Blog & Social Media Tools

Social media has become more and more something that is used daily for many reasons. I will admit, it was not in my plans to use these services and now that I've seen what they can do, I really don't mind them at all. Ido like to use services to stream line my activity. Getting my posts on facebook and twitter has been my main focus for using social media.

HootSuite - Social Media Dashboard

is one of the best Twitter clients I've found. It is a free or paid service, depending on your needs. Hootsuite has a promotional offer going on now that allows you to Sign up for a free 30-day trial of HootSuite Pro. The best part about it is that it lets you monitor more than just twitter. It allows you to monitor all your social media in one place.

Twitter, Facebook (personal & fan page), LinkedIn, Ping.fm, WordPress.com blog, My Space, Four Square and Mixi are the networks you can integrate into your dashboard.

Do you know what your twitter Klout is? You can see yours and others right from their profile. Click on the persons twitter handle or avatar and this is the screen that comes up.

The insights tab shows you all the linked sites this person is networking on.

Hootsuite Insight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They just updated the scheduler. I really like the Publisher view for scheduling tweets. I definitely makes inputting them much easier to see. I like to use different times of day for each day and this is visually much more scan-able.

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With the free service you can post tweets, follow keywords and schedule posts. I've used the free version for a long time.

  • You may link up to 5 social media profiles.
  • I have 2 twitter accounts, my Facebook personal page and fan page, LinkedIn all connected.
  • Each profile has its own stream. Making it easy to post to one or more networks.
  • You can also add 2 RSS/Atom feeds. Monitor what is happening on your favorite blogs or news.
I just added a new twitter account for my Musing Mom Media blog and decided to upgrade so I can schedule postings in bulk. I can see using this for reposting giveaways on Twitter and Facebook. I've not seen this feature on any other twitter client.
The Pro Package includes:
  •  Enhanced Social Analytics
  •  Unlimited Social Profiles
  •  1 Free Team Member *
  •  1 Free Report
  •  Google Analytics Integration
  •  Facebook Insights Integration
  •  Advertisement Free
  •  Unlimited RSS Feeds and More
I am looking forward to trying out the extra features.

eSalon

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Comments

  1. Shelley T says:

    Thanks for shar­ing this. I am going to check it out right now. I think for now all I will need is the free one. I am always look­ing for ways to make my blog­ging easier.

    • MusingMom6 says:

      Shel­ley, I think you will like it. I wanted to share this because i get over­whelmed with all there is to do some days. I know you’ve com­mented about not hav­ing time for blog­ging activ­i­ties. And the free ver­sion has been won­der­ful. I’m just grow­ing in areas and want more growth. And it is even free for the first month.

  2. Laura O in AK says:

    This sounds like an inter­est­ing way to mon­i­tor social media. I’ve been using Tweet­deck, but not very often. After a while, it does start to feel like a LOT to do.

    • MusingMom6 says:

      I def­i­nitely get over­whelmed some days. I am still work­ing out the kinks. I used tweet deck first and have stuck with this one for quite a while.

  3. Emily says:

    Sounds like a great tool for keep­ing every­thing in one place.

  4. Anne says:

    I am going to have to look into this, I like the idea of inte­grat­ing twit­ter and face­book so I can see it all in one place.

  5. Wendy says:

    I’ve only been using Hoot­suite for a month or so and I like it already! Thanks for the great post.

    Wendy
    Around My Fam­ily Table

    • MusingMom6 says:

      I have had a really good time with it myself. I’m glad you like the tool and the post. Thanks for vis­it­ing :)

  6. Michael Vandegrift says:

    This will keep me busy a while! Thanks for the tips. I am a new blog­ger and need to get the hang of the whole social thing a nit more.

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