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Using Tweetdeck and Buffer to schedule retweets

I have been using Tweetdeck and Buffer the past few weeks to try and be more involved in the small business ecommerce community. One of the benefits of using Buffer is that you can find your content and then post it on a schedule so you spread out your updates.

In my research and testing I found that retweeting at least one good post a day is good. But at first I had no idea how to schedule a retweet so I would just use Tweetdeck and click retweet and send it off right away. This was not ideal because it might be right before or after another scheduled tweet from Buffer. I am sure you know this from your own lists and feed but if you send all your tweets at one time then most people will miss them.

So let me share how I use tweetdeck and buffer to schedule retweets since it is different than other scheduling.

First in tweetdeck I have several columns for different lists. If I see something good that I want to retweet I click the time link in the top right corner. In this case the 2h.

Tweet in Tweetdeck

This will open the tweet on the page. If you are using the Buffer browser extension you will see the Buffer icon and link next to the Favorite link under the post. See the image below.

Tweet on

Clicking this link will open the Buffer modal window and it automatically recognizes this as a retweet that you can schedule.

Buffer retweet

Isn’t that awesome? Now you can fill out your Buffer schedule with more interesting content.

Do you have any tips on how to use Buffer or Tweetdeck? Let me know in the comments.

Full Screen Background Images for Big Cartel Themes

More and more shop owners are asking for a full screen background image for their Big Cartel theme. But first let me remind you how to add a repeating pattern background image to your theme.

Simple – Big Cartel Repeating Background Setup

To start you will want to login to your Big Cartel account and click the ‘Customize design’ link in the top right menu. You should then see the design editor as picture below with your default theme selected and your shop preview. Remember don’t hit Save until you want your changes displayed on your live shop.

big cartel designer

The Big Cartel design editor UI


Now you will want to click on the small wrench icon to view the customize tab for your current theme. Regardless if you are using one of the 4 current free themes or you are customizing your own theme based on one of those 4 you should now see the background image upload option, just below the header/logo image upload option.

big cartel bg upload

Click the plus sign and select your repeating pattern from your computer. I was able to find a free pattern to use at this site. Once the upload completes if you are using the default CSS for the themes you should see your pattern display in the preview area. See below.

big cartel bg pattern

Enough with the retro patterns you want full screen awesomeness on your Big Cartel theme.

Advanced – Adding Your Full Screen Background Images

Go ahead and upload your amazing photo or graphic to the background image uploader. Remember you want this thing to be noticed and look amazing to your shoppers so make sure the image is at least a width of 1024 pixels and height of 600px.

Head over to the <> tab to see the Advanced template editor. You want to click on the CSS template to edit. You can find and edit the theme css or simple head to the bottom and paste in the following code.

Paste the following at the bottom of your CSS :

{% if theme.background_image != blank %}
body {
background: none;
background: url("{{ theme.background_image.url }}") no-repeat center center fixed;
-webkit-background-size: cover;
-moz-background-size: cover;
-o-background-size: cover;
background-size: cover;
{% endif %}

Go ahead and share a link to your store once you get your background image added.