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HootSuite5 Arrives with HTML5 Including Geo-search, Themes, Google Analytics and Native Re-Tweets

By Dave Olson | 4 years ago | 217 Comments

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HootSuite users will see significant changes to the social media dashboard today beginning with a completely refreshed HTML5 user interface, plus geo-located search, native Twitter ReTweets, and integrated Google Analytics.

HTML5

With the recent announcement of Google’s HTML5 site and many other brands like Apple on-board, HootSuite has made a substantial investment in this new technology standard. HTML5 allows us to release unique features like geo-search and drag & drop, plus improve performance with quicker tabs and streams.

Geo-Searchable

HootSuite and Geo-SearchNow, search for tweets by proximity based on geo-location information sent by some (not all) users. Using this HTML 5 powered feature, you can narrow down results to messages sent from your area, wherever you are. This feature will help you learn about local resources, get tips while traveling, and find new customers or followers.

Choose your Theme

HootSuite DesignsMost noticeable is a fully re-imagined dashboard, with more space for updates and an intuitive arrangement for HootSuite’s many features. Additionally, you can now choose a design theme which suits your tastes.

Options include the familiar green & blue “Classic,” the sleek & stunning “Blue Steel,” or the darkly cool “Magnum.” Which one will you choose? Switch at your leisure to find your favorite.

Faces in your Book

Include a photo when you upload a link to Facebook, and then add titles and descriptions to make your update more meaningful and inviting. BTW, this media preview functionality was one of the most requested features on the Feedback Channel.

Another popular request? More keyboard shortcuts. We delivered: SHIFT+ENTER now sends your message to save you another mouse click. Stay tuned for more keyboard shortcuts to come.

New or Ol’school RTs

Native and automatical retweets on HootSuiteWhen Twitter launched, early users created shorthand to define actions and attributes, including @replies for addressing, #hashtags for context, and RT for Re-Tweeting or quoting a message. RT-ing became a powerful way to spread messages beyond users’ local networks.

To standardize the process, Twitter.com added an auto-Re-Tweet functionality, which HootSuite has now integrated. HootSuite users can choose whether to Re-Tweet with initials “RT” or to use the Twitter native auto-Re-Tweet tool.

We can now check this one off the feature request list too.

Google Analytics in Dashboard

Google Analytics users no longer need to switch screens to analyze site traffic and performance because all the data is now available in HootSuite’s dashboard. Using OAuth secure login functionality, you can track conversion to sales, lead generation, or other metrics from your Google Analytics, using advanced URL functions.

HootSuite with Google Analytics

Drag it, Drop it, Send it

Quickly attach an image or other file to your social update by dragging directly from the desktop and dropping into the message box — this simple act will auto-upload the file to Ow.ly file sharing and add a pre-shortened link to your message. Then you are ready to send your enhanced note to any of your social networks.

Konnichiwa!

Geolocalization at HootSuiteThis release also features interface localization in Japanese, allowing more users to enjoy HootSuite in their native language. More linguistic choices are coming soon, to spread the international enjoyment.

Even Faster

The social conversation happens in real-time, so you don’t want to wait for pages and messages to load. Using HTML5 technology, HootSuite engineers tuned performance to make the web application more responsive — including caching to eliminate reloading when a user switches tabs.

This performance upgrade is especially useful for companies managing dozens of social network profiles with large teams of users.

Handier Help

Listening and learning from HootSuite’s userbase is an important part of making decisions which meet the needs of social media marketers and enthusiasts. HootSuite offers assistance via a Help Desk and and gathers opinions via a Feedback Channel. With the new release, these channels are easier to access directly right from the HootSuite dashboard. We invite you to share your ideas, and to enjoy a sense of pride when your requested feature is added to a future release.

Twitter Status

The World Cup football/soccer tournament in South Africa has shown the worldwide popularity of Twitter as fans everywhere document their opinions and the nuances of each match. This popularity is also evidenced in the massive demand on Twitter’s systems especially at gametime. Keep tabs on uptime and performance via Twitter’s status blog and API Status on dev.twitter.com.

Media

Press release with more info about the release and related features and benefits
Media Kit with company descriptions, logos, executive bios and media contact info
News articles social bookmarks of media and blog articles referencing HootSuite

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170 comments
yumiiwah
yumiiwah

hi ! where can I download hootsuite 5 ? thank you !

Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath

Hi there!

If you are using HootSuite on the web, you are automatically using the most recent version. If you are using a mobile app, go to the App Store, or Google Play store to download the current app. Hope this helps!

Wesley Tingey
Wesley Tingey

My favorite part of this is definitely the Konnichiwa! section. On a slightly more serious note, I see there are a few themes listed in the article. How many themes total are available?

Sourav Pal
Sourav Pal

Does HS5 has app for Symbian platform, I like HS5, anyone please let me know about the symbian version app

Herberts
Herberts

Excellent stuff. We love the current version, let's hope that it adds to the experience rather than removing good features. It certainly sounds good!

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi Herberts,

Glad you like it! My how far we've come in the past couple years. Check out some the newer developments on our Features page.

Nexus DMS
Nexus DMS

Woohoo! Goot love a shiny new version of Hooty!

shoaib
shoaib

As hootsuite is a Social media Management. I have been using Social Networking site like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and Google + would be closely watich if we an get an API.

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Sagar
Sagar

Great! Hootsuite is my favorite Facebook app.

Abhi
Abhi

HootSuite has great features. No doubt. Can it be used for Klout analysis?

I want to use HootSuite to improve my site tweetdynamics(http://www.tweetdynamics.com) Can Hootsuite help me with getting the klout score of a twitter user?

Abhi

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi Abhi,

Thanks for stopping by. HootSuite does have Klout integration - You can learn how to filter by Klout in this HootTip.

Designbysoap
Designbysoap

Nice! This is a quality little feature, love the stuff that HTML5 does! Good job Hoot-ers!

skinny fiber
skinny fiber

Hoot really is superior as a social dashboard and (as above) is upgrading and evolving all the time. Being cloubased is also hugely important, allowing you to have multiple, collaborating users across your organization.

cuddle comfort
cuddle comfort

I love that HTML is upgraded. Now HTML5 is having lots of new features which can be implemented. The best example is the SIMILAR IMAGES feature of google search.

Sean Ragsdale
Sean Ragsdale

Will Google+ be on your radars as a profile for us. I speak for the masses when I say that Hootsuite for Social Media is like the Kayak of destination travel. "_____ one and done!" I will be throwing every penny I have at you guys should you go public. Much love for the owls.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Yes we are watching Google+ carefully and once Google offer an API, we'll look towards integration.

Tracy
Tracy

Just wondering if there's any update on the horizon that will include this feature. I see this first post / request was over 6 months ago. Thx!

reco engineer
reco engineer

Is there a way to make a re-tweet be "pending" or "in the queue"? I want to be able to save up a re-tweet just like a normal message.

Carol
Carol

i'm the admin for a business acct on hootsuite and can't quite believe that this app does not let me (as the admin) see who sent what tweet in my sent items (there are 3+ people tweeting from the one acct). is there something i'm missing? surely for business accts this feature is a 'must'?

Rajesh
Rajesh

Any way to not have hootsuite lose my place in the time line when it refreshes? This is the one biggest irritant in using it till now - other features are great but everytime I am reviewing the time line and am a hundred tweets in the past, the refresh causes the entire timeline to scroll up to the first tweet. Thanks!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

You can change the column to manually refresh rather than auto-refresh -- just change the preferences in the column.

Ben Miller
Ben Miller

I'm having a problem since the upgrade: I can no longer post photos. The icon for this function is now missing (or hidden) from my hootsuite dashboard and there's a empty box between the calendar and floppy disc icons.

Could this be Flash related?

Thank you

brad
brad

still very slow to type in the client, I googled and saw someone else complained about it on facebook.

thanks for submitting the help ticket for me.

4 days later and still awaiting assignment

http://help.hootsuite.com/requests/4382

brad
brad

issue solved on my own. firefox had to be updated to latest version.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Great to hear. Thanks for troubleshooting.

Hector Lee
Hector Lee

Its really great that you're supporting HTML5 but what's with the occasional Flash around the app like analytics? Couldn't javascript be used and making it faster? Campaign Monitor recently used HighCharts to update their charts. http://www.highcharts.com/

Olivir
Olivir

When i try to use analytics it says Spinner Loading ...

Robert Klein
Robert Klein

I scheduled a tweet and received confirmation that it was scheduled, however, it didn't appear under my "Pending Tweets" column. Why not?

John
John

I like the new Hootsuite. But... there are a couple problems. Like I said before, scheduled tweets are not going out.

Why can't you make a button for native RTs and old style RTs?? That only makes sense. I don't want just one kind. Sometimes I want to do a native and sometimes I don't. By the time I switch between them in the settings I could just go to Twitter.com and do it.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Please submit a trouble ticket to help troubleshoot the scheduling problem.

As for RT options, we are pleased that users now have a choice of how to re-broadcast messages but will consider additional ways to select which method to use.

John
John

I submitted a ticket last night for the scheduling problem and never heard anything.

John
John

Another thing that seems pretty basic is that Hootsuite lets you send out a tweet that's over 140 characters. Why would it let you send out something that's too long when it is just going cut it off? Why not stop you while you are typing it? I think that's what the old version did.

Craig Vitello
Craig Vitello

Overall, GREAT UPDATE! Google analytics isn't working, when I grant access in the browser it says "spinner loading" and the page data says "done". I'd love to get this feature working, known issue?

Dan
Dan

Love the upgrades but now when I hit the up or down arrow button at the top or bottom of the scroll bar of a given feed, it scrolls VERY slowly where it used to scroll pretty quickly. Is this a bug?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

If this persists, please create a ticket at the Help Desk http://help.hootsuite.com and be sure to include browser type and any other troubleshooting you've tried.

Effects Bay
Effects Bay

Is there a way to reply to multiple people? I use to just copy/paste multiple user names in my streams into my status window for #FF mentions for example. Now, when highlighting names, I also get their tweet times included... so now it's a super pain. I'm hoping I'm missing something super obvious to do this.

Thanks!

hank

Ileane @ Ms. Ileane Speaks
Ileane @ Ms. Ileane Speaks

Oh darn - now I have to do another screencast! HA! I'm loving every minute of this. Thanks!!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Yup, we hear ya. We're busy creating new screenshots for the Help Desk too ;-)

George
George

Hi, I love the new HootSuite redesign, that's my favorite part. And I would take advantage of Google Analytics but for some reason it's not working for me. Every time I try to access it it says "Unable to fetch data from Google Analytics" and please try again.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We'll look into the Google Analytics issue.

Kate Clemmer
Kate Clemmer

Our hootsuite account is no longer working since the upgrade!! When I log in, all I see are a few hootsuite items at the top of the page and nothing is functioning. The rest is just a big white blank screen below. Help please!

Ehren Seim
Ehren Seim

Any luck with the fix to this? I'm using IE8 and have a blank white screen. Firefox works though. Unfortunately I have a few apps that only run on IE, so I'm stuck with it.

Su Butcher
Su Butcher

Hi, I had a similar problem with hootsuite on one of a number of PC's I use. Our IT guys found it was a conflict with a plugin in Windows IE8.

I suggest to review your plugins to see what is causing it. Was a relief to get it back!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

I've submitted your note as a support ticket so we can investigate further.

Carissa
Carissa

I have the same issue - completely blank white screen. Any resolution yet?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

I've filed a Help Desk ticket but we'll need to know your browser version and OS for troubleshooting.