The Beginner’s Guide to HootSuite

Published Sept. 18, 2013 on Mashable

Juggling multiple social media accounts across several networks can get hectic, especially when there’s a fine line between a manageable number of browser tabs and a terrible guessing game.

Self-respecting social media addicts should test the many management tools available, and they will find HootSuite to be among the best to streamline sharing for work and play. Users can conserve precious tab space by connecting their TwitterFacebookGoogle+ (pages only), LinkedInFoursquareWordPress and Mixi accounts under the HootSuite umbrella, and take advantage of the convenient scheduling feature.

If you’re looking to up your social media game, or just to make life a little easier at work or home, here’s how to get started with HootSuite.

Getting Organized

Once you set up an account and log in, HootSuite will guide you through the basics of connecting networks and organizing streams.

HootSuite Stream Menu

The green menu tab displays the networks connected to your HootSuite account. From there, select the streams you’d like to monitor, such as your timeline, mentions and scheduled tweets.

The stream options vary for each network (for example, Facebook’s options include News Feed, statuses, events and Wall posts), but the simple, no-frills layout remains the same.

HootSuite Streams

HootSuite is optimized for managing Twitter accounts, but you can also post to your personal Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, as well as to pages and groups of which you’re a member or administrator. HootSuite will not connect to personal Google+ profiles, but it allows you to manage your pages.

For free accounts, HootSuite initially limits each tab to only three streams, but opening multiple tabs seems to override that rule. Even so, streams are so easily closed, reopened and refreshed that the initial limit is only a minor annoyance. There are no rules against limiting one Twitter account to one tab.

Learn more about getting set up on HootSuite on Mashable

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