So last week I took the Memorial Day holiday off from everything: no blog, no book project…nothing. Just me and my wife enjoying the day off from work. We don’t get that many of those together, so it was nice to just hang out, sleep late, and watch mindless TV shows to decompress.

However, that meant I’d have a big old two-week gap between blog posts, and thus no sense of flow. Last time I blogged, it was more personal; this week, let’s get down to business.

I’ve been seeing a lot of “best of” posts lately from people, and I’d like to do one myself: the best software for managing your social media posts. Problem is, I’m burning through those like nobody’s business. So this post is really more of a “looking-for-recommendations” post than a “here’s-my-advice” post.

I use a few automation tools for different things, but mainly for tweets or shortening links. Here’s what I’m using now.

  1. Statusbrew
  2. Buffer
  3. Tweepsmap

Now, I’ll admit, I don’t even use these all that much. I mainly automate the occasional post via Buffer, typically when I’m not going to be available during the time I’d like to tweet something. The free version of Statusbrew is okay for showing me who my new unfollowers are on Twitter, so I use that a little. And I only use the free version of Tweepsmap for their weekly reports, which provide a snapshot of the total number of followers and unfollowers.

In the past, I used Social Jukebox, but they eliminated their free version. I’ve also gone through a few others, whose names I can no longer even recall.

What about you? Do you have a free, or even paid, software you find valuable? I do a lot of my social media posting myself, but as my business grows, I am finding more and more of a need to at least partially automate. Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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