Posts Tagged ‘hootsuite’
I like using the HootSuite bulk uploader, and round the time I posted the post HootSuite Bulk Uploads I had set up a Google Docs file to produce the csv file it requires as input. It can simply be made by uploading the example provided by HootSuite to Google Docs and using that as a template.
As I was explaining the features of HootSuite to my mother, including the bulk uploader, I suddenly realized that I could make my spreadsheet more valuable for myself and others by adding a check to see whether it has 140 characters. I wasn’t able to use the regular Docs Data Validation, so I decided to roll my own in the script editor, which meant adding a Trigger to the script so it is called after the spreadsheet is edited. Read the rest of this entry »
In December of 2010 HootSuite enabled bulk scheduling of messages to FaceBook, Twitter and the other services it supports. This was during my HootSuite hiatus, which means I missed it. I think it’s such a cool feature that I wanted to spend some time on it. It’s so easy to schedule future messages by creating a .CSV file, as the example below:
Go to the compose message and press the calendar icon, which opens the calendar (image on the left). Press the Schedule in Bulk button to open the uploader (image on the right). Here you can select a social profile and upload a correctly formatted .CSV file with up to 50 messages. HootSuite will schedule these messages for this profile. Any errors are concise, they usually relate to problems in the file due to invalid input or duplicate messages.
I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to Social Revolution, they talk about Twitter and FaceBook as if these have inherent qualities. There is indeed nothing social about FaceBook or Twitter, they are tools which can be used to interact with in a social way or an anti-social way.
Watching your Twitter feed scroll past clicking the occasional link you might as well be using StumbleUpon, wanting to keep up with all the messages is a pipe dream. Imagine all these messages being printed out and put in an envelop and posted to you by mail. Now imagine the size your mailbox would need to be. You can’t!? I doubt you know how many messages come in and humans are notoriously bad at estimating complex numbering systems.
So why don’t you get it? You use FaceBook Top News, Twitter Lists and Google Priority Inbox to reduce your workload; you don’t need to react to and read everything, you can retrieve it all later by search. You respond to all your direct messages or mentions, and the world is scrolling by in your Home Feed.
I started this blog because I read The “Intimate Social” Revolution and @svartling‘s question: I will use it as long as its free: Which HootSuite for you? Pro or Basic?, and both stories should be telling HootSuite that Basic the the better option: It’s free and has the potential to make your social circle smaller. And I’m saying this as a power user. What they aren’t delivering and I know their customers would like – as they have a crippled version – are the answers to the questions:
- Am I getting what I need to know?
- Who are the people I need to reach?
- Am reaching the people I need to reach?
- Am I adding value?
That’s a product worth paying for.