Blogging is time consuming and so is scheduling tweets. There are many tweet scheduler apps, such as Buffer, but Buffer's free option is only limited to a single account and you can only schedule up to 10 tweets. I also tried Twitter's Dashboard, but there are still a few clicks before I can schedule a tweet. Finally, I stumbled upon Circular. I gave it a try, and so far, it worked well for my needs.
To use Circular, you need to note a few things:
- You can manage multiple accounts. To do this, you need to login to your Twitter account. Then you open your circular account and click on the Add Account icon. Click on Authorize the App for Twitter. And you are done. If you want to add another account, logout in Twitter but not in Circular. Login with your new account and click on the Add Account icon again. The procedure is similar just like before.
- You can schedule posting times. You can add as many posting times as you like. If you post too often, your scheduled tweets run out fast. If you post only a few times per day, it would be inefficient to direct traffic to your blog. In my case, I schedule every 2 hours.
- You can copy and paste tweets from Google Spreadsheet. I have 60 tweets from the titles of my blog posts stored in a Google Spreadsheet. I simply copy them in the text area and click either the Post Now button or Add to Circular button.Whatever interesting content I find, I add it to my Circular bucket. I also tried before to post my blog-related tweets every hour and my curated tweets whenever I finished reading, but this system is too tiring: I don't have anymore time to write articles, because my tweet bucket dries up fast.
- You can rearrange your scheduled tweets manually. There is no button to randomly rearrange tweets--this would have been a great feature. You only have two options: move the tweet up and down in the succession order using the Drag to Reorder button (cross symbol with arrow points) or post the tweet immediately.
- You can drag and drop images for posting. This is the only option. You cannot upload images by clicking on an Upload button. You only have the camera icon which you need to click. Then you go to the folder where the image is stored and drag the file name to the space beneath your tweet that says "Drag your picture here to upload!"
- Sometimes, you'll see some quotes scheduled by Circular. You can delete them, but I don't. It's the least thing that I can do to promote the great app.