Tweetdeck is Going Away, Now What?

Tweetdeck being retiredTwitter is known for its inadequate user interface. Most people don’t use the Twitter website to keep up with their stream. Instead, they turn to other apps that are easier to use and allow for monitoring specific lists. One of the most popular apps is Tweetdeck (bought by Twitter in 2011), but Twitter announced that it’s pulling the plug on the Tweetdeck mobile apps and the Tweetdeck AIR tool. iPhone and Android app stores will stop offering the mobile apps in May. They say they’re following the trend of “people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices.”

The good news is that web-based Tweetdeck will still be available or you can use the Chrome app.

Tweetdeck’s not the only game in town, though, and there are a few online tools that allow you to manage more than just your Twitter account — you can manage several social accounts from one dashboard. Here are some choices you may want to check out:

Hootsuite is one of the most popular options out there, and you can use it everywhere: your web browser, iPhone, iPad, Android, and even Blackberry (do people still have those?). Hootsuite has three different pricing plans (including a free option that’s not too bad). You can schedule updates for Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ pages, and Twitter. Your entire team can collaborate and manage multiple accounts together. You’ll even get custom reports on your progress.

Sprout Social isn’t free and it starts at $39 per month. But each paid plan includes a free personal account for each team member. Like Hootsuite, you can download mobile apps for your iOS and Adroid. Sprout Social gives you everything from social CRM tools to Google Analytics Integration to send time optimization. You can schedule or post real-time to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Social Oomph allows you to schedule tweets and track keywords for free. If you upgrade you can also schedule Facebook updates for your personal profile, fan page, and groups; schedule LinkedIn sharing; and schedule blog posts.

For a list of even more social media tools, please visit DigitalFamily.com and take a look at Janine’s favorite social media tools. You’ll find a lot more than just a few Twitter apps!

Which Twitter options are you using? If you have experience with any of these tools, or can suggest another to try, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!