Why I Turned Off TwitterFeed

I am a huge supporter of using certain Twitter automation tools applications to help users manage their Twitter accounts and give them more time to focus on other things, like actually interacting with their followers.

In particular, I had been using a combination of Twitterfeed and HootSuite RSS to update my account when new posts from my favorite blogs were available. It definitely worked – I saw little to no complaints, and actually received a lot of retweets of those posts plus appreciation from those bloggers.

But I have decided to turn them both off for awhile, at least on my main account @kikolani. Here’s why.

Twitterfeed Paused

1. Even My Favorite Blogs Have a Few Posts I’d Rather Not Share

When I turned off Twitterfeed, about a week or two ago I think, I started relying on my RSS subscriptions in Google Reader to deliver the latest posts from my favorite blogs. The goal was initially to get me back in the swing of blog commenting, and when I was auto-tweeting posts from my favorite blogs, I was rarely commenting on them.

What I discovered while going through posts, one by one, was that not everything on my favorite blogs was that great. There are still blogs that I love every new post, but there were some major ones where the topics covered were up to snuff with what I like to share with my audience. With a few, the titles were great, but the content wasn’t as in-depth as I prefer to share. It’s not something I would notice if I was auto-tweeting their content, but it was something that became apparent when I was going to read the content thoroughly enough to comment.

2. Twitterfeed Can’t Give Credit to the Authors

Whenever you setup a feed in Twitterfeed, you can only give it static post prefix and/or post suffix which is where I would add the RT @username or via @username when giving credit to the blog owner and their Twitter handle. If the post is from a site with multiple authors like Social Media Examiner, then all the tweet credit was going to @smexaminer and not the actual author – I’d rather the tweet for the post include both the @username of the author and the blog owner.

The added bonus of doing this for me is that I am now taking the time to check out the post authors’ Twitter which sometimes leads me to their blog and a new subscription for my Google Reader.

3. I Now Have More Variety in My Tweet Stream

Going the manual route means that I’m now getting a little more variety in my stream. Granted there are a lot of blogs that I used to tweet before through Twitterfeed that I’m still tweeting manually, but there are a lot of new tweets as well.

The Cons of the Full Manual Approach

With any change of strategy, while there are great pros, there are also some cons. The main one, of course, comes in time and productivity. Because I have taken more time out of my day (specifically between 6 – 8am and 6 – 11pm) to find and comment on a lot of posts, then manually schedule them in for distribution throughout the day, I have been taking a little less time actually engaging with people in my lists like I used to.

Part of that is because I’m busy as sin at work and the other part is when I do take the occasional lunch break for some “casual surfing” it is dedicated to more commenting than it is socializing.

I’ll find a better balance for that in the coming weeks I’m sure. I think so far this week I’ve been much more interactive with my lists. Feel free to shoot me a mention @kikolani to chat though – it might remind me to get out and chat if I’ve been off the stream!

Statistical Changes

Has this change in strategy made an impact in my stats?

TwitterCounter Stats for @Kikolani

As far as I can tell – no. TwitterCounter shows I’m still getting the same amount of followers on a day to day basis, and my Klout has increased from 60 to 68 since November of last year.

Aside from the occasional person who was curious if I am a bot last week because of my anal-retentive strategy of scheduling my tweets on the hour (because I don’t want to tweet 20 some articles in an hour), everything seems to be running smoothly.

What’s Your Twitter Strategy?

Now it’s your turn. What’s your Twitter strategy? All manual, semi-automated, or full on automation? What do you see as the pros and cons of your approach? Do you like my new one? Please share your comments below.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hey Kristi, I am here because I am using Google Reader to full potential now, lol, and I see new stuff straight away. Well the title really got me interested to be honest, cause I was done with reading and commenting for the day.

    I actually use Triberr and it is RTing every new post from every person that is in any tribe I am a part of. Unfortunately I don’t get to read all of those posts before they are tweeted but they added the manual option so I can decide to check every tweet before it is sent.

    I don’t have 20.000+ followers like you, and people who follow me know I use Triberr, so that is not a bad thing. But I am thinking now (cause you just opened some questions in my head) is how will I keep new followers around if I don’t start being more strict about this.

    No matter how good a blog is they can’t have fabulous posts every single time, but some are really going down with quality.

    I guess I will have to approach this more serious and do some testing and see what would be the best thing to do :)
    Brankica just posted Save Money and Build a Better Blog 7 Days To Go

    • says

      It seems to be working well for Brankica! :)

      There used to be a service that let you know when people unfollowed you – specifically after which tweets that you sent that you got unfollows. I remember once a long time ago I had over 100 people unfollow me because of a post I tweeted. Since then I kept the automation to a core of sites I trusted, but after doing the Google Reader thing and really visiting each post, I found that even those were sometimes posts I wouldn’t have chosen to send if I reviewed them. It’s not saying that some were not great posts, just not right for my audience.

      Overall, it’s trial and error. Tweak a few things here and there, then wait to see how they pan out.

    • says

      Sometimes that’s the best Bjorn. I do admit – changing to this approach has definitely increased the amount of time I spend with tweets.

  2. says

    Wow Kristi, I feel like we could talk about Twitter strategy all day and never get bored. :) I agree with you about not using Twitterfeed on your main Twitter account. I don’t use it on my @Ileane account. However, I started using Twitterfeed just recently on @BasicBlogTips and added your blog to it. LOL! Isn’t that ironic? But see here’s the thing – I did that so that I could keep track of your posts because I don’t ever look at my Google Reader.
    I added 3 other must read blogs to Twitterfeed for similar reasons and it’s working out great for me so far. I recommend to anyone who has an active blog – use at least 2 Twitter accounts – with the secondary account serving to curate content (sparingly of course).

    I also make it a point to interact with followers and Tweet posts without links throughout the day.

    I use Timely to schedule Tweets for 4 different accounts and occasionally I use HootSuite for scheduling. I’m loving the Buffer extension for Chrome if I want to Tweet something now :)
    I guess you can tell I’m a Twitterholic.

    Thanks for sharing your new strategies.
    Ileane just posted The Best Social Media Apps

    • says

      I use Twitterfeed in a similar way to you, Ileane – to make sure I see the latest posts from my favorite bloggers – and since they ARE my favorite bloggers I don’t have any problem sharing their posts in my primary Twitter account using Twitterfeed.

      What I suspect will happen moves to a more manual way of tweeting is that they will not be able to sustain any consistency and their Twitter stream will end up being sometimes feast (although possibly moderated by using bufferapp or scheduling) and frequently famine (when life gets in the way).
      Gail Gardner just posted Woah! Read Those Twitter Authorizations Carefully

      • says

        I feel like I’m pretty consistent, but that will probably change in times when I’m not able to get Internet access, like on vacation and such. So far though, I’ve felt pretty consistent. And I haven’t been called a bot again. :)

    • says

      I agree Ileane! I think automated is a great way to go with some accounts, just not all of them. I have some that are still almost fully automated because I’m not ready to do anything with them yet, but I want them to have some activity and followers once I am ready. :)

  3. says

    Kristi,

    What a fabulous post! I completely agree with the decision you have taken and this is the exact reason I switched off Twitterfeed too. I felt I wasn’t “there” anymore as much as I should have.

    I especially like your point on variety! Now you can fill your stream with maybe less, but only the best things you find from a larger variety of posts. This is a win win for both sides I believe.

    Yes, absolutely right, it will take you some more time. I am taking the same approach with Google Reader. What helps me is that Buffer is integrated into GR via the chrome extension, so I can Buffer a lot of posts I found awesome in a row, without the overwhelming feel for followers. Not sure if that helps you.

    Anyways, a fantastic write up and I will Buffer it – twice! :)

  4. says

    Hi Kristi, I’m happiest and feel more productive when my routine of checking my Google Reader is undisturbed. It has been the backbone for my social networking for a long time now. Unfortunately it can be one of the first activities to go when life gets busy. And at first I don’t really notice the difference, but after a few weeks it becomes apparent – the networking is not as consistent.

    You can control who you follow with Google Reader, put people into different folders etc and it just makes all sorts of networking easier. Right now I like go through some specific folders in my GR every day no matter what and even if it’s a quick run through. And then I have a few other folders which I try to go through about once a week. Of course, like you when I go through them I reach out when it’s a good fit. Having different sets of folders with different priorites is working well for me.

    I’ve never been a fan of scheduling a full RSS feed into Twitter, even if it can be helpful when you know the feed and you’re afraid of missing updates. It may be easier but you do lose the quality in your networking.
    Cindy King just posted 9 Tips To Learn More About Your International Markets Over The Phone

  5. says

    Funny, I was just discussing this very thing with my designer last night. I’m in search of a good auto-tweet button myself, just for my blog though, I didn’t even know you could auto-tweet someone elses.

    The thing is, I said forever that i would never auto-tweet. I’ve found though, that I never remember to manually do it. The last thing I wanna do is remember here and there and manually tweet multiple posts all at once.
    Dennis Edell just posted @DennisEdell is Back Baby! Follow Me for First Chance -

  6. says

    I’ve never been a fan of anything automated on Twitter. Nothing “Twitter” upsets me more than following a really great Tweeter only to be hit with an auto DM. I immediately UNfollow.

    That’s really the only strategy I have when it comes to Twitter. I’m real in my Tweets and recommendations and think if a person doesn’t have time to tweet, don’t have an account.
    Gayla just posted Making the Most Money with Your HubPages

    • says

      Well I hope you’ll like me more Gayla as I’m auto-free now, minus the fact that I schedule posts I want to tweet throughout the day that I have already reviewed. :)

  7. says

    I love the question at the end, because when I really think about Twitter I realize I no longer have an actual “Twitter Strategy”. I can remember like a year or so again I had a big Twitter push and kept driving it, but never became close to as creative as you are with the use of Twitterfeed. This was an excellent read and all though I wouldn’t use this strategy for my personal Twitter or business Twitter accounts I wouldn’t mind testing it on a few other test projects.
    Extreme John just posted 8 Ways to Kill Your Business Blogs Growth

    • says

      Well, with the Twitterfeed, it was still dependent on other the sites I was subscribe to publishing new content. So if only five of the blogs posted new content, I’d only have five new tweets. Doing it this way, I know I’m putting out at least 10 good posts in my tweet stream a day, not including the tweets where I’m interacting with others.

  8. says

    It’s great to hear about different strategies etc. I like my Twitterfeed as it is 100% targeted in a niche. So it saves me a lot of time manually sharing posts. I may have to look in at the quality of the posts like you did. I may be surprised or appalled. Never know.
    Ivin just posted Winners Of Free Blog Report Mentoring Program

    • says

      Truth be told Ivin, it wasn’t the smaller ones I had a problem with, but some of the ones I had assumed always produce non-stop high quality.

  9. says

    Kristi, I use Hootsuite to schedule tweets and monitor my important lists, but I’ve never done automatic tweets of others’ posts, not even yours. I’m careful to only tweet posts that I think will truly interest my Twitter followers, so I do it on a manual basis.

    I have different categories of blogs in my feed reader and I look through each category for what’s interesting and worth sharing. There are a few people in my Twitter lists that I’ll retweet based solely on the post title, but that’s based on a long period of trust in their content.
    John Soares just posted House-Sitting and the Location-Independent Freelance Lifestyle

    • says

      That’s what I’m doing now John, although what I found was that some people who used to always have great content are slacking a bit. That’s why I ended up turning mine off to do a little more manual review.

  10. says

    Hi Kristi,

    You’ve introduced me to a new app. I hadn’t heard of Twitterfeed. I occasionally use HootSuite to schedule tweets but for the most part do it manually as I come across content I’d like to share.

    Although I’m a big fan of automating as much as possible, I’ve never quite felt that way about automating tweets. Thanks for sharing your strategies.
    Vernessa Taylor just posted No Hardhats Allowed – Online Project Management For The Rest of Us

    • says

      Hi Vernessa,

      I wrote about How to Use Twitterfeed for a consistent Twitter presence based on input from Kristi, and as of now I’m still very happy with using that strategy and will continue to use it.

      We are all far too busy to be able to stay on top of all the great blogs we read and I don’t want to miss sharing their content with my followers (and ME!). If a blog publishes one post once in a great while that I don’t like I don’t see that as a huge issue (because even if I didn’t like it many of my readers will). If it posts content more than rarely that I prefer not to share I simply remove that blog.
      Gail Gardner just posted Why We Need Group Geo-Targeted Niche Blogs

  11. says

    Funny, I just deleted most of my Twitterfeeds yesterday afternoon. And for basically the same reasons. It just felt too impersonal. Plus, I always forgot it was out there and ended up putting the same posts in Tweetdeck, so everything was getting Tweeted 2 or 3 times throughout the day.

    I stopped Buffer, too, for the same reason. Now, I just set up Tweetdeck in the morning while I’m having coffee. It takes some time, but I’m seeing better retention and growth numbers.

    Nice post. Glad to see so many different thoughts. My Twitter following is still small compared to most so maybe when it gets bigger I’ll be singing a different tune :)
    Donna Anderson just posted Daily Article Marketing Tip- You Moved The Cemetery But You Left The Bodies

    • says

      I still use HootSuite to schedule out the articles I read every hour Donna, that way I don’t blast people with a ton of articles all at once. But they are still articles that I have reviewed and probably commented on instead of just anything by a certain site.

  12. says

    “when I was auto-tweeting posts from my favorite blogs, I was rarely commenting on them. ” I’ve been have the same issue Kristi!!

    I not only noticed this with twitterfeed but triberr too. I’ve made it a point to visit those blogs more often. The irony is that I put them on my feed b/c I like the blogger and their content, but once they were added I visited their site less!

    I hear you about having to check the content regularly and this is why you should do it manually. I have less than 10 blogs on my Twitterfeed and have thought about adding a few more, but may hold off until I can organize the best way to go about this.

    I think a happy medium may be the way to go. Change your feed periodically to add new people and this will force you to visit those not on your feed. But yes, you will also have to be aware of quality control with those on your feed.

    Definitely no clear-cut or simple solution.

    Good luck and much continued success with your Twitter stats!
    Michele Welch just posted Tweet It Forward Game Part II- Team Building

      • says

        Hi Vernessa,

        Yeah, that seems to be a recurring issue for many using Triberr. In particular to those invited into tribes where they are not familiar with other tribe members. The great thing that you, as I, have noticed this and are in the process of actively changing this.

        The biggest realization for me was that these people were awesome! Imagine that? ;-)
        Michele Welch just posted Tweet It Forward Game Part II- Team Building

    • says

      Yeah, that was my issue Michele. I felt like, eh, I tweeted at least when I got busier and busier and just didn’t make the time to actually look at the posts. Now that I am looking, it feels much better when I tweet it. Especially if someone asks me something on Twitter about the post after the fact. And I used to have a lot of people tweet me and ask me to comment on their posts since I had tweeted it.

    • says

      True David. I have seen accounts where people had signed up for two services to send auto DM’s and not realize it, thus double spamming the DM inbox And ones where they’d tweet the same post across all of their accounts at one time, kind of singling out which accounts belonged to them.

  13. says

    Hi Kristi!

    Like Brankica, I’m also using Triberr and I absolutely love it. I don’t get to read the new blog posts from my tribe before they’re auto-Tweeted, but I kind of like that surprise feeling when I find out that I’ve Tweeted something new from my tribe because it feels a little like Christmas. =) Something new to read!

    Also, I’ve installed Buffer for Chrome, and I am in love with that every bit as much as Triberr. It’s easy enough to use even with my arms full of baby as I am nowadays, and anything that makes my life easier (or gives me one less thing to worry about or put effort into) is golden at this point. Plus, with Buffer’s new feature where you can Tweet now, and still edit every Tweet before it goes out or goes into your que, it’s priceless.

    Delena
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  14. says

    I am overjoyed to see this post, Kristi. One of the reasons I’ve practically left Twitter in favor of Facebook is that Twitter became a place to talk AT people and FB was a way to talk WITH people. When folks started using 3rd party apps to feed tweets into FB I was dismayed and glad that FB has taken action to devalue them.

    I’m a big believer in keeping social media social, which means being personally present for it. I’m also a big fan of RSS feeds and Google Reader. I also vet every post I share with my readers.

    Yes, all of this takes more time, but it also makes me a trusted source and approachable.

    My online popularity numbers aren’t big at all for two reasons. The overwhelming majority of my clients come from word of mouth referrals and until lately, I’ve rarely thought much about advertising. I enjoy long term relationships with my clients too.

    So, the whole idea of not being personally present online is odd to me. I use Hootsuite to post on Twitter so that I can maintain a presence there, but I’m not a fan of it’s spammy nature and have lost most all desire to interact there over the last few months.

    I’m much happier interacting in a community atmosphere like these rich commentors on your blog posts and on FB.
    MaAnna Stephenson just posted Tips Tuesday May 3 and How to be Successful

    • says

      Hi MaAnna. That’s why I’ve seen less tweets in my Facebook news feed. I think I read something about them devaluing anything from 3rd party apps. Definitely a good way to clean up the feed to only show people who are directly interacting on Facebook!

  15. says

    Hi Kristi,

    I like to do my own tweets. When my post is published it is tweeted but thereafter I manually retweet any posts or tweets myself.

    I know a lot of people do automated tweets but some of the reason I am on Twitter is to interact which is hard to do if it is done this way.

  16. says

    This is why I use dlvr.it as I can do RT @blogauthor for every feed I setup, so each blog gets credit for the retweet for their own feed. I do hear you about sometimes bloggers vary in opinion and you don’t always want to share. In some cases I will setup the feed for the “blog author” instead of other writers or guest accounts, or set the feed up for specific blog categories instead of the entire blog generally. I am fairly selective in who I ‘auto tweet’ and your blog is always one worth retweeting every article.
    Justin Germino just posted DragonBloggercom April Traffic and Earnings Report

  17. says

    Hey Kristi, thanks for sharing your insights and current approach.

    I use quite a bit of automated tools but I moved to dlvr.it from twitterfeed because I can set up groupings and in those groupings I can watch the number of clicks gotten per group. I can relatively quickly begin to isolate groups (or even groups that only have one site in them) that my readers just are not responding to.

    One thing I quickly learned was that because I dislike multi-author blogs generally speaking, was that I wanted to avoid syndicating random authors to my stream. @Ileane’s BasicBlogTips blog is a great example of this, yet I still have her auto-syndicated… how? By taking advantage of the fact that unless its been manually disabled by the author, each author stream, category and tag on WP has a individual WP feed. For example: http://basicblogtips.com/author/Ileane/feed/ All you need to do is add /feed to the end of it. That sub-feed lets me syndicate Ileane with less danger to myself.

    I use that extensively also when using FeedMyInbox, which lets me bring certain feeds right to my inbox by email without bringing the whole subscription. Also useful for those with no subscribe by email feature

    The same applies for the fact that I often auto-syndicate only certain categories off of some blogs. There’s quite a few bloggers that blog on a crazy array of stuff and I only want the relevant stuff, stuff I would read if I actually visited, so again /category/cat-name/feed/ gets me there!

    I think there’s a lot to be said for the fact that even for you, this switch probably wasn’t likely until you had google reader fully set up. The emphasis probably needs to be on starting with that, so that posts are “in hand” before disabling all the feed automation, particularly from bloggers we KLT (know like and trust)

    Dlvr.it brings a lot more power to the table than twitterfeed did… and has a great support team. Adding to that using the WP subfeeds and things start to get more interesting.

    That said though I totally understand where you’re coming from and your dedication is amazing!
    Kimberly
    Kimberly Castleberry just posted How To Delete A Facebook List

    • says

      Great tip about going with just an author Kimberly… I have been thinking about doing that with some of my RSS subscriptions because I find I’m not reading anything I like unless it is from a particular author. Some sites have some kind of redirect that will take you straight from what you think will be the author feed to the main site’s feed though. Will have too look into Dlvr.it – I’ve heard about it a lot, but just haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for sharing your strategy! :)

      • says

        Some bloggers have closed the sub-feed “holes” because can be a serious matter if your trying to get a real count of feed subscribers. It really depends on if the blogger has fully redirected their feeds and how much attention they’ve paid to both feed stats and the serious duplicate content issues that exist if a person can still get to their wp feed if they also use feedburner. The larger the blog the more likely it is that they’ve patched this hole. As I said, its not always available but its definitely handy when you want it to be there!
        Kimberly
        Kimberly Castleberry just posted How To Delete A Facebook List

  18. intel_chris says

    I’m of the fully manual camp. I don’t even schedule tweets. If you see a tweet from me, it is because I am on twitter (or more precisely on tweetdeck) and just sent. That said, sometimes I do log off twitter right after sending a tweet.

    Twitter is an avocation for me and not my job (not even part of it, although my employer (Intel) does accept and appreciate my doing it, and made me take a course to make certain I understood my responsibilities for being allowed to tweet–part of those responsibilities making it clear that I was not tweeting on Intel’s behalf).

    However, if tweeting about blog articles is part of your “job”, then take the time to do it yourself. Using an automated tool to “mail it in” eventually just wastes everyone’s time.

    I’ve definitely noticed some of my favorite bloggers using tweetfeed. And, you know what, even on their own content, I find myself being less interested. It’s actually very simple, if you aren’t there, if you aren’t invested, then maybe we shouldn’t bother reading you. Twitter isn’t about broadcasting. I can turn on the TV if I want to be talked at.

    So, thank you, for taking the time for a more manual approach. In the long run, you made one step toward making the world a better place.

    • says

      Great approach Chris! Although I do share some stuff from my workplace from time to time, most of my Twitter usage is purely personal. So it’s definitely great being more invested again, even if I do have busy weekends where I’m a bit more checked out. But at least now when people see my tweets, they will know I’m on!

    • says

      I still have some fully automated accounts out there for various reasons. I don’t pay much attention to them though – let me know how your experiment turns out Ari!

  19. says

    I have not twitter strategies. Just plain ol’ twitter! I recently joined a triberr, invited by someone and it seems in going a long way in getting my blog across. This post explains a lot in doing it carefully. Thanks for the ton of info!
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  20. says

    When I was updating my blog (had to stop because time was getting shorter and shorter) I never let the twitter updates on Automatic.

    The main reason was that I used to post a lot of things (was a social media blog), around 4-5 posts a day. I though that many updates would make my followers be flooded with things that wasn’t really creative and new.

    So what I used to do was to select wich posts were the best ones and just publicize one or two a day.

    That was working great since severall times I had many retweets and visits, by that time my main income of users in the blog were from twitter ;)
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    • says

      Not a bad idea Fabio. I probably tweet out about 10 – 15 links to content now a day, during the week at least. The rest is all just chit chat. :)

  21. says

    I used to rely very heavily on Twitterfeed as well as NetworkedBlogs (for posting to Facebook) and even though I also received no complaints about this, I didn’t feel like I was properly interacting with my followers. Social networks are for being social and having things being posted automatically doesn’t really do that.

    I stopped using all automated services a while back and there seems to be an increased amount of retweets and the rate of follower growth seems to have increased as well.

    While it does take more time, I think posting manually is the correct way to properly use social media. I tend to only follow accounts where the majority of posts are made manually rather than being pulled from RSS.
    Brian Yang just posted How to Easily Remove Empty Directories in Windows

    • says

      Sounds like you’ve seen some good results from switching to the manual route Brian. I’m hoping to see some as well. If nothing else, I’m enjoying Twitter more!

  22. says

    I have some automation to some great blogs out there. Like you I haven’t had any complaints and a lot of the posts get RTed, which is nice. My reasons for automation is that it’s a reciprocal arrangement. They autotweet out my new blog posts, I autotweet out theres. It’s been great for building new audience and bringing new readers to my blog. There is an element of being un-authentic when it comes to the automation, but it’s a compromise I am comfortable with.

  23. says

    Hi Kristi,

    First of all, thanks for taking the time to comment on my photoblog – really appriciate that.

    I’m wondering if you know of any tool that will re-tweet RSS feeds whthout any intervention. I’ve just started using TwitterFeed, but ‘think’ that I have to share the post before it will process the links.
    This is somewhat defeating the object for me as I want to be able to re-tweet the blog posts without reading them, saving that for later in the day when I have time to selectively comment on the blogs themselves.
    I also want to give credit to each author which I cant seem to do (as yu mention in your post) do I have to set up a feed for each blog RSS?

    Many Thanks

    • says

      Hi Mark,

      I believe Twitterfeed is what you want. You have to setup each blog’s RSS that you want to autotweet through their dashboard and add via @theirusername as a suffix so you can include the Twitter user for the blog owner. Then, anytime that blog has a new update, it will tweet to your account. It will happen within the time frame you set, so if you set it to check every half hour, it will probably tweet the new post from their site about a half hour after it goes live. The only complications of that is if you have several blogs on your Twitterfeed that update at the same time – all the tweets might go out at once.

      I wrote a post on the basic setup here – http://kikolani.com/twitterfeed-hootsuite-rss-feeds-and-blog-posting-schedules.html. Let me know if you have any questions – always happy to help!

      • says

        I’ve heard good things about Twitterfeed, Buffer, and other solutions but Triberr seems to be the only comparable platform that focuses on the social aspect. More importantly, it staggers updates so your Twitter stream is not overwhelmed. I like that approach and the team behind Triberr takes into account all user feedback, which makes it even more of a social experience. Check it out – Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo are amazing (they made me a believer in automation)!

  24. says

    All I can say is that contact or relation is very important. Something we should not forget in social media.

  25. says

    I’m glad I found this article because I’ve struggled with the same conflict myself. Automation is a great way to be more productive and efficient, but you do lose some warmth in the mix. Thus far, I am very happy with Triberr because the interactive components keep being expanded upon. This keeps community members engaged and honest. No one likes spam but some degree of persistence is necessary to make sure the right content is put in front of the right people, no? 8)

    BTW, I can definitely relate to anal-retentive habits. LOL.. Let’s call it “detail oriented”. ;)

  26. says

    We usually use Twiends.com for our twitter account to increase the followers (Guru Way). But now, I think they where turned down by Twitter and Facebook for some reason. I think they were illegally distributing Likes and Followers for both FB and Twitter.



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