February 03, 2012
In my brief experience with HootSuite (the free version) I found it to be a serviceable tool for maintaining and monitoring various social media accounts. It has typical dashboard functionality and you can customize the streams you see to a certain extent. It’s publishing features are also adequate. All in all, it depends on how you want to use it, but for a free product this is a nice option to monitor your social media streams in real-time. Much easier than attempting to monitor using several browser tabs, etc.