Scheduling is an important word in the dictionary of any web worker.
You can’t be online 24 hours a day, there are times when you won’t be present in front of the computer and want to schedule emails, tweets, blog posts and other routine jobs.
There are so many Twitter tools out there but only a few of them lets you schedule Tweets for free. Either the services for scheduling tweets are premium or they are much too complicated for the end user. And I am not talking about Twitterfeed, Hootsuite or other RSS to Twitter services which lets you auto post blog posts to Twitter at regular time intervals.
This is where Buffer comes in, it’s an Insanely useful and easy to use service which lets you schedule tweets at particular time intervals of a day.
Using Buffer is fairly simple, first you will need to sign up for an account and connect the app with your Twitter account using oauth. Next, you have the option to do any (or all) of the following:
- Drag and drop this bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark toolbar.
- Install the Chrome extension
- Install the Safari Extension
I am a great fan of bookmarklets, hence I choose the first option; you can install the Chrome or Safari extension if you want.
Hitting the bookmarklet or the extension button will allow you to create a sample tweet (known as buffer) and then schedule a twitter update at a specific time of the day. When you’re done scheduling the tweet, it’s sent to your “Buffer queue” which means that the app will update your Twitter status at the specified time. So if you’re out of office, travelling or on a holiday, it might be a good idea to use Buffer and auto schedule specific tweets at different times of the day.
From Buffer settings, you can enter your Bit.ly login credentials if you want to track link statistics, hits and click through’s of the scheduled tweet. All in all, this is a nice option to consider if you want to save time on Twitter and schedule bulk tweets without having to pay a dime for it. One downside of Buffer is that the service doesn’t allow RSS integration but that’s perfectly fine because there are already a dozen services which allow bulk posting to Twitter from any RSS feed.
The free version of Buffer supports only one Twitter account with a maximum of 10 buffers at queue. But that’s fine, considering the fact that most of us have a primary Twitter account and a secondary one for blogs, services, community building and so on. If you want more features, you can pay $5 a month and use multiple Twitter accounts and track the statistics from Buffer analytics with more Tweets in the scheduling queue (50).