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I’m trying out pearltrees for the first time in #NewhouseSM6. Check out my tree by clicking the above title. I struggled a bit with understanding how to use pearltrees, but the video tutorials were a great help. I’m not sure if I will use pearltrees in the future, but it is definitely a great tool for visualizing content in a different way. The interactivity of the maps is definitely the best part.
I love the concept of multiple streams on Hootsuite. As an organizational freak, I’m a big fan of being able to separate each of my lists into columns. It is easily the most customizable of all the apps and easiest to figure out. I can also use it to access multiple accounts at once.
The fact that TweetDeck is a desktop application is a huge downside for me. I do like the columns similar to HootSuite, but I would rather access my streams in a browser.
The Seesmic interface is absolutely hideous. It is difficult to customize and just does not work for me, although I do like the fact that you can easily see Klout scores.
I was a little surprised to learn that there are different levels of SocialOomph, some free and some paid. I am not sure why SocialOomph would offer this when most every other app is free. The navigation is also a turn off. I had a hard time finding my way around.
TweetGrid looks like it is in its beta version. The interface is pretty unattractive and I probably would never choose to actually use it.
Monitter seems like it would work great for brands that need to keep track of consumer insights. However, I don’t see a reason to use it for my personal Twitter account.
Overall, I would choose Hootsuite over any other app. It works the best for my Twitter accounts.
The answer: Not at all. Maybe I picked the wrong tweet chat. Or maybe it was just a busy night for #blogchat. Or maybe I really just don’t know how to filter the chat the right way. Whichever it was, my first experience with tweet chat was not as great as I suspected. I participated in #blogchat with what seemed like thousands of other rapidly texting bloggers. Half of the participants had great things to say, but the other half were just throwing useless comments out to the crowd. Some people were there to promote their own blog and flooded the chat with spam. I had a very rough time keeping up with what everyone was saying. The tweets were flowing in at about 20 per 5 seconds, therefore making it impossible to read conversations that were going.
I do have one positive thing to say about tweet chats. Getting involved with them is one way to interact with people who want to interact with YOU. As soon as I asked a question looking for advice, I had three immediate responses from some lovely individuals.
I am not completely deterred from tweet chats, but I think in the future, I will participate in one that is not quite so crowded. I guess I was a little naive in thinking that people in a chat about blogs wouldn’t be so chatty.