Are you using several Social Media platforms? Do you want to monitor what other people are saying about your brand? Do you want to view streams from multiple networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Do you want to post updates or reply directly? If your answer is a big.. YES!

Then these social media management tool is for you! Hootsuite is a social media management system for brand management created by Ryan Holmes in 2008. The system’s user interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+,Foursquare, MySpace, WordPress, TrendSpottr and Mixi. Based in Vancouver, Hootsuite has over 500 staff located in Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney, Singapore, and other countries. The company operates on a freemium model and has over 10 million users in more than 175 countries. A brief history of Hootsuite, in 2008, Holmes needed a tool to manage multiple social media networks at his digital services agency, Invoke Media. Finding that there was no product in the market offering all the features he sought, Holmes, along with Dario Meli, David Tedman, and the Invoke

Finding that there was no product in the market offering all the features he sought, Holmes, along with Dario Meli, David Tedman, and the Invoke team chose instead to develop a platform of their own that would be able to organize their many social media accounts and networks.The first iteration of this social media management system launched on November 28, 2008, in the form of a Twitter dashboard called BrightKit. Recognizing that many other individuals and organizations across the world were facing similar problems with managing multiple social accounts, Holmes decided that BrightKit could be the solution for other businesses also looking to organize their own social networks.

The launch of BrightKit met very positive reception, thanks to its clean interface and publishing capabilities. In February 2009, Holmes offered a $500 prize for renaming the platform and used crowdsourced suggestions from the dashboard’s over 100,000 users as contest submissions. The winning idea was Hootsuite, a moniker submitted by a user named Matt Nathan and based upon “Owly”, the dashboard’s owl logo, as a word play on the French expression “tout de suite”, meaning “right now”. In November 2009, the Hootsuite dashboard expanded its offering to further support Facebook and LinkedIn, allowing the capability to use Twitter Lists. In December 2009, Hootsuite spun off from Invoke Media and launched as officially independent company, Hootsuite Media, Inc. That same month,

In November 2009, the Hootsuite dashboard expanded its offering to further support Facebook and LinkedIn, allowing the capability to use Twitter Lists. In December 2009, Hootsuite spun off from Invoke Media and launched as officially independent company, Hootsuite Media, Inc. That same month, HootSuite received $1.9 million in funding from Hearst Interactive Media, Blumberg Capital, and prominent angel investors Leo Group LLC and Geoff Entress. In March 2012, OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, invested $20 million, valuing the company at US$200 million. OMERS did not buy its stake directly in the company, but rather bought private shares in a secondary transaction from a handful of employees and early investors, said Holmes. In May 2012, Hootsuite subsequently raised US$50 million in a Series A funding round, following rumors. In July 2012, an employee informed Forbes magazine that the company’s team consisted of 200 employees at that time. In September 2012, Hootsuite acquired Seesmic, a customer relationship management

In May 2012, Hootsuite subsequently raised US$50 million in a Series A funding round, following rumors. In July 2012, an employee informed Forbes magazine that the company’s team consisted of 200 employees at that time. In September 2012, Hootsuite acquired Seesmic, a customer relationship management system and competitor. Hootsuite plans to transfer all current Seesmic users to Hootsuite. On August 1, 2013, the company announced that it had raised US$165 million in Series B funding from Insight Venture Partners, followed by Accel Partners and OMERS–all three will now have a seat on Hootsuite’s board. Holmes also said the company is looking to make at least two unnamed acquisitions, in addition to employing 100 overseas employees. Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A brief history of Hootsuite, in 2008, Holmes needed a tool to manage multiple social media networks at his digital services agency, Invoke Media. Finding that there was no product in the market offering all the features he sought, Holmes, along with Dario Meli, David Tedman, and the Invoke team chose instead to develop a platform of their own that would be able to organize their many social media accounts and networks.[10] The first iteration of this social media management system launched on November 28, 2008, in the form of a Twitter dashboard called BrightKit. Recognizing that many other individuals and organizations across the world were facing similar problems with managing multiple social accounts, Holmes decided that BrightKit could be the solution for other businesses also looking to organize their own social networks.

The launch of BrightKit met very positive reception, thanks to its clean interface and publishing capabilities. In February 2009, Holmes offered a $500 prize for renaming the platform and used crowdsourced suggestions from the dashboard’s over 100,000 users as contest submissions. The winning idea was Hootsuite, a moniker submitted by a user named Matt Nathan and based upon “Owly”, the dashboard’s owl logo, as a word play on the French expression “tout de suite”, meaning “right now”. In November 2009, the Hootsuite dashboard expanded its offering to further support Facebook and LinkedIn, allowing the capability to use Twitter Lists. In December 2009, Hootsuite spun off from Invoke Media and launched as officially independent company, Hootsuite Media, Inc. That same month, HootSuite received $1.9 million in funding from Hearst Interactive Media, Blumberg Capital, and prominent angel investors Leo Group LLC and Geoff Entress.

In March 2012, OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, invested $20 million, valuing the company at US$200 million. OMERS did not buy its stake directly in the company, but rather bought private shares in a secondary transaction from a handful of employees and early investors, said Holmes. In May 2012, Hootsuite subsequently raised US$50 million in a Series A funding round, following rumors. In July 2012, an employee informed Forbes magazine that the company’s team consisted of 200 employees at that time. In September 2012, Hootsuite acquired Seesmic, a customer relationship management system and competitor.

Hootsuite plans to transfer all current Seesmic users to Hootsuite. On August 1, 2013, the company announced that it had raised US$165 million in Series B funding from Insight Venture Partners, followed by Accel Partners and OMERS–all three will now have a seat on Hootsuite’s board. Holmes also said the company is looking to make at least two unnamed acquisitions, in addition to employing 100 overseas employees. Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia