If you use Twitter, you have to use a desktop application. It will speed up your process and your system, and allow you to get more done in a shorter amount of time. For most of the time I’ve used Twitter, I’ve also used the Twhirl and the Tweetdeck applications. And while I loved both of them, I found myself wanting just a little bit more.
Hootsuite was launched in December 2008, and while I’ve seen a lot of people using it, I never jumped at moving platforms, well, because I’d have to learn a new system. If finally decided to give it try this past week when someone referred it again to me as a way of automating what I do. I’ve also read the iPad application is fairly dynamic, so with those two dynamics coming at me, I decided it was time.
If you have ever wondered how you’ll get everything done on top of your normal workload, Hootsuite may be your answer. With just a couple of clicks, you can load in a variety of your social sites, including your Twitter accounts, Facebook profile, Facebook pages, LinkedIn accounts, and Foursquare accounts. They all show up as tabs across your screen, so moving is as easy as clicking on your tab.
Compose a message, shorten your URL, schedule when you’ll release your message, even save your message in draft mode, its all easy to do right from your web browser. Unlike Twhirl and Tweetdeck, there’s nothing to download – access it from any web browser. And you choose where the message will be sent to – one account or all, its up to you.
Social should never monopolize your time. Instead, it should become a routine in your day. Spend 30 minutes in the morning adding posts and generating content. Check back once or twice in the day to engage with your followers. And build as you go along. And Hootsuite will definitely be a part of my new schedule – how about you?