Yesterday I received this email from TwitterFeed with the subject line of “Twitterfeed will be shutting its doors on October 31st, 2016”.
Being a twitterfeed user since years, this was shocking news for me and I am sure you also had the same feeling. I tried finding the reason and with no hope, the tool will finally stop providing its services from 31st Oct.
The popularity of social networks for business has led to several social media management tools sprouting up to make the task simpler. Basically, they aim at making repetitive tasks easier by automating posts across all social networks. Twitterfeed, in this context is, or rather had been, a popular tool for businesses to automatically post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels simultaneously via RSS Feed. It not only allowed publishers distribute content but also track the post performance (reach, response, etc) using real time statistics.
However, shut down its services after 31st October and a lot of users who depended on the tool are now kind of stranded. Being one of them, I started searching for TwitterFeed alternatives to keep active my social media channels and the good news is that there are other alternatives that can do the same job as Twitterfeed. Let’s check out some of the best Twitterfeed Alternatives here.
SocialPilot has been and still remains one of the most popular social scheduling and marketing tools for businesses and brands worldwide. The platform is designed to help marketers be more efficient in online marketing, especially through social media and save themselves a lot of money and time in the process.
SocialPilot’s bulk scheduling allows for scheduling of up to 500 posts across several social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and more. Marketers will just need to upload a CSV file containing the post and the timing and SocialPilot takes care of the rest. The link shortening feature of SocialPilot too is relevant when trying to post longer URLs.
SocialPilot tool allows users to add & manage RSS feed directly from the dashboard. Users can also set the frequency of RSS feed for various blog’s depending on the number of articles they publish on their blogs. You can also stop feed automation at any time by just clicking on Active button.
As with SocialPilot, social media marketers can write a bunch of posts at one time and schedule them through Buffer to be posted throughout the day/week/month without extra intervention. In fact, Buffer was created to schedule Twitter updates through smarter sharing and since its launch; several features have been added to make it much more relevant for modern businesses.
Whether you have access to internet or not, Buffer allows for posts to be added in a queue and timely posts them in social profiles. Buffer scheduling is also compatible with mobile apps. Buffer also provides feed automation feature for awesome and business users. Users can add 15 feeds per connected social profile from Buffer dashboard.
This tool has been especially promising for individuals and businesses managing a blogging platform. With dlvr.it you can not only schedule posts but also have it shared across your social and blogging networks automatically. This helps increase the reach of the posts while keeping your platform active.
As an alternative to Twitterfeed, dlvr.it also shows the performance stats of tweets, shares and +1s.this information can be later analyzed to better your social strategies. dlvr.it claims to provide automation to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media sites using their RSS feeds feature. Users can add up to 5 feeds/site on this platform and can share on 3 social channels for free.
Twibble comes as another alternative by offering fast, easy and robust Twitter and RSS management across your social networks. The core advantage with Twibble is the ability to include RSS Feeds from any kind of source – Pinterest boards, YouTube channels, blogs, Etsy stories and much more.
Twibble makes RSS feeds to Twitter a lot more convenient by delivering intelligent automation. As the service claims, “you don’t even need to know the RSS URL”.
IFTTT is another web based service that enables users in creating conditional statements that trigger posts based on feeds in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. For example, if a certain user includes a hash tag that you have defined, his feed would be collected and added to your library or posted onto your networks.
IFTTT is especially useful when you are trying to bring together all photo feeds across the globe into a single platform. Of course, the photos collected should have the hash tag you have defined.
Engator, like others in this list, too makes auto submission of posts / RSS Feed to twitter easier. The process is really fast and you will not have to worry about manual feed integration.
Engator allows for as many as 100 RSS feeds to be scheduled to be posted onto your twitter account at one time. This does give a comfortable time frame for social media marketers.
Hootsuite too supports automatic bog content distribution across social networks through RSS feeds. It even offers the convenience of automatic shortening of links using services like Bit.ly and awe.sm to make the post relevant for Twitter.
Hootsuite scheduling will automatically take up blog posts and new updates and shortens the URL to be sent as a tweet. You also have the option to filter out posts by defining specific keywords.
Automation of RSS feeds makes perfect sense when you are trying to run a business and keep it active in the dozens of social network you cater to. These tools will saves a lot of time and there is always something more productive you can do as compared to these repetitive tasks! Some of the features are paid and you can always try them before making your purchase decision.