Archive | June, 2010

#HootSuite – Social Media Dashboard – Announces #HTML5 Rollout and host of other features (#FaveApps) (#InCaseYouMissedIt)

29 Jun


  • Filed under #Homework #FaveApps #Dashboards #ThirdParty Apps
  • Credit/Source: Ryan Holmes – HootSuite []

HootSuite5 with HTML5

HootSuite5 with HTML5

HootSuite users will see significant changes to the social media dashboard today beginning with a completely refreshed HTML5 user interface, plus geo-located search, native Twitter ReTweets, and integrated Google Analytics.

With the recent announcement of Google’s HTML5 site and many other brands like Apple on-board, HootSuite has made a substantial investment in this new technology standard. HTML5 allows us to release unique features like geo-search and drag & drop, plus improve performance with more responsive tabs and streams.


Now, search for tweets by proximity based on geo-location information sent by some (not all) users. Using this HTML 5 powered feature, you can narrow down results to messages sent from your area, wherever you are. This feature will help you learn about local resources, get tips while traveling, and find new customers or followers.

Geo-Search in HootSuite 5

Analytics in Dashboard

Google Analytics users no longer need to switch screens to analyze site traffic and performance because all the data is now available in HootSuite’s dashboard. Using OAuth secure login functionality, you can track conversion to sales, lead generation, or other metrics from your Google Analytics, using advanced URL functions.

Analytics in dashboard

More Tools

Other new tools to help broadcast messages, monitor conversations, and track results include:

Themes to choose in HootSuite

Interface Re-creation and Themes

The most noticeable change is a fully re-imagined dashboard, with more space for updates and an intuitive arrangement for HootSuite’s many features. Additionally, you can now choose a design theme which suits your tastes.

Options include the familiar green & blue “Classic,” the sleek & stunning “Blue Steel,” or the darkly cool “Magnum.” Which one will you choose? Switch at your leisure to find your favorite.

Facebook Media Preview

Include a photo when you upload a link to Facebook, and then add titles and descriptions to make your update more meaningful and inviting. BTW, this media preview functionality was one of the most requested features on the Feedback Channel.

Native ReTweets now in HootSuite

New or Ol’school RTs

When Twitter launched, early users created shorthand to define actions and attributes, including @replies for addressing, #hashtags for context, and RT for Re-Tweeting or quoting a message which became a powerful way to spread messages beyond users’ local networks.

To standardize the process, added an auto-Re-Tweet functionality, which HootSuite has now integrated. HootSuite users can choose whether to Re-Tweet with initials “RT” or to use the Twitter web native auto-Re-Tweet tool.

We can now check this one off the feature request list.

Drag it, Drop it, Send it

Quickly attach an image or other file to your social update by dragging directly from the desktop and dropping into the message box — this simple act will auto-upload the file to file sharing and add a pre-shortened link to your message. Then you are ready to send your enhanced note to any of your social networks.

HootSuite Localized for Japanese

Language Localization

Konnichiwa! This release also features interface localization in Japanese, allowing more users to enjoy HootSuite in their native language. More linguistic choices are coming soon, to spread the international enjoyment.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Clicking Shift+Enter on the keyboard now sends the update, saving mouse-clicks and time — another popular user-requested feature.

Handier Help

Listening and learning from HootSuite’s userbase is an important part of making decisions which meet the needs of social media marketers and enthusiasts. HootSuite offers assistance via a Help Desk and and gathers opinions via a Feedback Channel.

With the new release, these channels are easier to access directly right from the HootSuite dashboard. We invite you to share your ideas, and to enjoy a sense of pride when your requested feature is added to a future release.

Twitter Status

The World Cup football/soccer tournament in South Africa has shown the worldwide popularity of Twitter as fans everywhere document their opinions and the nuances of each match. This popularity is also evidenced in the massive demand on Twitter’s systems especially at gametime.

Keep tabs on uptime and performance via Twitter’s status blog and API Status on

Media Resources

Press release – meda announcement about this release:

Media Kit – company descriptions, logos, executive bios and media contact info:

Social bookmarks – media and blog articles referencing HootSuite: HootSuite is a Trademark of HootSuite Media, Inc. More: HootSuite Online Media Kit.

#CMAC/#MMS: #in (LinkedIN) Discussion Thread on Jobs and The New Economy #Musings #Reflections

23 Jun

Well, I’ve been following this thread on LinkedIN, titled “”Employers: How many job openings do you have, and… Job seekers: How long have you been out of work, and why do you think you haven’t been hired?”

… and of course, I’ve been musing out loud and publicly about what’s next; mostly because a lot of the comments give me encouragement about what I’m doing to mitigate the seemingly ‘fruitless’ search, the psychological ‘pain’ of being ‘underemployed’, and the angst that comes from starting a business in the midst of such a large and widespread recession…

Sour Grapes? Maybe… but we all like some Vinegar in our Salads too, right?




Based on the level of hyperactivity, there’s got to be some potential for this thread making it to the news?


Past couple of days, seems like the catharsis of commenting, discussing and otherwise venting is helping most of us?

I for one have found enough encouragement here to keep looking at my options as a future entrepreneur/business person; as someone said, one man shows may not be for all, however, the potential for a future expansion riding precisely on the ability we have to interconnect and work together, in a somewhat ‘outsourced’ mode, make me believe we’re witnessing a sea change in many areas.

I only say it because if there’s one major salient point in what I learned at General Electric, is that those companies are the first ones leveraging all the ‘CMAC-driven’ (Computer Mediated Asynchronous Communication, also the name of my Corporation) technologies; meaning, if there was a better place to learn how to go ‘global’ and work in disperse teams, across time zones, achieving key milestones around the clock and deliverables hitherto impossible to ‘localized’ teams, that was what I witnessed at NBC Universal’s I.T: Most of the people I worked with, I never actually “met”, yet we managed to put in record man hours, and get the projects completed.

I also had a benefit back then of Tuition Reimbursement, which I took right upon onboarding, and ended up at the University of Phoenix Online.

Witnessing how that institution, today the largest private university in America (and hence, the world, perhaps?) leveraged all these online fora, well, it was nothing short of miraculous, as we studied the same way we worked; coordinating schedules across time zones, doing round robins with personnel deployed in the frontlines, and most anywhere in the world, gives me hope tha that the next recovery/expansion will precisely be driven by these technologies now being commonplace.

Which is why I usually remind students/audiences that this so-called “Social Media” or “New Media” revolution, is merely the result of the evolution of what has been called “Groupware” – Collaboration Software, of which places like Facebook, make me believe we’re also witnessing one of the largest ‘Beta Testing’ Groups helping create corporate versions which we’ll soon use to manage and work.

So what’s to stop the small, overqualified, seasoned professional from taking advantage of these being available, if not for free, for very low prices?

I don’t know, but speaking for myself, while I search for most any kind of gig (yeah, I call them gigs now, no need to get too enthused about them being a long term solution to my career; even Millenials, have figured out that most corporations are not about the loyalty to their employees, and see jobs as ‘temporary’, so why not learn from the young ones?) I have also spent countless hours finessing my business plan, developing courseware as adjunct faculty, volunteering for local organizations and networking groups, as after all, that also looks good on one’s LinkedIN Profile: that one did not actually stop doing, but rather, took the advice of Right Management (yeah, that’s yet another benefit from my GE stint, that they sent me there for outplacement, a great set of courses and workshops) and ‘stayed busy’ for all the right reasons.

Is that leading to something? I don’t know exactly where, but based on some of your posts, seems like I am on track for ‘rediscovering’ not only myself, but also the ‘how to’ business and work will be conducted in the near future.

So this is my way of of thanking all the positive comments, digesting the not-so-positive ones, and hopefully, leaving something of value behind.



(Posted on LinkedIN 2010 06 23 1220 EDT)