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Tools I Find Helpful for Using Twitter

I have been reading the posts of others here on how to use for the past half hour (mostly those by & melody23 ) and they were full of useful ideas on automated programs and promotion ideas. Best to check her profile to see them all. Wouldn't hurt to follow her, either. I have a bit to add to what she said. Some of my strategy is a bit different.

The free automated program I use is . I can manage five different accounts there and manually schedule my times to go out from each separate account. I normally use .com to shorten my links and it also tracks them and keeps stats for them. For example, my post Thank You, Squidoo on August 22, which I posted both on Twitter and in a group, got ten clicks. Six were from Facebook and four were direct from an unknown source. If I am tweeting a link I don't plan to tweet again, such as a post by another I want to share, I used the shortener within Hootsuite itself. It also gives me analytical reports. The free version does not store my tweets to schedule, though, nor allow for bulk uploading that is completely automated.

That's OK, though. I'm a control freak. I want to make sure I don't have bulk scheduled inappropriate tweets going out if, say, ISIS really does get a really big bomb and drop it on a US City as they are threatening to. I'd want to make timely posts in that event, not have something going out that says “Smile. The world is beautiful today.”

Here's what I do. I keep a separate Google doc where I store the tweets for each separate account. Here's a sample page from one of them.

I took the screenshot of my own document.

I will, of course, have to revise it now and remove my Squidoo and Teckler links, since I'm about to close my Teckler account, I think. But that's easy to do because I can just delete the links as I get to them on the list. You can start your list wherever you happen to be with today's tweets. I first made my list with a lot of links so that I started with about fifty from various places. I tried to mix them up so they weren't all to the same site. I put the date at the top in large red letters with a border at each end to make it very easy to see. (See my screen shot.) As I scheduled or tweeted each one, I cut it from the list and pasted it above the date. That way I'd know I had tweeted or scheduled it. Each night I'd change the date. As you keep tweeting, your list above the date will grow longer. The next day you can choose from the closest links below the date that seem most appropriate and cut them out and put them above the date and paste them into Hootsuite for sending or scheduling. This ensures you don't send out the same links too close to each other.

As you write more, just add to the list above the date, if you are tweeting right away, or below the date if you want to wait a day or two to spread things out. When you come to the end of your list, start again at the top. It's best to put only evergreen tweets on this list. I have another list of seasonal tweets arranged in order of season or holiday I can also draw on.

I don't just stick to these lists, though. I also try to retweet at least on thing from each of my account feeds each day, and I try to find one person to interact with by answering a question or replying to one of their tweets with the @_________ . If you reply, this is automatically added. Here's a hint I recently discovered. If I'm following someone with 10,000 followers and I have a legitimate reason to respond to one of that person's tweets, I put a period in front of the @ sign. That means all the followers will also see that tweet. Without the period, or something else in front of the @ , only the person you are replying to will see your tweet unless they are looking at the person's feed.

I also use the Hootlet in my browser. This handy gadget can be accessed from any page I'm on and will let me put a shortened link for that page into Hootsuite, add my comment, and schedule it or tweet it right away. That helps me to share the work of others easily when I want it shared. I try to do this a couple of times a day. I have found following this strategy has gained me many followers with little effort. Then I check their profiles and unless I see a reason not to, I follow them back.

That's my basic Twitter stategy in a nutshell.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

Image Credit » My husband took the photo and I have used it with his permission.

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LynnWrites wrote on August 24, 2014, 9:11 PM

And a very well organized strategy it is, thanks for sharing. I've never heard of Hootsuite, until now.

BarbRad wrote on August 24, 2014, 10:51 PM

I love it. I have a friend who uses the paid version, but I've not yet seen a need for that. I don't like to automate everything.

LindaJM wrote on August 24, 2014, 11:20 PM

Thanks for explaining that. I've never been good at using Twitter. I'll try using your strategy for a while and see if that helps.

BarbRad wrote on August 24, 2014, 11:27 PM

It helps keep me organized. But it does take time to do the scheduling.

JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 12:34 AM

Egads you are organized! I used to be a bit detail oriented but not to that extent.

LindaJM wrote on August 25, 2014, 1:18 AM

I started using Hootsuite... it looks confusing! I'm sure if I keep trying to use it, eventually I'll figure it out. I have a tweet scheduled to be posted tomorrow morning.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 2:20 AM

You'll get used to it the more you use it. I'ts especially useful if you are trying to manage more than one account because you can access them all without having to sign in and out of them.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 2:21 AM

It helps me procrastinate if I spend all my time organizing. Just wait until I start on my photos!

melody23 wrote on August 25, 2014, 6:14 AM

Wow you are really well organised, the reason I stopped using hootsuite is because you couldn't save the tweets, I am not as organised as you and needed something that would save them all.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 1:01 PM

I just don't trust the bulk automating of tweets. Too many sites go under. Some sites I could mention go off line for hours at a time. If I know that site is offline when I try to use it, I can unschedule or not schedule any tweets to it so my followers don't click to an error message.

melody23 wrote on August 25, 2014, 2:20 PM

Oh I have to manually schedule the tweets, unless you pay for the software in which case it will 'drip feed' from all your saved tweets. that other site being down all the time was the reason I stopped tweeting, but now we are all here so things are good.

What I can do though is save the tweets so I can use them again and I can look through the list to see what I tweeted last and stuff like that. I have to manually select them and set up a feed each time though so if that site was playing up I just wouldn't schedule any from there for that day