Friday, 20 May 2011

How to schedule tweets in Hootsuite

If you use Twitter, you may find there are times when you feel you should be tweeting, but you just can’t be available. For example, tweeting while you are asleep but the other side of the world has woken up. For times such as this there are apps available to schedule your tweets, so when you are awake and do have time, you can write what you want to say and schedule them to be sent at a specific day & time. 

There’s a lot to be said for NOT scheduling tweets – what happens if someone wants to interact with you then & there? They think you’re available because you’ve just tweeted so why aren’t you replying? But I think as long as it is done sensibly it can be a huge benefit. 

If you have a lot to say, it can also help to get it all out of your system, but spread the tweets over a few hours, say 15 minutes apart and you aren’t spamming your followers and maybe losing them. There’s a blog post on about this. 

I use Hootsuite to manage my Twitter accounts, so I’ll use this to show you how to schedule tweets. 

To schedule your tweets 1 at a time:

Write your tweet as you usually would in the text box at the top of the HootSuite screen. (If you have more than one account set up, make sure you choose the account you want to send the tweet from.) Instead of clicking the ‘Send Now’ button as usual click the little Calendar icon in the box below your message. 

A Calendar will pop up, as in the image below. So select the day & time you want the tweet to be sent (make sure its in the future!!) If you’d like to be told when the tweet has been sent, tick the box below. Then click Okay.

You should now have a yellow bar at the top of your screen including details of your scheduled tweet. 

If this is wrong you can Cancel, if you’d like to go ahead, you’ll notice that your ‘Send Now’ button has been replaced with ‘Schedule’. Click this and your tweet will be ready to go when scheduled!

To schedule many tweets:

Hootsuite also has an option where you can upload a spreadsheet to allow you to schedule up to 50 messages at once.

So, download the spreadsheet using the link above.

In column A, you need the date & time you want the tweet to be sent. In the following format DD/MM/YYYY hh:mm, so to send a tweet on 22 May 2011 at 2:35pm you would put ‘22/05/2011 14:35’. The first tweet must be a minimum of 10 minutes from the time you will be uploading your spreadsheet and times should be in 5 minute increments.

In column B, put the tweet text you want to send. For example, ‘Look at me – I’m scheduling tweets!’ (Don’t forget you are still restricted by the number characters, and if you want to add a link you need to leave space for that too. )

In column C you can enter a URL or web address if the tweet needs to link somewhere. This link will be shortened, but don’t forget to allow space for it. Make sure you add the http:// prefix before your URLs.

Save your file.

In Hootsuite click the calendar icon, as above, then click the ‘Schedule in Bulk’ button. Its worthwhile reading through the information Hootsuite has provided before continuing.

Browse to your spreadsheet and select the Twitter account the tweets will be sent from & click Submit. 

You should get a message to say it has been successful. Then sit back while Hootsuite tweets away for you!


BW Management said...

Great article, this will make life easier!

Rhian said...

Thanks for stopping by, glad we can help.

K Sarah said...

Thanks for helpful guide. Twitter is one of helpful micro blog today. By using this way, we will easy to setup schedule for blog update.
source by Minneapolis CMS web design

Nisar sheikh said...


Jennifer Skelton said...

Blogs are good way to search the many kind of important things and its about the computer. I want to suggest this custom written research papers site to take any help of computer. They provide the expert and qualified staff.

Don Sharp said...

This post was long anticipated not only by dummies like me who tends to get lost in pages of rating of at but by skilled professionals too. Calendar is the crucial element in every businessman's life.

Michael Jones said...

Assignment Help..
Psychology is the most crucial discipline which supports other disciplines as well. Students have to write essay assignments on the several topics of psychology which are assigned by teachers. Students Assignment Help provides the services of customer psychology assignment help to the students.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys if you want best online tracking services for free then must try dtdc tracking it gives best online courier services for free

my assignment help said...

Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here.

Alvin Hopkins said...

The worst nightmare of students is dissertation writing, and if it is in nursing, there is no other task as difficult as this one. Are you too stuck with writing your dissertation on UK neonatal care? Cannot figure out how to proceed with your dissertation paper on nursing ethics in UK? Whatever the topic might be, always remember that Dissertation Providers is there to give nursing dissertation help when you are assigned to write one.

College Homework said...

Best Homework Helper Online is home to more than 3000 online live college homework tutors who are quite impressive in solving various primary homework related issues. In fact, some of these tutors hold a PhD degree, which clearly shows how competent they are at handling various school and college homework problems.

Harrison Aiden said...

Thanks for sharing this knowledgeable blog with us, truly a great informative site. It is very helpful for us. Visit: Homework Help

Saivy Hopkins said...

The universal definition of an essay paper goes like this: It is a paper written for academic purpose in any prose format analytical, persuasive, speculative, argumentative and interpretative in nature. Commencing its journey from France, writing essay paper is now becoming the most vital component of any academic coursework. So there is no hiding from writing essay paper; you better be prepared to face the challenge of writing essay help.

Pankaj Singh said...

I think this an amazing blog I have seen, thank you so much for sharing this. Visit for
Offshore Anonymous Hosting

Pankaj Singh said...

I think this an amazing blog I have seen, thank you so much for sharing this. Visit for
Offshore Anonymous Hosting

Dylan Eales said...

Sample Assignment is a renowned assignment help provider in Australia and has assisted thousands of students with their academics. Our dedicated team of experts has been providing full-fledged assignments to students pursuing their courses at various colleges and universities, and found to be avidly googling "assignment help melbourne" across the continent. While Australia is among the most preferred destinations for individuals from around the world, Assignment Experts has also won the trust of a vast pool of students here. The Australian Assignment provider, such as Sample Assignment, can be easily contacted via WhatsApp and Messenger too. With our 24-hour online academic assistance, any student can reach out to us whenever he or she is in the need of help of a subject expert.