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Automatic Twitter Posting: Automate Your Twitter Account

Posted on Jul 08 2009


Squidoo and Twitter have quite a nice little relationship going.

You can feature your latest Tweets in your lens, you can build a Twttrlist list lens, or a Twttrstrm lens, and of course just promote your latest lenses on Twitter!

So I thought I would put together a nice and easy list of….

Some ways to automate your Twitter account:

1. Schedule Tweets: With SocialOomph you can set up as many tweets as you like to post on set dates in the future. Beyond the obvious ones like Christmas and other Holidays, you could do things with special offers, promoting your relevant webpages and lenses at the right time of year, every year, and even keep your profile active while you go on vacation or something. Scheduling Tweets sounds trivial but it can prove to be very useful indeed.

2. Automatically Follow People Who Follow You: Twitter is great at connecting you with a huge audience… but the strains of a huge audience are obvious. How can you possibly keep up with everyone who follows you? Twitter is meant to help you do the things you do right now, but better! It’s not means to steal hours from you every day. If you follow me on any of my Twitter accounts you’ll see me follow you back within minutes, automatically. Very useful indeed. This is from SocialOomph also.

3. Automate Direct Messages: When you follow me on any of my accounts, and I follow you back automatically, you will get a Direct Message from me saying hi. You can set your own automatic direct message to say whatever you like. Advice: Don’t just say hello and ask them to check out your website. That sucks. Connect with people instead. Try asking a question, and maybe asking for them to @reply instead of DM reply. Note: I have turned this feature off now, just because I hate Direct Messages. People were replying to me and I would never remember to check to reply.

4. Turn any RSS feed into Twitter posts: This will apply to you if you post content on any of the following sites – WordPress, Squidoo, BlogSpot, Tumblr, Typepad, HubPages, EzineArticles, YouTube, Flickr, Delicious, actually pretty much any modern website! Use to set up an “RSS Feed To Twitter”. It’s all automatic from then on!

5. Unfollow People Who Are Not Following You: If you follow people on Twitter in the hope they will follow you back, and sadly find out that some don’t, you can use to help you unfollow them. It’s a bit weird only following people in the hope they will follow you back, but life is like that sometimes.

6. Use TweetAdder: If you are looking for something a LOT more powerful to automate your Twitter Tasks I would recommend TweetAdder to you!

I have just started using TweetAdder, and I would recommend it highly. It does exactly what it says it will do, and will help you do everything you could possibly imagine to automate your Twitter account.

It is like the Holy Grail of Twitter account management.

And that’s how I roll 😉

Question: In what ways do YOU automate your Twitter account?
Question: Do you think automating your Twitter account will bring you bad twitter karma?

Lewis 🙂

Lewis Smile

Lewis Smile is a Writer, Blogger, Web Geek, and very much a daydreamer. He helps people for a living, and works online. See the Contact Info page to say hi. Find out more about him here.

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  1. JaguarJulie says:

    Hi there Lewis! Some great tips. May I just mention a quick note to be careful with those automized twitter feeds as once upon a time, I had set up some lenses in such a site that will automatically tweet for you. However, there was a bug that sent ALL of my tweets at one time to twitter making it look like –well– spam! Guess I’ve got cold feet now about setting up too many different tweets to automatically be sent at certain times.

    BTW, yes, what is up with those people who follow you and then when you are following them back, they unfollow? Why bother is what I ask.

  2. Zacka says:

    Sounds good, but I am not yet on Twitter. Thus much is unclear. I also wonder, how I can get traffick to my lenses.

  3. Susan52 says:

    I had the same experience as Julie, spamming Twitter with a ton of blog posts when I signed up on a particular site. I’m really careful now about not opting into automatic tweets. Maybe I’m just a control freak, but I like to know exactly what’s going out, when, why, and what it says. I also don’t automatically follow back since I get a ton of spam Twitterers following me and I don’t want to increase their follower numbers since they don’t deserve it. I do like the idea of scheduling tweets, though, and really must look into that. (Adding it to my to-do list now.)

    Nice post, Lewis. I’ll look into TweetAdder as well.

  4. Hi Lewis-

    I don’t like to automate receiving followers because I like to pick and choose my followers.

    Plus I don’t like to receive automatic DM’s so I don’t send them.

    I carry my iPhone and whenever inspired, I tweet! My favorite iPhone Twitter App is Tweetie–It works beautifully!!

  5. MrLewisSmile says:

    @JaguarJulie and @Susan52 – I’ve not had that rss ‘feature’ happen to me! I love for manipulation rss feeds – that would solve it. What site was it that sent ALL your rss feed items?

    @Kate – I definitely agree with the Direct Messages! I really don’t like DMs.

    @Zacka – Just tweet away, being interesting and being yourself!


  6. Tipi says:

    I have been wondering about the unfollow for twitter. Thank you so much, I’ll be going right now to check that out.

    Thank you!

  7. Christopher says:

    What happens if your site doesn’t have a RSS feed installed. You want to update your twitter account with the title of the page and a tiny url?

    Is this possible? is this with the API? Anyone have examples. Everything I have read it for Blogs blogs and more blogs. No one seem to have examples from just a normal html webpage.

    Surely this is out there?


  8. Tina says:

    Good morning Lewis,
    I was just wondering how people managed to add their twittering to their lenses so that people reading them can then click on the “follow me” button?…I’ve checked the places where I thought I’d find out but…no joy…can you help please?
    Love Today Tina

  9. Tanya says:

    Great Tips here Mr. Lewis! I have looking for a way to assist me shorten the task of taking care of my social media accounts. Now if there was only something for facebook…..all the best!

  10. Rajesh says:

    Great Stuff,

    All mentioned tools are like weapons to boom twitter account, Thanks a lot.

  11. Bharat says:

    Great tips. I like the tool socialoomph. From my suggestion you should add more description of twitteradder with your experience for it.

  12. WEBODILE says:

    You are the best dude…..
    Reall its great can you suggest some tool that auto posts from RSS feeds….

  13. Vicky says:

    thanks for such great stuff… it is really like a another hand at work and the tools and technique are gr8…

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