Today we learned how to use Twitter and various related cites. Since my students work in groups, I wanted them to create a Twitter account that can be used by all the group members. Now, it turns out that it is not straightforward! In WordPress.com, one group member could create a blog and then add the group mates with administrative rights. This way, they can collaborate on blogs. However, Twitter has not yet publicly introduced a multiple-user Twitter account.
I found that www.CoTweet.com is a web-based Twitter client that lets you add multiple users to one Twitter account! Here is a screenshot of how you do it.
Once you add your group members, they can access the Twitter account on their own.
How will you know who has been tweeting? Luckily Cotweet has thought about that. You can create cotags for each group members. The tweet will then contain that cotag which will identify the group member. For example, my cotag can be ^AM, just 3 character long, which will be added to the tweet. Here is a screenshot–
The coolest feature of Cotweet is that it lets you schedule your tweets! For businesses it is a very important feature because many promotions are planned in advance and you may want to schedule those tweets beforehand. Besides that, Cotweet provides you with a URL shortener too. Here is a screenshot
Overall, I think that CoTweet is a very useful Twitter client. Try it and let me know what you think!