Hootsuite Streams are feeds that display the content from your connected social accounts. In Streams you can monitor the activity across all your accounts and engage with your audience. Streams can display your own posts, and the engagement that they’re receiving. You can also create streams that monitor specific keywords on social, so you can participate in conversations relevant to your industry.
In each Hootsuite account the Streams section is a blank slate, so that you can organize your streams in the way that makes the most sense for you. You can organize streams under tabs, much like tabs on filing folders. Each tab holds 10 streams. Some organizations with a small number of profiles choose to create all their streams under one tab, so everything can be monitored at once. Others prefer to have one tab per social network. You could also create one tab for streams that display your own posts, and another for streams monitoring competitors or hashtags.
See Add, rename, move, or delete a tab to learn more about tab setup and organization.
Before you begin adding streams, connect your social accounts first. Then add corresponding streams for each one. If you’re a team member in an organization, you should already have access to the organization’s profiles and don’t need to add them to your own dashboard. See Overview: Add social networks to Hootsuite.
Available stream types and stream content
Each social profile type has different stream types available. These streams, and what you can do with them, depend on the functionality made available by the social networks to third parties like Hootsuite.
For available stream types, stream content, and instructions for adding streams for each social network, see:
- Add a Facebook stream
- Add an Instagram stream
- Add a Twitter stream
- Add a LinkedIn stream
- Add a YouTube stream
Many apps in the Hootsuite app directory are also integrated as streams.
Stream view settings and refresh intervals
Your stream view can be adjusted with the Compact, Standard, or Comfortable view settings in the top right of your streams. These change how many streams are visible at one time without scrolling left or right. Each tab can be tailored differently.
In the top left of your streams, select the arrow to the left of the Add Stream button to change the refresh interval. This is how often Hootsuite will search for new content to display (as it becomes available). You can also manually refresh individual tabs, regardless of the auto refresh interval, with the Refresh Tab button . When a tab is refreshed manually, every stream in that tab gets updated.
The blue dots on post timestamps indicate new or unread posts since your last dashboard or stream refresh.