Give a HOOT about your Tweets: HootSuite vs. TweetDeck

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Give a HOOT about your Tweets: HootSuite vs. TweetDeck

Someone asked me recently if I preferred HootSuite or TweetDeck, and the answer is that I use them BOTH. I keep them both open and minimized at all times.

I prefer HootSuite to post tweets that I want to schedule. For example, on Sunday mornings I try to schedule tweets for events for the coming week.This morning I scheduled tweets for upcoming Martin Luther King events and plays and community meetings - happenings that will occur during the week. Now, I can cross that off my "to do" list. There is an area where you can type in your tweet and another box that you can paste a URL in to that you wish to shorten or shrink. If you wish to schedule the tweet, you select "Send Later" and it will allow you to select a date and time for your tweet to go out!

HootSuite Screen Shot


However, I prefer TweetDeck to better see the conversations that are going on. As in HootSuite, you can add or modify columns (topics) you wish to view. You can see what all your friends are saying and easily converse with them. You can type in a tweet and select the "auto shorten" box to the right, but I don't believe you can schedule a tweet for a later date through TweetDeck.

TweetDeck screen shot

In the TweetDeck screen shot, you can see that I am viewing what my friends are posting in the first column; "mentions" in the 2nd column; what's going on in Tulsa in the 3rd column; what's going on at Active Rain in the 4th column; and direct messages in the 5th column. If I want to know what people are saying about the Google Nexus phone, I would add #nexus column. Twitter logo

I'm sure I'm not using either program to its full potential, so I'd love to hear your comments about what you use and why!

And, if you'd like to follow me, I'm @LoriCainRE on Twitter!


Lori Cain is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors serving the greater Tulsa Oklahoma area, including midtown Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Sand Springs and Jenks. Please visit Lori’s web site, or call 918-852-5036.

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Comments (96)

Michael Collins
*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent* - Janesville, WI
CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto

Thanks for the blog Lori! I'm trying a Twitter Blog Experiment linked below.  Tell me what you think and feel free to leave your Twitter Username in the comments section!

Jun 23, 2010 09:49 AM
Melanie Hedrick
Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas! - McKinney, TX

Thanks Lori.  I really didn't know how to jump into Twitter so I'm following your advice and starting with watching the conversations on TweetDeck.

Jun 26, 2010 07:04 AM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Thanks, all. Michael, I added my Twitter login to your post: @LoriCainRE

Jun 26, 2010 09:19 AM
Bill Risser
Fidelity National Title - Saint Petersburg, FL
Fidelity National Title - Tampa District

Lori - What do you think about the latest version of HootSuite?  It rivals Tweetdeck in the stream area now.  Very easy on the eyes!

Jun 29, 2010 05:25 AM
R. Michael Brown
R. Michael Brown LLC Digital Marketing & Public Relations - West Palm Beach, FL
Communication that increases sales!

Another great post.  You're the social media ActiveRain Guru


Jul 01, 2010 04:15 PM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

@RMikeBrown - you are TOO kind!

@Bill - will let you know after thoroughly testing!

Jul 01, 2010 04:20 PM
Peggy Lyn Speicher
The Speicher Group - Bethesda, MD
Co-Founder & REALTOR®

Thanks for the compare/contrast post.  If someone could create an application that combines the best of both worlds, we'd have a winner!

Aug 09, 2010 03:35 AM
Stacey M. McVey
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

I think I am (and always will be) a bigger fan of Tweedeck!  I like how much customization I can do and now with the ability to schedule Facebook updates, I can make sure that I get some business in with all the social posts that I do from my mobile throughout the day.  It takes a combination of several apps to get the job done right with Twitter....but I'm sold on it.  Over $30k in GCI this year DIRECLTY from tweeting....

Follow me @realtormcvey

Thanks for the post!

Sep 06, 2010 02:47 PM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Stacey - I will def follow you, and YES, I use TweetDeck almost exclusively now - they've made a lot of improvements since I wrote this post in January of this year!

Sep 06, 2010 05:06 PM
suzanne welch
Coldwell Banker - Croton on Hudson, NY

Lori..I was just recently introduced to Hootsuite, I am set up but have not used it! Today is the day I plan out a week of tweets. trhanks for the reminder. I will be sure to follow you!

Sep 23, 2010 01:37 AM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Suzanne - glad you found this helpful. A lot has changed in both programs since I originally wrote this!

Sep 24, 2010 05:17 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Thanks Lori.  I have never used HootSuite but will give it a try.  Been working with TweetDeck for about three weeks.  The layout is easy and I am just getting around to formatting my columns.

Oct 05, 2010 05:13 AM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Doug, TweetDeck has made a lot of improvements since I wrote this post. I hardly use HootSuite anymore.

Oct 05, 2010 07:15 AM
Authorized Promoter
Creative Real Estate Daily - Alpharetta, GA

I don't use HootSuite at all because they started charging way too much - I manage more than a dozen accounts & when you manage that many they want $1,000!  Oh well - I like my TweetDeck.  :)

Nov 11, 2010 09:09 AM
Erna Neal
The Viking Team, Realty - Winter Park, FL
A Knowledgable Central Florida Realtor

Lori, Thank you for the post. I use hootsuite for my social media, but I have never tried tweetdeck before. I think it's time that I do that. I'm @VikingRentals on Twitter if you would like to follow me :)

Sep 16, 2011 04:31 AM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

I'm sure both applications have changed since this was originally written - for example, you can now schedule tweets through TweetDeck!

Did not know HootSuite charged - hardly use that anymore!

Sep 16, 2011 10:08 PM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Lori,

I usually tweet through my LinkedIn account...

Thanks for you helpful post!

Oct 13, 2011 05:04 AM
Angie Nwanodi
Evergreen Realty & Associates, Inc. - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
The ACG Group, Realtors®|Standard, Short, HUD, REO

Great post. Love it.  I never considered using both.  I am still a novice Tweeter, but this was uber-helpful; especially the screenshots.  Kudos and thanks.

Mar 12, 2012 06:50 PM
Bob Caldwell
Fitzgerald Financial, a Division of Monarch Bank - Annapolis, MD
VA Mortgage Specialist and Military Relocation Services
I've used both on and off and mostly use TweetDeck--the exception is on my iPad since TweetDeck has an iPhone app only while HootSuite had an iPad app.
Apr 01, 2012 12:53 PM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Hmmm I must check into all of this and see what is going on!

Jun 25, 2013 11:13 AM