Twitter Thoughts: Using Two Accounts to Sort Tweets?

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I’ve been using Twitter for several months now, with my account @mcelhearn. I find it a good way to communicate with my readers, as well as with my colleagues. It’s also an interesting way to get news, though I tend to depend more on RSS for general news. But I’ve noticed that there are two types of Twitter accounts I follow, and I’m wondering if it wouldn’t make sense for me to have two Twitter accounts, and even use two clients, one for each.

One the one hand, there is the general communication among friends, colleagues and followers. That’s the standard, often two-way Twitter usage that most people have. But then there are the one-way communications, from, for example, new sites and publications I follow. Some are breaking news, others in-depth reporting, and still others are record labels and musical performers I follow. It seems that segregating these follow-only accounts to a separate Twitter account would make sense, and would make my timeline less populated and easier to read. However, while many Twitter clients can handle multiple accounts, I have yet to see any that can display both accounts at the same time, in different windows. Hence the idea of using two clients: one for my main account, and one for my follow account. (To be fair, this might be just confusing; switching from one account to another might be sufficient.)

What would probably be more efficient would be to group my news tweets in a list. But I don’t see that Twitter clients can choose to not display the contents of a list in the timeline; that could be a good way of segregating different types of tweets.

Have any of you done this with Twitter? If so, how does it work out for you?

4 replies
  1. Peter Simoons says:


    I follow too many people to manage it all in one timeline, so I have chosen to manage the people I follow using Twitter lists. I have lists per subject (i.e. leadership, social media, alliances), one list for regional folks I follow, a couple of lists for customers and a “premium” list.

    The premium list and the customer lists combined is basically the time line I always want to follow. The other lists I catch up with a couple of times a day. There I may mis out on some of the tweets published, that’s fine. On the premium & customer lists I want to read as much as I can.

    The major tool I use is Hootsuite ( ) which is available online as a webtool and for iPad/iPhone. Maybe it is available for other platforms too, but these are the ones I use. Hootsuite allows to show columns for the lists you use and makes it pretty easy to stay on top of the things you want to stay on top of.

    This way you can stick to one Twitter account and stay in control on what you follow and what group to maintain two-way communication with. By the way, Hootsuite also supports multiple Twitter accounts, so in case you decide to go the multiple Twitter account route it might be helpful too.

    Hope this helps in your considerations of the Twitter setup!


  2. Mark Rabnett says:

    TweetDeck is another Twitter application that works extremely well. I have two different Twitter accounts, and I use them for the same reasons you outline in your blog post. TweetDeck allows me to follow both at the same time in different columns.

    My only regret is that my MacBook screen is too small to manage TweetDeck to the best advantage.

    The program is easily customizable. I have only just begun to use lists more extensively. This may be a better route than multiple Twitter accounts. Worth investigating.

    Keep up the good work with your blog. I always enjoy your posts and I have become an iTunes addict after absorbing your new ebook.



  3. Charles says:

    Which is still why I do not understand what to do with Twitter.
    For one usage I have Rss and Google reader, Reeder, etc
    For the other I have Facebook, which group more friends than twitter
    May be I should try to use the list feature of Twitter

  4. Rob Kennedy says:

    I use Tweetdeck and Twitter lists. Tweetdeck columns can be customized to display tweets only from certain lists. Also, Tweetdeck can display tweets from multiple accounts, each in separate columns. And (icing on the cake) you can also setup columns on specific search items. All-in-all Tweetdeck is a very versatile way to manage your Twitter accounts.

    And…you can tweet from multiple accounts within Tweetdeck.

    I enjoy your blog very much.

    Rob Kennedy


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