How to Schedule Tweets on Twitter Without Using HootSuite

In case you haven’t heard the news, you can now schedule tweets on Twitter – but there’s a catch.

You have to do it through the Twitter Ads interface.

No, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to start paying Twitter to use their tool. Anyone can schedule tweets on Twitter using the ads tool.

Note: scheduling tweets through Twitter only works on a desktop. You cannot schedule tweets from a mobile device (yet).

Another thing that I find interesting. The timing of this announcement aligns perfectly with the upcoming Twitter IPO and suggests that Twitter plans to make money by giving all users the ability to create Twitter Ads.

What’s also interesting is that this could mean the end of HootSuite – more on that later though.

To schedule tweets on Twitter, follow the instructions below.

How to schedule tweets on Twitter

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Step 1: Login to the Twitter Ads interface

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Step 2: Click the compose a new tweet button

Alternatively, you can click on Creatives > Tweets > Compose

Step 3: Compose your tweet and click on the scheduling tab to select a day and time.

With scheduled tweets, you can also include photos, your location, as well as Twitter cards.

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Step 4: Sorting and editing scheduled tweets

Once you have scheduled out your tweets, if you need to edit them, click on Creatives > Tweets

 

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Here, you’ll have the ability to see all of your tweets or just scheduled tweets. You can go in and delete your tweet.

If you need to make changes, you do not have the ability to edit a tweet.

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Is HootSuite still relevant?

Now that you have the ability to schedule tweets on Twitter without paying for services like HootSuite, this could soon make them obsolete.

HootSuite is a great tool for scheduling tweets and while they can be used to update other social networks like Facebook and Pinterest, you don’t get all of the features such as tagging users or pages.

For now, I recommend continuing to use HootSuite to monitor social media channels; however, I would get used to scheduling tweets within Twitter because I think that’s the direction things are headed.

Wrap-up on scheduled tweets

Overall, I like Twitters interface for creating scheduled tweets and hope this is rolled out to mobile users at some point.

How about you? Are you using a social media tool to schedule tweets? If you are, leave a comment below and let me know which tools your using to schedule tweets.

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  • Karin

    Is there anyway to get the drop down menu of twitter users that I may be trying to @ without knowing their exact handle, including users I am not following, like within Twitter itself? I understand third-party schedulers can’t do this really, but I thought since this is directly connected to Twitter…..

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      This is a Twitter tool. Don’t think they carried that over.