If updating your status on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn is driving you crazy, there are services out there that can make your life easier.
Seesmic Ping. Formerly Ping.fm is now Seesmic Ping. This service allows you to update different social networks from one status field – meaning the same update is sent to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (among others) once you’ve connected to them in your account settings. You can choose to update a specific one or two or all when writing your status. If you’re looking for an easy, fast way to update multiple accounts at once, this is it.
SocialOomph. One of my favorite free tools for updating and managing one or more Twitter accounts is SocialOomph. (Note that the Pro version also lets you manage your social presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, Plurk and your blog.) With SocialOomph, you can track keywords and schedule tweets, and each morning, I receive an e-mail with a report on keywords I’m tracking.
Google Chrome hack for Twitter. There’s no service to sign up for on this one, but a way to set Chrome to let you send a message on Twitter. This is slightly technical, but stay with me through these few steps.
- Get into your Google Chrome settings by clicking the little wrench in the upper right corner of your browser.
- Click Settings.
- Click the button that says “Manage Search Engines.”
- Scroll to bottom of that window where it says, “Add a New Search Engine” with three empty fields.
- You have to insert this string into the third field: “ http://twitter.com/home?status=%s ” minus the quote marks.
The first two fields you can name anything you want to remind yourself of what this new “search engine” does. Remember, it really isn't a search engine, but a command. Mine is named “Twitter Status,” then field two is named “Tweet” and that is what I type into the browser address bar and then hit the space bar. You could put any word or term in either of these fields.
So, to be clear, I type the word "Tweet" then hit Space, and it starts the process of allowing me to write a tweet. When done, hit the Enter key and it opens up a Twitter page, complete with your ready-to-tweet text, and you can either edit it or click Tweet.
Facebook extension for Chrome. The popular Facebook Chrome Extension lets you post to Facebook without going into the full site. This is handy if you want to do a quick post, but don't want to get sucked into Facebook for an hour.
One other resource: Check out a great post by Leyl Master Black in which she mentions Ping and SocialOomph as ways to save time on Twitter.
What are your social-media productivity hacks and tips?
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