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Playing with Postling



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Last post, I showed off SocialMention. This time, let’s look at Postling, at postling.com.

Postling is a nice compliment to socialmention. While socialmention scours the web for mentions of a search term, Postling gathers all the different conversations and comments about you from your various social media accounts.

I’m still experimenting with it. Right now, I have added my library’s Facebook Pages (three of them), our main Twitter account, and our Flickr account. What’s this get me? Postling shows me two things – all published posts (think tweets and Facebook status updates), and all comments left on each of those posts and photos.

So it’s one handy place to keep track of comments on social media outposts. I can take it a bit further, and add in our LinkedIn and Yelp accounts, too (though we don’t get too many comments in those places).

Then I get a daily email with all comments in one handy place (as in my email inbox). Links to the comment are included, so I can add responses if needed.

I’d love to add in our Youtube account – we get occasional comments there, too.

Interestingly, Postling captures some Facebook comments that I can’t really do anything with. It seems to go further out than just the discussion on the library’s Facebook Page – it seems to also capture some comments by “friends of friends” that I can’t see, because they aren’t my friend – but they come through in my daily Postling email. And if I can see the actual status update, I still can’t respond, unless I friend the person first. Weird.

Anyone else using Postling? If so – what do you like/dislike about it?

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  • http://twitter.com/Philbradley Phil Bradley

    I tried it, but wasn’t that impresed. It didn’t seem to do that much that I couldn’t easily do elsewhere. I was put off with the Flickr authorisation which would have allowed it to ‘upload, edit and replace photos and videos in your account.’ That’s just so not going to happen, so that option was denied. Not something I think I’ll be going to be returning to, to be honest.

  • http://www.chrismaguire.com/ RevolvingDork

    Hi Phil!

    Postling asks for those extended permissions on authorized Flickr accounts so you can upload new photos and edit/delete existing photos from within their interface. Every upload/edit/delete operation is 100% user-directed, so they will only be utilized when you manually request them. It’s good to see you’re concerned about your security online, though — too many folks say “yes” without a second thought!

    As far as I’m aware, Postling is the only service that lets you edit/delete content across your social networks and blogs, as well as the only service that pulls in comments from all of these services and lets you reply to them directly.

  • Alexis

    Hey David, thanks for the write-up!

    Just wanted to let you know that if you start your “Tracking” trial you can pull in all comments for any search terms you designate and we’ll scour news articles, blog posts, blog post comments, Twitter mentions, etc. for those results. It’s pretty similar to socialmention… the only difference is that we let you re-post anything you find to any of your social media accounts.

    We also allow you to pull in your RSS feeds so you don’t really need to use tools like Google Reader. Just like Tracking, you can re-post anything you find interesting or relevant.

    If you have any specific questions at all definitely let mek now. Happy to chat more with you (or any fellow commenters!).

    Thanks!

    Alexis
    VP of Customers
    Postling.com
    alexis@postling.com

  • Ahniwa

    By trial, I assume you mean that you get this free for awhile and then have to pay for it as a premium feature? Postling sounds like a cool tool, but not something I’d be willing to pay for.

  • http://bretphillips.com Bret Phillips

    Nice quick writeup David. I’ve recently begun using Postling myself and I have to say, it has been pretty nice.

    Over time I’ve looked into many applications that are similar, but none of them have been as easy to use as Postling.

    While it definitely still needs to grow, I think for a new piece of software, at this price point, it is fantastic.

    I’ve started a post myself and have been adding to it, probably will put it up sometime next month.

  • http://bretphillips.com Bret Phillips

    Nice quick writeup David. I’ve recently begun using Postling myself and I have to say, it has been pretty nice.

    Over time I’ve looked into many applications that are similar, but none of them have been as easy to use as Postling.

    While it definitely still needs to grow, I think for a new piece of software, at this price point, it is fantastic.

    I’ve started a post myself and have been adding to it, probably will put it up sometime next month.

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Thanks Brett! Looking forward to reading your post – when you post it, can you link it here too? Might be useful for my readers…

  • Colleen Greene

    I think Postling is just okay. I still prefer Posterous for publishing to multiple social channels from a single post, and I still prefer Social Mention as well as Google News Alerts to monitor my brand (although Posting does have that Facebook integration).

    I think if Posting supported multiple editors/logins on a single master account (for business users), I’d get our library’s Social Media Team on board with it.

  • http://www.colleenscommentary.net/ Colleen Greene

    Argh, typos…Postling (not Posting).

  • http://www.chrismaguire.com/ RevolvingDork

    Hi Colleen!

    It’s great that you mention logins for a set of accounts, because Postling actually has that functionality built in! Just click Settings->Manage Users and you’ll be able to add as many additional logins as you like, each with its own set of privileges.

  • http://twitter.com/fusiblesocial Fusible Social

    Yeah, I’ve been playing with it for a bit, and I think it’s great. A few more features that would be great are video and link options. Bit it’s great to have a one-stop site for most of what I want to do.

  • Alexis

    Hey Ahniwa,

    All of the posting/responding/scheduling features are all free. Postling Premium includes the tracking/reviews/rss features.