I prefer to access my various Twitter accounts thru the TweetDeck web interface. It organizes all of the different accounts and their associated streams very well, and it makes it much easier and more enjoyable to use Twitter.
Today, TweetDeck announced a new “Teams” feature, which will allow multiple users to access the same Twitter accounts but those users won’t need to share passwords in order to log in. From the Twitter blog, linked above:
TweetDeck Teams is a simple solution to Twitter account sharing. It enables you to delegate access to as many people as you like, and remove accounts when they no longer need access.
TweetDeck Teams works by having the owner (Admin) of one Twitter account create a team inside of TweetDeck and from there, that owner can add other users (Contributors). Those users confirm their place on the team thru an e-mail invitation. Account owners can also remove team members anytime. More from the Twitter blog:
Admins are users who sign in to TweetDeck with their personal account. As an admin, the user can Tweet from the account (plus build lists, follow or unfollow accounts, send Tweets and schedule Tweets), add or remove team members and view the team. An admin cannot access the account off of TweetDeck or change the credentials or password.
And contributors are those people who can Tweet from and act as the account (plus build lists, follow or unfollow accounts, send Tweets and schedule Tweets). Contributors cannot view, add or remove team members, and can not access the account outside of TweetDeck.
Of course, there are some drawbacks to this system. For team members to access the necessary Twitter account(s), they’ll need to use TweetDeck. No word yet as to whether or not this functionality will be extended to the Twitter website, Twitter mobile or third-party apps. Also, TweetDeck Teams is only currently available on the TweetDeck web interface, the TweetDeck Chrome extension and the TweetDeck Windows app. Presumably, the function will be added to other TweetDeck clients in the future.
Overall, I think this is a good update to the platform. It’s been a rough go for third-party Twitter apps as of late and even tho TweetDeck is owned by Twitter, even its future has seemed unclear at times. Seeing a development like this reassures me that TweetDeck is not in fact long for this world, and I’m sure many users will make good use of TweetDeck Teams.