I found my true Twitter love: Co-Tweet.com

Oh, Co-Tweet, where have you been all my life?

I’ve been experimenting with Twitter apps for the last several weeks in the hopes of finding one that would help me manage numerous accounts. Here’s what I need in a Twitter client:

  • The ability to manage four different accounts: my personal account, @CoMissourian, @CoMissourianNow (our live event account) and @GeekyJournalist.
  • The ability to keep an eye on various hashtags I find useful for mining news tips and seeing what topics are on people’s minds: #CoMo, #Mo, and #mizzou.
  • A way to better manage the @CoMissourian account. Right now, Nate Birt and I do most of the tweeting, and he’s leaving for a new job soon.

I’ve been through a ton of apps, including twhirl, TweetDeck, Splitweet and Nambu. All have great qualities, but none are the total package that Co-Tweet is.

Accounts are easy to add and manage in this Web-based application. You can toggle back and forth between accounts with a single click and easily filter feeds from a single account or multiple accounts. Cue screenshot:

Screen shot of my Co-Tweet account. The navigation makes it easy to toggle between accounts and sort tweets as you see fit

Screen shot of my Co-Tweet account. The navigation makes it easy to toggle between accounts and sort tweets as you see fit

Co-Tweet also gives me the ability to keep an eye on those hashtags that we find so helpful for news tips and community conversation. All you do is use the search function — you can keep a search open indefinitely, or by clicking on the “subscribe” option, you can set yourself up with an RSS feed of your favorite tag.

Tags I like to keep an eye on (and yes, that includes my own name. I ego-surf. Sue me)

Tags I like to keep an eye on (and yes, that includes my own name. I ego-surf. Sue me)

So far, so good, but really, nothing you couldn’t already get from the aformentioned Twitter clients. So let’s talk about what makes Co-Tweet unique.

Check out the handy managment tools

Check out the handy managment tools

For starters, you can designate users as on duty or off duty, thereby making someone responsible for feeding the account at any given time. As you can also see from the screen grab, you can send private notes to other users with instructions on how you’d like them to follow up with a received tweet. If I assign a task to someone, on duty or not, they’ll get an e-mail reminder that there’s a task waiting for them.

Here are a few other awesome features I love:

  • Co-Tweet also offers full bit.ly integration, so it’s easy to not only shorten URLs, but you can still sign into bit.ly to see how many clicks your tweets are receiving.
  • There’s an e-mail function built right in. If you want to reply to a tweet privately and with more than 140 characters, one click sets you up with an e-mail that even quotes the tweet that prompted the response in the first place.
  • Profiles can be looked up within Co-Tweet. It also allows you to see past conversations you’ve had with a person and sort their latest updates.
  • Co-tagging is especially helpful for those accounts used by multiple users. By using a “carrot tag” (^JS) readers can easily look up who within the organization is tweeting. Jen Reeves over at KOMU is making good use of this already.

I love me some Co-Tweet. I’m sure you will too.