web, as the guy who founded the app (Leo) is quite active on Twitter and other social media platforms and on his blog. He does a good job of getting the word out on his Buffer.
The cool thing about this tool versus HootSuite is that along with scheduling your tweets, it does so at times it determines is most optimal for you based on patterns in your account. It has smart technology which sends tweets out based on when your followers tend to be on the most. A great tool for engaging your Twitter base when they just happen be on.
Foller.me, a free tool, is a Twitter analytic app which will help you to gather data about your account and see when it’s most optimal for you to tweet, schedule tweets and otherwise engage your followers. You get a word cloud of your most frequently used terms, you get a list of good stats including how many times (on average) you tweet, use a hashtag, retweet others, include a link in your tweets, media and more. It’s a simple and effective tool for gauging your overall performance on Twitter over a period of time.
When you take advantage of free Twitter tools and apps, your time can be spent doing other more productive things such as retaining and or getting more clients. Take a look at the three mentioned above and see how they can save you more time today.