I rely on my microblog communities as my connection to the outside world while I work from home on my various Web projects and client projects. Twitter is my watercooler. Pownce is where my Second Life friends tend to hang out so I can stay in touch with them when not inworld. Jaiku is my backup for Twitter when the watercooler is on the blink again. Tumblr is my tickler file for articles and events I’m working on. Facebook has suddenly become my networking tool for new clients.
Posting to all my microblogs is far too time-consuming, so I tend to spend most of my time on Twitter. But I recently learned about a new site from C.C. Chapman while we were doing presentations about the Web and social media at a travel conference in Baltimore.
In one word: HelloTxt
HelloTxt is a one-stop microblog posting site. Just type your post in once and check which microblogs you’d like HelloTxt to publish on including Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plaxo, Tumblr and Facebook.
The ease of HelloTxt is also its potential downfall. The risk of spamming becomes so much greater because posting through HelloTxt means you’re probably not posting in context to conversations already going on in your microblog communities.
I try to use it sparingly – more to make announcements about online events I’m promoting or pointing to new blog posts I’ve published.
I’m finding that HelloTxt is really saving me a lot of time and effort when I have a legitimate need to broadcast a message to all my microblogs. Because promoting what I’m working on is important as an independent consultant, any tool that makes it easy to do this horn tooting is great in my book.
Here’s how HelloTxt defines itself:
“HelloTxt is an aggregate of microblogging services through which the user can insert their messages on all main microblogging services in a simply (sic) and simultaneous way.”
Poking around a little more on the site, I also found this nugget:
“Moreover, since we are not native English speakers, we always need a helping hand to correct grammatical errors scattered around and to treat the blog, that we are trying to write in English.”
Ah, that explains the oddly stilted FAQ and About Us section. These guys are from…Italy?
HelloTxt Mobile is now available, although personally, I’m not much of a texter. I like keeping my cellphone for phone calls and text messages solely for immediate friends and family.
The site continues to add additional supported services including a number of international sites such as frazr (German/French only), beemood, meemi, gozub (Portuguese) and numpa (Dutch). Looks like I’m off to explore more online tools. Wish me luck!