Hootsuite’s Live Twitter Stream: HootFeed

By Andy Au | 3 years ago | | 33 Comments

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The HootSuite dashboard’s search streams are great for real-time tracking of keywords, #hashtags and @mentions – whether you’re on the go or at your computer. But what do you use when you want to share those Tweets with an audience?

*Drum roll please* Introducing HootFeed – HootSuite’s customizable full-screen Twitter feed built for live events and digital displays. Whether you want to showcase Tweets on the mainstage or have them on LCD screens scattered throughout your event, this easy-to-customize Tweet wall animates Twitter activity onto your screens in real-time.

HootFeed is free for anyone to use and is a great way to engage audiences at events or busy public locations. Attendees Tweet the keywords and they auto-magically appear on the big screen. Instantly interactive!

A Multi-Purpose Tool

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Easy to set up and easy to use, HootFeed is a handy tool for events. Display a real-time Tweet board wherever you can set up a screen:

  • Conferences and exhibitions
  • Lectures, presentations and tradeshow booths
  • Concerts and night clubs
  • Lobbys, boardrooms and hallways

Not restricted to sharing Tweets at events – HootFeed also serves as a handy tool for monitoring in scenarios like:

  • Group Chats – See how groups like #usguys are constantly conversing
  • Media Coverage – Track reaction and media amplification for company announcements
  • Special Events – Quickly view the Twittersphere’s reaction to political speeches, elections, sporting events and award shows

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Setting up HootFeed

HootFeed is browser based with no installation required and only takes a few minutes to set up. You’ll need access to an internet connection, an email address and whatever video set-up suits your fancy.

Here’s How:

  • Access hootsuite.com/hootfeed.
  • Enter your email address.
  • Input your keyword, mention or hashtag. For power users: HootFeed works with Advanced Twitter Search Operators.
  • Toggle to add the Profanity Filter.
  • Keep it simple or customize HootFeed with your organization or event’s name, logo and colors.
  • Authorize HootFeed to use your Twitter account by entering your username or email and password.
  • Preview your Layout Options.
  • Press Launch and watch the Tweets roll out.

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HootFeed Tips:

  • Adjust the size of the Tweets by zooming in or out of your web browser. Do this by holding down “ctrl” and pressing “+” or “-” for PCs. Mac users hold down “command” and press “+” or “-”.
  • Maximize your display by adjusting your web browser to full screen.
  • Share your customized HootFeed with a colleague by sending the ow.ly link located on the top-right of the screen.

HootFeed Debut

HootFeed made its debut on May 14th at the Conversational Marketing Summit in NYC where it displayed Tweets that included the #cmsummit or #fmsignal hashtag.

CM Summit organizer, Emma Tzeng of Federated Publishing Media remarked, “it was a fun addition to the event” and “only took a few minutes to set up with the right equipment on hand (monitor, PC, VGA cable). Also, people who Tweet enjoy seeing their Tweets ReTweeted/blasted to the public, so I think overall it was a crowd pleaser.”

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HootFeed customized for the Conversational Marketing Summit

Your Turn

Whether you’re an Event Organizer, Office Manager, DJ or Community Manager, HootFeed provides a simple visual solution for streaming Tweets.

HootSuite created HootFeed in response to user feedback and requests. Share your thoughts and suggestions for feature requests on our Feedback Channel.

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Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hi @Marta !


Thanks for your question! At this time, the Hootfeed only is able to offer one customized logo, but if you'd like to see a change to this in future, please feel welcome to share your feedback here: http://feedback.hootsuite.com


Our team visits the forum regularly and considers suggestions for future releases. If your suggestion is implemented, you will receive notification automatically.


Thanks again!


Best,

Megan | Senior Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help 

Marta
Marta

Would it be possible to customise it with two logos? Thanks.

DieterEckhart
DieterEckhart

i'd like to use a world map and show where the twitterers are coming from, so not the tweets but the location of the twitter profile...anyone an idea?


DennyMcCorkle
DennyMcCorkle

Now that I have made a hootfeed, can I edit it?  I would like to add more explanation to the header.


Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@DennyMcCorkle Hi there! Thank you for reaching out to us with your question.  Regrettably, there is not currently an ability to edit a Hootfeed after it has been created.  As a result, it would require creating a new Hootfeed with the new header.

I hope that this information is of help.

Kind Regards,

Daniel @Hootsuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help


sophiefshepherd
sophiefshepherd

Hi, I would like to use hootfeed to display tweets at en event and i was wondering if no new tweets come in, will hootfeed cycle through old tweets or continue to display the last tweet received? thanks!

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@sophiefshepherd Hey there!


The Hootfeed will continue to display the latest tweet received. It will not cycle through the old tweets. 


I hope this helps clarify! 


Kind regards, 


Gary | Customer Advocate | @Hootsuite_Help

figonyc
figonyc

is there a way to delete a tweet from the wall so the crowd does not see it?


Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hi @figonyc - thanks for your question!


When setting up your Hootfeed you can turn the Profanity Filter on to prevent profane language from appearing in your feed. At this time, it is not possible to delete individual Tweets from the Hootfeed.


I encourage you to post your idea in our Feedback Forum for our Developers to review for future updates - feedback.hootsuite.com


Best,

Kathleen | @Hootsuite_Help | Hootsuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz

rtowner
rtowner

I would love to see it pull hashtag feed from Facebook too! Love your products! 

Chris_Ly
Chris_Ly

I'd like to run a hootfeed next to a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation on the same screen. Possible?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk
Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Chris_Ly  Hello Chris,

Thanks for reaching out to us here! My name is Paige and for us to help you further, we may need more details about what you're trying to do.

Please reach out to us over Twitter at @HootSuite_Help and we'll be able to get back to you quicker! We look forward to hearing from you there.

Kind regards,

Paige @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

Copyrite
Copyrite

Is it possible to just show the tweets from your timeline, or from a list?


smilelounge
smilelounge

Can this aggregate hashtags from instagram and facebook, too?  can it be moderated aside from language?

awoods
awoods

Is it possible to have HootFeed and a live video feed running on the same screen?

ex. Live MMA action taking up a majority of the screen while the hoot feed scrolls on the bottom?

Clair
Clair

Hi Neina,

I was looking for something with a moderator function as well and just stumble across http://twubs.com/ . It looks pretty good. I am excited to try Hootfeed as well.

Darryl
Darryl

I would like to use this for an upcomming charity gala. Is it possible to have the twitter stream run across the bottom of the screen and still allow us to run for example powerpoint slides of our sponsors ? Thank you.

Alexis
Alexis

Could I restrict the feed to only photos that people tweet?

Jordan Behan
Jordan Behan

Hi Eric,

Our product documents say that the HootFeed "fetches" every seven seconds. For a popular search term though, I have seen it change the display as fast as every four seconds.

Hope this helps!

Eric
Eric

Looks great and like all Hoot products, easy to use. Wondering what's the refresh rate for HootFeed?

Sarah
Sarah

hi Andy,

We're interested in using this for an event at the end of the month. Ideally we'd like to show the same wall/feed in two different locations in the venue, powered by two different lap tops (for networking reasons).

Is this possible? Apologies if the answer is somewhere obvious and I've missed it.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Sarah

Viktor
Viktor

Excellent!

This needs to be added under Tools in Hootsuite, a simple link to that page where we set it up.

Nikki
Nikki

Is there a way that the host can edit or view the tweets before they are sent to a screen? I want to use this for a college event but students can sometimes tweet rude things, I know there is profanity filter, but unfortunately there isn't a 'rudeness' filter.

Justin
Justin

My company has used a twitter feed application at several conferences and has loved the experience, but the app we used was very glitchy. I'm looking for a better one. However, one feature I don't see on yours that the other app had is the ability to moderate what goes up (other than the profanity filter). I'd like to be able to delete offensive or irrelevant posts. Is that something you might consider offering in the future?

GReg
GReg

Just tried it out in advance of a conference I'm planning in a few weeks. What's the refresh rate? I used the hashtag for the conference it seemed to take a long time for the tweet to appear...so long in fact that I refreshed my browser and it appeared. I really hope I don't have to hit refresh!

Shane Gibson
Shane Gibson

Great work guys... one thought... many Twitter fall software apps will actually expand tweets with images so the image shows in the feed. Any chance you're working on this?

Non
Non

Hi,

We have an upcoming event, and I'd like to take advantage of this. How does the keyword function work precisely? Is it the same as adding a hashtag to your hootfeed?

Thanks,

Non

Tony Lael
Tony Lael

This is great! We're taking it on the road with us at The Small Business Tour www.thesmallbusinesstour.com

Pablo
Pablo

Great feature!!! Congratulations. I'm going to use in presentations and teaching. Thanks a lot.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Very cool! any chance you'll be making enhancements for us to be able to add our own filters or save searches?

Francisco
Francisco

Great!

It arrived just in time to use it today in my SEO webinar!

http://ow.ly/bwHYr

Thank you Hootsuite team! ;-)

Francisco

Neina
Neina

Looks great! I've used Tweetwallpro at events before; does Hootfeed have the same functionality to moderate which Tweets appear on your wall at the event?