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social network appsNowadays, we’re spread pretty thin on all the social network accounts that we have: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc. so managing them can either take a considerable amount of time, or they just don’t get managed like some of them should. Instead, we resort to using one or two social networks that we like and abandon the rest. This might be due to the ease of use of one service over another, or it could simply be a lack of interest in the service.

However, many of these social networks are much more enjoyable to use with an all-in-one type interface. It’s not just about accessing all of your social networks in one place though. Features like scheduling, filtering and searching, just to name a few, make these excellent tools to integrate into your daily routine.

Seesmic/HootSuite

Seesmic, for a long time, has been one of the most popular all-in-one social media clients 5 Great Reasons To Use Seesmic Desktop 2 As Your Twitter Client 5 Great Reasons To Use Seesmic Desktop 2 As Your Twitter Client Read More . However, since September of 2012, it’s been owned by HootSuite.  Recently, it seems as though Seesmic has abandoned their Facebook page leaving their users confused and asking the repeated question as to why they can’t log in.

If you’ve been wondering the same thing, it’s because you can’t log in. Besides the mobile app, which Ryan covered Mobile Seesmic - The Best Way To Access Facebook & Twitter [Android] Mobile Seesmic - The Best Way To Access Facebook & Twitter [Android] The one thing that I've always struggled with is finding a really good mobile app that gives me the level of interaction with Facebook that I have when I'm sitting at home on the PC.... Read More , the desktop and web applications are no longer being supported. In addition, HootSuite also has their own mobile app Let Hootsuite Be Your Android Hub For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Accounts [Android] Let Hootsuite Be Your Android Hub For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Accounts [Android] If you're a fan of using Twitter or Facebook on your mobile, then you have every reason in the world to check out the Hootsuite Android application. And speaking as someone who has recently explored... Read More – so the choice is yours.
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An alternative to this problem is using HootSuite’s social network app. Currently there is no specific desktop application, but there is a workaround that we have mentioned here on MakeUseOf. Justin talked about it in his article 5 Ways To Blur The Line Between Web Apps & Desktop Apps:

Did you know, however, that you can add direct shortcuts to such applications on your computer? Simply open a new tab, then right-click the application’s icon. You’ll see an “add shortcut” option. Click that and you’ll be able to add an icon, either to your system’s menu or your desktop. This works on Windows, Mac and Linux, so try it out.

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Another option is once you’re signed into HootSuite, go to the Settings drop down menu (shown above), hover over “Tools” and then click “Create application shortcuts”. Then choose which places you’d like the shortcut to be placed (shown below). This isn’t installing anything, but simply placing a link onto your desktop.

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mobile social network apps

The HootSuite app is quite intuitive and easy to use. It’s no doubt a superior option for managing your social networks. There are lots of options available, a few of them being support for multiple Twitter accounts, Facebook (accounts and pages), LinkedIn, Google+ pages, Foursquare, Myspace, WordPress and Mixi.

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In addition, there are numerous social network apps that you can use to connect other external services like YouTube, Tumblr and more to HootSuite.

Note that HootSuite offers both pro and free versions and targets businesses, but its tools are definitely useful to the average user too. HootSuite is a web application, meaning it doesn’t matter which operating system you have, you can use it. The mobile app is supported by the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry

TweetDeck

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The famous TweetDeck is another long time veteran to the social networking client category and we have written a lot about it on MakeUseOf, from tips to help you use it more efficiently 10 Tips to Help You Use TweetDeck and Twitter More Efficiently 10 Tips to Help You Use TweetDeck and Twitter More Efficiently If we have to actively use social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, we have to be efficient at them. We have to streamline them so that we can mine a blink-and-you-miss source like... Read More to explaining how to revert back to the old version How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don't Like The New Version How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don't Like The New Version Capable of supporting multiple accounts, Tweetdeck was arguably the best Twitter app for Windows, but the new version has failed to live up to the legacy, largely due to problems signing in. As a result... Read More of TweetDeck before it was changed Why Twitter's TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look Why Twitter's TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look In the last few months, Twitter has become my favorite social networking hangout, mainly because I find it less time consuming than Facebook and Tumblr, and I can certainly update it quicker than I can... Read More by Twitter.

TweetDeck has a mobile app Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS] Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS] We are also out and about most of the time with our busy lives, using our mobile devices as our true personal assistants. But our mobile devices only work the way we want them to... Read More , as well as a standalone desktop app and a web app – it depends on your taste Twitter Clients - Web Apps or Desktops Apps? Which is Better? Twitter Clients - Web Apps or Desktops Apps? Which is Better? Read More which kind you prefer. Some argue that the web app is all you need Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client If you use Twitter in any capacity, there’s a 75% chance you’re using a client. After all, Twitter’s web interface is not the most convenient, and if you’re keeping track of more than one account,... Read More . Honestly, I feel it depends on your own personal system. Do you have the browser open more or do you typically use local apps for everything?

TweetDeck works with Twitter (obviously), Facebook and LinkedIn. The desktop version is compatible with Windows and Mac.

MultiMi

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MultiMi strives to be your one-stop-shop on the Internet. You can use it to access Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, even your email and chat.

So what’s the true benefit? That you can do all of these things with the extra protection of AVG. MultiMi is currently only available for Windows and the iPad. To learn more, the website provides information on how MultiMi specifically works.

Sobees

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Like MultiMi, Sobees is another Windows and iPad-only application (at least right now) that you might not have heard of. Although, we have covered it in an extensive review Sobees- The Best Windows Twitter Client You've Never Heard Of Sobees- The Best Windows Twitter Client You've Never Heard Of Read More . Sobees has extensive settings and customizations, including themes. It works with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Chat Clients: Digsby Or Trillian

Contrary to a previous article I wrote about why you don’t need desktop chat clients Why You Don't Need Desktop Chat Clients Anymore Why You Don't Need Desktop Chat Clients Anymore Remember the days of MSN Messenger and AIM? Those two were the first chat clients I ever used. Once I started using them more and more, it became cumbersome to switch between clients and contact... Read More , Digsby 5 Reasons Digsby's A Must-Have IM Client 5 Reasons Digsby's A Must-Have IM Client Read More and Trillian Easily Connect With Friends Using Trillian 5 [Windows & Mac] Easily Connect With Friends Using Trillian 5 [Windows & Mac] We often have some friends who use one service while others use another. The simple answer is to be present on all the services your friends are on so you don't leave anyone out, but... Read More do offer a unique feature that other competition really haven’t achieved. That is true social network integration. Skype does partner with Facebook, but it’s not the same. Digsby and Trillian allow you to check notifications and reply to them directly from the client.

Should you download these just for the social networking capability? Probably not (unless you want to), but if you are already going to be talking to contacts, these offer the ability to do so without the need for those additional programs and services to be open. Trillian is great as it also allows you to connect with your Skype contacts without Skype running, as well as being available on Android and iOS Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS] Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS] We have an unlimited amount of means to communicate with each other using common gadgets found in practically every household. We can call, text, email, post on walls, and instant message. No matter what you... Read More , both of which are superior to Digsby.

[Bonus] Posting Only: Buffer, Twitter Or Google+

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Should you only want to post to more than one of your social networks and not check them, there are some excellent tools for that as well.

Buffer is great for on-the-fly posting, scheduling tweets The Perfect Way To Schedule Your Tweets: Tweriod + Buffer + Pocket + IFTTT The Perfect Way To Schedule Your Tweets: Tweriod + Buffer + Pocket + IFTTT We've come up with the perfect way to figure out when to post your tweets, what services to use to automate the process, and also have a few tips and tricks for you on how... Read More and posts, and tracking statistics of clicked links. It currently works with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The Buffer extension, which I highly recommend using with the service, is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

If you’re an avid Twitter user already, perhaps using it as a hub wouldn’t be a bad idea. There are loads of Twitter desktop apps – Joel has covered some of the best here on MakeUseOf 6 Of The Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac] 6 Of The Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac] These 6 free desktop Twitter clients will allow you to interact with all of Twitter’s goodness without having to pop open a new browser tab. These programs run in the background and continually update with... Read More . These include DestroyTwitter DestroyTwitter - A Fantastic, Free, Lightweight & Powerful Twitter Client DestroyTwitter - A Fantastic, Free, Lightweight & Powerful Twitter Client If you thought I went a bit overboard with the adjectives in the title for this post, believe me that by the time you’re done reading about DestroyTwitter you’ll be adding a few of your... Read More , MetroTwit and Janetter, to name a few. Once you have decided on an app to use, you then can post to Facebook and LinkedIn directly from Twitter with hashtags #in (LinkedIn) and #fb (Facebook using Selective Tweets 3 Ways To Schedule Updates To Your Facebook Page Wall 3 Ways To Schedule Updates To Your Facebook Page Wall There may be various reasons why you would find scheduling social media updates a good idea: for example, you may want to avoid clogging your timeline with multiple updates or you may want to send... Read More ) Although, Dave Parrack argues against doing this in his article Why You Shouldn’t Integrate Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn.

Lastly, you can use Google+ to cross post to other social networks too.

Conclusion

So you have quite a few options as to what you can use. Unfortunately, Google+ still currently hasn’t released its API for these services to allow you to post to it and view the posts in third-party applications.

Have you tried all of these? If not, which ones are you most excited about trying? Be sure to let us know what you think after you try it. Or are you not an advocate of social networking clients?

  1. Issam Se
    March 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Good article thank you.

  2. Blog Creator
    February 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I'm another long-time Hootsuite fan.

  3. Amy Sey Brown
    February 22, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I've recently started using Hojoki which is not just for posting but following too. no scheduling though as far as I can see but it's more than social networks. I use it to track changes on Trello, Highrise, share workspaces with clients and I don't have to keep 27839 tabs open with various networks.

  4. Xavier Sánchez
    February 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Tweet deck has all I need, and is easy to use, and is compatible with mac

  5. Anthony Monori
    February 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I prefer TweetDeck.

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I'll be trying MultiMi around this week. I don't use social media that much, but it can connect my webmails, chats, and Picasa.

  7. Rodney Thompkins
    February 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I'm using Google plus for now. Getting good results, but might check out those mentioned in the article.

  8. RG
    February 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I think TweetDeck does it but any others? I need two twitter home feeds beside each other, not in a different tab or whatever, just beside each other.
    Last I checked this wasn't possible with Hootsuite and TweetDeck's was kind of buggy, because only one feed/timeline would refresh automatically and the other only did sometimes.

  9. George Schwarz
    February 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Seesmic's and HootSuite's support are beyond horrible. The changes to ping and Seesmic have compromised my business and trying to work with them, or even getting a response, is like dealing with monkeys. I will deal with FB, Twitter and anything else individually because that way I control them.

  10. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I've used Tweetdeck for a while, I left it but can't remember why. Good article, thanks.

  11. Ashwin Ramesh
    February 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Nice. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Shafiq Khan
    February 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    As the post says Tweekdeck works with Linkedin... This is no longer the case :-( Best sticking with Hootsuite.

    • suneo nobi
      February 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      true!!!

  13. Macwitty
    February 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Waiting for Google+ still to release its API

  14. suneo nobi
    February 16, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Hootsuite is indeed the best and Shareaholic for Google Chrome™ /firefox is also a nice extension...............

  15. Rob Bell
    February 16, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I'm a long-time Hootsuite user who suffered when Seismic bought ping.fm and stopped the service from which I'd managed/published to over 20 different social networks from my Hootsuite Account. When Hootsuite bought Seesmic, I was looking forward to seeing ping.fm integrated into the service once more, but have been disappointed not to see it happen.

    Hootsuite is still, however, my favourite Social App in spite of this :)

    Rob

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