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What You Said: Do You Use Social Network Apps?


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

Comments (19)

  1. Madis


  2. Mike

    I have absolutely no use whatsoever for social networking applications.

  3. Lady Fitzgerald

    I have absolutely no use whatsoever for social networking, period.

  4. dima

    I have absolutely no use whatsoever for socializing with people.

  5. nnick

    Social networks are evil

  6. iam_urz

    the Chrome implementation of tweetdeck is intuitive (for me) so i use it a lot (before). since twitlonger was removed from tweetdeck, i’ve been looking for alternative clients that still supports twitlonger. currently i use seesmic desktop 2.

    i still miss tweetdeck.. but forcing to type in 140 chars is the last straw for me..

  7. Clarence

    Don’t use them.

  8. Israel

    Tweetdeck is the best, for Windows. For Linux, Hotot is a good option. :)

  9. kim

    I don’t use any web apps (just the defaults), but I swear by Tweetbot for iPhone.

  10. Kushal

    Metro Twit for twitter……..

  11. hunh

    No mention in the roundup of the overwhelming number of comments that eschew the ‘need’ for social networking altogether?
    Seems like always before that there was mention of the nature of the majority of comments as well as the comments that pertained to the gist of the article.

  12. Windsor PR

    I haven’t found a tool yet with a UI I like. We manage clients Twitter accounts with Hootsuite, but we would like something better.

  13. Morely Dotes

    Stephen, with his “I use [them] to promote my personal training business,” is an example of why I abandoned Twitter. I do not have any use for 140-character spam.

  14. tommy2rs

    If you’re dumb enough to use social networks you deserve everything you get.

  15. Jari Mikkola

    I actually hate them both, it seems intrusive and time consuming to sort through all the ‘crap’ people type into their social accounts. Yet I do have personal accounts (because it’s the best way to keep track of my family, since I live in Europe and they in the US), as my website has received a large following because of Twitter…Facebook, on the other hand is useless. For all my needs TweetDeck foots the bill just fine.

  16. Dirk

    Never use any of them.

  17. Joolyer

    Used to use FB a lot, but only because there were a lot of people getting in touch after my brother died. Now, I don’t use social networking at all. It is invasive and perfidious.

  18. Dennis

    A couple years ago my son was in Alaska, I started using facebook so we could keep in contact easy, ended up adding LOTS of friends that I grew up with that I had lost contact with over the years and local friends and co-workers, all I can say is I have been facebook free for over a year, OMG the drama and ridiculous posts and stupid game spam was more than enough to make any sane person quit and delete their account, I googled how to permanently delete your FB account, because FB doesn’t openly tell you how to do this. Never again, none of those silly kiddie fueled social networks are worth a damn.

  19. Pocho_X

    I used tweetDeck, twitter is great for read news about tech or traffic in my country… i still use fb for getting touch with friends but is not like i used too often, with fbchat app for bb i’m ok…. Hotot for Ubuntu is good.

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