Twitter Tool Comparison Fest ~ News Round-up

By Jessica Wakeman | 5 years ago | 43 Comments

Indeed, there are a several other companies building tools for publishing to Twitter and other social media publishing platforms. And of course, each has a distinct focus, feature-set, and an audience of enthusiasts.

While we concentrate on building tools to help spread messages, monitor conversations and track results, several sites have put HootSuite head-to-head with other social tools to give the tale of the tape.

We’ve dug up a few recent (and one older) comparisons to share… kicking it off with a fun one which is a few months old, but worth the wait:

FlowTown: If Twitter Clients Were Action Stars

What would Chuck Norris do if he had to take down some chumps in a new and unfamiliar landscape? He would march in like he’s been there a million times and take care of the job. And then he’d tweet about it…undoubtedly via HootSuite. Similarly, HootSuite runs entirely online, allowing you to manage your networks with ease and style no matter where you happen to be and whatever Internet-connected operating system you are using.

ZDNet: CoTweet vs. HootSuite: Battle of the business Twitter apps

Who wins this battle? It’s really a tough call, as neither is a silver bullet in its current form. In the end, however, I need to recommend HootSuite as the free Twitter business application of choice. Its intuitive analytics, customizable dashboard, ability to integrate other social networks, and tweet management are overall superior to that of CoTweet.

Nate Bal: The Difference Between TweetDeck, HootSuite And Seesmic

Different programs = different features. Though all of these programs are real-time browsers that connect you with your contacts across multiple social networks they don’t necessarily have all the same features. See the graph below.

Nate Bal: The Difference Between TweetDeck, HootSuite And Seesmic

Articles Base: Social Oomph Or Hootsuite Is The Question!

After some in depth comparisons of Social Oomph and Hootsuite I decided that the following features were the best to bring  up on both programs: Social Oomph or Hootsuite will both do what you want them to manage your Twitter account and automate it for you.

Dragon Blogger: Comparing HootSuite to TweetDeck

Keep in mind that Tweetdeck is an Adobe Air application that installs on your desktop while Hootsuite is a completely web based application that doesn’t need to install so this leads to some difference from how the applications work. So without further chatter, I present to you the pros and cons of both Hootsuite and Tweetdeck and you can decide which works best for your needs.

Stephanie Burt: Product Review: Tweetdeck vs. Hootsuite

For me, the clear winner is Hootsuite. My multiple account management started in Tweetdeck, but I feel its more for users that have one or two account to manage. In Hootsuite, the ability to preschedule tweets/status updates alone is a lifesaver. Its an everything, but the kitchen sink type of product, which gets my 100% support. Now only if it really did the dishes.

Baby Boomer Entreprenuer: A Review of Hootsuite as compared with TweetDeck

I mostly like Hootsuite and will probably keep using it, but I don’t think I’ll give up Tweetdeck entirely, if for no other reason than to keep up with new followers. I think it’s easier to update my Facebook profile and page from Hootsuite and I really like the schedule later feature.

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42 comments
Daniel Blumen
Daniel Blumen

Nice comparison. Since I just started my social media internship I tested several Twitter tools in order to find out which one is the best for me and the company. I like the Hootsuite tool and wanted to leave some positive feedback here.

v7web
v7web

I have only just come across HootSuite and what a great blog. I just love your logo and the different expressions the owl has on each page.

Paul Profitt
Paul Profitt

I'm still trying to make up my mind whether or not to use these Twitter apps. I do most of my tweets direct from my blog. Or I tweet directly from the site that I've just visited.

Susan Byorick aka LILDAISY44
Susan Byorick aka LILDAISY44

will HootSuite ever make it so you can have more than 140 characters? It's kinda hard 2 get ur point across with so few. I do love this better than regular twitter though. I just started using HootSuite & LOVE the fact that you can have the different rows, that way ur able to keep each row designated 2 ur lists.

wish the pre had a set up like blackberry.

Thanks

Julie D'Aloiso
Julie D'Aloiso

Sorry to correct you, but Tweetdeck can now schedule tweets.

It is hard to keep up. They just did an upgrade last week.

Nate Balcom
Nate Balcom

You guys keep changing things up so often it's hard to keep track. It's what prompted my initial post. Well that's progress for you. Thanks for the link love. Keep up the good work and happy blogging.

Francisco George
Francisco George

Since the new version 0.34.2 Tweetdeck does now support "scheduled tweets" plus it integrates FourSquare and you can even now record video messages with your webcam directly from within the app.

Olivier Coudert
Olivier Coudert

Wait a minute, TweetDeck *does* have tweet schedule.

Kees Romkes
Kees Romkes

Im to picky to actually pick one of those as perfect, but hootsuite comes pretty damn close (all I need now is a cheesy theme to convince my business clients to use it, they like CoTweet for that...)

Jason
Jason

Shouldn't CoTweet be shown on the chart as well, since they're the most direct competitor to HootSuite?

Web Axe
Web Axe

No matter how good these apps seem to be, none are web accessible, and thus exclude many people. If you have any type of special need, try Accessible Twitter at http://www.AccessibleTwitter.com.

Joe Brand
Joe Brand

Nice. But where is the Blackberry app?

Dennis
Dennis

I use HootSuite occasionally and I like it. But the infographic above is wrong to me; I use Seesmic on the Blackberry and it supports multiple accounts. Also, Seesmic and Tweetdeck support many more URL shortening services than HootSuite (as the originating article mentions).

Francisco Reyes
Francisco Reyes

Is there a TweetDeck version for Android?, TweetDeck supports scheduling tweets and Google Buzz.

A web version is comming. I use both TweetDeck and Hootsuite.

Justin
Justin

Actually, the newest TweetDeck DOES support scheduling tweets. Look it up.

Michael Jones
Michael Jones

TweetDeck recently added scheduling tweets to their featureset, and they are planning a Web version that will work across multiple devices. HootSuite won't work on my wife's underpowered cell phone. That said, "Show conversation" and sharing social network accounts over multiple HootSuite accounts are pretty snazzy features!

Thelemic Waves
Thelemic Waves

TweetDeck is working on scheduled tweets. They already have all the features of it inside their browser, but it isn't working just yet (as of yesterday anyway, but they are working on their server to fix that). So... that takes care of that comparison maybe.

signed,

A TweetDeck lover who enjoys Hooting web pages I discover.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks Daniel. We'd like to see your report if you posted anywhere.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Glad you enjoy - the 140 character limit is set by Twitter - other social networks connected via HootSuite allow more characters.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks Nate - i didn't mean to start so much commotion with the image ... the real winner are people who get to choose between so many great tools.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We agree, they are doing a great job.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Indeed they have added that features as noted by earlier commenters. Keep in mind, HootSuite did not make this chart, just sharing relevant articles we find on other sites.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Cheesey theme request duly noted ;-).

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks Web Axe - this is an important point.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Consider adding a comment to Nate Bal's post and he'll likely update for accuracy. Indeed with all three companies iterating rapidly, there are bound to be updates.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We can't answer for Tweetdeck, just pointing out what others have researched. Thanks for the note.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

With companies iterating rapidly, Nate's article likely became out of date quickly.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for the note Justin, we're just passing along news we've found on the topic.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for the update Michael. What sort of phone is your wife using? Glad you like the features.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for your note and update.

Reza Lotun
Reza Lotun

Scheduled updates are now completely operational and stable in TweetDeck after a period of instability due to overwhelming user response. Keep in mind with TweetDeck you can schedule updates across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Buzz, and Foursquare.

Thelemic Waves
Thelemic Waves

And oh, one more thing - TweetDeck does MySpace too! Do you?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for the update. Be sure to pass that along to the blogger who wrote the article referenced as well.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

HootSuite added MySpace and FourSquare in March of this year.