TweetDeck or HootSuite?

Updated April 8, 2011

Doc Sheldon

When conversation turns to the choice between TweetDeck or HootSuite, most of us have a favorite, for one reason or another.

Personally,  I just used a Twitter tab on my browser for a long time. I kept seeing references to TweetDeck, but didn’t really spend enough time there to muster the energy to check it out. Then one day, a friend told me that I really ought to be using Twitter to my benefit, and I suddenly had a reason to look for a tool to make it easier.

I looked up TweetDeck and within ten minutes, I had all my social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook… I was a slow starter) set up, and was tweeting up a storm.

I stuck with TD for about six months, until another friend asked me if I’d ever tried HootSuite. No, I said, TweetDeck gives me what I need.

Except any analytical tools, she said. They don’t give you any tracking ability like HootSuite does. Again, since her argument made sense, I decided to check it out (I am SO easy! If I’d been born a girl, I’d have been knocked-up ALL the time!).

Once again, a short foray into Google, and ten minutes had me all set up with my accounts on the Suite. By then, I had more social accounts, some of which I hadn’t been able to include on TweetDeck. I used it for maybe a month, before I decided it just wasn’t as good for me as TweetDeck, and changed back again. Hey! I gave it a shot. But it was slower, had a couple of irritating quirks about it, and I wasn’t overly impressed with its tracking ability.

A couple of months ago, though, I found myself missing all tracking ability, so decided I would put TweetDeck on one monitor and HootSuite on the other, so that I could post tweets that I really wanted to track from the Suite, and do my goofing around (a fella ought to stick with what he’s good at, don’t you agree?) on the Deck.

That’s a little bit of a pain, but it worked for me. More or less.

Then today, my friend (the same one that had originally talked me into trying HootSuite) asked me to check out a video she had made. I was sufficiently impressed with the quality of the video that I badgered her into letting me post it here, for your viewing pleasure. Do check it out. It’s very nicely done, and very informative.

And it got me to the point where I can comfortably lose TweetDeck. 😉

My good friend is Gabriella Sannino, of


  1. Joshua Titsworth says:

    Nice article Doc, but I’m still on Tweetdeck for the time being. Though after seeing Gab’s video (so THAT’S what she sounds like :P), I might have to try it out.

  2. I hear ya, Josh. I got drawn back to TD, too. But the tracking on HS is nice! Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Gabriella Sannino says:

    Well aren’t you gents too sweet!! 🙂 Now that I’ve finally made my big debut I’m working on the next one. Yes, for those who watched this video I will be doing a cruise by hootsuites analytics. Still trying to figure out what I should focus on, so much to consider… Doc, thanks you are the best!

  4. Yes… yes…. I am, aren’t I? 😉

    Can’t wait to see the next one!