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Best time to Tweet – Free tools to help

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It was kinda frustrating to add all those tweets – and then, get no response!

Do you have the same problem?

Whether you are promoting a new post, someone else’s or simply asking a question – when are your followers online?

Well you could just use some trial and error or thorough experiements to find the best time to tweet, but I am assuming you (like me) don’t have the patience.

Don’t worry, someone else has done the work for you!!

The Research – Best times to tweet

According to Bit.ly, a link shortening service used extensively on Twitter (so they have lots of data)

For Twitter, posting in the afternoon earlier in the week is your best chance at achieving a high click count

Similarly, the highest traffic times are:

The peak traffic times for Twitter are 9am through 3pm, Monday through Thursday

*Note: both these quotes are based on US Eastern Standard Time (which is GMT-5)

The lovely girls on Birds on a Blog have also summarised similar information for a bunch of social media platforms which you should check out.

OR if you want this in sexy infographic form then this is your best bet.

The Tools – Best times to tweet

There are many Twitter tools and apps out there to analyse your account and find out the best times to tweet.

The following two are the ones that I have tried with success and they are FREE.

Tweriod

Tweriod is focused on the best times to tweet, so I am already a fan.

This is what they say about their service

Tweriod gives you the best times to tweet.
We analyse both your tweets and your followers’ tweets.
So you can start tweeting when it makes most sense to reach others.

1. Creating an account is quite simple.  Simply click on the big green button to sign in with your Twitter account.

2. Once you have Tweriod open with your twitter account, you can simply let them analyse it for the best times to tweet.

3. Tweriod will then send you an email and DM (direct message) in your Twitter account – notifying you that the analysis is done

Tweriod Analysis

Tweriod has now analysed your Twitter account for the best time to tweet. What a great bunch of people!!

They do this by looking at when your followers are online.Tweriod Analysis exposure

You can check the best times in the different tabs, which are normally broken down into

  • Weekdays and Weekends
  • Mondays and Sundays (times differ from the other days)

 

They also show you another chart to the right of this, which shows when most of your followers are online.

There is another interested chart if you go to the tab Hourly Graphs.

Here you can see exactly how things fluctuate through the day

Tweriod Analysis hourly

 

Sync with Buffer

If you are not using Buffer, then you will have to take this data and work with it manually. It’s still great to know when the best times to reach your followers are, but not as cool.

If you do work with Buffer, simply press the button shown below, and the times are sent to Buffer (you will be asked to login to Buffer – via Twitter).

Tweriod sync Buffer button

 

 

Once you login to Buffer specifically, these times will now appear in the schedule tab.

Note: make sure the timezones are correct. Buffer has this setting in the schedule tab – top right. It should correspond to your Twitter account (which Tweriod uses to calculate the times).

Awesome huh. Now you have the best times to tweet setup in Buffer and you can just add tweets there.

I also added some other times I noticed I get a lot of retweets. Perhaps I just have more active users in these periods? who knows.

But keep your eye out in Buffer where they tell you in the Analysis tab what was retweeted / favourited etc. in a nice green color.

If you are enjoying this great content why not Tweet it?

Followerwonk

What a name huh!! It’s catchy I guess?

Followerwonk does many things, but one of the great things they do is analyse your Twitter account for the best times to tweet.

1. First go to Followerwonk and sign in with Twitter (top right – orange button)

2. Go to the Analyze Followers tab

3. Enter your full Twitter handle – mine is @madlemmings

4. Choose from the dropdown menu – Analyze Their Followers & click Do it

Followerwonk analyse followers

The analysis results are pretty interesting.

First they show you a cool google map overlay of where your followers are. Even if you don’t need this info, drill down a bit, move around and check it out. It’s fun to know.

Further down is the good stuff, your hourly best times to tweet.

Followerwonk best times tweet

 

Although not as “simply” presented as Tweriod, this chart is clear in demonstrating the fluctuations in your followers activity.

Sync with Buffer

I don’t want to get on your case here, but if you are not using Buffer (or Hootsuite – then you are forgiven) then you really should consider scheduling your tweets.

Just like with Tweriod, you can also sync your buffer account with the best times to tweet from Followerwonk.

Simply choose how many times you want to tweet a day and press the big orange button (you can see it in the image above).

That’s it. Simple huh.

This video tutorial also quickly shows you how it is done.

Now you can happily add tweets to Buffer and not have to worry about them being seen!

If you are enjoying this great content why not Tweet it?

Summary

So now you know when the best times to tweet are right?

You can do it manually by using Bit.ly’s helpful research – fun but not optimal.

Or you can do a thorough analysis with Tweriod and Followerwonk and even better – import it into Buffer.

Getting Twitter Followers – Tips and Tools

If you are also interested in getting more Twitter followers, you should check out these posts.

TweetAdder Review – A great tool for getting targted followers

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Get my FREE Twitter Followers Guide

 

About the Author Ashley Faulkes

I am an Aussie WordPress Web Designer living in Switzerland. My goal is to make your WordPress website awesome, and get you more customers via SEO and amazing content. I am also a huge fan of the outdoors, so I am often in the mountains doing crazy stuff. I discovered blogging and online marketing while recovering from a shattered leg I got while skiing, and I have not stopped learning since! Join me in reaching for the top!

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8 responses to “Best time to Tweet – Free tools to help”

  1. Leora Wenger says:

    No, I’m not scheduling tweets, but first thing Eastern Time works well for me, as Europe and Israel are wide awake and the greater NYC area is waking up. That’s usually when I go on Twitter.

    • Lucky for some to live in the peak area :> A lot of my tweets need to go out at 1-2am or 8-9pm, times I am not alway online. So schedule works well for me, but I do try to connect with people too.

  2. Jeri says:

    I do let Buffer schedule my tweets for peak times. HootSuite gets a bit trickier since the auto-scheduling will pick the closest ideal tweet time as opposed to letting the user tell it to pick an optimal time on a day in the future. I’ve had to adjust a bit since moving to out of the Eastern Time Zone, but the impact has been minimal. It can be hard to remember to send out my manual tweets two hours earlier than I used to. One thing is certain, Friday tweets are the pits for clicks. Thanks again for a great list of resources. You are awesome!

    • Thanks Jeri. It’s interesting to hear from someone who lives in the US talking about timezone issues. This is one of the main reasons I have to schedule and use best time tools like this. I live in Europe so the time zones can be a real pain. But the tools make my life easier for sure. I have noticed Friday is a deadzone, and the weekend is a different beast indeed. Funny how human behaviour can become so transparent with a tweet analyser :>

  3. Hi Ashley,
    This post is just what I am looking for right now as I am trying to find a way of networking with people via my smartphone. This advice is just what I needed thank you my friend
    Take Care
    Gary

  4. Adrienne says:

    Hey Ashley,

    I use Tweriod and even had the paid account for awhile. I always schedule my tweets in Buffer because heaven knows I can’t be online and do everything manually.

    I then read a post by John Paul who is a Twitter King in my opinion and he shared the best times to tweet so I started scheduling my posts to go out at those times and I seem to be having much better traffic. Go figure but I think with Tweriod it’s giving you an overview so I know nothing is definite. Either way you definitely want people to read what you share for the most part at least.

    Thanks for sharing Followerwonk too. I’ve never heard of this one so curiosity has the best of me and I’m going to see how they compare to Tweriod.

    Great post Ashley, thanks!

    ~Adrienne

    • Hi Adrienne, I found Followerwonk on the Buffer blog ages ago. They announce when their tool suddenly works well with something new. I got differing results from each, but perhaps my following is more international. Who knows. I do tweak it myself as I find things change with time.