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The fastest way to use Twitter?

I have a question for you.

I’m in Denmark. I have been out walking. This is a picture from the view on my journey. While walking, watching this spectacular view, I started to think about how I’m using Twitter.

Lรธnstrup - Denmark

At first, I didn’t think I was looking for fast. I was logging into Twitter a few times each day, to see what was going on, to answer any questions or reply to any mentions. I didn’t publish much, other than retweets. Now, that I’m on vacation in Denmark, I’m thinking that I might have to look for a method that’s faster. I’m looking for the most convenient method, a method that will help me to be more in control. Well, I might not be looking for a method, maybe what I’m looking for is a software or a tool?

I’m currently using SproutSocial, and it’s awesome. I’m not sure if I’ll find something better. But, I’m looking for a cheaper tool/method. I’m currently paying $99 a month, and that’s too much, even though it’s awesome.

The reason I’m doing something about the way I’m using Twitter, is that I don’t have as much time as I used to have when I first started using Twitter. I’m using several other social networks too. I’m using Facebook, Instagram, G+, LinkedIn and Snapchat, just to mention a few.

I’m still using Twitter more than the other social networks, but since I’m not just focusing on Twitter, I feel that I need to do some changes.

I want to discuss which tools you are using for Twitter. Like I said, I’m using SproutSocial right now, but I’m moving away. I need it to be fast, beautiful and cheap(er).

Do you have any suggestions?



33 responses to “The fastest way to use Twitter?”

  1. Like I mentioned in my comment on Google Plus, I mostly rely on the twitter website.

    I also use Twitter app on my phone. It’s great because when I can reply to all the mentions while I am traveling in between my classes (takes less than 2-3 mins, so why not?).

    That being said, I would like to discover a new client (not just for twitter, but also for other sites). Hoot suite is great, but I would love to try something else, something new.

    So, you are trying Tweetbot, right? How is it?

    • Hi Jeevan,

      Yes, I’m currently testing Tweetbot and it’s awesome. It’s fast and it’s cheap and it has some powerful options. But it’s only for twitter. I’m not sure if I’m looking for a premium social media manager, like SproutSocial, or not.

      Tweetbot is probably the best tool I’ve found for Twitter. I’m testing it for a few more weeks to see if I’ll stick with it or not. I’d love more options, but so far Tweetbot is what I’m going for.

    • Laura E. Pence says:

      Hi Jens,

      I’ve tried quite a few tools over the years, but my favorite is still Hootsuite. Their iPhone app is really handy, too. Nothing fancy, but extremely useful. As new tools and apps come out I give them a whirl, but so far nothing has the simplicity and features of Hootsuite. It’s also not horribly expensive, especially for a single user. It can get pricey with a staff, but it’s still worth it.

      • Hi Laura,

        I was using Hootsuite prior to SproutSocial, and after testing SproutSocial for the free trial period, I just felt that I couldn’t go back to Hootsuite. I really liked the features of SproutSocial and the design is awesome. But, the price is a lot. I’m currently paying $99 a month. I’m getting a lot, but it’s still a lot more than I can afford to pay each month.

        I might have to take a closer look at Hootsuite again, and I’m sure that it will fit my needs.

        Thanks.

  2. Andy Brown says:

    Hi Jens,

    I just found your blog today, and I am really enjoying it. I really like SproutSocial, but I also find that it is a little too expensive for me right now, but the reports are fantastic.

    I handle all my social media through HootSuite and Buffer although I am thinking about dropping one of them. I like different things about each app, so dropping one is difficult. However, even using both is still a lot cheaper than SproutSocial, but they don’t have the great reports.

    I find that I use Hootsuite more often when I am at my desk and Buffer when I am on the go, which is now most of the time. Buffer allows me to share quickly and easily, so I highly recommend it.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Hi Andy,

      I’ve been thinking about joining Buffer again. I tried it a long time ago and I really enjoyed it, but I stopped because so many other great tools started to show up.

      Do you only use Buffer to schedule your tweets or can you use it to communicate with your followers as well? And, do you send your tweets directly to Twitter via Buffer, or only schedule?

      Great to see you here Andy.

  3. Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Jens

    I tried SproutSocial and loved it but it’s just too expensive for me as well. I don’t think they’re really targeting their service at a blogger like me though so I can understand why.

    I’m currently using Meshfire which is Twitter-focused but they are introducing new services in the future.

    What I like about Meshfire is that it creates a task for me whenever anyone mentions me and also suggests people to follow, block or to join in a conversation with.

    It costs me $19 per month but for me to keep on top of my Twitter feed, it’s worth it.

    I tried to use HootSuite but I just don’t like their dashboard set up.

    I also just resigned up for Buffer Awesome as well to compliment my Meshfire account!

    • Hi Tim,

      I have never heard of Meshfire, it’s definitively something I’ll be testing soon.

      Do you need both buffer and Meshfire, isn’t scheduling posts/tweets part of the service?

      Thank you!

  4. Shruti says:

    I use hootsuite for all my social media- it’s awsome – free, easy to use and allows to schedule msgs.

  5. Arun Kallarackal says:

    Hi Jens,

    In my case, I use Twitter less frequently. I use the site using my laptop to access it. While on move, I rely on my android smartphone and the Twitter app I have installed on it. It is a quick way to access Twitter, I guess.

    Other than them, I’ve also been using Buffer and Hootsuite too. They too are awesome platforms to boost productivity.

    I found the link to this post on Kingged.

    Arun

  6. Pavan says:

    I use PegTweets free twitter app available on IOS. It is cool and has lot of features.

  7. metzsss says:

    Chery you are right, if you spend less of a time with Twitter, and then do it manually. Paying $99 a month is too expensive. Seems like you are paying for FB which is free, if you only wanted to know some updates. But if you are extremely active user of this platform and you have an intention to advertise or there is a big purpose, then I am pretty sure there are social media tools that are less expensive.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social networking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  8. Usama Ejaz says:

    Well, every one uses twitter in one’s own way. I use tweet deck (usually to interact with others) while on my Windows PC. But, i use buffer to post scheduled content. Using twitter via smart phone app is good too. I have one question, which app you prefer on smart phone as the best? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thomas says:

    Hi Jens
    Glad you are enjoying your vacation in Denmark ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am using Tweetdeck and has done for a while I have also tried Hootsuite, but I still like Tweetdeck better. It is free and I can follow mentions and my favorit bloggers in an easy way.

    • Hi Thomas,

      Denmark is awesome. I’m leaving tomorrow, and I just heard that the really great weather will start tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have tested Tweetdeck, but that’s a long time ago. I remember it was hard to decide if I was going to use Tweetdeck or HootSuite, they were very similar. I’m not sure if they are anymore.

      Thanks.

  10. Lisa says:

    Hi Jens, I use a combo of Triberr, The Buffer, and JustRetweet on my 2nd handle. I also use a plugin to retweet oldier posts, about 8 per day. I also log in live several times a day, check on notifications and use lists a lot to keep up with my fav peeps and subject matters. I have used Hootsuite in the past (I do like their mobile version). It does takes time and effort to see results but it’s my fav social network.

    • Hi Lisa,

      I’ll be signing up for Buffer again as well, and I’m using Triberr. I haven’t tried a plugin to tweet my old posts, but that sounds like a great way to get more traffic.

      I haven’t tried JustRetweet, but I’m receiving a lot of traffic from Triberr, so it might be worth checking out. How is it compared to Triberr?

      Thanks!

  11. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens, I must be the only entrepreneur using twitter from their own website and from within my computers LOL

    Having said that, a quick search for “social media management” told me that Buffer + Hootsuite is the most popular combo however, I found another service which looks pretty solid from the distance.

    It’s called Sendible.

    They support a ton of services, it looks pretty robust and they have cheaper plans than the current $99 you’re paying to SproutSocial.

    They also offer a 30-day trial so you have nothing to lose by testing them out, hope that helps man, cheers!

    Sergio.

    • You might be the only one Sergio, but it seems to work great for you though ๐Ÿ™‚

      I haven’t tried Sendible yet. At the moment, I’m testing Meshfire and I really like what I’m seeing so far. But, I need to test a few more before I’ll settle for a new service.

      Thanks.

  12. Scott Bury says:

    I use Hootsuite because I like the ability to set up a spreadsheet to schedule tweets one or two days in advance. It will also post to Facebook and LinkedIn, all at once. And it’s only $10 a month.

    I have tried Tweetdeck but it does not support uploading a spreadsheet. I have not heard of Buffer before, but I will look into it.

  13. George says:

    Jens, Your original post on this thread and the replies (and comments on other blogs) confirm the need and complexity of using multiple soc med sites and tools in increasingly sophisticated ways. I’m not close to an “ideal” structure, yet. (EOM)

    • Hi George,

      Yes, you’re absolutely right. It’s complex, but on the other hand it can be rather simple as well. It all depends. There are so many different tools and services out there, and there are free ones that we can use to make it work. But, there’s not one single answer to the question, we can find our own path that works for us. I’ve been trying to find my way, but I’m still not satisfied with what I got.

  14. Bill Dorman says:

    I’m not sure if my expertise advice should be adhered to the in the social world, but I use HootSuite and Buffer. I’m using free versions of both so it is somewhat limited, but works for me.

    • If it works for you Bill, then I’m sure it will work for me. I’m way behind you when it comes to social media. Are you only using it for your personal stuff Bill, or are you also using both for Lanier Upshaw?

  15. Hi Jens, You need to check out RiteTag, a Twitter service that lets you schedule tweets and also analyzes hash tags from within the tweet. Just type in a hash tag and then click the check box to see if it’s a helpful hash tag for you to use.

    RiteTag has a Chrome extension so hash tags can be analyzes within the Twitter website. RiteTag also give you analytics for your tweets.

    Our tribemate Saul Fleishman (a.k.a Osaka Saul) started it and keeps giving us new features.

    • Saul Fleischman says:

      Thanks, Carolyn – as a matter of fact, we just hired a Director of Data Science, who’s building division. More accuracy in suggestions and color-grading to come…

  16. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    I probably don’t have a good solution for you because I use TweetDeck for Twitter and Buffer to load up my tweets and that’s really about it. I’m not on the go a lot so it’s convenient for me to open each program when I need to but I’m sure for those who may want something much more convenient there’s something out there. I’m sure though that it’s going to cost a pretty penny because they’ll only tease you with a few features to get you in. Something like that right now though is just not worth the money to me. In the future it might be though.

    Hope you find what you’re looking for and good luck. Sorry I’m of no help.

    ~Adrienne

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