Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Triple T. Have you ever wanted to send out a tweet at a certain time but knew you weren’t going to be at a computer or be able to use text messaging to send a tweet? Well, it is now available and for the low price of FREE! The website is free but the iPhone application is $1.99.
The name of the site is Hootsuite. All you need to do is sign up for an account and then add your Twitter account(s), Facebook account, your Ping.fm account and your Linkedin account. When you update your status all you have to do is choose the ones you want to update and it’s done. One site to update all other sites.
But, I told you that you could update your status at a later time. All you have to do is click the “Send Later” button and choose the date and time you want it to be sent and optionally you can have an email sent to you when it is done. What more could you ask for at no cost?
Another thing you can do with Hootsuite is shorten a URL using the ow.ly service. Hootsuite will also give you stats but I have found them to not be very accurate.
In addition to all of that, you can also add RSS feeds so they will be tweeted when you post a new blog post or a new podcast. I was using Twitterfeed to do this for me but it was having some problems and sometimes not getting my status updated until hours after the post was published. So far I haven’t experienced this with Hootsuite.
Now that was just for the web interface. What can you do with the iPhone app? Almost as much as you can on the web except you can only update your Twitter account(s). If there is a way to update the other sites I haven’t figured it out yet. You can also schedule tweets with the app, which is the main reason I bought it. For $1.99 I don’t think you can go wrong with it. As the service get better I believe the price of the app will go up and the developers may even have some premium services available. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.
I do know of one other web-based only service that will schedule tweets and send them is TweetLater but I have only used it a few times.
That’s going to do it for this weeks edition. Thanks for stopping.