Hi everyone, and welcome to Tubetorial! I’m Lorraine Nepomuceno.
This is Part 2 of our series on How To Become A Twitter Power User, and it’s about a very awesome third-party product called CoTweet. Last time, we looked at HootSuite, which I think is good for individuals- and CoTweet differs in that it’s a great for businesses.
Today, I’m going to show you how to get started using CoTweet, as well as some of its unique features.
So, the first thing to do is go to the CoTweet website at cotweet.com. You can see a short summary of some of the things you can do with CoTweet here… and to sign up, click the Sign Up button.
After creating an account, you’ll want to go ahead and add one of your Twitter accounts here. Because I’m already logged into Twitter, it takes me straight to the authorization screen. I’ll allow access, and I’m taken back to the CoTweet accounts area. Here’s where I can invite people- we’ll get back to that later- and here, I can input my bit.ly or ping.fm account details- so you see, there’s a lot of integration going on here.
For now, though, I’m going to add another Twitter account here- the first one was my personal account, and now I’ll add my business account, which is SweeterLorraine. I have to logout of my first Twitter account, and login to the second one to be able to authorize it.
And now when I return to my CoTweet dashboard, I have two accounts listed over on the left.
So now, let’s look at the Inbox, which is where you’ll be spending most of your time in CoTweet. Just let me resize my screen, and load my Inbox… and as you can see it’s sort of like an email application, with an inbox and an outbox. And you can click directly here to see your Friends’ Updates.
And if I want to tweet from here, I simply click on the New Update button.
Next, I’ll show you how to invite someone- and this is one of the unique features of CoTweet. You can have multiple users updating one Twitter account. So I’ll invite someone here… and now let me login with his new account, so you can see what happens.
Now when you have multiple users on one account, you want to have a way to differentiate their tweets- and CoTweet’s answer to that is something called CoTags. Each user sets up a CoTag to show that the tweet comes from them. You do that here.
And finally- I’m going to show you one of my favorite features of CoTweet, and that’s how to assign specific tweets to other users on your account. This can come in handy if you want a co-worker to update a certain topic, for example. So let me go into my account, and post an update. After posting it, I simply click on it, then hit the “A” key- and I can choose which user to assign it to.
To see which tweets are assigned to you, click on the “Assigned to Me” link over here.
These are just a few of the things you can do with CoTweet. As you can see, it’s a very powerful program, and is especially useful for businesses who want to connect with their customers on Twitter.