HootSuite is my Mecca.
I don’t utilize it nearly as well as I should, but I’m slowly figuring it out. The best part of HootSuite is, the more I learn, the more user-friendly it becomes – not because I’m becoming adept or certified or well-learned in its versatility, but because it keeps updating, changing, adding new tools and buttons and bells and whistles.
With its recent additions, I swooned, fell off my chair, and ran to find my hubz. I needed his wallet, and I also needed to share my excitement. Shit just got real, you guys.
A short history of my social media “growth”:
I use the term “growth” loosely here, because I feel it would be rather optimistic and extremely misleading to refer to my reluctant learning curve as something that has improved much over time. The truth is, my learning curve is more of a straight line with only occasional blips.
I don’t like learning new things, particularly technology. It’s too scary. And by “scary” I mean that there is a high probability that I will look stupid, and I hate that feeling, so I try to avoid doing anything I don’t already know how to do.
Which is why I was well into my thirties before I decided to try throwing darts or going bowling.
Perfectionism at its best.
I’m still rather new to most social media.
My personal email account dates back to the late ’90s – yep, I still use my original account. That’s pretty much the extent of my savvy online capabilities, though.
Seriously, you guys – I didn’t make the leap from MySpace to Facebook until 2009. I’ve only been blogging a little over a year now, and I’ve been on Twitter for less time than that, even. I just joined Pinterest within the last few months.
So to say I’m a novice is only scratching the surface.
I know there is more out there.
But I’m pretty content where I’m at. I’m not interested in LinkedIn or Tumblr or Google+ or any of that other stuff you guys are into. It’s just too much, too many, too far. I can’t do it. I’m staying here for now. Catching my breath for the Next Big Thing.
And I might even skip that, too. You guys move really, really fast.
So why would I say that HootSuite is my Mecca?
1. Mecca is a holy city.
To say I find spiritual peace in an app is probably pushing the bounds of believability, and might even be considered offensive. Fair enough.
I’m not a church goer, and I don’t really subscribe to the notion of a higher power.
HootSuite works. It gives me what I need. It makes my life easier.
When my life is easier, I smile more, and am able to get shit done. If that ain’t spiritual, I don’t know what is.
HootSuite is my Mecca because it gives me peace and makes me happy.
I take the trip to HootSuite almost daily.
Granted, my pilgrimage consists of marching down the stairs, grabbing a Coke, and powering up my laptop… but it’s a journey nonetheless. Those stairs are a bitch.
HootSuite is my Mecca because I visit it often, and enjoy doing so.
3. Mecca is a place that attracts people for a particular reason. My particular reason is clear: I have too much on my plate, and HootSuite keeps me straight. A go-to place for social media mavens, HootSuite is my Mecca because I use it to schedule posts to all my various platforms.
So, okay – HootSuite is my Mecca.
Big deal. Who cares? WTF is HootSuite, anyway? AMIRITE? You’re asking me those questions, aren’t you? I get that.
“HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard.”
That is from HootSuite’s own Help Desk. And that is the shittiest definition I can think of. No offense meant to whichever employee wrote that, but it’s dry and makes no fucking sense to small bloggers. Boring with a capital “B” you guys.
I’ma rewrite that bitch for you and break it down Andi-Roo style.
“HootSuite is a social media management system which allows you to post material across multiple social networks from one dashboard.”
Even that’s a bit lengthy, but at least it makes more sense.
I’m not a business or an organization; I’m a girl who writes blog posts. I don’t execute campaigns, except for the Cottonelle campaign of which I’m currently involved. And I’m not running that campaign, so to say I’m executing anything is questionable at best. And besides – “execute” sounds like you’re planning to chop off someone’s head.
So this is what I do.
Actually, let me interrupt myself a mo.
I only added my Pinterest account this past weekend. Why? Because Pinterest hasn’t been available via HootSuite until very, very recently – and even at that, I have to pay some other app like $5 per month for that privilege. You jerks got me hooked on Pinterest, though, so I talked my hubz into paying for it. Which is why I needed his wallet, if you’ll recall from the first paragraph of this tribute.
So yeah, it IS NOT free to hook up Pinterest, but Facebook and Twitter ARE free to hook up.
Another interruption here.
I’m so sorry. I promise to get back to what I was saying. Stay with me.
Just then when I said it’s free to hook up your Facebook and Twitter accounts to HootSuite? IT IS.
But you should be aware that you’re only allowed to hook up five news feeds to your HootSuite account – that’s a bummer for me, because I am in several different groups on Facebook which I follow and add to, and each group is considered a separate news feed.
Eventually I plan to upgrade my free HootSuite account to the uber-cool paid version which will allow me to have more news feeds. But for now, no such luck. It’s like $10 a month, and my hubz drew the line at that.
Okay, back to where I was.
HootSuite is my Mecca… no… I was past that…Oh! Here we go:
So this is what I do.
And I think about what all I want to post to each of those accounts.
And I schedule them appropriately.
Hootsuite is my Mecca for one more reason.
I couldn’t think how to relate this to the word “Mecca” but trust me, it’s pretty fucking cool. HootSuite not only allows you to schedule out your posts… it also tells you what times are best to do so! That’s major, you guys.
So why schedule shit?
I don’t know why YOU might want to schedule YOUR shit, but I like to schedule MY shit because I tend to come up with posts in a rather dump-load fashion.
I’ve been doing okay on Facebook and Twitter, but I feel sorry for anyone who has been following me on Pinterest thus far. I get on there and BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM… it must look like spam or something. I’m totally hijacking the stream, I have no doubt. And I’m sure it’s quite annoying. I can just see some poor sucker sitting back in frustration, shouting,
“Jesus fucking Christ, Andi-Roo, TWENTY goddamn posts in a row? Really? Who the hellz do you think you ARE, you crazy bitch?”
I’ve thought that of others, so it’s only fair to assume you’re thinking it of me.
I’M SORRY, YOU GUYS.
But now I have fixed it.
HootSuite is my Mecca, and I can’t wait to learn more about how to quit fucking with you guys.
Are you already a HootSuite fan?
Or slow to sign up?
Fail to see its purpose?
Tell me about it, you guys.