Saying that Twitter is a time suck is a bit of an understatement. Simply maintaining an active stream is a challenge for many time-crunched small businesses, much less monitoring and responding to followers, customers or even critics. For us too! That’s why we’re always on the look out for new tools and tips to tame your tweet stream.
3 Time-Saving Tools for Twitter
SMQueue.com — Think of this one as Twitter dashboard meets automation. SMQueue works on the idea of different types of content you would like to share, queued up and ready to go according to your predefined schedule. The Single Queue is exactly like it sounds, one time tweets that disappear after they’ve been tweeted.
The real genius is in the Scheduled and Recurring where you can either schedule tweets into a specific time slot or add them to a rotating line-up of tweets to be shared over time and then repeated when the queue reaches the end. The best part is it crowd sourcing its new feature development to mirror how Twitter users actually use Twitter.
IFTTT — Short for If This Then That, IFTTT is a simple tool for cross-sharing content between various platforms according to user defined rules, or ‘recipes’ as they are called on IFTTT. It uses triggers, an event that happens on one platform, to create an action relating to another platform, called channels. So for example, you could set up IFTTT to share all your Instagram photos to Twitter.
What we love is that smart people have already thought of all the cool possibilities so all you have to do is browse through their list of most popular recipes relating to your platform of choice (and if that doesn’t get you what you need, a quick Google search will as people LOVE sharing their IFTTT hacks).
Triberr — Content curation made easy! Triberr works on the idea that every individual on Twitter has a tribe of fans and followers who love sharing their content and it makes doing so super easy. What started as a behind-the-scenes, invite-only club of elite bloggers and influencers has opened up to the mainstream.
How it works is you assemble a group of like minded bloggers who are willing to share each others’ content and create a tribe. Members connect both their Twitter accounts and blog RSS feeds to Triberr and then Triberr does all the work in pulling in new posts and pushing them out as tweets with links. For those who are worried that Triberr is spammy, know that nothing goes out on your behalf without you clicking Approve.