What You Said: Do You Use Social Network Apps?

By Jason Fitzpatrick on September 23rd, 2011


Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite social networking apps and how you were benefiting from them. Now we’re back to highlight your tips and tricks.

Social networks are handy but it’s hard to stay on top of everything if you’re a heavy user or you regularly use multiple networks. Social network apps can help you sort and filter, post across multiple networks, and more.

HTG reader Danny highlights how you uses HooteSuite:

I use HootSuite for my Twitter needs. I follow waaaay too many people that organizing my lists into columns makes it much easier to read. I prefer webapps to anything else as it gives me access to everything I need regardless of what computer I’m on.

Web-based and superior sorting when compared to the default Twitter interface? Sounds like a win.

Catester also uses HootSuite, but on a different platform:

I use HootSuite on computers and on my android phone for Twitter. I don’t use it for Facebook, although I do use Facebook to stay in touch with non-techie friends and with my family. I just look at Facebook in a web browser.

Stephen stacks on the apps to get work done:

I use Facebook, Twitter and Google+ partly to keep up with friends and family but mostly to promote my personal training business. I use Friendcaster and Tweetcaster as well as the Google+ app. It allows my clients to reach out to me with questions and using the apps on my phone allows me to respond instantly. I also like it because it saves me money on my phone bill since I don’t have to use a lot of minutes are pay for large text message bundles.

Our own Asian Angel weighed in with her favorites:

I switch back and forth between using the web interface and desktop apps…

For the web interface I use Firefox (with Greasemonkey and some nice little scripts). On Ubuntu I use Hotot while I use either Twhirl or Seesmic Desktop on Windows (depending on my mood). ^_^

She wasn’t the only one that liked Seesmic; Eric writes:

I use to use Twitter a lot to keep up on industry news. In order to sort through the insane amount of frivolous information, I tried out Digsby and Seesmic. I had a lot of problems getting Digsby to work and I didn’t use the FB module. I tried a few of the web lookups that would sort through it all, but I kept coming back to Seesmic. Eventually I switched to Seesmic Look. I very good experiences with it. The only downside was the authentication in the API seem to take a crap every once in a while. I’m sure they’re fixed any auth bugs since I’ve stopped using Twitter altogether.

I only use FB at home and I don’t use any apps to sort my news feed.

Roshnal writes:

I use TweetDeck chrome app in my Windows & Linux machines. So far I only use Twitter as i really don’t see any point in Facebook. But now I may try out the Google+ app and Google+.

If you’ve used TweetDeck before but weren’t sold on the Adobe Air app the Chrome app might be the ticket—I know I’m going to take it for a spin today.

Have a desktop, web-based, or mobile app you’d like to give a shot out to? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/23/11
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