Juggling Twitter IDs: How Many Handles?
April 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm #71117
From LocalGov2.0.com – Forgive me for not writing about Twitter for some time. Hopefully this quick post will remedy that failure.
I want to talk a bit about why I have a bunch of Twitter handles, and how I use them. I’m also interested in whether you have multiple handles, and why.
I use several handles to focus on specific issues and to build community. I also have split handles to separate elements of my professional and political life. Here’s a brief rundown:
“Me.” My first and most-used handle is simply @adriehampton. I use this identity almost 24-7 from Web, Tweetdeck and my smart phone by mobile Web and text.
Politics. Now that I’m running for the House of Representatives, I’m using the handle @Adriel4Congress with campaign staff to update during the day while I’m at work, to use during work breaks outside the office, and to keep some insider tweets of my main stream. It also allows me to parse out my main handle during the day as a non-campaign identity. In addition to that “political me,” I created @CA_10 to retweet tagged campaign activity, @TheFakeJoeBiden to retweet tweets about Democrats and for general hijinks. I also recently created several handles to push a short-term political agenda.
Community building. One of my favorite handles is @govwiki, which retweets the tag #gov20. This handle allows folks from across the government community to see what their peers are talking about and to find others they may want to follow and collaborate with.
Official activity. I use #pilife-tagged tweets to talk about my job as a City Attorney investigator, and I also help manage the City Attorney’s Office handle, @SFCityAttorney.
How about you? Do you have multiple handles, and how do you use them?
April 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm #71133
I tweet for work as @VAStateParks and personally at @nheltman and as my dog (for fun) @yoda_the_dog. The fact that my dog has more followers than my personal account bothers me just a little. I have found that I have trouble separating my personality into these buckets and a lot of issues and friends seem to work their way into the account I use the most @VAStateParks. So mostly I only use the personal account for more sensitive/highly political topics inappropriate for a state agency.
April 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm #71131
So…. How do we make it easy to jump between our IDs? I’m tired of logging in and out. Any suggestions other than have multiple phones, browser windows? Especially for those of us in high security environments, we just have to use the web apps that are available rather than installed apps.
April 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm #71129
I use Hoot Suite.
April 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm #71127
No multiple handles for the County per se – but we are using multiple people to aggregate content from various departments into a single stream. Kinda anti-Adriel, I guess… : )
My personal account @GrayCraig has fallen by the wasyside in favor of maintaing the @roanokecounty more often. My Twitterberry client and Twhirl clients are set up for the County. My personal updates are now going to a personal Facebook page, which is set up to my Blackberry as well, so I don’t have to log-in/out like Dave, but rather switch apps.
April 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm #71125
I rarely bounce around on more than two at once, so one of my defaults is smart phone, logged in on one account on mobile Web, texting to my main account. That way I can search on the mobile Web, then respond from one of two accounts. At home, it’s one on Tweetdeck, a second on the browser.
April 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm #71123
Gray – how are you handling the aggregating? We have some folks interested in tweeting for us but I envision a unified effort (although I have urged them to become users and retweet our stuff).
May 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm #71121
Hoot Suite is definitely your friend. It lets you maintain and post from multiple accounts simultaneously. I also really like the fact that it will let you shrink your URLs and then track clicks.
I maintain my personal Twitter account @HeyBeeCee there as well as my only work account @ORAUdotOrg. Actually, 3 or 4 of us have posting rights to @ORAUdotOrg thanks to Hoot Suite.
May 2, 2009 at 7:56 am #71119
I’ve also just got a CoTweet account, but haven’t yet got familiar with it. Seems like it must be a Hoot Suite competitor.
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