Saturday, April 21, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 21

For today's task, try joining one of the social media management tools, such as Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, or Seesmic.


A social media management tool can make it easier to manage
multiple accounts on multiple platforms, saving you time.

Social media management tools are popular among social media users for one reason: They help save time and effort in managing multiple social media platforms. For instance, they make following specific threads in Twitter a snap.

Since I know that quite a few challenge participants are using these tools already, I think it'd be great to hear from them in the comments below. Which is your favorite and why?

If anyone has previously decided against using social media management tools, I'd love to hear why for that as well.

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86 comments:

Terri Hall @ 11713 said...

I am up at 5 am to catch up with the challenges this week, or at least to begin. Time seems to have gotten away from me. I see that editorial calendar could come in handy. And Tweetdeck too...perhaps. I've signed up and will give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

Misky said...

I use Flip which is an Apple app and links to any website or social network that you want, plus MyPad+ which links Facebook and Twitter. On my laptop I use Hootsuite. I don't use any apps on my mobile phone because there comes a time when one *must* truly say "go away; I'm not at your beckoned call 24/7!"

Misky said...

It's called Flipboard by the way. Good app.

Lauren Miller said...

I currently use Twitterific for my Tweets but like the broad application Seesmic may end up providing. I'm waiting to see what the cost of the app is once it moves out of Beta phase.

Kirk said...

I now use Tweetdeck as a result of a tip I picked up early on in this challenge. It helps immensely, but I still feel overwhelmed by the sudden influx of connections and comments that scroll by, and by, and by.

I am unfamiliar with Hootsuite and Seesmic. I am going to investigate these today.

Veronica Roth said...

Am already using Hootsuite. Love the layout for following and separating the twitter accounts I use.

Kirra said...

I really like hootsuite but I wish it worked for google+
I used tweet deck for a while but it didn't work well on my phone.

Sil said...

I'm learning HootSuite, but it will take time, in part because I'm checking my social media time and my writing time and the former is sucking my life away (as fun as it is, I need to control it better;)

But the editorial plan is an amazing tool, thank you!

Kyle Robinson said...

I don't use em because one, I have the apps for Twitter, Facebook and Google on my Phone so I can keep in on them pretty easily, and two because my Facebook Page, Twitter, and Linked In are all linked together, so I post some new stuff on Twitter from time to time, but I usually have a new post for Google Plus when I do it, so to me it's much easier to keep track seperately.

Barbara Morrison said...

I've been using Hootsuite for a while and signed up for the paid version so I can schedule things in advance. That's a huge help for busy days when I still want to keep up my editorial calendar. Hootsuite is really the only thing keeping my head above water in this social networld.

I, too, wish it worked with G+. Also, when I post to FB from there it is shared only with myself, not my friends as is the default when I post in FB. I haven't yet found the setting to fix that.

Gerry said...

I'm looking into these, but I'm not sure I need a management tool yet. I enjoy Facebook, but Twitter still intimidates me, maybe because I'm not sure what I'm doing! The same is true of Google+.

All, thanks for the other suggestions, too.

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Already done! I love Hootsuite. I can check multiple accounts (I tweet for a nonprofit) without logging out of my personal account. I can quickly see my @'s (messages to me), DMs (which I forget to check otherwise) and favorite streams (like #amwriting or #MNINB). I can edit RTs (retweets) before sending them. There's a built-in url shortener.

My favorite part is programming tweets in advance (I use the free version) so I don't look like I'm blasting everything I know at once.

To share with other accounts, you have to change your settings in Twitter (on their website). I add #fb to a tweet when I want it to go to facebook. This week I learned I can add #in for it to go to LinkedIn.

I have the cheapest cell phone in the world, but I can text tweets when I travel, add #fb, and let my family and friends know what I'm doing.

Mary Bauer said...

I have signed up for Hootsuite. I plan to make a schedule for the week and set it up today.

Elissa Field said...

I tried using Tweetdeck, for exactly the reasons Robert says, a couple months ago. I liked that it split tweets into feeds, liked how it could sort out threads, and it was also great if you have multiple twitter accounts. I have 2 for other business, which I rarely attend to becs it takes time to log in and out of accounts -- but the management tool can watch all 3 at once.

BUT I stopped using Tweetdeck because it was so slow, and had been looking for a better one. Today I set up Hootsuite and will be interested to see if it is better. I'm also interested to read everyone's comments.

Now... off to soccer with the boys. enjoy your Saturday, all!

Erika D. said...

I have used Hootsuite, and I use it on my iPhone, but I tend to stick to the main sites themselves (Twitter) when I'm at the computer. Part of it is that I can't stand having so many accounts (I'm also worried about granting access and having some hacker go haywire). But I do find Hootsuite and similar tools are very helpful for following chats & event hashtags.

Linda Hatton said...

I have been using Hootsuite, but not on a regular basis. I like that I can create a post and choose which places I want it to show on. I used it during the MNINB chat, too, which made following the chat a little easier.

F.T. Bradley said...

I use Hootsuite; it allows me to look at publishing news first, and schedule my tweets.

I still find the Twitter feed overwhelming. I follow a lot of people who use Twitter to perpetually promote their Kindle books...

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Just to share my own experience, I use Hootsuite. But I have to add that I actually like linking in to each of my social networks the old-fashioned way.

Beth Stilborn said...

I have used Tweetdeck for quite some time, and I like it very much. I appreciate that tweets come in as they are tweeted, instead of them piling up and me having to click on "12 new tweets" to see them. I like being able to set up separate columns for special searches or feeds.

Like Kirk, I get a little overwhelmed by the constant tweets popping up in the right hand corner of my screen, but at least that way I can keep up with tweets in a real-time manner. If something catches my eye, I can go to my tweetdeck, find that tweet and either respond or retweet as appropriate.

I also like the ease of tweeting on Tweetdeck, and the fact that it doesn't get hung up like Twitter itself does, saying "oops, something happened" or saying that Twitter is overloaded, try again later. That used to frustrate me greatly when I was working straight with Twitter.

I still go to the regular Twitter site to follow people or to see who is following me.

Sorry for the dissertation!

Dana Dampier said...

Does Networked blogs count? Everytime I write a post, it automatically posts it on my FB page and tweets it.

I'm going to check out Hootsuite also since I've heard a lot of good things about it.

John Morris Benson said...

Today’s challenge and the scheduling calendar challenge from yesterday got me thinking about management and audience.
My soon to be published novel has over 90 named characters so I developed a three column table for names and relationship to the main character and incidents. Because my second effort is parallel to the first, I added a timeline tied to the first so incidents and characters in the second do not conflict with the first. This technique is modified from my project management experiences while involved as a technical writer.
Technical material usually has a specific audience. My observation since becoming involved in social media leads me to believe that each entity has a generally identifiable audience. My Facebook is tied to family, LinkedIn to a few business contacts, and I’m not sure about Google+ yet. I’d certainly not post family messages on the two latter and neither would I post or encourage strangers to request ‘friending’ on the site with young family members.
Because I am still at the novice stage, I’ll not be using social media management tools until I figure out the full nature of each on an individual basis

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

My ignorance grows. I signed up for tweetdeck. For me it's just one more thing to learn when I'd rather be writing. Maybe I'll figure it out later... or not.

Romelle Broas said...

I opened an account with tweetdeck by a recommendation of Lynn D. (thanks) on my computer. Since it sounds like most of you like hootsuite, I opened that on my ipad. I'll be giving both a test drive to see which one I like better.

JRWoodward said...

I'm already using Tweetdeck. Hootsuite looks nice, but it seems like too much software. Maybe one day I'll need that, but not bow. I believe in using software with just enough features, not the EVEREYTHING IS HERE! type stuff.

De said...

Hoot! Hoot!
Whoooooo is done already?
De!
(Much easier than I thought this would be. THANK YOU!)

hcfbutton said...

I already have hootsuite, but have barely skimmed the surface of it simply because Wordpress already links my blogs to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Although it might be nicer to have a bit more influence over what's posted. I will take a look at the other two and see if I like anything else better. Because I sit at a work computer all day, and don't really check my FB, LI and Twitter accounts until lunch or at night, does anybody have any recommendations for what keeps track of your information so you can view it in chunks later?

Khara House said...

Yay!, already done with this one ... Which means I can get caught up on some of the other days of this challenge, and head over to the PAD challenge and figure out which ones I've missed :)

Kris Swanguarin said...

I've used Tweetdeck for a year now. It is perfect for following multiple hash tags, people and organizations. My only picky complaint is the black background. I've looked at all the settings to change it but to no avail. Email me if any of you have a solution.
One feature I find helpful on my twitter phone app is being able to add comments in a retweet. Tweetdeck and regular Twitter does not let you do that without copying, paste, and add RT to the text and even then it does not get shown at a retreet. Ugg.
I may try Hootsweet but first need to fiddle with Google+ before jumping into a new pond.

Gail Kushner said...

It's a good thing that I don't have too many Twitter followers because I keep messing things up! Oh those typos! My brain is so much faster than my fingers.

I've finally figured out how to post on my blog, then use the FB icon to post to my business page (not my personal page). I have to remember to write a short note or I just get the link. Then, the note and link post to the FB fan page and automatically post to my personal page and to Twitter. If I miss any one of these steps, I look like an idiot on Twitter (multiple posts, typos, etc.).

My brain is begging for more coffee!

Beth Stilborn said...

@ Dana Dampier -- Networked Blogs does allow you to post your blog posts in several places automatically.

Tweetdeck (and the others) is a different way of reading/tweeting/interacting, so it goes beyond just posting blogposts to Twitter.

Melanie Cole said...

Done! Joined tweetdeck! We'll see if I like it.

Mariya Koleva said...

Since I use different e-mails addresses for my different social media profiles and I don't allow access cross-media, I'll probably abstain from using a management tool. I like preserving LinkedIn for professional/office use, FB for efamily and friends informal and Tweeter and G+ for you :-)

Claudette Young said...

One of the problems I'm having isn't with which app to use or what to schedule. It's with something already mentioned here. TIME.

I have so many things going now that having time to learn a new app and use it efficiently isn't something I'm going to zip right out and try. I have NetworkedBlogs for my blogs connected with FB, Twitter, and Jacketflap.

And if an app costs me, right now is not the time. Money's too tight. So I'm facing that rock, fenced in by the stone wall pressing against my back. All I can do right now is look into things and see what might work for me later.

Thanks for the challenge, Robert. I'm still working on that goal list for next week and an editorial calendar. Cross your finges that today be a good day.

E. B. Pike said...

Tweetdeck and Tweetstork! Woohoo!

silverlakereservoir said...

This is so helpful and important that I just did the daily task even today, while I prepare to be ordained this afternoon. So what more can I say... bless you!

AlvaradoFrazier said...

TweetDeck works well for me: 20 minutes of reading my emails in the morning and I schedule 3 or 4 interesting articles to share for the next 4 hrs.

When I read more mail at lunch or break & I RT or schedule another 2 shareable items.

Takes me 30 minutes for the entire day and I've read my mail.Helps to have Twitter, FB, TD on your phone or Kindle besides your laptop or IPad.

Joy Weese Moll said...

I'm using TweetDeck a lot today participating in #readathon -- a 24-hour reading event hosted by book bloggers. Twitter has proven the best way for us to build community around that, so much quicker than visiting each other's blogs.

Susan P said...

I signed up for Hootsuite although I am obviously going to have to explore the Help Center to figure out what it is all about. At this point I don't have a lot of traffic on my various social media sites and I manage them quite well by signing in to them individually.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how a social media management tool operates.

Lara Britt said...

Ditto what Robert said. I have just started using HootSuite. But I find myself still checking the real deal on occasion. Done.

J. B. Everett said...

I used Tweetdeck for our group chat. I still have a lot to learn about finding people with similar interests and linking together, but this has been a great way to learn about these new tools.

Laura Diane said...

Day 21 DONE!
Signed up for Hootsuite. Will have to spend more time looking it over, but it seems pretty intuitive.

Marian O'Brien said...

I agree with what Gerry said, I'm not sure I need a management tool yet either because I am swimming too hard (and I never put my face under water) trying to keep up. I've been on Facebook for a long time and these exercises have added to my use of it. I've made some unexpected contacts with family and former colleagues via Linkedin, and I did enjoy the melee of the Twitter hour with Bob. But this is all still too new for me! I also worry about security as previously I've tried to keep social media stuff to a minimum to avoid ID theft.

Lauri Meyers said...

I like tweet deck. Thanks Monique and folks for the tip this week!

Pat Walsh said...

Done.

For today's task, I added Tweetdeck to my toolbar. It has already proved its worth by separating out my Twitter feeds so I could see a bunch of Tweets that I had previously missed.

I will need to keep monkeying around with it a bit to figure out what else it can do, but I can already see why busy social networkers use it.

Thanks, Robert!

GoingVeggie said...

Done. Have HootSuite and TweetDeck. ;-)

AC Leming said...

Done. Went with the owl. Now for writing down all the Effin challenges so I can make sure I did em all.

Monique Liddle said...

I have been using Tweetdeck for several months. I know of Hootsuite, but have never hear of Seesmic. I think Tweetdecks extremely useful for following different people and topics. I probably will not change to the other two unless they have much more to offer.

MaryPf said...

I'm going with Hootsuite first since my daughter has used it to preschedule her business blog and daily Tweet tips. She's pleased with what it does for her. It will be nice to have an expert in the house.

BTW, I've list all of our challenges + accompanying tips on a spreadsheet for quick referral and revisiting. What I've each day is too hurried and too little to call each one mastered

nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. All of this social media is a little bit out of hand, Twitter, Facebook, LinkIn, Google, and others and now Tweeterific. I think I can manage my twitter just fine without it. Thanks for the suggestion.
Until tomorrow.

Diana said...

I picked Tweetdeck - Mostly because it was the prettiest. Will have fun exploring and learning further. ^_^

Donna said...

Done

Stephanie Puckett said...

I'm signed up for HootSuite, but I haven't really figured it out yet. :-/

Susan Craig said...

I went with Hootsuite, but it says it takes five, and yet everytime I try to add wordpress, it says time to upgrade...so do groups count as separate social networks? It seems like they must....?

susanbudig said...

Not using any of those tools because I would be overwhelmed with them. I'm comfortable with the level of social media I now have, which is sometimes too much even.

I get distracted from writing.

Louise Behiel said...

I like hootsuite for scheduling tweets. for some reason I have problems when I try that with Tweetdeck. but for all other purposes i use TD. works like a charm. and i use Triberr, which is a real time saver.

Brandi Daniels said...

I signed up for Hootsuite tonight. I'm interested in learning about this site. I've heard people talk about it, but I didn't really know what it was. I guess now I will find out.

Charley said...

After the challenge is over, I may take the time to see if another suite manages things more to my liking, but for now I still like Tweetdeck. I've been using it for a year, and it upgrades periodically. I do almost everything from a pc, so with the addition of more accounts to the deck, I suspect it will help me with the time management of social media so I can do more writing and less checking in.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... I have actually been using TweetDeck for quite some time.

PDMarshall said...

Signed up for Hootsuite, but haven't had time to explore it. Will be interested to see if it fits my style.

Julia Tomiak said...

I currently use Hootsuite the most and really enjoy the ability to schedule tweets. Sometimes I still use Tweetdeck too - I have trouble viewing streams in Hootsuite.

Diane said...

Catching up. It's Hootsuite.

Sarah Negovetich said...

I went off line this weekend so I'm just catching up. I use Tweetdeck and it seems to be just enough features for me.

Jennifer said...

I am only just now following social media and do not yet want or need to organize it. I have bookmarked the sites and when I add my second blog will decide what needs to be done. Thanks for the resources. I will play around with the apps.

Rhonda Parrish said...

I use Hootsuite. My favourite thing about it is that it will let me schedule tweets ahead of time. Also, it's layout is far friendlier to me than Twitter's default one.

~ Rhonda Parrish

Madeline Sharples said...

Just added Tweetdeck. Pretty cool. I'll try the others as well.

Lynn said...

Done, giving HootSuite a try.

Daniel Ari said...

Did Flipboard (which I like a lot at first glance) and Hootsuite (which seems a little more bulky, again at first glance).

Brandi Amara Skyy said...

i'm excited about looking into them, but i'm not too sure that i actually want to use one. i like logging in and feel i have more control and a more personable interface.

i'll keep ya posted!

Kendra Merritt said...

Done, maybe Tweetdeck will help me enjoy twitter more.

Blyth McManus said...

Done - I decided to try Hootsuite.

Lynn Daue said...

Also done. I just switched to Hootsuite, and I'm not positive that I like it yet. I just had to switch because Tweetdeck stopped working on my phone after my daughter's water bottle exploded on it ...

Muddy said...

Got Hootsuite!

AMelodyGalloway said...

I finally got to this one. I've set up Hootsuite because Tweetdeck doesn't work with Firefox and it's my default browser. I also created an account at Seesmic, but it didn't seem as user friendly. I'll compare the two when I have more time.

CERN Wife said...

I'm a Luddite, and I love being a Luddite, and although I have Facebook and LinkedIn, and just signed up with Twitter because it was part of this April Challenge, I think for now I'll just stick with these 3 social network tools because it's all I can manage. I will look into Hootsuite in the future, however. But right now I want to write and not be bothered by spending hours on social media sites, except for using them to develope my platform. As an aside, this Luddite doesn't have a smart phone of any brand...so I need my laptop to access any form of social media.

Michelle said...

Ok, I finally gave-in and signed up for Hootsuite. Now I have to figure it out, but so far it looks like it will be an extremely useful tool.

Rebecca Barray said...

Done. ;)

I use TweetDeck, but am now checking out HootSuite.

Susan Craig said...

Done. I'm using Hootsuite... or trying to.:)

Kerry said...

Someday I will definitely need a media networking tool like Hootsuite, but I don't think that day is yet. I am using this month long challenge to get accustomed to social networking and build a platform for my book. I am also setting up a couple of websites for other enterprises and when everything is up and operating, I will definitely be able to use a tool that will allow me to access all my social network accounts in one place. I'm glad to know what is out there. Thanks.

Denise Stanley said...

I signed up for Bottlenose. After reading the comments, I think it does the same kind of things as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite.

Rena J. Traxel said...

I'm going to give TweetDeck a try as trying to keep up with everyone's tweets has been a bit of a nightmare.

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done! I'm using Hootsuite (or I should say getting used to it) but I agree with Robert... I like checking out social media the old fashioned way.

Shirley is not my name said...

I don't think I can handle another social media tool right now...I'm feeling a little bonkers as it is. I have twitter and FB and LinkedIn apps on my phone and iPad and think that is enough for now. Maybe I'll try these other sites at a later date but right now the voices won't tolerate much more competition. :P

Paul Ellis said...

On finding a Twitter-fit app.
http://dsnite.blogspot.com/2012/04/daddy-stop-twitting-day-21-mninb.html

Kasie Whitener said...

Done. Gonna give Tweetdeck a try.

Monica Miller said...

I'm giving HootSuite a try. I watched the HootSuite University Hoot100 video, and found it very helpful for setting up HootSuite and helping me see how the basics work. It actually helped me understand some things about Twitter better than I had been understanding them. I am such a newbie at all this social media stuff.

Day 21 done.

Pennie De Witt said...

Wow, that was really cool! I don't understand why it's saying I don't have a Google+ page, though. (I decided to use Hootsuite.) But that was pretty nifty being able to see Twitter, Facebook and LinkdIn all in one place.