20 social media apps and tools that will save you time


Success in today’s world depends more and more every day on our ability to navigate and use social media. But as addictive as using social media can be, there’s still only 24 hours a day. Social media can help you generate leads and referrals, but it’s not the only way to pay your bills.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of social media, without compromising your ability to do your other tasks, check out the following time-saving apps and tools:


You’ve probably heard of Flipboard and its content generation capabilities. But not only does this tool help you create magazine-style compilations of the content most likely to interest your audience, it can also be used to display up to 12 social media accounts at once.

2. Twibble

If you struggle to keep your social profiles preloaded with interesting content, you need Twibble. This is one of the social media apps that allows you to automatically tweet new content from a specific RSS feed including the photo and intro text.

3. Calendar

While Instagram has yet to release the API features that other social media tools need to manage profiles from a central dashboard, ScheduGram lets you schedule posts from the Instagram backend. It’s a must-have if this visual network is a big part of your social media strategy.


IFTTT takes the integration of lifestyle and technology to a whole new level. Whether it’s tweeting your favorite SoundCloud tracks or getting an email every time the White House photographer posts on Instagram, the possibilities are endless with this formula system based on the simple structure of “If that , then this”.

5. SpoutSocial

SproutSocial is one of the social media apps that lets you tailor your social media experience to customer and customer interaction and analysis. In particular, check out the tool’s list of recommendations to follow and the social follower cleanup features.

6. Edgar

Although a bit pricey by some standards, Edgar lets you set routines for reposting your past content. It sorts your content into categories that can each be set on a different timeline, making it a great way to ensure you’re getting the maximum possible value from all your past content.

7. Hoot Suite

One of the most well-known social media management options, Hootsuite has earned a spot on this list. It is one of the popular social media apps which allows you to connect to 35+ popular social networks and post the content of 80+ apps right from the app’s central dashboard.

8. BuzzSumo

A new leader in web analytics, this app saves users hours by identifying hot new stories in their industry to inform their content creation efforts. Essentially, BuzzSumo offers a quantitative answer to the question of which pieces of content are the most popular on a particular topic at any given time.

9. Social count

As simple as its name, Social Count lets you find the most shared content on the internet. Once you enter the URL, the tool will categorize the shared content for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Use this tool to curate content for your own social profiles or to decide which pieces of content to create next for your brand.

10. Narrow.io

The Narrow.io app helps you build a targeted community of engaged Twitter users. It does this by identifying users who are talking about the topics most relevant to your brand, ensuring that you only follow users who are likely to be interested in you and your business.

11. Buffer

Another of the most popular social media apps, Buffer lets you easily schedule your social media posts. Its preload feature is particularly interesting, as it allows you to set a posting schedule and then upload posts that will be automatically sent to your profiles.

12. Social dynamism

An app that lets you schedule posts and track those who follow you, Social Oomph’s brilliance comes from its ability to help you manage your posts and avoid wasting time sorting through the overwhelming amount of spam you find on many social networks.

13. Dlvr.it

Similar to Buffer, this tool lets you schedule and preload your social media posts. However, while Buffer requires a bit of hands-on time up front, Dlvr.it works well for those who want a “set it and forget it” tool.

14. Zapier

For those interested in extreme application integration and automation, here is your answer. Zapier works similarly to IFTTT, but allows for integration between apps that many people haven’t even heard of yet.

15. Post Planner

In addition to its own RSS feed automation and personalized audience targeting, PostPlanner offers many features that make it stand out, including its “post link as image” function or its status idea engine.

16. SumAll

As the name suggests, SumAll is one of your best bets when it comes to seeing all things social on a single dashboard. SumAll lets you take a CEO-like look at all your social accounts, with space for everything from Facebook and Twitter to FitBit and Shopify.

17. Social Ranking

One of the best social media apps for analyzing Twitter and Instagram followers, SocialRank has started to catch the eye of some pretty big names. Recently, the Red Cross announced that it had used the software to drive subscribers to nearby blood drives.

18. PicMonkey

This simple image editing program easily transforms images for use on your favorite social sites. Beyond the ability to simply edit photos, one of my favorite features of PicMonkey is the ability to use your images to create a collage. After it is created, one click publishes it to your feeds.

19. PageModo

If you want to create a brand on Facebook, try PageModo. This app gives your Facebook page an extreme makeover, paying special attention to cover photo space and overall page functionality.

20. Flare

Don’t make your website readers do extra work to share your content. A good social sharing toolbar makes it easy to spread your content, and Flare by Filament.io is the best of the bunch.

Managing all your different social media accounts can be time consuming, but these 20 apps make the process simple. Give them a try and start saving time that is better spent on your priority tasks.

What social media apps do you use?

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