- Posted by Walrooz0828 October 13, 2010
- Recommended for Tech/Social Networking Junkies
The OWLS are free today as per News that HootSuite app is being given for free. Right indeed. It's absolutely free. HootSuite is a Social Networking app. With the full version being given, you can manage unlimited Twitter accounts (limited to 3 accounts only for Lite version), update Facebook, Translate Twitter messages, update Foursquare account, add geo-location to messages, schedule messages to send in the future, share and store photo files, shorten URLs, create custom stream views for keyword monitoring and more. All these are great features. After giving a couple of swigs here's what I found out.
1. Refreshing the Tweets is a bit confusing. It will give you the number of new tweets that came in but it is not color coded. Meaning, if you tap a tweet from someone you follow, you would not know if the tweet is read or still unread (color coding or highlighting an unread tweet is a bit important especially if you're following a number of people).
2. Direct Message option is not given right away from people (tweeps) you follow. To direct message someone, you still need to click the "banner" of the person and click the Send DM button at the lower portion.
3. The Home page is kinda confusing. I initially set-up two accounts (Twitter & Foursqare). Under the "Twitter tab" you will find so many options, like home feed, mentions, direct messages (inbox), direct messages (outbox), favorite tweets, pending tweets and so on. Another tab is for my Foursqare which also gives different options such as Checkins, History and Pending Status Updates. As you add a "tab" for a certain social networking interface, it becomes more cluttered.
4. I just tried to send a long message right now which lead me to a conclusion that if you maximize the 140 characters given for twitting, it doesn't give an option to post the tweet using let's say "twitlonger." It cuts the message on the 140th character.
5. On the "Streams" page (sort of a home page where you would see all your tab), it doesn't give any "counter" to tell you if you have a new tweet or a direct message or mention. In comparison to TwitBird, the moment you launch the later app, it automatically refreshes and feeds all the new tweets that came in. So let's say that you got 3 direct messages. You will see the #3 beside direct messages right away. Whereas with HootSuite, you have to click each "submenu" to check if you got a direct tweet or someone "mentioned" your name in their tweets.
I'm still new to this app and will still navigate and play with it for the days to come. Good thing this came in free as I would not be happy to pay $2.99 for a full version. It's great in some aspect but lacks the kick that I'm looking for.
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