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Favorite Social Media Broadcast Apps
Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 12:14 PM on 11.27.12
->> What is everyone using for sending/scheduling multiple social media messages?

I've been using Hootsuite, though it is not perfect.

Pros:
- Free for up to five social media networks
- Smartphone app is decent enough
- Provides free weekly tracking summary
- Full-featured web app

Cons:
- Mobile app doesn't do native FB photo posts, only a link to image hosted on their servers
- Often have upload failures with aforementioned photo server

I'm using Android, so I'm not interested in iPhone-only apps, but I suppose other lemmings, er shooters might be. ;-)
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 5:39 PM on 11.27.12
->> Chuck,

I have been using Hootsuite. The PC version is very, very cool and I use it to schedule tweets to each of the five free accounts you are allowed, which is one of the pros you left of the list and the most important one in my book.

The mobile version has failure even if you aren't posting a photo. I stop using it this fall after the last update made it worthless to use.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:27 PM on 11.27.12
->> Yep, definitely like the PC version. Pretty easy to schedule a week (or more) worth of announcements and posts.

What I'm particularly interested in is a mobile app that is user-friendly, reliable, and can broadcast photos to multiple networks.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 2:18 PM on 11.28.12
->> I, too, would be interested in a reliable mobile app. I went back to Tweetdeck for mobile tweeting. It hangs up occasionally, but it is better than nothing at the moment. Unfortunately, it doesn't play nice (at least on my phone) with facebook or work with some of there social networks that I favor.
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Crystal Chatham, Photographer, Assistant
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 12:54 PM on 11.30.12
->> Check out Buffer as well; it is a free service and app. I use it, HootSuite, and TweetDeck in combination and have just started playing with IFTTT.

Through Buffer, I've made a regular tweet schedule. Then, I can add my own posts (or also schedule them in HootSuite) and as I find interesting nuggets on the web or things to RT or MT I can "add to buffer" and it gets added in the tweet queue. Buffer has a web interface, an iPhone app, and can embed itself into Firefox with a Buffer button. I don't know about Android but assume they have an app for that, too.

I've been working with it for about a week and really like the ability to have a social media presence that I only really have to mess with in the mornings or in those little bits of 'down-time' when I'm tinkering on my phone.

I like HootSuite for browsing my Twitter feed, replying to mentions, and checking out saved streams of particular hashtags.

I usually always have TweetDeck open in the background and can quickly hit a live reply or RT to a news tweet from my office. It's the easiest for me to just get a tweet out on my laptop.

A couple days ago I stumbled on IFTTT. It is basically a set of customizable "if this then that" triggers to make your social networks automatically trigger actions in each other. You can create "recipes" of actions so that if you do something particular in Facebook (for example), then Twitter will automatically react with a specified action. I've only started playing with it, but it seems to be a nifty tool. Apparently Twitter made them delete all the Twitter triggers a couple months ago so now Twitter will only be a reaction and not a cause. They have many networks built into it though.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 1:38 PM on 11.30.12
->> Crystal,
Thanks for the heads up on IFTTT. Will look at that over the weekend.

At least the last time I checked, Buffer limits both the number of posts and SN interfaces you can use with the free version. Hootsuite does not (at this time). Hootsuite limits the number of accounts on the free version, but it is more than the Buffer allowance.

Hootsuite has a browser app like Buffer to tweet or post 'nuggets' as well.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 2:19 PM on 11.30.12
->> If Buffer has an Android app, they've hidden it well... :(
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