A Year in the Life of HootSuite ~ Festive 2010 Recap
The year has flown by and looking back, it makes us smile to see how far HootSuite has come – indeed we are happy to see all the amazing new developments and integrations we’ve hatched to our growing, global audience of Hoot-fans.
To ensure you haven’t missed out on any of the fun we’ve had, and reflect on the progress, we assembled the most notable HootSuite achievements this year. We hope you enjoy reliving some of the great HootSuite memories from the past 12 months, because you were part of the story.
January 2010 – New Beginnings
New year, new launch, new focus on community development and relationships: In January of 2010 HootSuite officially spins out on its own with about as many people as you can count on one hand. Thanks to the injection of some funds raised to jumpstart the dashboard, HootSuite launches WordPress, trend explanations and URL previews. And a new Owl joins the nest — Dave Olson joins HootSuite to develop the HootSuite community and starts off strong by introducing News Round-ups to help spread the word.
February 2010 – Aquarius Barn Owl
Vancouver hosts the 2010 Winter Games and HootSuite has some growth of Olympic proportions down at HQ. HootSuite releases a second iteration (code-named Barn Owl) which integrates Social CRM, campaign measuring and influence tools, and launches a new help desk for top-shelf support and a feature suggestion channel to gather ideas.
March 2010 – Getting Mobile
The iPhone app is updated in March of 2010, but Robots need love too so we’ve got an app – and a video – for Android as well featuring (HootSuite user and rising star) Dan Mangan.
Plus, HootSuite hits the road to attend Seattle 140tc, Toronto’s Sprout Up, and Austin for SXSWi where the interviews, networking and socializing were non-stop with conversations about Foursquare/Myspace added to the dash. To top it all off, we managed to get some time in SF to build fortuitous relationships.
April 2010 – New Advancements
April brings ow.ly and ht.ly — two flavors of social bars for link-sharing/shortening needs. iPhone gets an update with translation, Facebook and geo-location tools, and school is in for spring with the introduction of HootSuite University — a subscription-based learning program with a social media certification for graduates.
May 2010 – Internation-owl
HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes goes to Japan and makes a ton of new friends while learning about the unique Japanese market. Plus, international HootSuite news continues to increase, we outreach to the world with localization and translation for iPhone and HootSuite is named named BC Business magazine’s innovator list. Phew!
If that’s not enough, the hugely-awaited and artfully-created team assignment tools are released to help delegaters the whole world over draft, schedule, and assign tasks to team members for efficiently managing social mentions and interactions.
June 2010 – Updates and upgrades
Half way through the year and there’s no sign of slowing down — in fact the pace increases. To pay homage the online world we live in, we celebrate Social Media Day with some treats for geeks, then release the HTML5 version of HootSuite to help users utilize the capabilities of the latest browser with geo-search, themes, Google Analytics, native/old-school Retweets and more.
Plus – June brings a Japanese version of the web app and an update to iPhone with Korean and Arabic localizations baked right in.
July 2010 – Score More for HootSuite
We bring on iOS 4 for iPhone in July and add new social and support tools for web including Insights, Zendesk, and Klout.
And who didn’t learn to love vuvuzelas just a little bit during World Cup? We use July’s football-phenomenon to interact with a whole new flock of our international users (and have a lot of fun doing it) and added some weight to the masses of Tweets as soccer fans the whole world over tested the limits of Twitter’s capacity.
August 2010 – Up-ing the Velocity
Ready? If you blink you’ll miss all of the August action. We’ve cranked up the heat with a bevy of new additions. First off, we announce a relationship with Constant Contact, announce the new freemium plans, get USA Federal-friendly with an updated terms of service which gets us listed in the apps.gov site (much to the joy of many key agencies).
We reach out to the owls of the world for our crowd-sourced translation project.
We give you a sneak peek of the highly anticipated BlackBerry.
And we release ow.ly pro custom URL shortening services
Not enough? No problem, we’ll also throw in a live Twittering case study of an operating room using HootSuite to live-Tweet a surgery in progress. Enjoy!
September 2010 – Up Your Grade
Time to up your grade with HootSuite upgrades. There’s an iPhone update for lists and contacts, the first languages are complete in the translation project and we continue to sponsor grassroots events. We also excel in geography with a geo-update and a show and tell of souvenirs collected from around the world.
October 2010 – Free and Open
Summer is long gone, the leaves have turned, and October has a bountiful harvest for HootSuite this year with Open ID and Mobile fest. Now HootSuite users have the option to login to their account or create new ones using any OpenID account. Plus there are mobile delights for just about every owl – BlackBerry is released, iPhone and Android are updated, there’s a preview of keitai, and iPad – and all mobile apps become free during Mobile Fest.
November 2010 – A Million Reasons to Hoot
It’s migration season, and the great migration to our freemium model is conducted, along with resources for team building, HootSuite style. Constant Contact is back in November and this time they announce that they’ve got HootSuite’s Social Share baked right in to their interface. If that’s not enough, we officially pass over 1 million HootSuite users, so we release a killer info-graphic and contest to guess when we crossed the threshold (congrats again @kelkel926!)
And while we’re at it we’ll add community support forums and user-generated tutorials, refresh the HootSuite University with an awesome new site, materials and director and the iPad becomes available — free — for download. … And French and Italian become available in the dashboard. Oh yeah, and we’ve got Movember owl.
December 2010 – Big Finale
It’s been quite a year, and HootSuite is just getting started. To wrap up 2010 and create some momentum for the new year, we’ve got a whole list of goodies to announce:
- HootSuite named Digital Media Technology of the Year at CNMA
- Added an Analytics Info Sheet to the library
- Released batch scheduling and feature trials
- Added an app to the new Google Chrome Web Store
- Announced an agency co-branding with DARE
- Revealed Salesforce tools at Dreamforce
- Added Ning to the list of social networks
- Announced more languages and check-in tools for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone
- Added Japanese social network Mixi
- Release beta version for Japanese “keitai” phones
Onward to 2011!
Looking ahead to next year Hoot-fans can expect to see a load of new integrations in our App Directory to help make your social media management even better with some highly-requested networks coming rapidly.
Thanks to all of you for making this year amazing. We have some fun stories, news round-ups and Owly pictures to post over the holidays. Plus, we’ll see you back in January with events from New York and Mumbai plus an upcoming panel at SXSW called Big in Japan.