Buffer Twitter Tips says you can increase your clicks by 200%, double retweets and considerably increase your Klout score by tweeting at optimal times. Knowledge Enthusiast provides research findings about best times to tweet, and tools to help you tailor tweeting times to your followers’ habits.

Time of Day

The Twitter vs. Time infographic produced by Lemon.ly referencing Twitter and Sysomos data shows, the most traffic on Twitter occurs between 9 to 11 a.m. ET and 1 to 3 p.m. ET. According to Hubspot Social Media Scientist Dan Zarrella’s research, the best time to tweet is 5 p.m. ET. The takeaway: Spread your tweets out throughout the day with an emphasis toward later in the day.

Time Zone

Pulling data from Dan Zarrella, the Science of Social Timing infographic created by KISSMetrics, shows that this breakdown of tweets in U.S. :

  • 48% of tweets are from the East Coast,
  • 33% of tweets are from the Central time zone and
  • 14% are from the West Coast.
  • Nearly 80% of the general U.S. population is located in the Central and Eastern time zones.

The takeaway: Think East Coast time.

Day of the Week

According to Dan Zarrella’s How to Get More Clicks on Twitter, you are more likely to get clicks on your Twitter links toward the end of the week and weekends. Many have been successful with Sunday evenings. Followers are more likely to click on your Twitter links on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The takeaway: Don’t forget about the weekends.

13 Tools to Optimize Your Tweet Timing

Optimizing you or your brand’s daily tweeting habits is important in making sure you reach your followers. Here are 13 tools to help you maximize the timing of your tweets.

1. WhenToTweet. This tool will help you figure out when most of your followers are online.

2. TweetWhen. This free tool shows you the best times to tweet based on your past 1,000 tweets.

3. Tweriod. This free tool looks at you and your Twitter followers’ tweets to provide times on when you should tweet.

4. TweetStats. This free tool will show you detailed analysis of your best tweeting time.

5. Timely. This free tool analyzes your past 199 tweets and figures out the best time slots for you to tweet.

6. Tweue. This free tool is basically a Twitter queue that will evenly space up to 10 tweet from 15 minutes to eight hours apart.

7. TweetReports. This free tool gathers the stats from your top 25 influential followers and analyzes the times where keywords are talked about the most, and when you may want to participate in these conversations.

8. Lookacross. This paid tool (30-day free trial) to find the best time to reach people.

9. 14Blocks. A paid tool ($5-$49/month) that analyzes your followers’ activities to find out the best times to tweet each day of the week.

10. Socialflow. A paid tool ($1 for first month) publishes your content when it will resonate the most with your Twitter followers.

11. Hootsuite. A free web-based social media dashboard that allows you to queue up and post updates in a timely fashion.

12. Buffer. This free app allows you to add articles, photos and videos to it anytime of the day and then it automatically shares them throughout the day

13. TweetDeck. This free tool allows you to schedule tweets and can help you manage your social media platforms.

Bottom Line: Frequency Is More Important than Timing

In the end, success on Twitter does not rely on when you tweet but how frequently you tweet – not too much but not too little. If you post at least 5 times a day, spaced throughout the day, you will mostly likely achieve the maximum impact of your tweets.

Snap! principle of successful tweeting:

Success Lies in Frequency not Timing