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How to Manage Twitter and Social Media Accounts Using HootSuite: Tutorial Guide

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HootSuite is a desktop client that helps to manage several social media accounts and applications. If you author several blogs, write for your company blog, or are involved in social media marketing, HooteSuite is an application that will help you to succeed in the social media management of your various accounts. Wouldn’t you like to increase your Klout and influence? In this tutorial guide, I’ll show you how to add and manage several popular programs including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN.

Many people like Tweetdeck, but I personally prefer to use HootSuite.

How To Add Social Networks Using HootSuite

There are many social media networks that can be added in HootSuite; however, in the free addition, you are only allowed to add 5 accounts. If you need to manage more than five, you can subscribe to the paid option, which is very reasonable. In this tutorial, we will be adding Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to HootSuite.

Step 1: Log Into HootSuite

Create your account and log in at HootSuite

Step 2: Navigate to Add Social Media

After you create your HootSuite account, you’ll need to add your social media programs. To do that, navigate to the social networks tab.
Click the owl in the top left of your screen to get a drop down menu. Hover over the “Settings tab” and click on the “Social Networks” tab when it appears. You will be taken to a new popup.

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Step 3: Choose Social Media Networks

On the settings menu, click “Add Social Media Network.”

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Step 4: Add Twitter

Click the Twitter button, uncheck any options you don’t want to include and click the “connect with Twitter button to add info about your Twitter account.

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Add the Twitter user name or associated email addy and the password. Click “allow.” When you’ve added the account successfully, you will return to the settings screen. The new account will be listed there.

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Step 5: Add Facebook

Click the Facebook button, uncheck any options you don’t want to include and click the “connect with Facebook button” to add info about your account.

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Add the Facebook user name or associated email addy and the password. Click “allow.” When you’ve added the account successfully, you will return to the settings screen. The new account will be listed there

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Log into Facebook, if asked. Click “allow” to grant HootSuite specific permissions.

When you have successfully added Facebook, you will see the option to “like” HootSuite. Click “finish” after you’ve made your choice. This account will show up on your settings page under the title Facebook.

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Step 6: Add LinkedIN

Click the LinkedIN button, uncheck any options you don’t want to include and click the “connect with LinkedIN button to add info about your account.

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Sign into your LinkedIN account and allow access when prompted.

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How To Tweet/Post and Schedule Using HootSuite

Step 7: Add a Message

At the top of your screen, next to the owl, you’ll see an area where you can type in a message. Click in the box to add your tweet. The box will expand to show more options.

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If you want to send the message immediately and from that account click the Send Now button.

Step 8: Schedule a Message

If you have more than one account or network where you would like the message to appear, select the accounts at the right by clicking on each account’s photo or by using one of the buttons at the bottom. A green checkmark shows on the images that you have chosen to include.

Note: When including Facebook, you have a total of 420 characters instead of the 140 in the Twitter network. You may want to post to Facebook separately to include more info.

Click on the calendar icon to schedule your message to post at a later time.

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When you click the icon, a calendar with dates and times will appear. Select the day and time you’d like to post the message. If you’d like to be notified when the scheduled post is sent, you may also check the “Email me” box. When you’re finished, click the “Okay” button, next to the Cancel button.

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Your message hasn’t been scheduled yet. Notice that the “Send Now” button has changed to “Schedule.” Click the schedule button to complete the task.

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Now that you know how to add social media networks, add messages, and schedule messages in HootSuite, there is no reason to shy away from social media. You can start socializing on HootSuite today!

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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

8 comments

  1. THanks so much Cindi – I totally needed this!

    Off topic question – what do you use to automatically have your blog posts post on facebook?
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  2. Great post Cindy. This is just what I needed and didn’t even know it! Thanks!!
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  3. Hootsuite is an amazing time-saver. It’s easy-to-use and you can gather a lot of data in one place. It isn’t without its flaws but I use the free version and have never had an issue.

    Very good tutorial. Thanks for an enjoyable read (from a fellow New Englander)

    Jon
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  4. See, I wish I read this before. I tried it out, was a bit overwhelmed, and it probably could have been useful. I already dumped it. Maybe I should try again?

  5. Very useful post and very detailed tips! Thanks Moomettes! I will try this some time and see what happens next. Cheers!
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  6. This HootSuite I think is a good idea especially for those who have hard time logging one by one all the social media accounts that they have not to mention all those who have numbers of sites that they manage everyday. With the steps written above I am sure that i will try this :)

  7. I been wondering what this was. I’ll have to check it out now :P

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