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Hootsuite Acquires Seesmic, This Guy Couldn’t be Happier

This morning, Seesmic announced that it had been acquired by fellow Twitter client, Hootsuite. Seesmic has always been a pioneer in the Android Twitter game. At one time, they were the go-to client. To see them join forces with Hootsuite, my favorite Twitter client of the last 4 or 5 years, this should only mean that amazing updates and features will be on the way. Hootsuite has mentioned that they have experienced recent “hyper-growth,” which apparently means that others are seeing the light. 

Here is the statement from Seesmic:

We are thrilled to announce today that Seesmic has been acquired by HootSuite. Seesmic and HootSuite have long shared a vision for the future of social media management and after years of friendly competition, have developed a mutual respect for one another. We care deeply about you, our users, and believe that this is the best possible outcome in what has been an exciting run together.

We would like to thank everyone involved with Seesmic since its launch, it has been an incredible ride and we are very thankful for all the support and passion you shared with us.

Like Seesmic, Hootsuite offers a suite of social media management tools, with even more options for small business and enterprise customers. Initially, support for both products will continue, however we will soon be bringing everyone into one great platform. We’re working on ways to make the transition as smooth as possible so keep an eye out for updates.

And a brief statement from Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes:

“I have always had a lot of respect for Seesmic’s CEO, Loïc Le Meur and the role Seesmic has played in advancing social business. We are thrilled to welcome Seesmic’s users into the HootSuite family.”

For those new to Hootsuite, think of it as the ultimate power Twitter tool. It was column-based long before all of these new Holo themed Twitter clients that continue to pop up on a weekly basis, yet seem to be missing every useful feature on Earth. You can use it in browser on a PC, but then carry over your work to an Android device without missing a beat. It allows for multiple users in an organization (basically a team setting), can give you analytics, and lets you manage multiple Twitter profiles. I’m telling you, it’s awesome.

Current Seesmic users will continue to have access to the app for now, but eventually, you will either have to merge in with Hootsuite or find another Twitter client.

Via:  Seesmic

  • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

    If you haven’t tried Plume, I think you’re missing out. I recommend using their beta personally since it releases new features a bit before the market version and comes with all the features of the paid version at the price of a few small ads at the bottom of the app (they’re unobtrusive IMO).
    .
    I have tried Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Tweetdark, Twitter, Twicca, Seesmic, Tweetcaster, Twidroyd, Ubersocial and probably another one or two I’m forgetting. The only one that could hold a candle to Plume was Tweetcaster, and that fell behind as the new releases became buggy, were infrequent and failed to add features that people needed. The others are subpar. I wish the developer of issimo was still working to release his app b/c that might actually claim king of the hill, but he seems to have ceased development for all intents and purposes.
    .
    Anyway, you can jump over, register for their “forum” ( http://levelupstudio.com/betatest/index.php?board=3.0 ) which is really just a place where they post their free beta. It is updated relatively frequently, but the new versions are downloaded in-app (upon your approval). It basically asks if you want to see the new beta, brings you to the change log (in app) and if you want it, you click “download” and if not, you click “cancel”. If you download it, it does it very quickly and then immediately brings you to the install screen where it installs over the previous version. If you’re paranoid, it has a ‘backup data’ feature and ‘import data’ feature, but you shouldn’t have to use it as it keeps your data and setup with each new version.

    • napes22

      Posting this twice in different places makes me think that you were sent here by the Plume team.

      • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

        Clearly you’ve done your homework and read my many other posts and searched my username to see what type of posts I make on a variety of forums. You’ve no doubt concluded that your suspicion simply MUST be correct after your diligent searching. There’s literally no way that I’m just trying to be helpful and make sure Android folks benefit from my time intensive testing. Thanks for uncovering the truth for everyone! /s

        • napes22

          Someone is taking me too seriously.

          • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

            Well if you were being sarcastic, it certainly didn’t read that way. In fact, it seemed like you were being a jerk and trying to invalidate my attempt to be helpful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for some playful trolling as long as it’s made clear that’s all it is. Attaching trollface to your trolling goes a long way! lol

    • k.sae

      I’ve been using touitter/plume since the dawn of time and have tried most of these twitter clients and have yet to crossover to any of them.

      • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

        Glad too see you found one that works well for you. I personally started with Plume shortly after it switched from Touitter, then jumped to Twidroyd, then to Seesmic, then to Tweetcaster and finally back to Plume. Those are the ones I used as my primary clients for any amount of time. I kept running into bugs, missing features, unresponsive developers, etc so I had to keep switching. Plume has really come a long way since I first used it: truly an impressive transformation.

        The other ones like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twitter, Ubersocial (previously Twidroyd), Tweetdark and Twicca never made it for very long on my phone even though I kept giving them chances when I would switch clients. They were just too far behind.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    Plume and Falcon widget for this guy

  • AceXMachine

    New name should be HootSees

  • RW-1

    Hootsmic ?

  • http://twitter.com/garagelogician Jeff C

    Tweet lanes is my go-to phone client, just wish it was compatible with my Transformer Prime. 99% of my time on Twitter is just reading, not really active otherwise so the lack of push notifications and other features aren’t a big deal to me. Awesome dev though and I think it has real potential as he adds more features.

    • Inquizitor

      I just wish it had a damn widget.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

      If you haven’t tried Plume, I think you’re missing out. I recommend using their beta personally since it releases new features a bit before the market version and comes with all the features of the paid version at the price of a few small ads at the bottom of the app (they’re unobtrusive IMO).
      .
      I have tried Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Tweetdark, Twitter, Twicca, Seesmic, Tweetcaster, Twidroyd, Ubersocial and probably another one or two I’m forgetting. The only one that could hold a candle to Plume was Tweetcaster, and that fell behind as the new releases became buggy, were infrequent and failed to add features that people needed. The others are subpar. I wish the developer of issimo was still working to release his app b/c that might actually claim king of the hill, but he seems to have ceased development for all intents and purposes.
      .
      Anyway, you can jump over, register for their “forum” ( http://levelupstudio.com/betatest/index.php?board=3.0 ) which is really just a place where they post their free beta. It is updated relatively frequently, but the new versions are downloaded in-app
      (upon your approval). It basically asks if you want to see the new beta, brings you to the change log (in app) and if you want it, you click “download” and if not, you click “cancel”. If you download it, it does it very quickly and then immediately brings you to the install screen where it installs over the previous version. If you’re paranoid, it has a ‘backup data’ feature and ‘import data’ feature, but you shouldn’t have to use it as it keeps your data and setup with each new version.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    I’m still on that Tweetdeck flow.

  • http://danielmrose.com/ Daniel Rose

    The bummer is that Hootsuite limits your accounts. Seesmic was unlimited. This is a step backward for the user.

    • Tony Hannides

      maybe not. Maybe that feature from Seesmic will move over to Hootsuite.

      • http://danielmrose.com/ Daniel Rose

        I hope you’re right! Because if hootsuite removes the paywall, it would be a fantastic step forward.

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    ill have to try it out… been using tweet lanes and its pretty nice!

    • http://twitter.com/rbrtwillis Robert Willis

      I’m using tweet lanes off and on. They need to add push notifications and I’ll be a full convert.

  • Mrpicolas

    First!!!

    • justincase_2008

      UNO!!!

    • Tony Hannides

      ……

    • Mack

      Haha look who it is.

  • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

    From everything I’ve read so far the acquisition was purely for the user base.