ComTweets (@comtweets) is a (free) service that organizes a Twitter community around a common email address, like Facebook organizes networks. The stated goal is to facilitate “easy discovery and communications between coworkers.” This is not unlike Yammer‘s goal, but Yammer’s conversations are viewable only by people in the network (common email addresses). Of course, this means adding yet another social networking account to your plate.
Launched in May 2009, ComTweets lets “the world” see everyone who has elected to affiliate their Twitter account with their employer. And it is very easy to set up a new network on ComTweets: you simply sign up with your work email address. The first person to sign up gets to set up the organizational account, like so.
When you associate your Twitter account with an organization/network, ComTweets asks if this is a personal or organizational account. The question caused me to stumble, as I first thought “this” referenced the ComTweets network. Then I realized that ComTweets was asking about the Twitter account that I was associating with the email address. That’s when I knew I was to select “personal.”
Consequently ComTweets appends “employee” beneath my Twitter avatar when it displays my tweets. Note: it does not display @replies.
It’s possible that ComTweets could have two networks for UW, as we have two different sets of syntax for the same email address — uw.edu and u.washington.edu. We’re probably not the only large network with an issue like this, evidenced by this June blog post explaining how to merge networks.
There are a few large-ish communities on ComTweets but in the main the numbers are small:
- CNN: 20 twitters, 21,915 tweets, 5,892,228 reaches
- Comcast: 27 twitters, 7,726 tweets, 51,929 reaches
- Google: 76 twitters, 35,898 tweets, 1,831,262 reaches
- IBM: 153 twitters, 68,875 tweets, 112,776 reaches
- Microsoft: 276 twitters, 183,891 tweets, 570,308 reaches
- Sapient Interactive: 1 twitters, 149 tweets, 126 reaches
- Temple University: 1 twitters, 59 tweets, 248 reaches
- Virgin Media: 4 twitters, 8,528 tweets, 1,269 reaches
What do you think? Useful or not?