How Do You Tweet? May Want To Try HootSuite.

I’m not a very active tweeter so using twitter.com (and its android client) with the occasional #li in my tweets has sufficed. I looked at a random sample of tweets and found 19 out of 50 are in my camp with Twitter. TweetDeck and HootSuite were the only other applications with more than a couple of users. 50 out of 200 MM users is not statistically significant but it took me over 300 tweets to get 50 unique handles so it’s enough for now. Here are my results.

Source Count
Twitter
(web & iOS)
19
TweetDeck 10
HootSuite 6
CoTweet 2
twitterfeed 2
Argyle Social
bitly
CRM
foursquare
Paper.li
Plancast
Reeder
SocialOomph
Sprout Social
Tweet Button
Zeitgeist & Coffee
1

I decided to try a few of these out to see how they compared to standalone Twitter. I looked at TweetDeck, HootSuite, CoTweet ,and MediaFunnel (only the free versions of each).

TweetDeck – My biggest issue with it is that it’s an installed application. Also, there isn’t a way to assign a tweet to another user. I don’t need to do this personally but the other three services have that capability.

HootSuite – This is the clear winner. Two minor issues:
1) Seeing Messages, Mentions, or Retweets requires a dedicated stream. Not really a big deal because they can be put out of the way on a separate tab.
2) There is no easy way to get back to your own tweets.

CoTweet – It doesn’t cover as many social networks as TweetDeck or HootSuite. Also, it’s a single stream of information; however, it’s one click to see Messages, Mentions, or Retweets and you can click on saved searches easily too. If you’re moving from Twitter neither of these should be concerns. A big plus for CoTweet is its nifty sidebar to search for users and see their profiles.

MediaFunnel – Don’t waste your time.

Those are my two cents what are yours?

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He Who Seeks Will Find

On this Fortune Friday, the fortune cookie says “He Who Seeks Will Find”.

Fortune - He Who Seeks

I thought this was appropriate coming off the heels of Open Angel Forum Philadelphia. Our six startups are obviously seeking funding and here’s to hoping they find it.

Are you an entrepreneur, investor, educator, student or business leader and seeking all the cool and interesting things happening in the Philadelphia area entrepreneurial community? Next Thursday, March 31, Philly Startup Leaders is hosting Entrepreneur Expo 2011 to showcase all the creativity and passion of Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community.

If you are seeking something, look for it because it won’t find you.

Lucky Numbers: 51, 6, 22, 36, 46, 43

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Open Angel Forum Philadelphias First Six Startups

As I mentioned last week, Gabriel Weinberg and I brought Open Angel Forum to Philadelphia for the first time. The room was filled with top-notch investors including most of these folks and more. The following six great companies demoed their products and services.
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