Last week, my Hootsuite inexplicably stopped working. I’m not sure if it was because I had just upgraded to Windows 8.1, if there was a bug in Hootsuite, if there was a bug in Chrome, or what … but it did. I realized immediately how dependent I had become on software that tamed and organized twitter for me. I tried looking at Twitter’s main feed, but instantly realized that this was unworkable. I was also instantly reminded of why I was initially turned off by Twitter before I knew about Hootsuite.
For those of you in Tech 637 with me, you’ll know that taming Twitter is absolutely necessary for managing our classroom conversations. Without Hootsuite, I was out of the loop. So I changed things up and went with the alternative we had talked about … Tweetdeck.
Initially, the two programs look like they are nearly identical. They share the same purpose, they both have feeds, and they both tame the beast. There were some interface differences, but I figured I could manage them. So I dove in …
I created new feeds, I set things up, I tamed the beast … but there was just one thing. I didn’t like it. I’m not sure if this is a function of me starting with one program rather than the other, but Tweetdeck did not seem nearly as intuitive to me. Beyond being unfamiliar, it was clunky. I didn’t know where to look. I couldn’t pull it together as fast as Hootsuite. Certainly, Hootsuite still has some peculiarities … but I still liked it better.
That said … as quickly as it went away … it came back. The problem corrected itself, and now I’m back on Hootsuite. And it feels nice. Perhaps a more experienced Tweetdecker could fill me in on ways its better, so if you have some, please share. For now, I’ll sit back down in my old (albeit newly adopted) hootsuite recliner and watch the Twitter show.
- Why HootSuite Can Claim to be the Most Comprehensive Social Media Management Tool in 2013 (famousbloggers.net)
- TweetDeck Gets a Major Makeover From Twitter (mashable.com)
- Alternatives to TweetDeck (onsoftware.en.softonic.com)
- HootSuite versus Tweetdeck (threedeadlines.wordpress.com)
- HootSuite Isn’t a Social Media Dashboard (trishussey.com)