Earlier, I mentioned experimenting with automatic Tweets coming from various blogs whenever new posts are made to the site. So far, it’s been a pretty decent success, though I’m starting to get the feeling that the same people that would have come here are the ones responding to the auto tweets. It’s just that they come sooner rather than when they think of it on their own later.
Another way to automate Tweets going to Twitter is with a site called Twuffer.
Twuffer isn’t technically a service that generates an automatic Twitter update, but rather one which allows you to schedule your Tweets ahead of time, thus giving you 24/7 coverage if you so choose, without having to be there for each one.
You just sign up for a free account and then type into a box just like you would on the Twitter homepage. It even has the saem countdown to 140 characters to keep you in line with Twitter’s maximum Tweet size.
Then, instead of just clicking to send the update, you can select what time you want the tweet to automatically go out at. You can even select the day so that if an early morning Tweet tomorrow or on Monday morning would be really useful, you can set it up on Thursday evening, and Twuffer takes care of the rest.
The only real drawback is that you are limited to on-the-hour times. That is, that you can set an automatic Tweet for 4:00 PM or 5:00 PM but not 4:13 PM or even 4:30 PM. I’m not really sure what the deal is there since one would imagine the programming would be exactly the same to allow for more incremental time selections. I guess this way they can limit input to just a drop down menu, but all the same, it seems like a fairly simple programming challenge. In fact, should the service ever get really popular, it would probably be to the site’s advantage to avoid a large burst of traffic at 4:00 only to be followed by no traffic for the next 59 minutes.
Either way, Twuffer might be a nice way to pump up your blog with more auto Tweets and more Twitter traffic. Combine Twuffer with scheduled posts in WordPress and you might not need a plug-in to auto-tweet for you.