Hello SErs! Harmony here. With all the recent changes to Twitter’s tweeting and auto-tweet rules, I thought it might be useful to talk about how we can use the IFTTT platform to help us out a little.
I used to subscribe to Roundteam, which took care of a lot of my retweets for me, and the monthly fee was reasonable. Sadly, they are shutting their doors and cite Twitter for this. I had paid until August this year, and lost my subscription late last year with no refund, so I’m not too pleased about that. The other issue, of course, was still wanting to retweet people without having to spend 24/7 at the computer.
All the other retweet services I have found are both limited and expensive. Basically, twitter doesn’t want us to automate anything, and this is limiting any company/platform offering such a service.
So, what to do?
While it’s not a great fix, the IFTTT platform has given me a limited option.
IFTTT uses Applets to help you retweet or set automated tweets which link to your Twitter account. Here’s a screenshot of my dashboard … kept deliberately simple for this post …
This service is limited because you can’t use the Applets more than 100 times in any 24-hour period. So, if I have just one active Applet, as above, it can auto tweet 100 times for me a day. However, if I added another, that would limit both as they share the 100 tweet limit. You can’t allocate 50 to one and 50 to the other. It works on a first come, first serve basis.
You can search for Applets via IFTTT’s search page, and thousands of options come up:
Each Applet is simple to set up. Below is my auto-thanks Applet, which I find helpful in catching tweets that tag me as soon as possible. The international time differences can make this tricky, and sometimes, I don’t get to a tweet for about 20 hours or so. Until it reaches its limit, this Applet helps me respond in a more timely fashion.
Click on the cog image in the upper right. Takes you to your configure page:
As you can see, mine is set up already.
I find the IFTTT Applets simple to set up, and then they run themselves. So far, the only downside is the 100-tweets-in-24-hours limit.
Have you used auto-retweet / tweet tools before? If so, what tools do you use? Or, like me, have you found yourself a bit stuck since Twitter changed the rules?