HootSuite iPhone Adds Foursquare, iOS4 and Custom Prefs

By Dave Olson | 5 years ago | 41 Comments

Great Day for Mobile!

Yesterday was a big Social CRM release for HootSuite web, but we didn’t stop there and today have a treat for the mobile users. To go along with Apple’s release of the iPhone 4, we’ve updated an iOS4-ready version of HootSuite for iPhone with a number of new features to help you keep on top of the social media game.

foursquare for iphone

This round of treats includes addition of location-based social game “foursquare,” customizable re-sizing of fonts for easy reading, and updates to iPhone’s iOS4 to allow app switching and performance tweaks. Plus a basket full of preference goodies from RT-style choice to custom avatar sizes.

Check It In

Foursquare is a social game which uses location-based services to keep tabs on your friends, discover your city, and earn points. iPhone with iOS4 Stream HystoryBy being the most frequent visitor to your local coffee shop, pizza joint, you might be anointed “mayor” which can include all sorts of perks.

Get social on the town with these tools:

Check-in and Shout out – Check-in then shout out your current location to your friends on Foursquare, Twitter, and Facebook.

Check-ins streams – Find out where all of your foursquare friends have recently checked in so you’re never left out on the fun-times.

Check-in history – Follow your own trail of check-ins and see where you’ve been — ideal for archiving activities for and memory recollections.

Sign-up for a foursquare account to compete for badges and accolades with your friends or share your location on Twitter and Facebook.

Locked and Loaded

HootSuite is ready to go for iPhone 4 and iOS4. This results in performance improvements for iPhone 3G or iPhone 4, including ability to switch apps quickly — if you leave the app, you’ll return right where you left off with no waiting.

Just for You

We listened to your feedback and added more choices in the preferences to allow a customized mobile experience, including:

Re-tweet choice – Choose from Twitter’s native RT style, classic RTs, or both
Font sizing – Change the font size for accessibility and/or convenience
Avatar sizing – Fill the stream with smiling profile pics or minimize for more text space
Username or real name – Select which moniker displays to identify your contacts
Timestamp styles – Display relative or absolute data on timestamps
Auto-enable geotag – Share your location automatically on every update
Photo upload options – Save snaps to the iPhone’s library, plus control the image quality

Wanna change? Adjust preferences as desired starting under the Settings tab.

Pro Tips

Push Notifications with Boxcar — This tool snuck in as part of the last release, but in case you missed it… Connect HootSuite with the Boxcar app (free) for instant push notifications whenever you receive a new @mention or DM.

Instant Ow.ly links in Safari — While you are browsing with Safari and see a tweet-able page, just prepend the url with “owly://” (no quotes) and voila! you’ll pre-populate a HootSuite message with a short link ready send to your network.

On Deck

Suggestions for additional preferences that you’d like to see in a future update? Great! Don’t hesitate to add it to feedback.hootsuite.com. We are constantly looking for ways that we can improve how you compose and converse on-the-go.

HootSuite for iPhone update is available at the iTunes App store in Lite (no-cost) and Full ($2.99 USD) versions. Follow @HootSuiteiPhone for updates. See hootsuite.com/iphone for more details.

Blackberry Notes

Finally, fans of RIM’s Blackberry phones can almost… finally begin Hoot-ing since HootBerry is just about ready for beta release. To get on-board for early access, simply sign up at: http://ow.ly/2aRUx and you’ll be among the first to try the new tool.


foursquare is ™ foursquare
Boxcar is ™ Boxcar

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Kay 5pts

How can I install Hootsuite on iOS 4? I do not wish to upgrade!!!!! Any suggestion for alternative?

sean bruce
sean bruce 5pts

I believe now you can get linkedIN in on hootsuite for mobile but im pretty sure you can use it as a company page.

when will this be available?

ahmed 5pts

how to get sign out from the app ?!

i can't sign my acc out !!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Thanks for the feedback Amanda. Seems there is a bit of confusion as there is no "logout" per se in the iPhone app. You can reset the app and re-import a different account and/or add additional accounts, but cannot "log out" - we'll try to make that more clear in the help desk articles.

In the meanwhile, can we send you some stickers to make up for the confusion?

Amanda 5pts

Mike: It is when you aren't looking to "reset your data" but are looking to "logout of iphone app". Might I suggest some keyword additions to help those that might stumble into the same verbiage issues?

Ann 5pts

Okay, spent the last 30 mins trying to figure out how to logout of hoosuite app on my iphone. can someone please help me. i'm not a dumb blonde, really ;-)

Rita 5pts

I know this must be soo easy that I keep missing it... How do you log out of the Hootsuite App on the iPhone?... I can't seems to find it.

Pepino 5pts

@Scott McLaughlin & others: Within Linkedin you can connect your Twitter account(s). In the Twitter setting you can either choose to have Linkedin get any tweet from all accounts or only tweets with #in in it. Therefore there is no urgent need for developers to add Linkedin as a network.

Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin 5pts

Any ideacwhen linkedin is coming to the iPhone app.... The inconsistency is ammoying, I had hoped the pro subs would have fixed this

martin 5pts

Same point as post #8 - I want to use Hootsuite to check in to my Foursquare account but want the option to choose if it shouts out to my social network rather than it doing it automatically.

Frankie 5pts

When can I add LinkedIn to the hootsuite iPhone I paid for? I added that to my free web hootsuite but my iPhone paid hootsite cannot add with same stream of LinkedIn. Strange enough. Please advise asap. Tks.

Laurie 5pts

I updated my iPhone and now can't get my fb page to load!

Linda innes
Linda innes 5pts

Hi- I can't use linked in through hootsuite on my iPhone- is there any way I can please?

James 5pts

In the new app is there a way to check-in on foursquare w/o posting to Facebook & twitter (no shout)? I'd like to be able to control this but whenever I check in on Hoot it pings all my social media accts

chip 5pts

Anyone else notice that the screenshots show "Verizon" as the service provider?

Louisa 5pts

I must be having a blonde day. I've loaded the boxcar app but try as I might I can see no obvious way of linking it with the Hootsuite app, and vice versa. How are you meant to do that?

Stephen Robinson
Stephen Robinson 5pts

Blackberry version - So its going to be called Hootberry and not hootsuite? I don't mind the name difference at all, but it seems a bit of a weird company direction in terms of brand consistency.

Justin Lancaster
Justin Lancaster 5pts

Just upgraded and the app won't open now on my iPhone 4. What's the deal?

Stephen Robinson
Stephen Robinson 5pts

Great job guys, liking it on my ipod, good news about blackberry, eta of when we will get to try it? Is everyone who have signed up going to access it or just a selected few? Cheers

Randall Martin
Randall Martin 5pts

Great application, but still is lacking several things: ability to remember recently used hashtags and usernames, choose the size of your twitter timeline, staying at the last read tweet when loading more and opening the application, should have the ability to tweet your playing music i.e. #nowplaying whatever via @hootsuite, needs ability for video uploads and audio uploads. There are other things, but that's all I can think of now

Dirk Strauss
Dirk Strauss 5pts

I updated to the latest version and it is just sad to see that none of the bugs I reported via email and via the App Store were fixed. I still can't schedule a Tweet for 12h15 because Hootsuite then schedules it for 00h15. Also, if you scroll down to the very bottom of your scheduled tweets, it refreshes the list, repeating the last one or two tweets at the bottom of the list. I love the other features of the app, but I really expected more from a paid application!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Hi Ahmed, Click the ".." in your toolbar bottom row, then choose Settings, then Preferences and you'll see a log out button.

Amanda 5pts

Dave: The correction are plenty stickers enough for me :)

I'm an avid hootsuite user for both myself personally and for our corporate accounts so it's good to see a little TLC from the company regarding these issues. Thank so much.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Please visit the Help Desk for all sorts of instructions and articles.

Jacopo 5pts

Ty, this is useful

Andrew 5pts

Some people will want separate their twitter brain dumps from their professional profiles. This is why it's definitely a nice-to-have.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

We've released a bevy of features on the iPhone based on tasks we find people use on a mobile tool. So far, Linkedin hasn't made it to the top of the list. Please consider sharing your thoughts at http://feedback.hootsuite.com which will allow others to express their support for Linkedin on iPhone.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Thanks for your note Frankie. At this time, Linkedin is not available for HootSuite iPhone, only via HootSuite web.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Thanks for the feedback. Please consider adding these to the Feature Request channel at http://feedback.hootsuite.com -- this way others can vote features up to garner more enthusiasm.

Jamie 5pts

Dave, thanks for the help you've provided here. Is there any reason why logging out is either difficult to find, or non existent? Seems like an oversight, but I suspect it isn't.

Amanda 5pts

Dave, instead of simply redirecting your users to another department (think phone tree, "sorry I don't handle that. Hold while I just transfer the responsibility to lordonlyknows"), couldn't you explain the solution or at the least, drop us a link.

BTW: I looked all over in your Help Desk and found nothing about logging out of the iphone app.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

I suspect the design is like this as people rarely signout of the app.