Do you use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite? I find that most people are avid fans of one or the other. I was a tweetdeck gal during my first six months of tweeting but I turned over to the paid version of Hootsuite once they started detailed analytic reports.
Before I get into the pro’s and con’s of each I’ll back up a bit. Tweetdeck and Hootsuite are applications that interface with the Twitter API to allow users to:
- Send and receive tweets
- View profiles
- Create columns which show different things: user lists, search terms, pending tweets, etc. (My favorite feature as you don’t have to click through multiple screens to gather information).
- Automatic URL shortening
- Update multiple social networks: Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
- Schedule tweets
- Schedule Tweets
- Team Workflow (multiple users can manage the same account – paid version)
- Add, create and manage Twitter Lists
- Topic Search and Keyword Tracking
- Create Columns based on searches
- Message Drafts
- View, manage, schedule, post to WordPress
- Update Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace and Foursquare
- RSS feed from your website to all of our social networks
- Preview Short Links and see Original Links before opening them.
- Report and block spam
- Follow User Lists in their own column
- Separate tabs for the different social media networks
- Analytic reports (I love these!)
- Does not clear tweets you have already seen
- Searches are not as easy as TweetDeck
- Posting tweets are slower that TweetDeck
- Overload of many options, tabs and settings
- Update Twitter, Facebook and Twitter
- Custom Retweet or Twitter style
- Record, share, and watch video clip
- View Youtube videos within TweetDeck
- Manage Multiple Twitter accounts
- Create and manage Twitter List
- Follow Topics in real-time through saved searches.
- Saved Searches can be edited through the column
- Update Facebook
- Ingrates with LinkedIn Professional contacts
- See who is following you – you can have a who’s following you column so you can see what they are tweeting
- Preview short URL before opening. You can Also see the original link
- Backup TweetDeck by using sync and back-up
- Does not support Ow.ly as a URL compression as a selectable option
- When using multiple twitter accounts it keeps the last account you use selected
- You can add columns, lists from any twitter account but they are all in one static line and sliding them left or right requires many clicks if you have 10-12 columns.
- TweetDeck allows you to schedule tweets but you can’t manually type in the date/time making it slower than HootSuite.
- Application for download
- Pop ups for each status update that appears on your feed