Hoot let the dogs out
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.