Ever been asked to help out and tweet on someone else’s behalf? Maybe you just landed a job as a social media manager and you don’t want to completely abandon your current personal Twitter account. In 2009, Twitter rolled out a feature in beta called “Contributors” – some of you have it and some of you don’t. The Contributors feature allows companies the ability to have others tweet on their behalf so that it shows real people behind those company profiles by giving them a byline in the tweet (see below). It certainly settles the dilemma of should you have your logo or a person’s face as your profile image.
When I asked the folks at Twitter whether or not this was still in beta or if there was any rhyme or reason as to who got it and who didn’t, they said yes it’s still in beta, it was random selection on who got it and no plans as of yet to make it a feature to everyone.
That being said, if you are one of the lucky ones, then under Edit Settings you should see eight (8) options. The ‘Contributors’ option is under the Apps option and is last in the list on the left hand navigation menu.
Your Twitter profile will look like one of these:
If you do have the Contributors feature then click on the link (at the bottom) and you’ll be brought to this page below where it will allow you to enter in a Twitter handle of the person you want to give access to your account. So if you manage your company’s Twitter profile then go into that account and add your own personal profile to Contributors.
Do you have the Contributors feature? If you don’t have it and would like to get it? If you do have it, has it helped your streamline your businesses Twitter activity? Let me know in the comments below.