Did you know it’s possible to schedule your re-tweets? I’m not talking about the manual retweets (RT) where you put “RT” in front of the tweet. I’m talking about native re-tweets: those that use Twitter’s re-tweet button.
A couple of years ago, manual RTs were the way to go on Twitter. In the last few years, however, many Twitter users have come to appreciate the official RT—so much so that for a period of time, some people were publicly shaming those who used the manual RT.
My personal feeling is that unless you’re manually adding something to the original tweet (for instance, by adding a comment before “RT”), you probably should just use the new RT. It’s the right thing to do—it gives full credit to the original twitterer, and it’s easier since it won’t require you to shorten the original tweet.
The problem with the new RT is that many social media tools don’t allow you to schedule it. On Hootsuite, for instance, I can only re-tweet now or I can schedule the RT as a manual one. That’s a problem if I want to RT several tweets: If I RT them all at the same time, I’d end up flooding my followers’ feeds.
So what’s a better approach? Do it through Buffer! One of the coolest Buffer tips and tricks I’ve discovered recently is that it lets you schedule your retweets. The first thing you’d want to do is to sign up for Buffer if you don’t have an account yet. (Duh!) Once you’re set up, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Install the Buffer browser extension.
2. Open the tweet that you wish to RT from Twitter.com from your desktop.
3. Click the “Buffer” link. You might need to sign in. Click “Add to queue” or schedule a time when you want it to go out, and you’re set!
P.S. If you want more Buffer tips, check out my LinkedIn post. Buffer is one of my fave social media tools.