Who says you can only have one Twitter account? You have (at least) two emails, don’t you? One for work and one for your personal stuff? Or phone numbers – one for the office and one for you cell? Why not have two Twitter ID’s?
As Twitter continues to grow, more and more people will find a need for multiple handles. Usually, it’s a case where your mom doesn’t care about what’s going on in the tech world. She does want to see the photos of your kids on Flickr, though!
Desktop Applications Don’t Cut It
Multiple Twitter accounts poses a problem, doesn’t it? Most of the desktop Twitter applications allow just one profile. You could log in and out of your various profiles all day – but who wants to do that? Splitweet has the answer.
Splitweet is a Twitter multi account manager that lets you do all the normal stuff like monitor your Twitter feeds, send replies and send direct messages. The difference is you can do it for multiple accounts!
Color Coded, Multi Twitter Feed Awesomeness
Once you set up your account, all you need to do is add your Twitter credentials in the ‘Twitter accounts’ tab. Then, just write your tweet and check the accounts you want the message to go to. Hit ‘Tweet it’ and the update is off!
Monitoring your feeds is just as easy. Splitweet color codes the accounts. In my profile, @jasondrohn is green while @axiium is blue. Every time a new tweet comes in, the color comes up to identify where it’s from.
Behind Curtain #3 – Brand Monitoring!
As an added bonus, Splitweet offers brand monitoring. Just specify the keyword that you want tracked, such as ‘Twitip,’ and you’ll be notified every time the word is mentioned on Twitter. I’ve used it to monitor some client projects and my own blogs and it works really well.
Brand monitoring is great for the business user as well. Just add your services or your products to Splitweet and let it keep track of what people think of them!
Yes, There Are A Couple Downsides…
The downside to Splitweet – it’s only available online. There isn’t a desktop app available yet. If you’re anything like me, this can be a pain. I am a Firefox tab fiend, usually averaging about 14 open tabs. One tends to get lost pretty quickly!
Additionally, a browser window is slow to update Splitweet uses AJAX and it uses it pretty well. I’m just used to having tabs like TweetDeck or Twhirl guide me though Twitter conversations. Nothing major – just a personal preference.
Ultimately, It’s A Great Tool
Splitweet is great for people managing multiple accounts as long as they don’t mind interacting through a browser window. Conversations are pretty fluid and Tweets are well marked. I am personally addicted to desktop apps, though.
I fully expect a few of those applications to adopt the multi-Twitter account functionality soon enough. I do hope Splitweet gets something into beta before long, though.
Do you have two (or more) accounts? How do you manage them currently?
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