By Marsha Collier

Part of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can use tools to expand your social media prowess by delivering more than pithy phrases in your Tweets, Facebook, and Instagram messages. As you become engrossed in the social media universe, you’ll no doubt need some tools to help you navigate, organize, and direct your communications. Try out the recommended tools in this table.

 

Social Media Companion Tools

Tool URL What It Does
Bit.ly www.bit.ly Shortens URLs to fit within 280-character Tweets and provides statistics on how many people visit the link
Buffer www.buffer.com Has a free plan that lets you schedule up to ten social posts at a time
Facetune www.facetuneapp.com Excellent mobile app to edit portraits and selfies
HootSuite hootsuite.com/create-free-account Has a desktop or browser client to organize your Twitter and Facebook friends and posts
TweetDeck www.tweetdeck.com Helps with Twitter chats by tracking and managing your Twitter friends