Let’s face it–we all have too many social networking accounts. Even when we give up our least favorites, there’s still just not enough time to keep up on all of them.
I’ve taken to using Hootsuite. I’d heard about it, poked around it, didn’t care much for it. Then one day all the social media just snowballed out of control and I had to give this management thing a go again. And I really like it.
If there’s interest, I’ll write more about it later. This post, however, is an introduction.
Hootsuite allows you to have up to 5 tabs, and each of those tabs connects to a different social networking site such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. And yes you can have mulitple of each (if you’re crazy enough to have more than one account on the same networking site–like I am). And yes, you can connect both Facebook profiles and Facebook pages.
When you add a tab, you can customize the streams. That is, what is shown. For example, on Twitter I have my home feed (the timeline), my mentions, pending Tweets, and sent tweets. On one tab I even have the hashtag #rainyofthedark so I can keep track of where my blog posts go.
Some of the drawbacks with Hootsuite are: you can’t connect some accounts that I’d personally love to, such as Goodreads, Triberr, or Google Plus. Okay, that last one isn’t entirely true. Enterprise users can connect to Google Plus, but Enterprise accounts run about US$1,500 a month. I have no idea who decided on this, but I hope one day they’ll release Google Plus to all users. Or, at least, Pro users.
Pro accounts allow, among other things, more than five tabs (and thus, more than five accounts). It runs, currently, about US$6 a month. Much more managable for the average user.
Hootsuite offers an array of other featurs, but we’ll get into those another time. For now, Id strongly recommend checking it out. It’s awesome.
Do you use Hootsuite or another social media management dashboard? Have you used the Pro account? Enterprise? What do you like or don’t like about those? What social networks would you like to see added? Do you have any information on why Google Plus is exclusive to Enterprise users?