Add Streams

Streams of content can be added to the Hootsuite dashboard after the corresponding social network has been connected.

Streams are grouped under tabs. The dashboard can host 20 tabs, and each tab can host up to 10 streams.

The stream types available differ depending on the social network. For example, Twitter has a Mentions stream, and Facebook has an Events stream.

 Add Streams

Add Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Page, LinkedIn or WordPress.com blog streams.

important_icon_37x44.png Streams can be added for WordPress.com blogs. WordPress.org accounts can be managed in the Hootsuite dashboard using the WordPress.org app.

Notes:

  • When a Mentions stream is first added, a maximum of 800 tweets will display.
  • The New Followers stream populates up to 20 new followers on initial creation, and will refresh (pending additional new followers) based on your dashboard refresh settings.
  • Facebook Page’s Unpublished Page Posts stream currently does not have sharing or audience reach data available.

To add a stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream.
  4. Select a social network from the list on the left.
  5. Click to select a profile to stream content in Hootsuite.
  6. Click Add Stream Add_Stream25x26.png inline with the stream, or select a stream type from the drop-down list (WordPress), and then click Create Stream.

 Add App Streams

After an app has been installed, the corresponding app stream can be added. Only certain apps can be added to the dashboard as streams, and they will populate in the Add Stream list.

To add an app stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream.
  4. Select Apps from the list on the left.
  5. Click Add Stream Add_Stream25x26.png inline with the app.
  6. Connect and authorize the app account.

 Add Shared Streams

Add streams shared among team members so that you and your team are monitoring identical content.

To add a stream shared with a team

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream.
  4. Select Shared with teams from the list on the left.
  5. Select a team from the drop-down list,
  6. Click Add Stream Add_Stream25x26.png inline with the stream.

 Add Facebook Group Filtered Streams

Facebook Group News Feed streams can be filtered to show content posted by specified users.

important_icon_37x44.png  Only Facebook Group Administrators can manage Facebook Group streams.

A filtered stream cannot be edited, only deleted and recreated.

To add a filtered Facebook stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, and then select Facebook from the list on the left.
  4. Select the Facebook group that will stream content in Hootsuite.
  5. Click Filter across from the stream name. Only the News Feed stream can be filtered.
  6. Enter a stream title, select the users who will appear in the stream, and then click Add Stream.

    Note: A maximum of 200 users can be selected.

  7. Click Add Stream.

 Add Search or Keyword Streams

Search streams can be created for Twitter profiles, Facebook profiles and Pages and Google+ Pages, which will display content specific to your search queries.

Twitter Keyword search streams enable users to track and monitor up to three keywords or phrases from their dashboard.

To add a search stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, and then select a social network from the list on the left.
  4. Click the Search tab.
  5. Select the profile to stream the content from the picker, and then enter a search query.
  6. Click Add Stream.

tip.png Click Show examples for examples of how to type an advanced query (Twitter).

To add a Twitter keyword search stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, and then select Twitter from the list on the left.
  4. Click the Keyword tab.
  5. Select the Twitter profile that will stream the content, enter a keyword or phrase, and then click Add. Three keywords can be tracked in one stream.
  6. Click Add Stream.

 Add Search Streams with Language Filters

Add a language filter to Twitter, Facebook or Google+ Page search streams to generate content in a specific language.

tip.png Add geo-location to Twitter search streams or click Show examples for examples of how to type an advanced query.

To add a search stream with a language filter

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, and then select a social network from the list on the left.
  4. Click the Search tab.
  5. Select the profile that will stream the content, enter a search query, followed by a space.
  6. Enter lang: and then the language abbreviation (eg. French = fr, Spanish = es, Japanese = ja, click to see more)
  7. Click Add Stream.

 Add Twitter Geo-Search Streams

Geo-search streams provide Twitter search results for words or phrases within a specific radius for a specified geographic location.

Adding a geo-search stream is a two-step process; first, obtain the coordinates for the location in which you want to search from Google Maps or Bing, and then set up the stream in the dashboard.

To find location coordinates in Google Maps

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Enter a business name or address, and then select it from the list.
  3. Right-click the marker on the map, and then select What's here? Location coordinates will populate in top-left corner below the address.
  4. Click-and-drag your mouse over the coordinates to highlight, and then press command + c for a Mac or Crtl + c for a PC to copy the coordinates.

To find location coordinates in Bing

  1. Open Bing Maps.
  2. Enter a business name or location into the corresponding search bar, and then press ENTER.
  3. Right-click the marker on the map, and then click-and-drag your mouse over the coordinates to highlight.
  4. Press command + c for a Mac or Crtl + c for a PC to copy the coordinates.

To add a geo-search stream

  1. In the Hootsuite dashboard, select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, select Twitter from the list on the left, and then click the Search tab.
  4. Select a Twitter profile from the picker, and then enter a search query, followed by a space.
  5. Enter geocode: and then press command + v for a Mac or Crtl + v for a PC to paste your location coordinates.

    Note: There should not be any spaces after the word geocode.

  6. Enter a comma and then enter the radius of your search, followed by km for kilometers or mi for miles.
  7. Click Add Stream.

tip.png  To geo-search local results within a 25km radius of your current location, enter your search query and then click the target Geo-search_target30x30.png.

 Add Twitter List Streams

Twitter list streams allow users to monitor content from a specific group of contacts. Create a stream from an existing Twitter list, or create public or private Twitter list streams from scratch. These lists can also be accessed from Twitter.com.

To add a Twitter list stream (existing)

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, select Twitter from the list on the left, and then click the Lists tab.
  4. Select the Twitter profile from the picker, and then select a list to add as a stream.
  5. Click Add Stream.

To create and add a Twitter list

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab that will host the stream.
  3. Click Add Stream, select Twitter from the list on the left, and then click the Lists tab.
  4. Select the Twitter profile from the picker.
  5. Click Create a new list, and then enter a name for the list in the field below.
  6. Optional: Enter a description for the Twitter list.
  7. Click Public list (anyone can view) or Private list (only you can view).
  8. Click Add Stream.
  9. Drag-and-drop contact avatars (profile pics) to the list stream to add them to the list.

 Add Comment Streams

Comment streams can be created from specific posts, to display all comments made on that particular post. Comment streams can be created from the following stream types: Google+ Page Home Stream, Circle streams, Sent Messages and search streams; Facebook Wall Post streams and Group News Feed streams.

To create a comment stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab hosting the Facebook or Google+ Page stream.
  3. Hover your mouse over the post, click the arrow FB_post_more_arrow28x28.png in the top-right corner of the post, and then click Create Comment Stream.

A Comments stream will populate on the far-right side of Streams.

 Add LinkedIn Discussion Streams

LinkedIn discussions can be saved as new streams, eliminating repetitive searches. Comments made after saving will also display in the new stream.

To save a LinkedIn discussion as a stream

  1. Select Streams Streams_icon30x30.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click the tab hosting the LinkedIn stream.
  3. Hover your mouse over the message, click the arrow FB_post_more_arrow28x28.png in the top-right corner of the post, and then click Save Discussion as Stream.

A Comments stream will populate on the far-right side of Streams.

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