Tools and management
A common misconception in managing or monitoring a social service is that you
need to be watching your Facebook
or Twitter stream 24/7 on your desktop.
With proper tools and techniques, monitoring and maintaining a social service
can be easily worked into your daily routine.
For interacting with numerous social services,
is the tool of choice
in the majority of cases. HootSuite allows you to natively interact with
multiple services such as Twitter, Facebook,
and Wordpress. With the use of the app directory (available at the
HootSuite website)can add more extensions or apps built by third party developers.
HootSuite is available in desktop and mobile versions. Mobile versions include
iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. Since HootSuite can be used as a desktop or
mobile app, you can interact with and monitor your services wherever or whenever
a need arises. Even if there are days where you can’t be at your desk, the mobile
versions can notify (notifications are user configurable) you of important events
in your streams, also eliminating the need to physically monitor your different
Why are notifications important? Notifications can be sent via mobile notifications
(pushed notifications that can been seen even when device is sleeping), email or SMS
(text) messaging. For days when you don’t have the time to listen, you can still
be aware of any important interactions that may need your attention.
Although you can monitor important events (such as a
entirely with the
use of mobile notifications, there are reasons to also monitor buzz which entails the
physical monitoring of
by use of keywords or searches. At @SMUNews, we monitor
the keywords like “saintsalive” and “halosup” (you can replace or add keywords/hastags
depending on your needs) and the search “Saint Martin’s University”. We also maintain
a twitter list at @SMUNews called
Martin's University (a list following our official and social
squad accounts) which becomes another stream in HootSuite. Current hashtags and
lists can be found on our social page.
Listening on backchannels using keywords(hashtag)
or search (phrases) is a good way
to monitor buzz about your organization. Using backchannels, the need to
or have other accounts follow you on twitter becomes less critical. A good portion of the
conversations on Twitter take place on backchannels without the need to follow or be