by Patricia Bradley
I don’t know about you, but Twitter intimidated me when I first started out. Then I discovered this awesome program—Hootsuite. And it made my Twitter life easier. And then I discovered another program—Social Jukebox. And that really made my Twitter life easier. So, which is best? BOTH. Let me explain.
But first a little background on Hootsuite. It’s a platform to help you manage your Twitter account. You create streams, and since Edie Melson explains this so much better than I can, check out her blog on setting up an account,creating streams and setting up a schedule and much more. She has pictures and everything. 😊 I also use Hootsuite to shorten my links. You know, the ones that are three lines long?
becomes http://ow.ly/6GPZ309PzQe .
Why would you want ten different streams? Well, if you receive tweets from 1,500 followers like I do, (and that’s not a big following) you will probably miss tweets from your friends. I have a stream for close friends, one for my agency siblings, one for a group of authors I write with, and so on. With a quick glance, I can check and see what my close friends are tweeting or see if there’s something I need to retweet for my agency siblings.
From Hootsuite, you can also schedule post to other social networks, like Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, WordPress, Instagram, and Youtube. Hootsuite has really helped me with Twitter. At this point I only use the free version.
So where does Social Jukebox come in?
Social Jukebox is relatively new to the Twitter scene. It has Jukeboxes and Targeted Posts. I like the Jukeboxes because I can load, say a hundred tweets, in a “Jukebox”, figure out how often I want them to tweet, turn it on and forget it. The tweets will go out in a loop and when the Jukebox runs out of tweets, it starts all over. You can schedule the hours and days you want the tweets to go out.
I only have one Jukebox with more than 5 tweets in it. It’s a free Jukebox with 200 quotes that go out twice a day. I like setting up a Jukebox for my books, especially when one is free. But I also promote a lot of blogs, and that’s where the Targeted Posts come in.
I do pay for Social Jukebox—around twelve dollars a month, but there is a free option. You get five posts to Twitter and one post to Facebook and LinkedIn.
As with anything, there is a learning curve to both Hootsuite and Social Jukebox, but I’ve believe both are worth the time.