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CoTweet vs. HootSuite: Which Twitter Service Is Best for Your Small Business?
16 December 2009
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Twitter for Small BusinessWhen it comes to tools and services available to manage Twitter, there is a virtual bounty—a Twitter-copia, if you will. . . . But when it comes to tools designed to help small businesses best manage their Twitter accounts, there are two major contenders in the space right now that you should consider: CoTweet and HootSuite.

Both are free and offer a number of similar capabilities. For example, they both allow you to:

  • Manage multiple accounts
  • Use multiple editors
  • Search for keywords
  • Be notified when you receive messages

So, what’s the difference, you ask? It comes down to a few factors:

  1. Who will use the application?

    CoTweet for TwitterCoTweet nicely “sums” everything up for you in a consolidated, easy-to-understand interface, but it falls short when you try to do advanced functions, such as see the stats from a link you posted, or if you’re trying to find a particular tweet that you’ve sent out.

    HootSuite, while definitely suited for a more technical user, gives you deep usage stats and lets you easily find the information you seek.

  2. Are you security conscious?

    While most people may not care, it’s important to note that CoTweet uses Twitter’s “OAuth” connection method. This allows you to log in using the Twitter.com site, and you don’t have to provide your username and password.

    HootSuite requires you to enter your full Twitter username and password in order to connect to the service.

  3. Is Twitter where your social networking ends or where it begins?

    For better or worse, CoTweet is 100% Twitter-focused.

    HootSuite for Social Media AccountsHootSuite, on the other hand, will let you manage Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Ping.fm (a multi-service status updater). While its functions are firmly situated on Twitter, it also allows you to manage other accounts at the same time.

  4. So, which service do we recommend? Right now, it’s very close, but HootSuite has the edge, feature-wise. That can change as CoTweet evolves. We’ll keep an eye on it and provide an update in the near future.

    Have you used either CoTweet or HootSuite? Which service do you prefer? Tell us what you think, or if there is a new service you would recommend.

    P.S. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (and become a fan on Facebook).


    1. HootSuite also supports Facebook fan pages now, and they recently released an iPhone app, which makes business on-the-go much easier.

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    2. Really like the article as we are just getting started with Twitter and can use every advantage we can get right now. I feel like being able to track stats is one of the most important aspects to creating successful social media marketing campaigns, so I would have to go with HootSuite for the time being as well.

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    3. HootSuite has a new iPhone app. Here’s a review.

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    4. We’ve been using TweetFunnel for several weeks; find it easy to use and streamlines the process of handling multiple tweeters for a half dozen clients. You also have editorial control and the interface is clean and straightforward.

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