I've been using HootSuite for a couple of years and it's been a life saver when it comes to scheduling my tweets. However as I follow more people on Twitter and put more lists together, my Twitter was getting a little out of control. That is until I read this super informative post from The Loudmouth Lifestyle about blogging time savers and Hootsuite was the main focus.
To the untrained eye, this may still appear a little overwhelming. I was not taking full advantage of the amount of tabs and streams I could set up. In addition to my own Twitter account, I also help manage the Twitter account for Hudson Valley Etsy. Instead of switching between accounts, I just click over a tab.
1) My Pulp Sushi Twitter gets it's own tab and there are four columns set up. Each column is it's own "stream". First is my regular Twitter feed which I would see if I sign in to Twitter on my computer and phone. The second column is my @mention columns so I don't miss anything. The third column shows the tweets I sent out, and the fourth are tweets I have scheduled which is my tool for scheduling tweets that promote my shop and blog. I get to see it all in one screen.
2) You can follow Hudson Valley Etsy @hvnyteam. I have same set up for this account as my own account, boom!
3) I have a tab for some of my lists. I have 19 lists, there is no way I am going to have 19 columns on one screen because that's even too much for me. So I have my four favorite lists set up, it seems like my brain can only handle up to four columns going at once.
4) I only participate in two Twitter chats a week: #ellechat and #blisschat. They're pretty busy chats and it's hard to keep up so I have a column set up for each hashtag and again for @ mentions because people get chatty and I don't want to accidentally ignore anyone.
5) Facebook is straight forward. It includes my personal feed - which I find is more accurate and true to time than your feed at Facebook.com. It keeps updates in order. I also include my Facebook Page feed here too so again, no need to switch around too much.
6) Do you know Pocket? I have a habit of favoriting tweets that link an article I want to read but then I forget about it. With Pocket, I can favorite the tweet and it will automatically save the article link in Pocket so I can read the article here.
7) "Hashtags" is pretty self explanatory. Whether it's watching #TheWalkingDead or watching Monday Night #RAW, I need a separate tab just to follow hashtags, this changes frequently.
Since I made these changes, I've been spending a lot more time on HootSuite. Do you use Hootsuite or Tweetdeck for your account management? Isn't is the best?