Posts Tagged ‘Hootsuite’

HootSuite Apps Going Free October 13

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

HootSuite, the popular Twitter companion made a pretty major announcement this week. The full HootSuite app will be available for free on both Android and iOS 4 devices. Among the perks in the full version are Ow.ly clickthrough stats, removal of the three account limit, and otherwise enjoying all the other benefits of the full version. Additional features will be added in the coming weeks and months.

If you’ve already paid the $3 for the full mobile version, you will continue to enjoy HootSuite without ads, using unlimited accounts, and viewing Ow.ly stats. It looks like this means the free version will be at least partially ad-supported. There is also some language in the blog post that needs further clarification. It looks like the free mobile apps are designed to augment the paid “non-mobile” HootSuite pro accounts. HootSuite Pro specifically says it is for new users, so I’m not sure if I was grandfathered into the pro version there too. I’ll post an update when I learn more. It is important to note that to benefit by the grandfathering policy you have to have paid for the $3 app before noon PST on October 13, and you must also use the latest version of the app before noon as well. This entails having a HootSuite account as well.

I’ve been using HootSuite as long as I’ve been using Twitter. I have enjoyed the service so far, and it keeps getting better. Now that the mobile version is going to be free, more people will get to enjoy HootSuite. I’ve used the Mobile Lite version on an iPad, iPhone 3G, and my Xperia X10 with Android. It worked great on each device. I recently upgraded to the pro version, so I am looking forward to seeing what is in store.

If you haven’t tried HootSuite yet, I highly recommend it. I prefer it over Seesmic and TweetDeck, though those apps do have their perks. Now that HootSuite Mobile will be free, you have even more incentive to give it a try. When you do, let me know what you think.

HootSuite 5 Is Live

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

HootSuite just upgraded to a new version. HootSuite 5 features an HTML5-enhanced interface, geo-search, integrated Google Analytics, and native Twitter Re-Tweets.

When logging in to HootSuite, you get a helpful popup explaining all the new features. See the image below.

The geo-search feature pretty much works as it sounds. If someone has enabled geo-location, HootSuite lets you search for those tweets in a specific area. It can be useful for finding local news, restaurants, or events.

HootSuite now lets you choose how you re-tweet. You can do it the old fashioned way by typing RT, as always. You can now use Twitter’s new native re-tweet feature though, if that is more your style. I personally prefer the old method, since it is easier to append comments to a re-tweet. HootSuite conveniently tweeted about enabling the old re-tweet function. “Click the Owl > Settings > Preferences > Uncheck ‘Use Twitter Web retweets’.”

Sharing pictures in your tweets is now as easy as dragging an image from your desktop into the message box. HootSuite shares the image with an Ow.ly shortened URL. Google Analytics can now be viewed on the dashboard rather than on a separate page. HootSuite is also boasting faster speeds, better Facebook integration, and new themes.

I think the new site looks great. I’ve been using HootSuite as long as I’ve been using Twitter, and have always enjoyed the service. It was sometimes hard to find things, but the new layout fixes a lot of things. If you haven’t tried HootSuite yet, give it a try. If you are a current user, things just got better. I am looking forward to seeing what else HootSuite comes up with.

HootSuite Adds Team Management

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

HootSuite has a new feature, and they are very proud of it. So proud that they force you to read about it every time you load their page. See the image below to read the contents of the popup.

I am a fan of HootSuite, and have been using it almost as long as I have been using Twitter. At work I use CoTweet, and while they always had similar features, HootSuite seems to have improved on their end.

The new feature apparently deals directly with social networking. Twitter can be considered social networking, but I am guessing this has to do more with blogs, Facebook, and such. I can see how this can be a useful feature, especially if any writers join me here at Padgett Tech. As I don’t need it yet, I think that HootSuite could have gone about advertising the feature a little better. Fortunately for them I am a happy user, so I am only mildly annoyed at the popup. I would like to know how to make it go away permanently however. If anyone figures it out be sure to let me know.

If anyone is using HootSuite, check out the new feature and let me know what you think. Should I have an opportunity to use it I will post about it.