Social media is here to stay. Different social networks are springing up every day each one offering you different ways of staying connected with friends and business colleagues.
Most people therefore find it very tidious having to login to different sites to update their status several times a day. Fortunately, there are tools to help you streamline your social networks, to access multiple account at once.
Some of these tools include:
HootSuite is a social media management system to help you manage all your social networks under the same roof. Key social network integrations include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and new Google+ Pages, plus a suite of social content apps for YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr and more.
Unlike similar features offered by Buffer, HootSuite and TweetDeck, which force you to specify exact times for these updates to be published, Timely automatically publishes updates from your queue based on when your followers are historically online and active.
Buffer is a web based tool that allows you to load up tweets in a queue, and it tweets them out at pre-determined times of the day and week. You are free to set the day/time you want your tweets to be sent out. The good thing about Buffer is that it also integrates with your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts too.
TweetDeck is a desktop based social media dashboard application for management of Twitter and Facebook accounts. The primary benefits of TweetDeck are its ability to show you everything you want to see at once, in an organized column format.
You can use sobees either directly on your desktop or on the web. sobees links to your Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter accounts and provide cutting-edge technology to interact with your friends and get the best of both the web and your online communities.
Taptu is a mobile keeps you up-to-date with all of your content with highly personal and visual ‘streams’. You can view them at a glance and then dive in if you want to see more.
Roost is a social marketing platform for small businesses. It has its own unique features in that it help you create social media marketing campaigns by providing you with options for what to post to your Twitter and Facebook during the course of the campaign. It also provides you the option of adding a Facebook bar across that encourages visitors who click your links to join your Facebook page.
Presently HootSuite and some others have been invited to explore the possibility of adding Google+ to their service offerings. Let’s hope to see this in the next couple of months. So if you’re really serious about social media and you want to streamline your social networking efforts and get maximum ROI, then you ought to consider using any of the above mentioned tools.
However you don’t need to go overboard with automating all aspects of your social networking. Afterall, social networking is all about interacting with real people. So from time-to-time, you do well to actually login to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc and interact with all those you follow or those following you.
Which of the above tools have you used? Which is your favourite? Or have we missed out any of important ones that belong on this list? Let us know in the comments below.