Vancouver's HootSuite acquires TwitterBar and re-brands as HootBar

by Rob Lewis | Culture

Vancouver's HootSuite has acquired an add-on for the Firefox 4 browser called TwitterBar which allows users to post to social profiles directly from the web address bar. The add-on has aptly been renamed HootBar.

Initially created by Tony Farndon and developed by Christopher Finke, TwitterBar has over 1.9 million installations by Firefox users.

With the transition from TwitterBar to HootBar, users will enjoy more options for spreading messages across multiple networks. Plus, users can quick-launch the popular “Hootlet” for even more functionality including pre-populating a message with the shortened URL of the current page.

The beauty of the app is in its simplicity for quickly spreading messages. Just type a message and append it with one of the HootBar commands to post directly to Twitter; open the message in the Hootlet; post from multiple accounts; or choose even more posting options.

The HootBar is available for immediate download as an add-on for Firefox 4 for web and Android mobile platforms.

While the HootBar announcement is exciting for users, today's press release includes some stats that will impress our startup-loving readers.

In two years, HootSuite has grown from a fledgling start-up to an industry-leader with over 1.5 million users around the world. And just four months after launching paid plans, the company is now cashflow positive and has grown to a team of 48 people.

Add that to your HootBar!

Hootsuite Media, Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform. More than 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies, trust Hootsuite to manage their social media programs across multiple social networks from one integrated dashboard. Learn more about how Hootsuite is revolutionizing communication at more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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