If you have multiple Twitter logins like I do, you are probably pretty frustrated that Twitter doesn’t offer an easy way to manage multiple accounts in one location. But it turns out, they do let you do this, just not on the main Twitter website, more on that in a moment.
To manage multiple Twitter accounts, you must login and logout of each account. Not exactly a seamless experience. It would be nice if Twitter allowed you to manage multiple accounts the same way Facebook allows you to manage multiple Facebook Pages under one login. If you use the Twitter App on your mobile device, you can relatively easily change between accounts (although this could still be better as well), but if you use Twitter on your computer, you are out of luck, that is, unless you use TweetDeck.
Oddly, when Twitter acquired TweetDeck last year, they did away with the mobile app version without offering similar functionality in the official Twitter app. I’m hoping that will change sometime soon. But my focus here is computer-based access to all my Twitter accounts. And on that front, TweetDeck is an excellent solution to managing multiple Twitter accounts in one dashboard style view. In fact, even without a mobile app version, TweetDeck works quite well in the browser of your mobile device (ideally a tablet because you need the screen real estate).
SO WHAT IS TWEETDECK?
TweetDeck allows you to build a custom Twitter experience unique to your workflow. One of the best features of TweetDeck is it’s ability to cull the feeds of all your Twitter accounts into one column view. But it doesn’t stop there, you can also set up additional columns to display custom searches or to display specific @mentions, and you can even have a column to display all your direct messages.
TweetDeck works by assigning one Twitter account as the main account you use to sign-in, then you add each additional account to be managed. When you want to Tweet something, you can choose which accounts to Tweet with, and when you Retweet something, it knows which account to use automatically.
HOW I USE TWEETDECK
I have one column that shows the feeds for all my Twitter accounts in one consolidated view. This is similar to showing “All Inboxes” in your mail app. I have several custom search columns. For example, I have one column that filters on the #photography hashtag, another that searches more specifically for “fine art photography.” You can set as many of these columns up as you wish, well, as long as it’s within the maximum allowed, which I believe is 50.
You can also control whether or not your columns update live (constantly scrolling) or if they work more like your Twitter account feed where you have to click to show the latest Tweets. I’ve chosen to have it display live.
I also have a column that contains direct messages from all my Twitter accounts, and another column that shows all the @mentions for each of my Twitter accounts. For both of these columns, I use the “Clear” feature when I’m done reading and responding to the latest @mention tweets and direct messages, which is kind of like your email’s “Mark as Read” function. These tweets and direct messages are still out there, they just don’t show up in TweetDeck anymore. I also have “popup” and “sound” alerts turned on for new @mention tweets and direct messages. You can control these alerts per column.
MY TWEETDECK WORKFLOW
- Fire up my Google Chrome browser and click the TweetDeck icon in my Bookmarks Bar.
- I’ll immediately get any alerts if I have new @mentions or direct messages, and I can choose to deal with them now, or wait until later.
- When I’m done reading and responding to all my @mentions, I’ll click “Clear” on that column, and I do the same for my direct messages.
- Then if I’m looking for new content to write about here on my photography blog, I’ll scan the #photography and “fine art photography” columns, as well as a few other custom search columns I have set up.
- If I want to get an idea of what is going on in the world, and in the area of politics, I check out custom search columns for those topics.
- And if I feel like being bombarded by an army of tweets, I’ll direct my bloodshot gaze at the “Home” column which is the consolidated feed for all my Twitter accounts.
So there you have it, a complete solution to effectively manage all your Twitter accounts. Happy tweeting!
Oh, and if you are already a TweetDeck aficionado, drop a line in the comments section below and let me know your TweetDeck workflow.