Pssst: Want to Hear a Quick Trick to Save Time on Social Media?

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. E8107

Want to learn a quick trick to save time on social media? 

Two sumo wrestlersAnyone who has been following me for a while knows that I have a love/hate relationship with social media.  I love the opportunity social media provides to stay in touch with friends, family and contacts and to get my work out there to home buyers and sellers in Montreal West Island.  But I hate how social media sucks my time away without my even realizing it. I wrestle with this daily.

Well, 10 days ago, at a seminar on developing a social media strategy that was organized by MiB Networking Group and delivered by Nancy Overbury, I learned of a beautiful secret.  OK, I suppose it's not so much of a secret as a treasure, really. 

Have you heard of Hootsuite?  It's a site where you can update your status and post it to as many social networks as you want.  And each time you do it, you get to choose which sites you want your update to go to.  You first have to set up an account at Hootsuite (I have the basic/free setup) and then you add the social networks that you want to be part of your account.  My Hootsuite account links to my Facebook profile, Facebook fan pageTwitter account, and LinkedIn profile.

As an example, if I feel like sharing something that is more personal and less business-related, I may not want my status update to go to my LinkedIn profile nor my Facebook fan page, but I do want to it go to my Twitter and Facebook profile.  After I type in my status update at Hootsuite, I just click on the profiles/sites I DO want it to go to. 

If I write a blog post, I likely want it to go everywhere, so I pen my status update at Hootsuite and provide the link to my blog, and then click on all four social networking sites.  And voila!  An update goes to all four social networking sites announcing a new blog post.

Hootsuite also counts the number of characters you are using and lets you know if you've gone beyond the Twitter limit of 140 characters.

It's so simple, and a real time-saver.  And it's easy to set up.  I mean, if I can do it.... :)


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Comments (18)

Mike Sagorin
Sagorin & Associates - Irvine, CA

Thanks Tanya. I just checked Hootsuite out.

By the way, thanks for posting my photo above! (Do you think that outfit makes my a*s look fat?)

Oct 25, 2010 03:12 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Hi Tanya!  I have not tried this yet, but I like that it allows you to decide which sites to post to.  Hope to have a chance to check it out later today.

Have a great Monday!

Oct 25, 2010 03:14 AM
Suzanne Gantner
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate - Round Rock, TX

Awesome tip, I will definately try it because Lord knows we can get sucked into all these sites (like I am doing now reading all the great blogs instead of paperwork).  Thanks immensely!!  

Oct 25, 2010 03:15 AM
Brian Bean
The Dream Big Team at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Champions - Riverside, CA
Homeowner Advocate, Dream Big Team, S.Calif

Great tip. I have also used Ping in the past, but I haven't always been happy with the results.


Oct 25, 2010 03:17 AM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Mike, as my husband would say (because he's a smart man): Well of course not.

Ann, good luck with it.

Suzanne, I hear you sister :)

Brian, I haven't used Ping so I can't speak to that.  I just find Hootsuite easy to set up and easy to use.  And I like their owl :)

Oct 25, 2010 03:26 AM
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Thanks for the tip.  I had tried to use Ping as well, but it got frustrating.  I will check it out!

Oct 25, 2010 03:29 AM
David Langlois
One Percent Realty Vancouver Island - Victoria, BC

Nice, thanks I'll have a look.

Oct 25, 2010 09:30 AM
Mike Hill & Rita Norman
Norman- Hill Properties /Crown Key Realty - Concord, CA

Thanks for the tip Tanya. I do lose a lot of time on all of my sites I will give it a try.

Oct 25, 2010 12:25 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Tanya, great info on new technology, we all can use some time management tips. Hope all is well with you and your family these days, school adds homework and more pressure to our lives.

Oct 25, 2010 12:51 PM
Samantha Smith
214.422.0729 - Rowlett, TX
Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate

great time saver indeed! i use which is the same as the site you're using & best of all, it's FREE :D

Oct 25, 2010 05:32 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Nice tip, Tanya. Anything that can make our online time more efficient is always a plus.

Oct 25, 2010 05:35 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Thanks for the tip!  I have heard of it, but never checked it out...and I don't even know why!  Now I will. 

Oct 25, 2010 06:03 PM
Kim Suecroft - Hanson
Restage Inc. - Calgary, AB

Thanks - Checking out Hootsuite...Love that you know and believe in staging!!! And Mike, I think your bum looks nice....not big at all....

I love the outfit.....You are one brave man.....LOL...

Oct 25, 2010 08:25 PM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Tanya, I appreciate the tip and heading over there now


Oct 26, 2010 06:53 AM
Sara Abbas
Realty Austin - Cedar Park, TX
CNE, CDRS - 512-522-4990

I also use Hootsuite for multiple accounts, and I love it!  As James mentioned above, it's also great for tracking posts from different sources, so I have streams set up to monitor posts on a variety of different topics from relate and local news to anything about a specific city or areas within my market. 

Oct 27, 2010 06:50 PM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Hey there everyone, just want you to know that I haven't abandoned this post. I've been reading all of your comments as they came in.  Hope those of you who travelled over to Hootsuite found it as easy to use as I did.  I think James and Sara have given us all ideas about how to take it to the next level.  I'm not ready to go there yet, but I know the time will come when I'll be feeling settled in the water again and ready to take on more temporary turbulence for long-term peace :)

Oct 28, 2010 04:46 AM
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


Gordon here.  We use hootsuite for twitter, fb and linkedin... It does help to reduce time... g

Oct 28, 2010 05:35 AM
Richard Rosa
Buyers Brokers Only, LLC - Haverhill, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent

Thank you for this tip. I will check out Hootsuite. 

Oct 31, 2010 08:04 AM