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HootSuite Acquires Seesmic

HootSuite, the social media management system, has acquired Seesmic, who were innovators in mobile, desktop and web applications for social media, for an undisclosed amount.

Seesmic chief executive Loic Le Meur had to lay off half of his staff back in March, and this buyout from HootSuite is partially a talent acquisition for the remaining roster. Users of Seesmic software will be slowly ported over to HootSuite, who say that this buyout will “further reinforce HootSuite’s position in the upper left quadrant of the Twitter Partner graph”.

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CoTweet Shuts Down Free Service: 5 (Free) Twitter App Alternatives You Can Use

Earlier this week, the makers of Twitter dashboard CoTweet announced that it would no longer be offered as a free service. As of February 15, any individuals or businesses using CoTweet will be required to start paying for it, or find an alternative.

So you’re not left in the lurch when CoTweet’s free service shuts down, we’ve compiled 5 of the best alternatives for all your Twitter management needs – and they’re all free.
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4 Reasons You Should Use A Dashboard, Not Twitter.com

If you’re still sending out your tweets from Twitter.com, you’re missing out on a lot of great functionality. Twitter dashboards enable you to get the most out of Twitter, and really enhance the experience you’re currently getting from Twitter.com.

Using a dashboard is great for businesses looking to really make their Twitter mark, but it’s also a good idea for individuals who just want to listen to interesting tweets and retweet occasionally. Here are four ways Twitter dashboards trump Twitter.com.
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Attention BlackBerry Users: Seesmic Is Discontinuing Its Twitter App At The End Of The Month

It seemed like a good pairing, Seesmic being an enterprise level Twitter client and BlackBerry being (still) the top choice for businesses. Unfortunately the two business solutions won’t be together for much longer. Seesmic will be discontinuing support for its BlackBerry app at the end of June, effectively signaling that all of its users must look elsewhere for a BlackBerry Twitter dashboard.
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How Do Celebrities Use Twitter? Interview With @susanorlean

Celebrities use Twitter for a lot of reasons – promoting a new venture, to praise or complain about something, to share information, to spread news about a good cause.  So I thought it would be fun to hear from the celebs themselves about how they use Twitter, to find out what works – and what doesn’t.

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Seesmic Now Offers Lead Generation Plugin

Marketers and business people, this one’s for you: Seesmic, a popular Twitter dashboard, now offers lead generation capabilities through a recent partnership with InboxQ.
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Seesmic updated for Android users

Seesmic for Android
Seesmic released their 1.6 update this week, making their popular Android Twitter app even more robust with the addition of full Facebook support and Twitlonger.

The app’s intuitive and visually appealing interface has long made it a fan favorite among mobile Twitter users and these new features make it arguably the most powerful social media app on the market. 
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Review: Seesmic For iPhone

Good news – the Seesmic for iPhone app is finally available (iTunes download – it’s free).

Seesmic for iPhoneI like it.

Pros:

  1. It’s free.
  2. It’s clean, runs very quickly, and the interface is intuitive and easy-to-use.
  3. Includes native and traditional retweet support (including via), which is a huge plus.
  4. Support for your own bit.ly credentials.
  5. It’s very Tweetie-like. This is a good thing, but the timing of this release is unfortunate given Twitter’s official successor to Tweetie, Twitter for iPhone, also came out this week. It might be a little too like Tweetie to gain a lot of market share, especially as both apps are free.
  6. The Seesmic app supports Twitter, Facebook and Ping.fm. I’ve never been hugely bothered about having an ‘all in one’ aggregator for my mobile or desktop social media client – if I’m using Twitter, I’d rather the client focused its attention and resources 100 per cent on that – but the Facebook implementation here is efficient and handy if all you want is a quick look at your news feed. I don’t use Ping.fm so can’t comment there.
  7. Supports multiple accounts, and also cross-posting (something which I don’t like to see but others disagree).
  8. Evernote support.

Seesmic for iPhone

I only have a couple of immediate issues. One, when you close the app and re-open it, it doesn’t remember exactly where you were. It knows that you were in Facebook or Twitter, and puts you back there, but on the latter it always starts on the home feed, and not where you left it (i.e., replies or in a list). This is something Tweetie does very well, and it’s a small but niggling oversight.

My second concern is from a marketing perspective. When you submit a tweet using the Seesmic iPhone app, it’s labelled simply ‘Seesmic’. For me, I would expect (and prefer) to see ‘Seesmic for iPhone’, and for Seesmic, I would think they would want to do this to benefit from the marketing exposure. Maybe I’m unusual, but when I see new clients in tweet information, I always check them out. As it is now, the vast majority of users will see ‘Seesmic’ and think nothing has changed. There’s an opportunity for growth there that I think might have been overlooked.

(You can suggest improvements and tweaks through a special feedback page that Seesmic has started.)

Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur (@loic) has recorded his usual enthusiastic video:

Overall, this is recommended. It’s not quite as slick as Tweetie/Twitter for iPhone, but there are a couple of extras here that should have some appeal, notably the support for old-style retweets and the Facebook implementation.

Why I’ve Switched 100% To HootSuite For My Desktop-Based Twittering (For Now)

A couple of months ago, I suggested that HootSuite was the closest thing we have to the perfect Twitter client.

Since then, and really over the past fortnight or so, I’ve switched completely to HootSuite for all of my desktop-based Twitter interaction. I no longer use any downloadable Twitter client.

Here’s why:

  1. Wherever I go, when I log into HootSuite it’s configured exactly how it was when I last left it.
  2. My columns, lists, searches and setup are all right there. All the time.
  3. This is the beauty of all web-based apps, of course (see later for more on this) – whether I’m at home, at work, looking at HootSuite on my iPhone, or even at an internet café or friend’s house, it’s enormously comforting, as well as productive, to know that when I log onto HootSuite, I’m getting exactly what I want.
  4. I manage several client accounts on Twitter, and HootSuite is far and away the best and easiest way to do this. It makes CoTweet look like a dinosaur in comparison. Especially as the iPhone HootSuite app means you can monitor and respond to brand mentions essentially 24/7.
  5. Scheduling tweets is a breeze (as is editing those that are pending).
  6. The one-click conversations feature is super-useful, especially when you get a very random, out-of-nowhere reply to something that you’d long forgotten about.
  7. The audio notification is really subtle (and doesn’t scare the life out of you like on TweetDeck).
  8. There’s some syncing available with some downloadable Twitter clients, but it means installing the software everywhere you go. This often isn’t an option at work or at a new location, and that means a juggling act between the client and the next best thing.
  9. I’m a big fan of owls.

HootSuite vs Brizzly vs Seesmic WebHootSuite still isn’t perfect, and the inability to choose the URL shortener I want – bit.ly being the only shortener anybody should be using (assuming, you know, you want people to read and retweet your stuff) – is still a problem. I use bit.ly sidebar for every link I share, which is fine and something I’m now very much used to doing, but if you have to leave an app to get the feature you want, that’s a problem. Most people won’t bother, and that’s a shame, as HootSuite nails virtually everything else.

There are other web-based options, of course. Lots of folks love Brizzly, but it just hasn’t quite clicked for me, possibly because I’m a big fan of columns. I spend most of my time in lists, mentions and searches, and in Brizzly that means constant clicking from one-to-another.

It also niggles that I have to be on the home screen to actually write a new tweet. Plus, every time I visit Brizzly, it tells me I have loads of unread direct messages, which I do not. Sure, I can tell it to ‘shhh’, but that’s one extra step I never have to do on HootSuite. A minor irritant, but an irritation nonetheless.

Still, Brizzly does have something, and enough people I respect rate it to prevent me from dismissing it entirely without further investigation. (This includes Brizzly for iPhone, which I’m downloading as I write. Still, it’ll have to get up very early in the morning to supersede Tweetie as my mobile app of choice.)

Others rave about the Seesmic web app, but I find the features there a little lacking, notably the inability to manage multiple accounts. It all seems a little cold, too.

Both of these score a hefty win over HootSuite by incorporating the new-style Twitter retweets (although the way Seesmic web manages retweets of me is essentially useless), and as I find myself using the internal RTs more and more it’s a feature that’s notably missing from HootSuite. Again, I have to visit Twitter.com to monitor all of this, or to actually do a Twitter-style RT at all, which is another sign that something is broken.

But HootSuite gives me enough that this is something I’m prepared to put up with. For now. You see, us Twitter users are fickle beasts, and prone to hop over to the next best app when it offers a solution to something that has started to eat away at our very souls. Or has simply become a nuisance.

I’m encouraged by news that a pro version of HootSuite is on the cards (confirmed here). Assuming it’s not priced at ludicrous Rupert Murdoch-style levels, solves all of these issues and gives us some cool new stuff to play around with, I’ll happily pay for the privilege of accessing and interacting with Twitter in the best way that I possibly can.

All that being said, this reminds me of my previous comments about how a plugin-based Twitter app, which would allow us to pick our favourite elements from HootSuite, Brizzly, Seesmic, TweetDeck, Tweetie and every other app out there, is still, in this Twitterer’s opinion, the best way forward.

POLL: Which Twitter Client(s) Do You Use?

I’m interested in all the ways that you interact with Twitter, including Twitter.com and everything else.

There’s not a lot of really good data on Twitter client usage and it would be nice if we could get a lot of votes here – my goal is to see at least a 1000 responses on this page.

Please share this poll with your friends and colleagues – click here to retweet this post and help me out. Thanks!

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(If you selected ‘other’, please expand on this in the comments. Thank you.)