New Feature: Purge All Your Tweets

Clean out your Twitter account by purging all your tweets. Start over with a clean slate. Without losing your followers and the people you follow.

You can now ask SocialOomph to do that for you. It is available free of charge to all our members.

To use it, login to your SocialOomph account, then navigate to “Scheduled Updates, Purge Twitter Tweets” in the menu.

Tweet via Email

Imagine when Mary sends an email from mary@yourdomain.com to technicaltips@yourdomain.com, that email is published as a social update on your Twitter account, tagged with ^Mary, and on your Facebook Page with no author tag. When she sends an email from mary@yourdomain.com to marketingtweets@yourdomain.com, the email is published as a social update to your Twitter account, tagged with ^MaryM. When Peter sends an email from peter@yourdomain.com to marketingtweets@yourdomain.com, the email is published to your Twitter account, tagged with ^Peter.

That’s what you can do with our brand-new “Submit Social Updates via Email” feature, and more.

Email from approved source –> Email account you own –> Social update –> Your social account(s)

Imagine you, and your employees, being able to:

  • Send emails from their existing email addresses to an email address that you own (on your own server, or on Gmail, Hotmail, etc.);
  • Have those emails turned into standard social updates and published on your Twitter account(s), your Facebook account(s), your Facebook Page(s), and other social accounts;
  • Have the updates automatically tagged with an author tag that you define (eg., ^Mary or ^JohnD);
  • Append a URL to the update text, which will automatically be shortened via either dld.bz or bit.ly, from where you can get click stats;
  • Submit social updates for all your social accounts in this manner using only email and one SocialOomph Professional account;
  • Do it securely so that only authorized email addresses can submit social updates.

Being able to create social updates from emails is particularly useful where:

  • You browse the web and email a link to that web page via your browser’s menu, or via an “email” link on the web page itself (provided that you can specify the From address);
  • You want several people to contribute updates to your social accounts with minimum disruption of their work routines and maximum efficiency.

This feature is included in SocialOomph Professional. If you have a Professional account, then you have access to it.

Login to your SocialOomph account to access the feature.

It is under “Scheduled Updates, Send Updates via Email” in the menu.

How To Get More Quality Followers And Friends

You probably agree that it is tough to find good quality people to follow on Twitter and Google Buzz. It is even more difficult to get interested and engaged people to follow you.

There is now a solution.

The best place to meet others is at the hub, where everyone else is also looking for the same thing you are looking for. To grow your list of followers and friends, and do so with good quality accounts.

Here are a few highlights:

- Easily find thousands of potential friends that meet your specific criteria.

- Make yourself findable for your specific keywords.

- Show your custom profile description to people who find you, and even do A/B split testing on your profile description.

- Roll all your new followers on all your social accounts (Twitter and Buzz) into one group where you can easily review them and decide if you want to follow, ignore, or block them. This is a mighty time saver.

- Place the people you followed on all your social accounts into one common group, where you can monitor them to see what they tweeted, are they following you back, have they become dormant, etc.

There’s a lot more.

FollowerHub.com is your powerful multi-account friend and follower management tool. It is not one of those shady follower acquisition schemes that will get you into trouble with Twitter.

Even though the features included in the launch version are very powerful, we are already working on even more awesome additions.

Check it out now.

http://www.followerhub.com

You got to be at the hub.

Brought to you by the owners of SocialOomph.com. In addition to power and time-saving at your fingertips, you also get the same stellar support that you’ve grown accustomed to at SocialOomph.

Schedule Updates for Google Buzz

We’ve released the first round of Google Buzz integration in SocialOomph.

You can now schedule Buzz posts in exactly the same way that you can schedule Twitter tweets and Facebook updates.

In addition, your Buzz posts can have attached links to external sites and pages, as well as attached photos.

The Buzz API (the part of the Buzz system that we integrate with) is still very new, and needs additional work by Google before we can add additional Buzz features. That’s why we call this release only the first round.

Google Buzz integration is available to both Free and Professional users.

Professional users have additional features, such as recurring posts and drip-feeding their Buzz accounts available to them.

Select “Social Accounts, Add New Account, Add Buzz” in the menu to add your Buzz profile to your list of social accounts.

Hey! Where Did My Twitter Auto-Unfollow Go?

When I created the SocialOomph service (it was then known as TweetLater) back in April 2008, one of the first features I added was the ability to automatically unfollow somebody that unfollows you.

That feature has always been part of our Free services, and it has been popular and running non-stop until today.

But, it is now no more. It’s done. It’s kaput. It has been switched off.

Today, May 13th, 2010, a member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team informed me that the auto-unfollow feature was breaking their automation rules.

And lo and behold, there actually is a one-liner in those rules that says, “Automated un-following is also not permitted.” Either I did not notice that sentence, or Twitter added it into their rules after I last checked that rules page.

But, that’s besides the point.

To comply with their rules, I’ve disabled the auto-unfollow feature on Twitter accounts. You can still auto-unfollow on StatusNet accounts, and it also does not affect any of the other features of the service.

Really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you.

Dewald Pretorius
Owner of SocialOomph.com

Drip-Feed Your Social Accounts Without Lifting a Finger

With our normal update scheduling system, you are required to enter either a fixed date and time or a relative time on every update that you schedule. But what if you had a bunch of updates and you just want the system to drip-feed them into your social accounts, without having to worry about scheduling each one individually?

That’s where the new Update Queues come in.

Each Queue has an update Reservoir attached to it. You put updates into the reservoir, and the Queue drip-feeds those updates into your social accounts over time.

You can connect a Queue to one specific social account, or you can connect it to several social accounts (in which case it will simultaneously drip-feed the updates into all those connected social accounts).

You can also connect more than one Queue to a specific social account, which means you can have several Queues that automatically feed that social account.

For example:

  1. Let’s say you create one Queue that you call your “quotes” queue, you also create another Queue that you call your “interesting links” queue, and you create a third Queue that you call your “cool photos” queue.
  2. You connect your “quotes” queue to your Twitter account and your Facebook account to drip-feed your quotes into those accounts at a rate of one quote every 12 hours.
  3. The “interesting links” queue you connect to your Twitter, StatusNet, and Facebook accounts, and you configure it to drip-feed your interesting links into those accounts at a rate of one update every 3 hours.
  4. Lastly, you decide to connect your “interesting photos” queue to your recipes Facebook Page account and your cooking-related Twitter business account, because you’re only going to put links to pics of prepared meals into that reservoir, and you drip-feed your photo links into the accounts at a rate of one update every day.
  5. Optionally, you can tell the system to drip-feed the updates only on Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM (these days and times are fully configurable per queue).
  6. Now all you need to do is make sure that there are updates in those reservoirs. The system does the rest. You don’t have to spend one second on scheduled dates or times.

If you want, the system will email you when a reservoir has run dry, so that you can add more updates to it.

You add updates to a reservoir with either the standard New Update form (which you use for creating a new scheduled update), or you can bulk upload updates into a reservoir using the Bulk Update Upload feature.

Update are drip-fed from the reservoir in the order they were added, in other words, first-in-first-out.

The drip-fed updates automatically appear as scheduled updates in update lists in SocialOomph from where they are then published to the social accounts by the system.

The Queues feature is available under “Scheduled Updates, Queue Reservoirs” in the menu.

Queues are available only to SocialOomph Professional users.

URL Click Tracking Now Available

We have implemented our own URL shortening service, dld.bz, which is now the default shortening service in SocialOomph.

With it, you now get statistics on the clicks on your shortened URLs.

You don’t need to register anywhere or do anything extra. If you have a SocialOomph account, you already have access to dld.bz, and your account is already using the dld.bz service to shorten your links.

All you need to do is view your click stats with “Statistics” in the menu.

If you’re using the authenticated bit.ly option, you can continue to do so. If you prefer to use our dld.bz service, simply remove your bit.ly login and API key information from your SocialOomph account. Our system will immediately start shortening your URLs using dld.bz.

URLs can only be shortened with dld.bz from within your account in the SocialOomph system. We do not allow general public access to the shortening service.

The URL shortening and click tracking service is available to everyone with a SocialOomph account, free and Professional, at no charge.

Scheduled Site Maintenance, Wednesday March 3rd

Please note that on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010, SocialOomph will be down for scheduled maintenance, starting at 5:00 PM EST.

We anticipate the outage to last a few hours. This outage is required to implement performance improvement measures.

After conclusion of the outage, account automation will pick up where it left off. No need to follow or DM anybody manually.

All other automation will be suspended for the duration of the outage.

Scheduled updates will be published when the system comes back online and hence, some updates will be published later than originally scheduled.

Schedule Posterous.com Posts With SocialOomph

In addition to being able to schedule blog posts for WordPress (wordpress.com and self-hosted), Tumblr.com, Blogger.com and any other blogging platform that supports the Blogger, Atom Post, metaWeblog, Moveable Type, or WordPress APIs, you can now also schedule and publish blog posts on your Posterous.com blogs.

This feature is available to SocialOomph Professional users.

RSS To Blog With SocialOomph

Not too long ago we announced that you can now write and schedule blog posts with SocialOomph.

We have now expanded that feature with “RSS to blog”.

What that means is you can now grab one or more (in fact as many as you like) RSS feeds and automatically create blog post entries from the RSS feed entries.

At the same time, you can also publish updates to social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) using those same entries on the RSS feed.

With SocialOomph it is now possible to populate your blog with hand-crafted scheduled blog posts, combined with posts that are created from external RSS feeds.

We use our existing Blog Feed feature for RSS To Blog, which means you can filter the RSS feed entries and only create a new blog post from them when they include certain keywords in the text.

RSS To Blog is a SocialOomph Professional feature.

You access it by:

  1. Adding your blog to your SocialOomph account.
  2. Adding a Blog Feed account, and selecting your blog (and other accounts) as the target for the Blog Feed.

One Blog Feed can feed as many blogs and social networking accounts as you want, and you can feed as many Blog Feeds into one blog and/or social networking account as you want.