#HootTip: Anatomy of the Social Network Selector

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The HootSuite dashboard is designed to help you sift through the plethora of online content and find exactly what you’re looking for. To help get you acquainted with the dashboard’s functionality, we have a new #HootTip all about this handy HootSuite feature.

If you’re a social media manager, small business owner or even social media power user, you understand that juggling several personal and business social profiles can get messy.

The Social Network Selector is a great way to quickly select, pin and favorite multiple social profiles to help streamline sharing social messages. The social profiles selected, or pinned, will be those that your social message is automatically posted to.

In this #HootTip, you’ll learn all the moving parts that make up your Social Network Selector.

Anatomy of the Social Network Selector

The HootSuite Profile Picker
The HootSuite Social Network Selector.

Show all List

When Show all is selected from the drop-down menu in the Social Network Selector, your list includes all of your available social profiles to view or select. Access the drop-down menu by clicking the downward facing arrow.

For example, HootSuite with the Twitter logo on the far right indicates that the profile is a Twitter HootSuite profile (not to be confused with a HootSuite LinkedIn or Google+ profile).

Favorites List

When Favorites is selected from the drop-down menu, you can only view those social profiles that you have previously favorited.


To Favorite (or star) a social profile, hover over the profile and select the star icon. This social network will automatically be added to your list of Favorites. To un-favorite a profile, click the star icon again.


To Pin a social profile, hover over the profile and select the pin icon. Pinning profiles allows you to send multiple messages through that profile without ever having to re-select it. To un-pin a profile, click the pin icon again.


Select the All from the drop-down menu to automatically add all of your social profiles for an update.


Select the × sign to clear all of the selected social profiles from an update.


Select the + sign to add new social networks to your Social Network Selector. Once added, you can start sending updates to that profile, right from your dashboard.

Like many updates, we’ve added these handy features based on your helpful feedback. What’s your next idea?

Also, keep an eye out for a new #HootTip each week – they’re short, sweet and re-tweetable so you can share your HootSuite expertise with your friends and followers.