5 free Twitter scheduling tools

If you want your Twitter posts to be seen, you need to share even when you’re not there. The best way to do this is to use a scheduling tool.

I’m not advocating only using scheduled content. The best thing about social media is being social and engaging in discussion and debate.

Real-time conversations and engagement are what makes social media so brilliant. However, it’s not possible to be online all the time so scheduling content allows you to keep your Twitter feed active.


5 free Twitter scheduling tools

Hootsuite free version: Probably the best known social media scheduling tool, Hootsuite shortens links, saves drafts, and schedules various social updates from a web-based dashboard. The analytics are pretty great too!

At first the dashboard looks intimidating, but once you’ve learned to navigate your way around, you’ll find that Hootsuite offers great functions that aren’t available in other scheduling tools.

Hootsuite also gives users the opportunity to schedule, share and reply all from within one service, so feeds can be configured within the dashboard to view your Twitter home feed, mentions and also specific hashtags for example.

TweetDeck: A powerful Twitter tool that must be downloaded to your computer, this app features customisable feeds, powerful filters, and notification alerts as well as tweet scheduling.

Buffer: free version: In addition to scheduling your tweets, Buffer uses data to help you select the best time to tweet. It can choose the time for you or you can specify.

Buffer allows scheduling for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and App.net with the option of adding posts to a queue or choosing a precise date and time.

As well as scheduling, Buffer provides analytics in which posts can be filtered so you can view your most and least popular for a range of different post types.

Social Oomph: free version: This app schedules tweets, tracks keywords and mentions on Twitter, and sends the tracking data to your email inbox.

TWITTIMER: Twittimer is a scheduling service designed for Twitter but has recently added functionality for Facebook and LinkedIn too.

A basic account is free.

Twittimer is easy to use with a very visual interface that allows you to schedule posts with images for a precise time or day, edit or delete your scheduled posts, and view 60 days of archives including stats for Twitter.

The scheduled feed is large and bright which makes it easy to see what is being posted when, and is particularly helpful for campaigns that thrive on images.

This service also integrates with Bit.ly so you can automatically shorten links and view analytics with a Bit.ly account.

Gremln: This platform’s Tweet Calendar and RSS integration makes scheduling really easy. Gremln also offers various paid social media scheduling plans.

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Are there any other great tools that you’re using that could be added to this list? Let me know in the comments below.


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37 thoughts on “5 free Twitter scheduling tools

  1. monikalifebreu says:

    I use Hootsuite for work and Buffer for my blog. Hootsuite looked so much more complicated at firs! Another tool I would like to learn to use is Trello – apparently it’s amazing for scheduling / managing your projects and work

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    • rachaelstray says:

      I’ve used Hootsuite a lot for work and you get used to it. It’s just about making the streams work for you. I’ve used Trello in my previous job. It has an app too. It’s really handy for teams to be able to see who is working on what. What has been done. You can link back to your objectives too. You can get it to remind you of meetings and tasks too. I’d say definitely check it out.

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  2. missandrada says:

    Great tips here! I’m using CoSchedule but it’s free for only 2 weeks! I’ve been using Hootsuite at work before but I was under the impression that now it’s not free anymore. I’ll definitely look into it 🙂

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  3. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM says:

    I love using Buffer! And I feel like TweetDeck is not as known as it should be – it’s a good option for Twitter users who don’t want to create a whole new account to use a scheduling tool (although its capabilities are a little more limited than the other tools). I found Hootsuite to be a little more complicated at the start, which is why I prefer Buffer, but I love reading Hootsuite’s blog posts about navigating social media and the changing web.

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  4. Rated by Hanna says:

    Haven’t tried Hootsuite at all but still loving buffer so far just need to be better about the actual scheduling process haha since my queue even though it’s up to 10 is NEVER full. Love the analytics feature though and link shortener.

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  5. Simon says:

    I’ve been using status brew for about 9 months or so. I liked how the free version let you recycle 50 separate posts. All of the different apps seem to have scaled that back to about 5 which is irritating. What do you use and what would you recommend based on this?

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