Running a Twitter account for your Lodge is a big commitment and it is best done as a team rather than individual effort. Up until now the only way to share a Twitter account was for all users to have the username (@AccountName) and password. This might not be the best way. Whilst we all trust each other as brethren in a Lodge, we might also want to adopt the best practice that we would see in our working lives. One reason for doing this would be so that you can turn on Login verification on your Twitter account which adds an additional layer of security helping to prevent your account being hijacked. After all we know that there are plenty of people who would like to take over a Lodge account and set it to send inappropriate Tweets.
There is now a better approach. As you will know from my previous posts, TweetDeck is my preferred tool for “listening” to Twitter feeds ( I currently run four feeds) for the following reasons:
- It is FREE
- It is owned and developed by Twitter, therefore it will not get broken when they change something
- It does everything that the listening part of other tools does without hiding some bits behind a premium account
- Integration with Better TweetDeck gives you access to emoji (emoticons) which other tools make more difficult
- Did I mention it is FREE!
TweetDeck is now new and improved with a new feature called TweetDeck Teams.
This feature enables you to delegate access to other Twitter account holders without having to give them ownership of the account. The following example uses two of my accounts:
- As the owner of @HungerfordLodge, log in to TweetDeck using the Twitter account credentials and from the navigation bar, select Accounts.
- Select Team @HungerfordLodge.
- Type the name of the account(s) you want to have access to@HungerfordLodge
- Select Authorize and an email will be sent to the account. (For this example, let’s say the user being authorized is @MoonrakerX3).
- MoonrakerX3 will need to Accept the invitation in TweetDeck to contribute.
- The email address associated with@HungerfordLodge will receive an email that @MooonrakerX3 has been added to the team.
Twitter have produced a short video to show you how this all works.
Assigning roles to team members
TweetDeck provides for two roles:
|Tweet from account||Y||Y|
|View/add/remove team members||Y|
In most cases, Contributor will be the appropriate role for your team members.
Only the Twitter account owner can
- access the account using a tool other than TweetDeck
- change the credentials or password for the account
Once you have established the team, you should change the password for the account to one that only the account owner knows and establish the login verification.
I hope you find this useful and look forward to your feedback.