At long last I gave my presentation on social media for small business at the Umpqua Bank on South Waterfront. My deep and sincere thanks to Tom Bennett for his awesome and huge contribution. Turn-out was disappointing in terms of numbers, but not in terms of the enthusiasm of those who did show up. One question that came up that I didn't have a ready answer for was Multiple people using one twitter account.
One of the businesses in attendance wanted to enable multiple members of their team to post to a single twitter account, by texting from their different phones.
When the question of "can this be done"...I said I was sure there was a work-around...(isn't there always?)
Despite having asked the question, the questioner met my response above with "Twitter says very clearly that you can't. So."
But if I say you can and twitter says you can't who you gonna believe? Well...twitter I imagine. Here's what they have to say:
Can I use the same phone number on multiple accounts, or have multiple phone numbers for the same account?
No. You can only use one phone number for one account.
OK....done and done, right?
Not so fast!
What about this?
Set up a TwitterMail account. Then, everyone you want to give access to post to your Twitter account simply adds the email address in their cell phone address book and sends an MMS message to it. It posts to Twitter...I think that different providers have different protocols for sending text to an email address, but it can certainly be done.
that would work wouldn't it?
The above common sense solution, or most of it anyway, was from a discussion happening here:
Tom also mentioned using Hootsuite. Sensible solution too, adding multiple editors to your hootsuite account.
Also gave a "case study" of gDiaper's use of social media and community building. They do it right.
A big shout-out and thank you to the people from Little Red Press, who made the presentation worthwhile with their enthusiasm and attention, and the fact that they said it was "inspiring".