Have you ever wanted to browse your Twitter stream and filter the best Tweets to be scheduled and retweeted later on? For long, this was one of those things that I always wanted to do.

Whilst it is very easy to do this if you are using Twitter.com, it is a lot harder to schedule any retweets from our great dashboards at TweetDeck, HootSuite, Twitter for Mac or any other client you might be using.

Fortunately, there is an awesome way for you to do exactly this: schedule retweets from any Twitter client. How? By combining the power of Ifttt and Buffer.

It is super easy to do and once it is set up, you can head to any Twitter client you are using, click the “favourite” button and the Tweet will be scheduled as a retweet inside your Buffer.

3 Steps to setup ifttt & Buffer to schedule retweets seamlessly

Getting this in place is really quick and requires 3 simple steps to setup. Here is a quick walk through for you:

  • The first thing you have to do, is hop over to ifttt and create an account.

    Secondly, activate the Twitter channel in there, so you can use the above function. (Click here to activate)

  • Thirdly, activate the Buffer channel in ifttt, so you can push Tweets through to Buffer. (Click here to activate)

Favourite any Tweet to be scheduled as a retweet via Buffer

Now, as the very last thing, all you have to do is activate the recipe that will allow you to favourite any Tweet inside any App. If you do so, it will create an RT @Username Tweet for you, scheduled to go out with Buffer.

So all you have to do is click the favorite Button whilst you are reading and a new retweet will be created for you and added to your Buffer. So in my case, I have favorited this Tweet from @TweetSmarter:

Automatically, after I have clicked the favourite button. A new RT @TweetSmarter Tweet is added to your Buffer and scheduled to go out at 11.16pm for me:

That’s it, you are done. Of course, you can be browsing your Twitter stream on any device and with any dashboard that allows you to favorite. Once you do, a new retweet will be created just like the one above.


I have also made a quick screencast to walk you through the steps. All should be very easy.

I hope this useful for you and you check out this fabulous ifttt & Buffer configuration. What do you think of this new way to schedule your retweets? Do you think this could be useful for you?

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Written by Leo Widrich

Co-founder and COO at Buffer. I enjoy working on company culture, customer development and marketing. For more personal posts, check out leostartsup.

  • Great idea?  I really like being able to edit and post with the bufferapp on Android.  This is a great idea for a super streamlined approach.  Cheers!

    • Yep, exactly, we had hoped this makes the approach of consistent Tweeting much more streamlined, really glad you liked it 🙂 

  • It would be stellar if you guys could come up with a way for a SMM Agency to have a secure way to outsource the management of a client’s Twitter marketing

    • Great suggestion there, we definitely want to work on making it easier for SMM agency’s to use Twitter, got some big plans for the future! 🙂 

  • Excited for this, Thanks Leo. btw, don’t think anyone mentioned @Screenr in #toolschat last night? Another one of my Favs.

    • Hi Daniela, thanks a lot for stopping by! It was so great to see you last night in #Toolschat. Yep @Screenr is another awesome tool well worth mentioning, using it all the time! 🙂 

  • Awesome guys! Was always a problem!

    • Hi MJ, great to see you here and glad we are having something that is useful! 🙂 

  • Fantastic! This will definitely be useful. Thanks for the walk through, too! I’m still finding my way around ifttt, so that was super helpful!

    • Hi Mandy, awesome, so glad this was useful! Yep, there is just so much to explore with @ifttt:twitter ! 🙂 

  • Great information and thanks for the tips! This will really help when I’m on a mobile device!

    • Hi Charles, thanks a lot for stopping by, so glad you liked that one! Exactly it should be perfect to use from your mobile phone. 🙂 

  • Anonymous

    Awesome idea, love Buffer and love ifttt and this is freekin awesome 

  • This is great Leo. Lots of advantages with this being so simple, but there are a couple of disadvantages

    – You can’t use Favorites for other purposes e.g. some people use them to tags Tweets they want shown on their blog
    – You can’t edit the Tweet
    – You can’t see how full your Buffer is

    If I want to ReTweet in TweetDeck (probably similar solutions in other clients) is click on the Tweet’s time to bring up Tweet in native Twitter, then I can use Buffer

    not as simple as ifttt but works for me 🙂

    • Yes, that’s a major down for me too. I use favorites also to acknowledge someone’s tweet and to direct the link to Pocket (via IFTTT)

  • I see another disadvantage, if the tweet is too long after including the “RT @username” it gets cut. Useless, then.

  • Social

    Great tutorial – opened my eyes to the world of iftt.com; I’ve already implemented heaps of recipies into my workflow thanks to you, so thank you! 

  • Jason

    Also, now you can schedule your Tweets from ANY Twitter Client – connect at http://tweet4.me, connect your Buffer account then simple tweet “d buffer4me YOUR TWEET” and it’s sent straight to your buffer! 🙂

  • The link to the recipe is broken.

  • carcomplaints

    Is this recipe still available? I’m getting a 404 not found on ifttt.com, I’d love to start using this!

  • Philipp Grunewald

    Thanks, but it does not seem to add them to the other accounts I have in buffer… any way to do that?