Twitter: Is It All About Timing? [Infographic]

Twitter vs time Yes, it feels good to talk about Twitter after spending a full week discussing Facebook’s major announcement. And why not, a little bit of Google+ too.

By the way, I was just reading today’s post from Jeff Bullas and I’m happy to see that even when Facebook hijacked the Internet, Google+ was able to grow nearly 9 million in 2 days. That’s pretty impressive.

But like I said, let’s please talk about Twitter for a change.

This infographic from Lemon.ly talks about Twitter timing and I thought I’d share it with you because it seems to be a regular concern. One of the questions I often get from clients and readers is “What is the best time to Tweet?” and while I think there is no one-size-fits-all kind of answer for this, at least this data lets you visualize a trend.

For example in my case, I agree with the AM timeframe but in the PM, I find that I get the most activity and best results between 3 and 5pm. I also agree with the usage percentage by day of the week although one of my favorite days to spend on Twitter are Fridays and according to this analysis it doesn’t get the action Tuesdays get. Like I said, that’s just me, the point is that you might have your own preferences.

The important thing is that you allow yourself to test the waters.

That’s not all on the infographic, there are other interesting numbers like how many Tweets happen per second or what was the hottest event. Let’s take a look at it and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Twitter timing infographic

Infographic courtesy of Lemon.ly

Over To You

What do you think? What are YOUR best times to tweet? Are you more active on certain days of the week? Share your comments!

  • This is about right for me.. even thought I like tweeting around 7pm before prime time tv.

    I also have found that Tues and Wed are best days for ME to post on.. Thur is good too.  I am suprised that Mondays do so well… I never seem to do well then.

    I never liked tweeting on sat or sundays before, but have found it is pretty busy both days for my followers. I used to relax those days and now I go in on sat and put some time in just because how well it has worked for me.

    Just when you think you can relax on a slow day you find it is a great day to be active haha

  • Generation Jones

    Mornings and evenings on the train to and from work are my tweet times – http://jkavanagh2010-generationjones.blogspot.com/

  • Generation Jones

    Mornings and evenings on the train to and from work are my tweet times – http://jkavanagh2010-generationjones.blogspot.com/

  • That’s funny, weekends were dead for me too but I started a couple of weeks ago just because I was working anyways and turns out it was pretty good. I’m also loving Fridays lately.

    Now, I never heard of tweeting before primetime tv but I’ll definitely give it a try, thanks for the tip =)

  • That sounds like a perfect example of adapting your social media into your life instead of adapting your life.

    Thanks for sharing your post.

  • Kerry

    I have a couple of shopping centres (UK) among my clients (116 retailers in total) and I find the best response time from my followers are from 9am-midday and from 1pm-3pm plus I make sure I break new news items during commuting time 4pm-6pm. Monday to Friday. I also tweet quite heavily over the weekend where I again put the major news early in the morning as a CTA before they go out shopping and I am able to schedule a bit later in the day as well.
    One of the most interesting and totally amateurish facts is that only around 5% of the retailers I monitor (my news feed) put out any tweets over the weekend. Now these are major world wide brands that cannot get it’s media departments to do more than 5 days in a 7 day market.In fact it’s less than that.
    Their news feeds on a Monday are all about recovering from the weekend and the quality pushed out is at best poor.In fact today I have had nearly 150 tweets through the feed and I have got 2 pieces of usable news.
    Tuesday,Wednesday Thursday become my major news gathering days which I store to spread out during the rest of the week.
    Come Friday lunchtime you know they are going to rush out the last couple of tweets so that they can get to the pub,where they stay all weekend !!
    Good old England..
    Probably strayed off topic slightly but Nevermind http://youtu.be/USZzH1L6nKU 🙂

  • I can see how the PM’s can be better and I personally don’t have a particular schedule or plan that I follow. I like to just do about twitter 20 minutes a day. Part of those twenty minutes go into scheduling good content like this for later around the day, but I just try to spread it evenly around the day so I don’t hammer people with my tweets. I don’t want to seem like a spammer.

  • Anonymous

    Haha unfortunately my pattern is much less thought-out. I tweet most at night when I’m not at work or in classes. I do schedule tweet and send tweets throughout the day, but I don’t have as much time.

  • Interestingly, I am at a normal bell curve over the course of a week S-S, and my times are consistent 9-10am and 4-6pm peaks. Of course, I think I have hit every hour of the day for at least one tweet sans 4-6am. I have never scheduled anything. My tweets are real-time!

    Dave

  • That’s an interesting little infographic there Francisco. I’m using an app called 14blocks to test the best times to tweet. Frankly though, I find that having retweets is what brings the traffic more than my single tweets.

    Basically it comes down to how people use Twitter. Unlike the folks that spend literal hours on Facebook there’s no way you’re keeping up with a few hundred (or thousand) people on Twitter, unless you have lists. I find that people do a drive-by on Twitter – they go, they read the latest, and they take off. And they do this multiple times per day.

    So rather than focusing on a specific time to tweet I’m working on growing my community there.

    But that’s just me, and my clients. 🙂

  • Cool infographic. I’m actually trying the “testing the waters process,” so this was helpful. I’ve usually tweet around 9am and lunch time. But, now I’m seeing that those are probably the worst times. We’ll see how this experiment goes. Looking forward to hearing more from SocialMouths.   

  • Sometimes I talk a lot, heh. But I try to be useful. I”ll often knock out tweets in the morning as I’m digging through my feedreader but only after I’ve published my posts for the day. 

    Other than that, I use Timely to schedule Tweets (yes, I said schedule tweets). Some people harass me over that and yet, most people don’t realize that I do it. The way I see it, if it’s useful, and I’ve helped you…then everybody wins. 

  • 10am & 2pm have always been my most successful times. In fact, whenever I have something I want the most people to see, I target those times.

    HOWEVER…targeting during the quieter times isn’t always that bad. A lot of people segment who they follow into smaller lists via Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc. During those quieter times, you stand a chance of your tweet lasting longer if you’ve made it into a special segmentation.

    So, in short: 10am & 2pm for most eyes to get a chance at seeing it; 6pm for less eyes, but often more engaged responses. 🙂

    DC

  • Interesting topic!

    However, does this infographic deal with US time zones only?

    In which time zones are these measurements made?

    Timo

  • Interesting topic!

    However, does this infographic deal with US time zones only?

    In which time zones are these measurements made?

    Timo

  • Interesting topic!

    However, does this infographic deal with US time zones only?

    In which time zones are these measurements made?

    Timo

  • Interesting topic!

    However, does this infographic deal with US time zones only?

    In which time zones are these measurements made?

    Timo

  • Anonymous

    Favorite part? VA Earthquake stat that Peg and I helped make possible w/ the #UsGuys crew up at @RicDragon’s #140ConfHV bit.ly/reFrOA

  • Interesting topic! Maybe the question should be “at what time do most people read tweets?” The answer is still a bit mystifying – I’m on Atlantic time – I’ve only just tweeted late night time. 10pm -11:30  Gets the most response – I think.  But then again those on eastern time should adjust accordingly?   There should be a clock showing the tweets / per hr. In a certain time zone. Then we can all adjust according to where we are.

  • Tasman Hayes

    Practical & useful – thanks David!  🙂

  • It can also depend in what part of the world most of your followers are. I find being in Australia, if I Tweet at 6pm, its first thing in the morning in the UK and the response is great.

  • Yes, it feels good to talk about Twitter after spending a full week
    discussing Facebook’s major announcement. And why not, a little bit of
    Google+ too.

  • Twitter after spending a full week discussing Facebook’s major announcement. And why not, a little bit of Google+ too.

  • Like I said, that’s just me, the point is that you might have your own preferences.

  • Like I said, that’s just me, the point is that you might have your own preferences.

  • But like I said, let’s please talk about Twitter for a change.

  • Yes, it feels good to talk about Twitter after spending a full week
    discussing Facebook’s major announcement. And why not, a little bit of
    Google+ too.