What Twitter Desktop App do you use?

Question

What is the Twitter desktop app you use? Or do you use one?

Answer

I fluctuate between Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. Both are great at managing social media.

Both:

  • Let you post to multiple social media services from one place.
  • Can send the same message to multiple services at once.
  • Have mobile apps that sync with your other platforms
  • Let you schedule posts (although, last I checked Hootsuite had more options)
  • Handle Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Facebook Fan Pages, Foursquare, MySpace
  • Utilize URL shorteners

Differences:

  • Tweetdeck has a desktop app while Hootsuite’s app is browser based.
  • Tweetdeck shows all your columns in one window. Hootsuite separates them by tabs and then has columns.
  • Tweetdeck has more options to adjust the columns the way you like them (Hide certain words or people; Create columns with just one subject).
  • Hootsuite has a neat little “hootlet” to quickly post links while surfing.
  • Hootsuite’s built in URL shortener has analytics built in. Tweetdeck lets you choose your shortener (some are tied to analytics).
  • Tweetdeck handles photos better with some different options of photo services.
  • Hootsuite has more robust analytics that let you integrate with Google’s Analytics.
  • Tweetdeck lets you add these additional accounts: Buzz.
  • Hootsuite lets you add these additional accounts: PingFm, WordPress, mixi.
  • Hootsuitle lets you have multiple users per account (great for business).

I like both of them. They both have their pluses and minuses. If you are an individual it comes down to personal preference which you’d like better. If you are heavy into social media or are using it for business – then you probably need Hootsuite.

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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

2 Comments

  1. Kate on May 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Your site is really good looking. I have trouble reading it though because text is gray and small..could be more accessible for folks who need that.

    Thanks for this comparison. I have wondered how to choose between them and this really helped.



    • Lena Shore on May 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Glad you felt the article was helpful.

      I took your readability comment to heart and increased the font size a bit. Hopefully, that will help you and others.



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