Free App Recap March 19 – Apps To Schedule Tweets

Free App Recap March 19 – Apps To Schedule Tweets

Mar 19, 2013

Twitter is not something to fully automate. Twitter is a great place to have a conversation and share knowledge. That being said, there are times when it is a good idea to schedule a tweet. For example, promoting an event or blog post like this one. Here are a few different Android apps to schedule tweets.

HootSuite (Twitter & Facebook)

HootSuite is a great app for anyone who is just starting out using multiple accounts on Twitter. It was one of the first app I tried solely because it can schedule tweets. Many of the other apps couldn’t schedule them when I was searching a while back. Not only can HootSuite for nadr schedule tweets, it is also linked to the cloud version which offers more features. The links are shortened and can provide some good analytics to see who is clicking on what links.

Download HootSuite (Twitter & Facebook)

TweetCaster for Twitter

Tweetcaster is a super cool and easy to use Twitter app for Android. The layout is a little more colorful and fun than HootSuite. Like HootSuite, Tweetcaster can show and interact with both Facebook and Twitter. One feature I like with this app is the way a person can be muted if they are posting too much. This means they will not show up in the main feed but can be seen in a List. There is also a feature to help find new people to fo follow. It works well.

Download TweetCaster for Twitter

Buffer (Twitter, Facebook)

Buffer is a pretty great app. I have been using it to schedule tweets and Facebook updates for both myself and clients for a while now and love it. The cool feature here is, Buffer picks a schedule based on when followers are most likely to see the tweet. Pretty cool huh? The amount of times during the day can be adjusted otherwise Buffer sends one or two tweets a day. There is also analytics for the shortened links.

Download Buffer (Twitter, Facebook)

SportCaster Brings Sports and Twitter Together Just in Time for Football Season

SportCaster Brings Sports and Twitter Together Just in Time for Football Season

Aug 31, 2011

Football season is about to be upon us! This is opposed to football news season, where young men playing a dangerous game for well below market value are scolded for being caught taking extra money or selling their awards, and where billionaires argue with millionaires about how they should properly divide pennies amongst themselves. No, the time for actual gridiron-crunching football is just about on us! OneLouder, developers of TweetCaster, have introduced a new kind of Twitter app to help football fans take in all the analysis, commentary, and even the snark that is posted on Twitter about their favorite sport.

SportCaster offers 5 sections for users to explore: Conversation, where users can get the latest tweets from analysts, experts, and athletes, and filter by specific terms to focus on specific comments. By default, general experts are listed, though users can also add experts and fans for specific teams as well. There’s a scoreboard view to keep abreast on all the latest scores, and can click on a specific game to get the latest tweets from experts on both teams. The Schedule view allows users to look in advance at teams’ games, and to view the chatter about the two teams. Standings is just a basic view of the recent standings and rankings of each league. Finally, there’s a Fantasy section, where users can search for information and advice that will help benefit their fantasy football teams.

This isn’t just an app for tweet consumption without contribution, though. Twitter is all about conversation, and sharing, so SportCaster includes options to reply and retweet tweets discovered in the app. Right now, SportCaster only supports pro and college football, but over the next year as the other pro and college leagues start up, they will be added to the app as well. SportCaster is available now for iOS and for Android.

Android Tablet Twitter App Rundown

Android Tablet Twitter App Rundown

Jul 28, 2011

Having just acquired an Android tablet (the Motorola Xoom), my first goal? Find some worthy Twitter apps to download so I could get my tweet on! Finding these apps was difficult, in part because the phone apps are listed the same with tablet apps, and there’s no easy distinction between non-tablet and tablet-optimized apps. After some searching and vigorous testing, here is a rundown on the basics of some tablet-compatible apps, and some phone apps’ usability on tablets.

TweetComb: This app features a multiple column interface similar to TweetDeck’s desktop and iPad incarnations. The three columns list the main timeline, mentions, and direct messages, with a separate page for list viewing. There’s no pull-to-refresh, though there is a refresh button for each column, and a button to snap to the top. The app supports notifications, but does not support any kind of picture or video uploading. None at all.

TweetCaster: This app eschews the multiple column display for a single column of tweets. The application supports inline previews of media and conversation views, which is the strength of the app. The app lacks any kind of snap to top feature in the tablet version, and exiting the app kicks it out to the phone version with seemingly no way to revert to the tablet version. As soon as that glitch popped up, I found myself not returning to this app.

Plume: This app blends features of both multi and single column apps; in landscape mode the app is a multiple column interface, shifting to a single column mode when a tweet is tapped, and offering a larger display of the selected tweet. The app also supports a single column mode for portrait display. This is probably my preferred application going forward, and as it provides the most and best-working features of other apps I’ve tried.

The phone-optimized apps also work, and for those who want to view a lot of tweets at a time, then Twitter for Android and TweetDeck work well for this purpose, though their interfaces are hardly optimized for tablets. Still, these apps have a lot of features, and could be useful on tablets for power users.

Have I missed a worthy tablet app for tweeting? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or send a tweet to @AndroidRundown!