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5 Twitter tools to manage your tweets

14 Mar

Which one do you use? Originally posted by MSNBC.com.

By Michael Gray, 3/14/11

Programs for your smart phone or computer help keep things straight

Twitter is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family. It’s a simple service to use, and it doesn’t take any time at all to get started. For that matter, even learning the basic Twitter lexicon doesn’t take much effort. Twitter really is a pretty straightforward thing to use. You can quickly find yourself gathering more friends on Twitter than you thought were possible — and when that happens, it’s sometimes helpful to use a Twitter client.

These clients are basically programs that run on your computer or smart phone. They automatically load Twitter updates and often chirp or make noise to let you know there’s a new message. This saves you the trouble of going to the Twitter website and constantly refreshing it to keep up to date on your tweets. Most clients have additional features to help make tweeting a little more convenient. Let’s take a look at five of the most popular Twitter clients and what they can do for you.

TweetDeck is one of the most popular Twitter clients. TweetDeck is available for both Windows computers and Macs, as well as most smart phoness. TweetDeck does a great job of managing both your incoming and outgoing tweets, and it can even help you post images, videos, and link to your Twitter account more easily. TweetDeck runs quietly in the background of your computer, using both a chirping sound and a small pop-up in the corner of your screen to let you know when you have received a new message.

HootSuite is a little more of a professional Twitter tool than a personal client like TweetDeck. HootSuite is built to work with teams, track the results of your tweets, and promote team collaboration. You can even schedule your Twitter updates for a future time, assign tasks to team members, and gauge the impact of your tweets across multiple social networks. If HootSuite sounds a little in depth for the average Twitter user, that’s because it is. However, if you’re getting into Twitter to support your home business or charity, then HootSuite could be a good tool.

Twitteriffic is a Mac-specific desktop Twitter client, though it also has versions for the iPad and iPhone. Twitteriffic has a lot of the same functionality as TweetDeck, making it easy to control your incoming and outgoing tweets in one location. If you have multiple Twitter accounts, Twitteriffic also allows you to open multiple windows, which reduces the likelihood that you’ll accidentally send a critical tweet to the wrong account. You can color-code your incoming tweets to help you highlight mentions and replies.

All things considered, Twitteriffic is a simple desktop client for Twitter, even easier to use than TweetDeck. If you want something fast, friendly, and uncomplicated, Twitteriffic is probably the best way to go.

Tweet Button
Twitter provides what it calls the “Tweet Button.” Using Twitter’s online tool, you generate a snippet of HTML code that you can drop on your website. When users click the button, they automatically send a Tweet on their accounts about your website.

This is in no way a traditional Twitter client like TweetDeck, HootSuite, or Twitteriffic, but it is a very meaningful way to get your message out to the public. Dropping this code on your website, blog post, or any place you use HTML will help your audience and readers quickly tweet about your content. This Tweet button is in the top 10 ways tweets are sent to Twitter, so it’s worth a mention.

Flock bills itself as a “social Web browser.” Essentially, Flock is a Web browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome that includes a sidebar that scrolls incoming messages from Twitter and Facebook. Flock includes tools to manage your contacts across multiple services, sending out tweets and messages to social networks and otherwise supporting your burgeoning social network lifestyle.

Flock is a pretty handy tool if you like to watch your social messages fly by, but it’s not really a dedicated Twitter client. If you’re doing other Web browsing but want to keep Twitter in your peripheral view, Flock is a great option. If you just want to focus on Twitter, though, TweetDeck or HootSuite is probably a better choice.

The final comparison
Ultimately, TweetDeck remains the most popular Twitter client for your computer for a reason. HootSuite is pretty good, but it’s more intended for professional users. Twitteriffic is a strong contender to TweetDeck, but it only exists for Macs. The Tweet Button can let your audience spread your message for you, and Flock is a nice Twitter-integrated web browser. In the end, what you choose is going to be about your own Twitter use.

HootSuite Reinvents Social Analytics ~ Custom Reports to Measure Success

9 Mar

This is very exciting for companies like ours that use HootSuite with our clients! Originally posted by HootSuite.

HootSuite Social Analytics Release

HootSuite Social Analytics

From new networks to more mobile, HootSuite has come a long way in just a short while. Thanks to all the Hoot-Fans who fly with us, the dashboard has surpassed a million users, won awards from Mashable and the CNMAs (and more!) and had plenty of feedback to inspire us to push for even better features and more functionality.

Today we’re thrilled to celebrate yet another milestone, and this one’s all about you. Get ready to see your world of social in a whole new light… HootSuite Social Analytics are here.

Social Results Simplified

HootSuite Social Analytics provide you with a better view of your social spaces with new, more powerful analytics tools, more ways to measure, and customizable reports, all of which are designed to track campaign success and help you understand the return on your social media investment.

Now you can:

  • Track Twitter brand mentions
  • Measure Twitter profile follower growth
  • Examine Facebook Likes and demographics
  • Overlay social link clicks and website visits from Google
  • Select from over 30 report modules to plug into customizable report templates

See the HootSuite Social Analytics in action:

A special thanks goes to the Salteens for their song – Everything They Know About Us

See What’s New

In the newest version of the dashboard, we’ve added to the existing Stats to give you over 30 measurement and analytics tools, all accessible from a handy sidebar within your dashboard. Fear not if you’re a fan of the Stats as they’ve always been — they’ll live in the new menu as Quick Report functions.

New Social Analytics in the HootSuite dashboardUse modules to build reports with HootSuite Social Analytics 

Now, all menu functions live in this new spot on the dashboard. Our cute blinking-owl has flown from the nest (we’ll miss that little guy), which means you can access everything from the Launch Bar: Analytics (formerly Stats), Contacts, Settings etc. will all be available right there.

Get Started

Using the custom reports is a snap. Simply click ‘create report’ and select any one of the modules listed in the Launch Bar to plug them in. The report will start building before your eyes with colorful, interactive graphs and charts. Or, select your modules from a drop down menu at the bottom of the report.

New Reports from HootSuite Social AnalyticsBuild a report from scratch, or start with one of our pre-made templates 

To top it all off, you can create a custom header for your report by uploading your company’s logo. Your name and contact info will automatically be attached to it based on your HootSuite account details too.

Give it a title and change it any time you need. Choose the size of your title, add a paragraph for you to preface your report, and choose the size of that too. Reports are totally customizable!

Customize and Automate

The custom reports available in HootSuite Social Analytics are designed to be as nimble as you are. This means that as your Social Analytics requirements shift, the reports can adjust to your changing needs.

For example, you can:

  • Edit at any time
  • Change the date range
  • Create a print view and export as a PDF
  • Save reports using labels for easy sorting
  • Automate delivery to team members for the most up-to-date analytics

Once you’re done, you can share the report with any registered HootSuite user, not just team members! Send as a PDF only, or allow them to view the dynamic report. And you can view all of your shared reports any time from the dashboard.

Reports For Everyone

Owly for learning and sharing factsThe huge-ness of HootSuite Social Analytics is available to all HootSuite users. So if you’re flying with a Basic free plan or you’ve kicked it up a notch with one of the premium plans, you can rock out in style with these eye opening reports.

Each module will be assigned a certain number of points — so the more complex reporting modules may require more points than the simpler ones. The type of plan you’re on will determine how many points you can use, and you can opt to purchase more credits if you need them at any time.

Try it out and see how versatile reports can be. Basic users who want to see more can upgrade to Pro and get a free 30 day trial with unlimited access to reports.

What Do You Think?

Visit the HootSuite Social Analytics page for more information about these amazing new reports.

We look forward to hearing about the successes you have using the new reporting method, so drop us a line @HootWatch, or comment here on this blog.

Welcome to HootSuite Social Analytics everyone!

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Written by: Ashley Jane Brookes