HootSuite on Thursday announced the acquisition of Seesmic, a service that breaks social media threads up into manageable groups for easy social media management.
With the acquisition HootSuite will be able to help spruce up the Seesmic dashboard which has lacked the type of pizzazz found on HootSuite products.
The two companies combined will mean a bigger social reach for customers. While Seesmic has worked to allow for Tumblr posting, HootSuite recently gained Google+ page access. Combined the company now has access to two of the fastest growing social platforms in the world.
“Seesmic chief executive Loic Le Meur had to lay off half of his staff back in March, and this buyout from HootSuite is partially a talent acquisition for the remaining roster. Users of Seesmic software will be slowly ported over to HootSuite, who say that this buyout will ‘further reinforce HootSuite’s position in the upper left quadrant of the Twitter Partner graph.’”
In the meantime HootSuite is allows Seesmic business users to try out HootSuite Pro. With their trial of the platform business users receive social networking profiles, access to bulk scheduling capabilities, ability to collaborate with up to 10 team members, monitor social analytic reports, and more. read more
The app is not meant as a replacement of the official Twitter, Facebook or WordPress apps (as one can tell by its basic functionality),Â the Seesmic iPhone app is geared towards socialholics who want to update numerous sites simultaneously.
While Seesmic does borrow the “columns feature” from Tweetdeck, changing accounts is not as smooth as the latter (as Seesmic required two fingers swiping together, while Tweetdeck only requires one). read more
This is actually pretty cool, and could be the one killer feature that would make me swap to IntenseDebate. As you probably know, IntenseDebate is a hosted comment manager for your site, just like Disqus.
The startup Seesmic provides a video comment service to blogs, through installation of a WordPress plugin. Any reader with a microphone enabled webcam can then leave comments in video form.
Seesmic has been working with Disqus, a blog commenting service (previously covered by the Blog Herald here and here) to provide video comments to Disqus-enabled blogs. Now, bloggers using Disqus can easily activate Seesmic video comments through just one setting.