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Composing and Sending Messages

Amanda S
posted this on June 14, 2012 11:36

Composing and sending messages is the number one way people communicate using the HootSuite dashboard.

Note: Messages can only be published to social networks already connected to the dashboard. Learn more

 Composing and Sending Messages

The Compose Message box is used to create and share content.

To send a message

  1. Click to select the social profile(s) that will post the message.
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  2. Click Compose message, and then type message.
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  3. Click Send Now.
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Note: When the Send button changes to Send (Delayed) after clicking it is because an attempt was made to post to a large number of social networks. The messages should post after a few minutes.

 Posting to Google+ Pages

Share content with Google+ Pages using the HootSuite dashboard.

Note: Google+ account settings determine how content will display. Learn more

To post to your Google+ Page

  1. Click to select a Google+ Page profile.
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  2. Click Compose message, and then type message.
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  3. Click Send Now.
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 Posting to Google+ Page Circles

Share content with Google+ Page Circles by specifying privacy and sharing options.

Note: Google+ account settings determine how content will display. Learn more

To post to Google+ Page circles

  1. Click to select the Google+ Page profile that will post the message
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  2. Click Compose message, and then type message.
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  3. Click the lock (Privacy Options) icon.
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  4. Click Select Google+ sharing options, select circle(s), and then click Send Now.
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 Tagging Google+ Profiles

Tagging shows followers or contacts who is in the photo or status update.

To tag a Google+ profile

  1. Sign in to the Google+ profile.
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  2. Click a Circle category. 
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  3. Type username, and then click to select profile.  
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  4. Copy profile number (Crtl + c) from browser address bar.
    Note: Only copy string of numbers.
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  5. Return to your HootSuite dashboard, and then click to select your Google+ Page profile.
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  6. Click Compose message.
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  7. Type + and paste (Crtl + v) Google+ profile number where the Google+ profile username should display.
    Example: +111304187847562442798
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  8. Click Send Now.
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The messages will post to the Google+ Page:

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 Posting to LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups are a place for professionals to engage and collaborate on specific topics or industries. 

LinkedIn Group posts can be made from the Compose Message Box section of the HootSuite dashboard. Group posting has a character count maximum of 685, and up to 200 characters can be allocated for the post title. Keeping the content unified will instead post the first 200 characters in the title space and the remaining characters will post in the body.

To post to a LinkedIn group

  1. Hover mouse over Send to, and then click to select a LinkedIn profile from the profile selector. This profile will post your content.
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  2. Click Compose message, type group post, and then click Send Now.

Tip: To separate title and body, add || (two pipes/vertical bars) after title. Press SHIFT + Pipe Backslash Key twice.

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