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Check in, Rock out ~ Foursquare and MySpace on HootSuite

By Dave Olson | 5 years ago | 27 Comments

Foursquare for Socialites + MySpace for Bands

Just in time for SXSW, social butterflies can share favorite hot-spots with friends on Foursquare, plus bands and filmmakers can quickly connect with fans on MySpace – all from HootSuite’s Social Media Dashboard.

HootSuite Check-in Feature

Mayor of the Nest

Don’t know about Foursquare? This web juggernaut combines way-finding, social marketing and gaming in an addictive mobile app which encourages everyday socialites to “check in” at cafes, pubs, and conferences. They can alert friends, share tips, and even become “mayor” of a location. Note: CEO Ryan loves it.

HootSuite with Foursquare

Bands, Meet Fans

Of course, you know MySpace. The venerable web giant is the place where creative types hang out and share their work and is the first stop for discovering emerging and established bands and filmmakers. With HootSuite, artists can easily outreach to fans about shows, releases and screenings. P.S. Let’s be MySpace friends.

HootSuite with MySpace

Tools for Marketers

Today’s release includes a powerful addition of default settings to custom URL parameters which were added in HootSuite’s “Barn Owl” release (Feb. 15, 2010). This feature helps marketing and customer service teams track campaign results by adding unique referral identifiers. The release also includes a variety of bug fixes and performance enhancements.

URL Parameters

Bar-B-Q and Apps in Austin

Are you headed to Austin for the massive interactive media, film, and music conference? The HootSuite team will be on-the-ground keeping an eye out for users updating Foursquare and MySpace with HootSuite and sharing swag specifically designed for the culture of the conference.

Track us down on the road by following @HootUp and/or the #hootsxsw hashtag, plus this handy SXSW Twitter list, for meet-ups, demos, prizes and photo ops with the Owl mascot.

You don’t have to be on the ground in Texas to enjoy the fun – just add Foursquare and MySpace to your HootSuite social networks and learn locals-only tips and/or find where your favorite band is playing next – right from your beloved dashboard.

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Shah @ PNR Status Check
Shah @ PNR Status Check

Now it is on Android phone as well so I can share and save my experiences wherever I go on one touch of button.

Paul Web
Paul Web

Yeah it seems like a lot of people have moved from MySpace to other social networking websites like FaceBook. You can’t really compare FaceBook to Myspace, though. MySpace is unique. The website features hundreds of thousands artists and bands from around the world. And for what I know, no other “big” site has succeeded with that. Anyways, there are some great applications in this article. Thanks for letting us know.

Julie
Julie

I'm actually traveling to SXSW this year (my first time!). I picked up on Twitter in the fall of last year and my account has only recently grown to an unmanageable size that's required me to start using HootSuite. I've been studying and learning how to get the most out of my account and, I must say, it's a little overwhelming. Anyways, I stumbled across this post today and got excited since I'm going to Austin in March. Are there new updates or features since this was released last year?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Hi Julie,

We're released about a dozen new updates since last March. Be sure to keep digging through the blog to learn about all the new tools. Also see the help desk (http://help.hootsuite.com) for all sorts of helpful articles about working with HootSuite.

Maybe we'll see ya in Austin.

Julie
Julie

I do agree that MySpace still does music better than anyone. Facebook has the functionality, but it's buggy at best and not nearly as easy to use for investigating bands as MySpace's music player. However, with the recently released new interface on MySpace, a lot of things have changed. My biggest gripe right now is the inability to search for bands by location. I wondered if maybe I just wasn't looking in the right spot, so I emailed MySpace. They said that function simply does not exist anymore. Tell me this is not RIDICULOUS! I've been using Reverb Nation instead, who DOES allow me to search by city for bands.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Interesting, what other social channels do you find useful for promoting bands and finding new music?

Dave McKinney
Dave McKinney

Hi Dave,

I am a big fan of your site. You've always got great info. Anyway, I know that you are interested in Foursquare, so I thought you might like to check out the Foursquare app I've just built for Facebook and Wordpress.

"My Foursquare makes it easy to show off your badges, mayorships and checkins on Facebook, your blog or your website".

http://www.myfoursquare.net/

If you want more info I can send you a detailed blurb and screenshots etc. Thanks, and keep the good info coming!

Dave McKinney

My Foursquare

Green screen backgrounds
Green screen backgrounds

I’m using hootsuite desktop (and iphone, too) since several month will leverage the new analytics addition. once more,

Stephen Tong
Stephen Tong

Is myspace even relevant anymore. I like foursquare though. I think it has alot of future potential.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

While Myspace isn't very hip to the early adopters -- there are still hundreds of thousands of bands and artists that use it as primary web tool and promotion point. It's interesting to see how company life-cycles ebb and flow.

Tea
Tea

Hootsuite, slick app with lots under the hood. Need Facebook integration though on iPhone/touch platforms. Also would like to see Gowalla integration ... 4SQ has the buzz but Gowalla has more appeal.

Mo
Mo

Also have no idea on how to check in. Seems like you can send a message but to whom? Good to be able to follow friends' check-ins though @Matt Doscher

alamperti
alamperti

many thanks for this feature upgrade, i'm using hootsuite desktop (and iphone, too) since several month will leverage the new analytics addition. once more, hootsuite is the best twitter client to date! cheers

Robert Merrill
Robert Merrill

Yes, nice work on the custom url param-builder. That will make it even easier to track back activities and promotions. Nice work.

Graham Lubie
Graham Lubie

Great call on adding Custom URL Parameters to link shortening. This will provide great detail when tracking social media in Google Analytics. Effectively it allows users to tie a segment of their social media activities directly back to their business objectives (e.g. Generate Site Visitors or Drive Revenue from social media).

Matt Doscher
Matt Doscher

How do you check in right from hootsuite? I can't see how you can check in like you would on a phone, etc...

Just seeing how you can send messages... Can someone help?

tony
tony

Will the Foursquare and MySpace updates be added to the iPhone app?