After trying out five other social media dashboards, I think Monitter is one of my favs. It’s really simple to use and it’s appealing to look at. It also reminds me of TweetChat, although in this case you are just monitoring a specific hashtag and not necessarily tweeting along. But if you would like to tweet while watching a convo unfold, Monitter lets you do that too.
The fact that you can add columns is also helpful, this way you don’t miss a thing while trying to stay on top of whatever topic you’re interested in. But one thing that would make Monitter even better is if you could make your lists into columns as well.
This social media dashboard leaves me speechless because of its simplicity. I don’t know what more to say about it. Try it out and see if you feel the same way.
Social media dashboards. What can I say about them? How about that they should be fun to explore, simple to use, and most of all better than the individual sites that compose them. Well sometimes these dashboards fail and should really try again.
This is how I feel about TweetGrid. After choosing the 1x(insert number here) layout, a pale, tan-peachy color surrounds each tweet and boarders the screen. Then there are bright blue words (FAQ, TWEET, and more) with short, thick black lines separating them.
This has got to be the worst color combination I’ve ever seen. Did TweetGrid really pay someone to design this? The whole thing just looks completely unprofessional- and as we all know, social media is less “social” and more “professional” these days. I’d rather stay on the homepage than dive into the site.
Want to know the best part? (sarcasm intended here).
When I click on the “How To” leaf I’m brought to a page with video tutorials I can scroll through. But here’s where it gets good… I don’t see any videos. I see empty white boxes under each tutorials title.
On a positive note, the homepage design looks good… thanks, Wayne!
Anyways, TweetGrid should get rid of it’s awful color scheme and try again.
I’m just going to start off by saying I do not like SocialOomph. I think there is too much going on when I go to the homepage and it’s not as user friendly as other social media dashboards such as TweetDeck. There are far too many links to click on in the right hand tool bar and the layout isn’t exactly inviting. I’m not trying to completely bash SocialOomph as it does have a lot of (un)necessary features, but let’s be real, it’s not the best.
I don’t like that it took me so long to find the tweetCOCKPIT and my columns aren’t arranged for me. The whole thing reminds me of an Excel spreadsheet. However, I have managed to find one good quality about the site and that is the scheduled updates. I’ve heard these are pretty impressive as my social media class with Prof.Ward is full of students who gasp at the tweets that seem to be coming from Prof. Ward (while he is teaching) although we don’t see him manually type them, myself included in the wondrous gasps.
In my opinion, SocialOomph is more like an oops, or an ‘Oomph doh!” I will be crossing this one off my list of helpful social media sites.
I just downloaded the social media dashboard Seesmic. I originally had it launched in the web but once I went to the site to log in, I thought, “Why not download the desktop version and give it a shot?” So I did. I went through the short tutorial when I started up the app to get a feel for what Seesmic could do. I linked to my Twitter account and began to click on the different categories in the left hand tool bar.
The “channels” and “marketplace” categories are of no interest to me but the “directory” is pretty useful; it tells me who is on twitter that I can follow pertaining to celebrites, music, sports, and other groups. But when it comes to columns, I especially like the “sent” one. I never know for sure if my tweets are sent out correctly when I use dashboards so I find myself using the real twitter website to look at my profile, as backup. The “sent” column allows me to see whether or not the tweet was actually sent.
How do I feel about Seesmic vs. TweetDeck (my all time fav)?
Well for one, they both do that annoying notification update in the right hand corner of the screen, until you deactivate it of course. But side by side they both perform the same functions. Tweetdeck allows you to record video but doesn’t have the “sent” column I’ve fallen in love with.
In the end I believe It all depends on what the user is looking for in a dashboard and which layout you’re most comfortable navigating.
TweetDeck is the first social media dashboard I ever used. I went to the website, installed it on my mac, and quickly found the dashboard in my applications. When I double clicked the yellow square with the black bird icon I thought, “Whoa, this is cool.” I had just gotten familiar with Twitter when suddenly I was learning all about the other side of the tweeting phenomenon; the columned lists, multiple accounts and the option to record videos via my webcam. I had no idea I could do so much with Twitter upon downloading a dashboard. Before taking a social media class with Prof. Ward I thought twitter was just something celebrities used to update their fan base on their fabulous, yet down-to-earth, lives.
Now back to TweetDeck…I love it. Plain and simple. But, the one thing I did not like were the constant notification updates in the right hand corner of my screen. I quickly deactivated that feature and now it’s smooth sailing. Composing a tweet is easy and if I forget what each icon does under each column all I have to do is hover over it for the description to pop up. But before I even make it to the dashboard a welcome screen pops up to remind me of each feature (but I’m a pro now so I don’t need a pesky welcome screen interfering with my tweet session).
I now use TweetDeck all day every day. It’s application icon nests in my dock just after the MS word icon. It magnifies when I scroll my cursor over it. Click. Type. Enter. And now I’m tweeting away.
I’ve heard many classmates and professors mention HootSuite and up until a couple of days ago I had no idea what it was. Was it an app? A program? A website? A game? Well all it took was for me to read Prof. Ward’s weekly to do list to discover that it was social media dashboard.
After setting up my account and linking to my Twitter feed, three columns popped up:
1) Home Feed
3) Direct Message (Inbox)
I thought, “Oh my god this makes twitter even easier to manage,” and best of all- the font/theme color (blue, white and grey) along with each persons picture- reminds me of Facebook, a social media site I’m all too familiar with. Hootsuite even has a similar notification system to Facebook, that is the circular red and white number display by each columns header.
This dashboard is one I can effortlessly navigate. I especially like that the “compose message” box also has the scheduling, attach image, and add location icons in clear view- no searching required. After playing on the site for a bit and uncovering all of its features and tools, I see what all the hype is about. This is definitely something I will be using to keep track of all my tweets, re-tweets, lists, direct messages, and anything else I can manage to make a column out of.
With enough time spent, I will even master the analytical reports section.