One feature that is still lacking till date on Twitter is having multiple contributors to one Twitter account. Just yesterday a regular Netmediablog reader asked me on Facebook if it is possible to have multiple contributors to a Twitter account. I delight in chances of finding solutions for people so i immediately hit the search and found some awesome tools that can be used to add multiple contributors to one Twitter account.
While Twitter may not have added multi-contributor feature to allow more than one person manage one Twitter account, there are free and paid services out there that can allow you and others to manage one Twitter account just like you could on a Facebook page or Google+ page.
There are a couple of articles on the web trying to explain how you could combine multiple Twitter accounts and sharing the feed to services such as Twitterfeed into the Twitter account you wish to update or allow multiple people to Tweet through one account via TwitterMail.
All these processes have some limitations and they require some technical know-how to be able to set them up.
Add Multiple Contributors to One Twitter Account:
I intend to share some awesome services you could use to add multiple contributors to one Twitter account in this article. While most of these services are premium services, you could still use the free plan(s) if you have just 3 contributors or less. Now let’s see how to add multiple contributors to one Twitter account.
GroupTweet is an awesome service that allows any number of contributors to Tweet from a group account safely and securely. GroupTweet accounts can be configured to hide each contributor’s username or display names at the beginning or end of Tweets.
With GroupTweet your company Twitter account won’t have to be a faceless tool or have a single voice as different people can manage such account. GroupTweet will allow your employees the responsibility of updating your company’s Twitter account; it doesn’t have to be one person’s job or ideas.
GroupTweet allows for multiple contributors to seamlessly update a Twitter account regardless of the Twitter client they are using.
I know the idea of opening up your Twitter account to multiple contributors is scary, but with GroupTweet you have the power to moderate Tweets before they could go live on your account.
How to setup GroupTweet account
First create a group account for your company, group, organization or team etc on Twitter.com
Then connect the “Group” Twitter account with GroupTweet.
Contributors can now Tweet from your Twitter account in two ways: Either by logging in to your GroupTweet dashboard or directly from their personal Twitter accounts – no need to login to a new website!
How Contributors GroupTweet
There are three ways a contributor can send a GroupTweet from his/her personal Twitter account (enable any/all/none):
1) Send a Direct Message to the group account
2) Send a @Reply or @Mention to the group account
3) Include the group’s Hashtag in a Tweet
You can allow many contributors as you wish with GroupTweet. There is even a free basic plan for at least 3 contributors.
MediaFunnel was formerly known as TweetFunnel. If you have a company Twitter account that requires multiple contributors to manage, then you need MediaFunnel.
With MediaFunnel you can set different levels of privileges such as administrator, publisher and contributor.
The administrator creates the account and has the abilities to create users and review and publish tweets. The publisher can review and publish tweets. And the contributor can only write and submit tweets to the administrator or publisher for approval and publication.
A publisher or Administrator has several options to choose from when a tweet is submitted by a contributor: approve and post, approve and schedule the tweet to be posted at a later time, hold until later posting or scheduling, or outright reject the tweet.
How to Setup MediaFunnel Account
Simply create your MediaFunnel account, choose your plan and add Twitter accounts. You could use Twitter’s authentication method (recommended) or enter your Twitter account user name and password. Assign roles (privilege) to each contributor account you add and save.
These tools are perfect if you have a company or an organization’s Twitter account that requires multiple contributors to manage. Another tool that can be used to add multiple contributors to one Twitter account includes Hootsuite.
Do you know of other services that can be used to add multiple contributors to one Twitter account? Please use the comment section below to share such services with me. Have you used any of GroupTweet or MediaFunnel in the past? What was your experience with them? I look forward to hearing from you regarding adding multiple contributors to a Twitter account using either of GroupTweet or MediaFunnel.