3 tools to automate your tweeting

Part of the reason you might get overwhelmed on Twitter is because of all the information you’re trying to take in. There’s a lot coming at you. Thankfully, though, there are some ways to get around this.

The other part of why you might get overwhelmed on Twitter is because your trying to produce a steady stream of content. In this post, I’d like to share some tools for hacking that second part. I’d like to get into how to share content without all the overwhelm.

1. Twitter Bar

Twitter Bar is a browser plugin, which means you download it and add it to your browser (it’s not too difficult… and you can get it for Chrome too). Twitter Bar lets you post to Twitter directly from your browser’s address bar, where you’d normally type in a site’s URL.

This means that while you’re reading blogs or whatever during the day, if you see an article or think of something you want to share, you can post it immediately to Twitter without having to open any other program or web tab.

I’m the type of person who’s always online if I’m on the computer. So this comes in handy for me. I can literally type up something, tweet it, and be on my way in under 30 seconds. I’ve found that this helps keep me flowing instead of breaking my concentration to move to another app.

So definitely try it out.

2. Twitter Feed

Twitter Feed automatically publishes your blog posts on Twitter. If you blog, this is for you.

You have to set up an account, but then you just enter your blog’s RSS feed and configure it to the Twitter account you want to use. It’s pretty simple and works well for what it does. It doesn’t take that long to post a link to each blog posts, but sometimes in the middle of the night, you’d rather not have to think about it. That’s why I use it.

Also, for advanced users, you can configure any RSS feed you like to post on your Twitter account. For example, let’s say you know a blog or Twitter account that always posts great content. You could have them automatically post to your account, even if you’re not running the blog or the other Twitter account. It’s a little risky because you’re putting your Twitter account in other people’s hands. But if you trust those other people, Twitter Feed can be a sweet tool to help automate your account.

3. Social Oomph

Social Oomph (formally called Tweet Later) is what I use to schedule tweets. Like if I think of five things to post while I’m doing some reading in the morning, I might want to spread out those tweets instead of piling them all into one five minute burst of tweets. Social Oomph lets me do this by scheduling tweets for any time in the future.

If you’re trying to share information, this is one of the best ways to do it, in my opinion. Only the crazies are on Twitter all the time, so if you only tweet at a specific time during the day, most people with miss your tweets. By spreading them out, you have a better chance of people reading your stuff. You also don’t annoy people by posting a bunch of stuff all at once. Good all around.

But yeah, other than the main site, those are the only Twitter tools I use now. Let me know, though, if you find something else you really like, especially if it’s something simple. Otherwise, try these and then get to engaging.