I just love it when I log into Twitter and right in the feed find the perfect tweet to retweet (RT) on the spot. But RTing isn’t typically that simple. I usually have to go hunting! The truth is, the busier we get and the more followers we acquire, the more difficult it is to search through Twitter lists and tweeps’ feeds to find just the right tweets to share. How do we continue to effectively support our followers and still have time to write? Good question. I’ve wracked my brain for months to figure out how to automate more Twitter tasks.
I prefer to RT blog posts, book links, great reviews and good news. I’ll admit to minor frustration over searching Twitter lists, profiles and feeds to find what I want. Since I think others feel this way, too (keep that in mind while you’re tweeting!) I suggest you give followers something to RT that is 1) exclusive to you and 2) easy to find in your feed. What does this mean? Be sure to insert a “personal” tweet among your “supporting others” tweets. Often. So we can find them.
I echo the sentiment in Laura Zera’s guest post, Hootsuite and Tweetdeck Highlights. I wish a single tool existed. As of this writing, no such luck. Here’s what I’ve come up with: My top three ways to support Twitter followers AND have plenty of time free for one-on-one Twitter interacting. Triberr, Gremln and Tweet Old Posts.
1) Tweet Old Posts: Tweet Old Posts (TOP) is a WordPress website plugin you can install to automatically tweet archived blog posts. Based on the interval you specify, TOP randomly picks your older posts and automatically RTs them. TOP keeps my blog in front of Twitter followers without any work on my part. It’s pretty cool. Note: If I post something I know will only be of interest short-term, I add that post to a specific “category” that I exclude from TOP sends. I love it!
2) Gremln: Unlike Hootsuite or TweetDeck, Gremln allows you to schedule recurring tweets. You can schedule the same tweet to go out every day (or every week) ad infinitum. This means you can support your followers by scheduling recurring tweets that include their blog, Twitter handle & book links. You can also use Gremln to schedule recurring tweets about your own books, blog & reviews. (Thanks in advance for giving me tweets to easily RT on your behalf!) Gremln is good stuff.
Note: Effective August 2012, Gremln no longer offers recurring messages for new users with free basic level service. Previous Gremln users were grandfathered in and can continue to send recurring messages as long as their Gremln account remains active.
3) Triberr. Right now I’m in a very small Triberr tribe, but my ideal group would include 10-12 indie authors & bloggers with an established Twitter and blog following, who post at least once a week, and who understand the value of cross-promotion in a like-minded group. In my ideal scenario, this group would take turns guest posting on each other’s blogs and use Triberr to consistently promote these posts. I believe indie authors can truly benefit from membership in a tribe like this.
Here’s a secret weapon I don’t hear a lot about: One of my favorite timesavers is RTing sent posts from my Triberr sent stream. Helps me support my besties’ blogs without searching Twitter. Many folks aren’t convinced about Triberr, and think they don’t have time for it. Anything that helps me automate my support systems makes me happy. I believe under the right circumstances it’s a timesaver in the long run. Note this Triberr drawback: Big groups = lots of tweets in your feed. Makes it hard to find something of yours to RT.
Hootsuite Still Rocks My Daily Scheduled Tweets
So you’re wondering what happened to Hootsuite, right? Right now, I’m only using Hootsuite to schedule regular tweets on the day I publish a new blog post. On publishing day, I re-program Tweet Old Posts so it does NOT send out older blog post links for that day. I know, confusing. But now you know my secrets!
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