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Help your followers help you - Tweet Length Calculator

We've put together a silly-simple Tweet Length Calculator, which employs sophisticated, 3rd grade maths to help you optimise the length of your tweets, thereby allowing retweets without compromising the integrity of the original message.

As we are all too aware, Twitter gives us exactly 140 characters to play with and while we all have moments of joy when we execute a Twoosh, or a Bingo - tweets that are EXACTLY 140 characters - we need to be a bit more conservative on our tweet length if we want our tweets to be retweeted without compromise.

When followers retweet with attribution, their Twitter client adds a preamble to your original message, adding as many as 20 characters to the front, depending on the length of your Twitter username.

Our calculator works out the maximum length your tweets should be in order to still allow for that preamble.

Visit the Tweet Length Calculator now and scribble down its output on a Post-It note.  Keep the magic numbers handy and have them in mind as you craft your most important retweet-worthy posts.

LeftFoot is now a Hootsuite Solution Partner

LeftFoot Consulting is proud to announce that we are now a Hootsuite Solution Partner.

Hootsuite is a social media management system for businesses and organisations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Key social network integrations include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, plus a suite of social content apps for YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, Yammer, Tumblr and more.

In 2014 Hootsuite surpassed 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies. Along with Hootsuite’s web platform, 50% of users access the dashboard through their mobiles including iPhone, Android, and iPad. Hootsuite also offers localised versions of their dashboard in 15 languages - English, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, Polish, Korean, Russian, and Indonesian.

There are many benefits to Hootsuite Pro

Engage: Optimise your audience engagement by creating search streams, scheduling messages and monitoring all of your social network profiles from one customisable web and mobile dashboard.

Collaborate: Invite clients and colleagues to participate in your social media management. Assign messages for follow up and share streams, helping you increase efficiency.

Analyse: Measure your efforts using over 40 social analytics modules to build and share custom reports. Or select from one of our pre-made templates for quick and easy reporting.

Secure: Share access with team members without compromising security. The team permission levels and advanced sharing options ensure you remain in control of your valuable social profiles and accounts.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Hootsuite Pro today!

Hootsuite - Social Media Management

Hootsuite Certified

I spent some time last week doing some online training - partly for interest, but mostly to solidify some skills. Importantly too, to gain some recognition in the form of certification to help with a career switch to something with more of an online marketing/digital comms focus.

Hootsuite Certified Professional

Hootsuite is the social media management platform of choice for so many businesses and larger enterprises.  I've worked with Hootsuite often and like it, and so thought I'd sign up to Hootsuite U and try and grab their certification first.

Bingo!  Let me know if you'd like some help getting set up with Hootsuite or even if you'd like some help with your own social media management and strategy.