When I’m writing I try to stay off Twitter so I can actually get some work done. This does not always work but occasionally I have stayed off for a day or two. Since I don’t want to completely drop of the earth I decided to try scheduling some Tweets. While I thought at first this might be a little too marketingish I got to thinking that reviews and retweets don't have to go out within seconds of me reading them. In fact, if I wait and retweet them later in the day and entirely new set of eyes might see them.
I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled onto Bufferapp but I am so glad that I did. Not only does Bufferapp schedule Tweets it also schedules Facebook posts. So you can space things out during the day without overwhelming your followers tweet streams or timelines. (I have my Facebook set up to Tweet for me. I have no idea how I did this and I can't seem to replicate it, so if anyone knows what I did, I'd love to hear from you.)
Bufferapp is crazy easy to use. I installed it in my web browser and it gives me the option to Buffer a RT.
I just click the green button and it send it to my buffer. The free account I have allows me to have ten tweets at a time in my queue. I can go to my bufferapp dashboard and assign custom days and times for these Tweets. Or just let buffer space them out for me.
I’ve also found it useful when I want to add a remark to RT. I use Twitter in my web browser and I can’t figure out how to quote a RT. If I buffer the Tweet, I can turn it into a quote, add my comments and share it immediately. It will also automatically shorten any links in the tweet.
I’ve used it more for RTs and quoting RTs than actually scheduling tweets. But you can schedule tweets ahead of time and assign it a date and time.
Another cool think it does is buffer an image. If you right click on an image you want to share on Twitter or Facebook, you'll find an option to buffer the image. It will pull it into a Facebook Post or a Tweet then you can either share immediately or let the buffer send it out later.
Bufferapp also offers you five suggested Tweets a day that usually involve social media marketing advice, quotes, and links for life hacks and positive articles. I do check out the articles before I let them go out to my tweet stream. I’ve learned so much in the past month just reading the suggested content buffer offers. For example infographics will get more response than just plain graphics. Or people are more likely to engage your tweet or Facebook post if you add an emoticon. :D is by far the most popular one. I was using this one way before I found that out but it’s nice to know I got something right for a change.
This is not a paid advertisement for the app, I promise. I just so rarely run across something this useful that actually works better than I expected, I just had to tell someone about it. You can find buffer app at www.bufferapp.com .
Have you found a particular useful or fun website or app lately?
Lexxi Callahan writes contemporary romance set in the Deep South. The first book in her Southern Style series was released in June 2013. Book 2 is due in spring. You will most likely find Lexxi on Twitter at @callahanlexxie