Dec 312010

I alternate between using Hootsuite and Tweetdeck to manage my twitter accounts daily and despite the updates and feature improvements to both applications neither has all of the features I need to be my sole Twitter client.  I had done a previous compare of Hootsuite vs Tweetdeck which is a little outdated with the latest updates but still holds up pretty well overall.  This latest article is about how to turn your Hootsuite website into a desktop application with Google Chrome.

I did a video demonstration showing you step by step how to accomplish this:

Turn Hootsuite into Desktop Application

One benefit of turning the Hootsuite website into a Chrome Application is that you can call it directly as an app from the desktop, start menu or task bar.  This means you can open the app without opening the browser (well, you really are but you won’t be able to browse with the Hootsuite app).  It opens as a separate process and a separate window that is isolated from your Chrome browser completely.  This is ideal for those who like having a separate app and not having to switch or tab back and forth between their Twitter management and websites.

Here are the manual steps for those who didn’t watch the video and prefer to read it.

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click on Tools -> Create Application Shortcuts
  • Select where you want to create the link to (Desktop / Start Menu / Taskbar)
  • Click OK

Your window will now turn into a mock desktop application and separate out from the browser itself.

This same trick will work with RockMelt as well since it is based on the Chromium browser.

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  • Why not just download the Hootsuite desktop app?

    • If you look on this site, the Windows Desktop App is the same Google Chrome App and same instructions if you click the help. You actually can’t download the app it just tells you to do the same thing. But this is the site to go for getting the desktop app for mobile operating systems for sure.

  • Hmm neat feature from chrome. I should really try it sometime..

    Once Hootsuite moved to their paid plan and free plan, i had to ditch it. I don’t use Hootsuite enough to pay for it but i do need to be able to manage a handful of accounts. I’m trying tweetdeck now, not exactly the same.

    • jT@weight loss blog

      I’m a big fan of Hootsuite, was an earlier user and after adding the paid plans I was out the door and moved on to Seesmic.

      But I noticed that the free plans didn’t impact me much. Just a few annoying ads. I still use it time to time when I want to schedule a few post to my FB page and Twitter.

      I do like tweetdeck but it’s such a resource hug and the chrome web app lacks a bit.

    • Tweetdeck web app is not nearly as feature rich as the desktop adobe air client, but the air client crashes, takes lots of RAM and doesn’t do scheduling as well as Hootsuite. There are 2 features of Tweetdeck that I wish Hootsuite had and would have me 100% converted to Hootsuite if it had them.

  • really a nice feature by chrome…. now i can directly use it from my taskbar.

  • its good to manage multiple account on twitter now, thanks for adding such a Nice feature

  • Hi Justin,

    Happy new year to you my friend!
    What an awesome screencast. Thanks for sharing this tip! I have all sorts of ideas running round my head right now. Using Google Chrome to simulate a desktop application is just one more thing to add to the list of the many reasons I love Chrome so much.

    Thank you!

  • Nice! I was just looking for some good info on Hootsuite. I just got it over the holidays and wanted to figure out its potential. So far, so good, it’s in my task bar.

  • Lakhyajyoti

    Happy new year.Thanks for sharing such a good trick.

  • Interesting Video and I want to wish you late ” Happy New Year “

  • Thanks for the sweet tutorial Justin. Its really cool how you can make HootSuite into an application. Awesome 🙂

  • Very cool, Justin. I’m off to do this right now 🙂 Thanks, buddy! Post retweeted. I hope you had a great new year, and I hope that 2011 treats you well!

    • Yeah, this solves many people’s problems with Hootsuite being in browser, it’s so simple to do.

  • Thanks for the tip! I really like how you easily explained the process in your video too.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Thanks Justin for this nice and nifty tweak. Helps a lot!

    • No problem, I wish I had the time to do video demo’s more often.

  • Shiva @ Webmaster Tips

    This is a pretty great trick, Now i do not need to go on switching tabs. Thanks a lot Justin for the Video and the post. I use Hootsuite for most of my Twitter works

  • That is pretty cool. I can;t wait to check it out. I like how you won’t have to open your browser to have it running.

  • Nice trick for Hootsuite. I am currently using Tweetdeck and quite tempted to try this one. Thanks for this!

    • You should check it out I set it up yesterday and I am such a fan now.

  • Am I the only person who thinks Chrome crashes way too much for me to want to use it for Hootsuite, surfing the internet, or anything else?

    • Firefox crashed 10x more often than Chrome for me, Chrome only crashes occasionally on shockwave sites for me and only the individual tab that crashed requires removal. Are you using the latest version? It keeps getting more stable all the time.

  • ThinkInNewAreas

    The create program shortcut is not active on my Chrome :-0)

    • @ThinkInNewAreas How odd, it is clearly visible on mine. Is it shaded, do you have administrator permissions on your PC? Here is my attached image

    •  @ThinkInNewAreas You have to have Hootsuite open in a Chrome window for the Create Application Shortcut to be visible.