Here follows a guest post from chief blogger at Appleslut.com, Tony Stocco. I’ve come to believe that everything Apple runs through his veins, if you don’t believe me read his Apple Blog for a while. I’ve written about HootSuite before, but here Tony evaluates the technology on the mobile version. Without further ado, here’s his review of the HootSuite App for iPhone. Thanks Tony!
HootSuite is the best Twitter app for iPhone. Period. Even if HootSuite was just a Twitter app, it would still be the most used app on my iPhone. However, HootSuite for iPhone isn’t only a Twitter app – it’s a social media mobile command center.
HootSuite for iPhone shines as a Twitter app. It’s incredibly easy to use and even more important, the interface is clean and organized which makes it easy to quickly read your streams.
If you follow hundreds or thousands of people, you’re probably not going to read your main stream. No problem – HootSuite lets you choose between your main feed or just follow a couple of your most important Twitter lists.
Obviously, you can post updates to your own Twitter account. In addition to the most basic task, HootSuite for iPhone is full of additional tasks and info: Follow/unfollow people, see anyone’s timeline, lists and mentions, add tweets to your favorites and add people to any of your Twitter lists.
For marketers, you’ll be hooked on the ability to schedule future tweets (time and date), automatically shorten URLs with one tap and track how many clicks your short links have received.
What are your friends and family up to? Open your FaceBook news feed in HootSuite to find out. See your friend’s updates and ‘like’ them, write comments, and post your own status updates – from inside HootSuite.
The FaceBook control isn’t as feature rich as the official FaceBook app for iPhone, but marketers can definitely get a snapshot of activity and reply to customer questions.
You’re not limited to personal FaceBook profiles either. With HootSuite you can manage any FaceBook Business or Fan page as well.
FourSquare is integrated into the HootSuite app. View all of your friend’s latest checkins and you can search and checkin to nearby places.
The best part is; your HootSuite checkins still count towards your stats, badges, mayorships.
Can’t find the restaurant your friend checked into? Tap on her update to show a live Google Map with a pin drop in the place location. Tap the restaurant name to get the address, phone number and tips directly from the FourSquare website.
All of this happens within the HootSuite app, so you’re not constantly flipping between the Google Maps app, HootSuite, FourSquare.com in Safari, etc.
LinkedIn is now the second largest social network in the U.S. With an iPhone and the HootSuite app, you can monitor updates from your connections. Post your own messages, schedule update, shorten and track clicks on all of your links.
HootSuite for iPhone is Free!
EVERYTHING mentioned in this post is included with the basic, free HootSuite account. This includes up to 5 Social Media Profiles.
If you manage more than 5 separate social media accounts, you can upgrade to the Pro version for $5.99/month. The Pro version has Google Analytics and Facebook Insights integration and team members for delegating interaction.
Large companies with a team of social media people can check out the Enterprise Edition: Unlimited accounts, free reports, enhanced analytics, vanity URLs and more.
Get HootSuite for iPhone
HootSuite for iPhone is available for download in the iTunes App Store.
What’s been your experience with HootSuite? What would you add to this list of cool features?