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How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Twitter recently announced a change in their product usage policies. You can read more about it here.

These changes will essentially limit users’ ability to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts.

Twitter’s blogpost says:

Do not (and do not allow your users to) simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. For example, your service should not permit a user to select several accounts they control from which to publish a given Tweet.

Keeping in line with these updates, we have updated our account selection feature for Twitter. Here’s how it affects your experience 👇

Single twitter account connected: If you have only a single twitter account connected, you will not notice any difference.

Multiple twitter accounts connected: If you have connected more than one twitter account, you will be able to choose only one account to schedule and publish a post on. In case you want to post the same post across multiple accounts, then you will need to compose or share the post again by selecting the other twitter account to post on.

Here’s how it works –

In case you want to know more about this feature and how it affects your experience on Crowdfire, feel free to drop us a line at [email protected].

As the Conservative party HQ found out, changing a Twitter handle is easy, but not always advisable! There are pitfalls. These are especially dangerous if you are looking to migrate from one currently controlled by a third party to your own following. I was reminded of the pitfalls when this post appeared in my feed:

How to switch between twitter accounts on the webA post on Twitter

How to Migrate a Twitter Account

Several years ago, I was involved in a surprisingly high-powered negotiation over the migration of a Twitter account. Both parties had influence and personal brand to consider – so it was quite a stressful process. Technically the process was easy, but knowing what could have gone wrong and mitigating these risks were extremely important.

The basic process:

  1. Login to the account with the Twitter handle (username) you want to migrate to another account
  2. Go to Settings (three ellipses on desktop) > Account > Username
  3. Change the user name you want to migrate to something ELSE. This will leave the handle you want unassigned
  4. Login to the account you want to assign the Twitter handle to and again go to Settings (three ellipses on desktop) > Account > Username
  5. Change the account you want to have the handle to the unassigned handle

Why use this weird logic?

This methodology will mean that you can change your Twitter handle without losing your followers. If you simply took over another Twitter handle and started tweeting as you always did, your existing followers would never know and the followers already on the Twitter handle would be extremely confused.

Very Important Pitfalls to Avoid

1: Choose the middle of the night!

When you release the Twitter handle into the ether, it is available for anyone in the world to take! We were migrating a handle which was extremely valuable… so we chose a time when the US and Europe were asleep. Even so, we were still risking an Australian taking the domain.

2: Do it all at once

For the same reason as above, you need to keep the time the handle is released as short as possible. We actually logged in on both accounts at the same time on different browsers. The handle was “in the wild” for less than 10 seconds.

3: If the migration involves money, be careful how you word the deal

You cannot “own” a Twitter handle… Twitter owns ALL the handles… so do not make a contract with another person that says you will “BUY” the handle. You can pay for the other person’s time or a settlement in lieu of inconvenience or Goodwill or whatever a lawyer says, but not the handle itself because it is not something that the “seller” can sell.

4: Who pays if the migration fails?

Again if you are paying, decide what will happen if it all goes wrong. We were changing between two HUGE accounts. The person giving up their handle did not want to lose their followers and did not want to lose getting paid even if we never secured the handle. We agreed those potential damages and risks in advance. Fortunately, it didn’t go wrong.

5: You will lose any Blue verification badge

The blue verified badge does not migrate with the name, however, both the handle we acquired and the new handle of the person giving up their handle now have verified symbols on their new noms-de-plume. That said, I did hear that Twitter has stopped their verification program, so regaining verified status may be in the lap of the gods.

Your username –– also known as your handle –– begins with the “@” symbol, is unique to your account, and appears in your profile URL. Your username is used to log in to your account, and is visible when sending and receiving replies and Direct Messages. People can also search for you by your username.

Note: Your display name –– referred to as name –– is a personal identifier on Twitter and is separate from your username. It can be things like something playful, a business name, or a real name, and is displayed next to your username. You can update your name at any time.

Your username must be more than 4 characters long and can be up to 15 characters or less.

Your username can contain only letters, numbers, and underscores—no spaces are allowed.

Your display name can be up to 50 characters long.

Navigate to Settings and privacy and tap Account.

Tap Username and update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one.

Navigate to Settings and privacy and tap Account.

Tap Username and update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one.

Click on the more

button from the navigation bar.

Click on Your account.

Click on Account information.

You will be prompted to type in your Twitter account password to confirm it’s you.

Under Account information, update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one.

Click the Save button.

Note: Changing your username will not affect your existing followers, Direct Messages, or replies. Your followers will simply see a new username next to your profile photo when you update. We suggest you alert your followers before you change your username so they can direct replies or Direct Messages to your new username. Additionally, please note that once you change your username, your previous username will immediately be available for use by someone else. Is the username you’d like taken or inactive? Read our article about username registration.

Follow our sign up instructions for your Twitter for iOS app.

Follow our sign up instructions for your Twitter for Android app.

Go to twitter.com/signup.

Click the sign up button.

A Create your account pop up box will appear, and you’ll be guided through our sign up experience. You’ll be prompted to enter information such as your name and phone number or email address.

If you provided an email address while signing up, we will immediately send you an email with instructions so we can verify your email address.

If you provided a phone number while signing up, we will immediately send you a text message with a code so we can verify your number.

After entering your information, click Next.

In the Customize your experience pop up box, check whether you’d like to track where you see Twitter content across the web and click Next.

Learn how to customize settings for your new account.

Open the Twitter for iOS app.

Tap on Continue with Google.

A “Twitter” Wants to Use “google.com” to Sign In pop-up box will appear. Tap Continue.

A Choose an account pop up box will appear.

Choose the Google account you’d like to use. If you don’t see the account you want to use, tap Add account.

In the Customize your experience pop-up box, switch on whether you’d like to track where you see Twitter content across the web and tap Next.

Learn how to customize settings for your new account.

Note: Currently disconnecting from Google is available only on web. We are working to build out this functionality on iOS and Android.

Open up the Twitter for Android app.

Tap on Continue with Google.

A Choose an account pop-up box will appear.

Choose the Google account you’d like to use. If you don’t see the account you want to use, tap Add account.

In the Customize your experience pop-up box, switch on whether you’d like to track where you see Twitter content across the web and tap Next.

Learn how to customize settings for your new account.

Note: Currently disconnecting from Google is available only on web. We are working to build out this functionality on iOS and Android.

Go to twitter.com.

Click on Continue with Google.

A Choose an account pop-up box will appear.

Choose the Google account you’d like to use. If you don’t see the account you want to use, click on Add account.

In the Customize your experience pop-up box, check whether you’d like to track where you see Twitter content across the web and click on Next.

Learn how to customize settings for your new account.

Note: Currently disconnecting from Google is available only on web. We are working to build out this functionality on iOS and Android.

Open the Twitter for iOS app.

Tap Continue with Apple.

A Create your account pop-up box will appear.

Use your Apple ID to sign in to Twitter.

Note: If you share your email with Twitter, we will use it to send you important information concerning your account, such as a password reset.

In the Customize your experience pop-up box, switch on whether you’d like to track where you see Twitter content across the web and tap Next.

Learn how to customize settings for your new account.

Note: Currently disconnecting from Apple is available only on web. We are working to build out this functionality on iOS and Android.

Go to twitter.com.

Click on Continue with Apple.

A Create your account pop-up box will appear.

Use your Apple ID to sign in to Twitter.

Note: If you share your email with Twitter, we will use it to send you important information concerning your account, such as a password reset.

In the Customize your experience pop-up box, check whether you’d like to track where you see Twitter content across the web and click Next.

Learn how to customize settings for your new account.

Note: Currently disconnecting from Apple is available only on web. We are working to build out this functionality on iOS and Android.

After you Sign up for Twitter, the next step is to set up your account by following the steps below:

    your profile, including picking a profile photo and header.
  1. Add a bio.
  2. Set up your timeline by following people or Topics. !

Tips for picking a username

  • Your username, also known as a "handle," is the name your followers use when sending replies, mentions, and Direct Messages.
  • It will also form the URL of your Twitter profile page. We'll provide a few available suggestions when you sign up, but feel free to choose your own. You can change your username in your account settings at any time, as long as the new username is not already taken.
  • Usernames must be fewer than 15 characters in length and cannot contain "admin" or "Twitter", in order to avoid brand confusion.

A Twitter account is your passport to what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now. By signing up for an account, you’re among the first to know about breaking news and what’s popular––from the funny to the uplifting to the surprising. If a topic is worth talking about, you’ll find it on Twitter.

Some things to note:

  • You can sign up for a Twitter account with an email address or phone number.
  • We’ll guide you through our sign up experience –– prompting you to enter information like your name and email address or phone number.
  • If you sign up with an email address, it won’t be publicly visible, but we’ll have you verify it through a confirmation email we’ll send you. And an email address can only be associated with one Twitter account at a time.
  • If you sign up with a phone number, we’ll have you verify it through an SMS text message with a code. (You can also request a voice call to verify your phone number.)

I have a Twitter account now! What’s next?

Follow our official account, @TwitterSupport. You’ll be the first to hear about product news, how-tos, and announcements.

Follow some Topics. It’s a great way to create a customized Twitter experience for yourself.

Find and follow news sources, friends, more on Twitter. When you follow an account, you'll see their Tweets through your Twitter Home timeline. You can unfollow anyone at any time.

Ready for more? We’ve got everything you need to know about using Twitter.

Gmail is possibly the most popular email service today and its success has nothing to do with Google forcing it down people’s throat. Gmail itself is an excellent service that can filter spam better than Yahoo Mail (or Ymail?) and Hotmail. It’s conversation threads make it exceptionally easy to follow long discussions over email, and with the passage of time Google has integrated Google Docs and Google Drive to make Gmail even more powerful. Just a few years back though you’d be surprised that Gmail lacked a very essential feature; you couldn’t switch between accounts easily. You had to sign in and out of accounts to make the switch. This was a problem to say the least since most people have two Gmail accounts (work and personal). Fortunately, the feature was added inside the Gmail web interface but if you’ve ever wanted to directly open the right Gmail account without waiting for Gmail to load, here’s how you can from the URL bar of your browser.

First things first, sign in to every Gmail account that you personally use. Open Gmail. You will notice that when the default account is open, the following link appears in the URL bar.

For all other accounts, it’s appended with additional text such as;

The u/1 indicates the next user that’s been signed into Gmail. As you add more accounts, the number will go up to u/2, u/3 etc with the #inbox string added to it. You will need to learn which user number is assigned to which account.

Next, simply click inside the URL bar and start typing in the URL to open Gmail. Your browser’s autocomplete feature will not only fill it in for you, but it will also list similar URLs which will include the ones for the other accounts. Pick the URL that corresponds to the account you want to open Gmail for and hit Enter.

If you have multiple accounts in Outlook, when you compose a new email message, Outlook picks the default account as the From account. However, if you want to Reply, Reply All, or Forward a message, Outlook will send your message with the same account the original mail was sent to. For example, Cheryl has two accounts. Her default account is [email protected] Her second account is [email protected] If Cheryl receives an email message from Chester at her [email protected] account, when she replies to Chester’s message, her reply will be sent using [email protected] If she creates a new message to Chester that’s not a reply or a forward, the message will be sent using her [email protected] account.

You can change which account is used to send a message.

In the message window, above to To button, click From.

Click the account that you want to use.

Why is the From button is missing?

If you see the Send button, but don’t see the From button, the typical cause is that your Outlook profile contains only one email account. To view the From button, you’ll need to add another email account.

If you have multiple email accounts, you can add the From button manually. Once you add the From button, you can’t remove it unless you remove all but one email account from Outlook.

Create a new email message.

Select Options, then select From in the Show Fields group on the ribbon.

Change your default email account

You can change your default email account using the following steps.

Select File > Account Settings > Account Settings.

From the list of accounts on the Email tab, select the account you want to use as the default account.

Select Set as Default > Close.

Always use the default email account for sending new email

If you want to use the default email account when clicking New Email regardless what account or folder you start from use the following steps.

Select File > Options > Mail.

Under Send Messages, check the box Always use the default account when composing new messages.

Twitter remains one of the best ways to follow tech news. These Chrome extensions will help you search, explore, and access Twitter accounts faster.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

For tech news and discussion, I turn to Twitter. I find the service remains the most widely-adopted way to discover and follow topics I care about. If you work in technology, education, or news, you likely use Twitter, too.

Since I do much of my work on a Chromebook, I often view Twitter in Chrome. But I don’t just use Twitter.com, I also rely on a small set of extensions that make Twitter tasks on Chrome easier and faster. These are extensions I’ve used consistently over the past year, or more. If you use Twitter and Chrome, try these seven extensions to help improve your experience.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

When you’re on a page, use the ViewTweets extension to search for the link on Twitter.

1. Find a link

When I read a post, I’ll often click the ViewTweets extension to see who has shared the link on Twitter. For example, in June 2017, Google posted an announcement about the TensorFlow Object Detection API. I read the post, then clicked the ViewTweets extension. Twitter search results showed the top 16 or so shares of the link–and a click on Latest returned even more shares.

These search results lead me to both people and opinions. Not only do I see what people think about a specific product, announcement, or technology, but I also discover interesting people, since they’re actively sharing an item of interest.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

The Twitter detector extension shows Twitter accounts mentioned on a page.

2. Find accounts

The Twitter detector extension discovers all the Twitter accounts on a page. Most often, I use this to quickly learn a bit more about an author, publisher, or interview subject. This can be especially useful if you’re exploring posts from a conference, since presenters often share their Twitter handle. The extension lists a link to each account found, alongside a Follow link.

To see an extreme example of the Twitter detector in action, install the extension, then go the Twiplomacy Study 2017 page. The report explores how world leaders and governments use social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and others. You’ll see around 50 Twitter accounts found by the extension on the page.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Type @ followed by a space, then an account name to find a Twitter profile with the Omnibox Twitter extension in Chrome.

3. Find a profile

To find a Twitter profile quickly within Chrome, add the Omnibox Twitter extension. After the extension is added, type @ in the omnibox, press space (or tab), then type a Twitter account name, then enter. You’ll see the Twitter profile page for the account. If not found, you’ll see a “That account doesn’t exist” message with the term you searched for in a search box.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Select a word or phrase on a web page, right-click, then choose Twitter Search It to find the text on Twitter.

4. Find a phrase

I also find it useful to be able to select a phrase, right-click, then search Twitter from a web page. The most reliable extension I’ve found for this is Twitter Search It. The downside is that the extension is in Japanese, which I don’t speak. But the Search On Twitter extension, which is in English, has never worked consistently for me. Most often, I use phrase search to find what people say about new services, apps, and technologies.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

The Twitter Lists Redux extension enables fast access to Twitter lists from your Twitter home page.

5. Access lists

If you use Twitter lists, the Twitter Lists Redux extension lets you access a list with a single click, instead of three. It displays a link to each of your lists on your Twitter home page. Otherwise, Twitter buries your lists in a secondary menu you access by selecting your image (in the upper right), then choosing Lists from the menu.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Switch to another Twitter account — without logging out — with the Twitcher extension.

6. Switch accounts

For users with multiple accounts, the Twitcher extension enables you to quickly switch to a different Twitter account. Normally, Twitter only allows one account to be logged in: You have to logout, then login again to access another account. Install Twitcher, choose Add account, and login–then you can switch between accounts from the profile menu.

The last two extensions mentioned above both broke when Twitter changed the design and layout of the site in mid-June 2017. However, both developers, @_tomitm (Twitter Lists Redux) and @ThomSeddon (Twitcher), updated these extensions within a day of the change.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Twitter’s own official TweetDeck Launcher extension opens TweetDeck, which lets you see several Twitter streams simultaneously.

7. See several streams

Finally, Twitter’s own TweetDeck Launcher extension does just what the name describes: It opens a new tab and launches TweetDeck. TweetDeck remains one of the easiest ways to see multiple columns of Twitter streams. It’s especially useful if you want to follow a hashtag to keep up with a conference in one column, view a Twitter list in another, while also seeing your usual home stream.

Your suggestions?

If you use Twitter and Chrome, do you use any of the above extensions? What’s your experience with them been? What other extensions do you recommend? Follow @TechRepublic and @awolber on Twitter–and let us know which extensions you use!

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

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While other Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and Facebook Messenger support multiple accounts, the feature is still missing from WhatsApp. WhatsApp has its perks, but users particularly dual SIM users would appreciate the feature.

That said, you probably might know that you can run multiple WhatsApp accounts on your device using 3 rd party apps like Parallel space. In case you are not aware of the blessing, read this.

However, there is another method that lets you use two or more than two WhatsApp accounts on your device without any 3 rd party app. The feature already exists on your device but I’m pretty sure you must have turned a blind eye towards it.

Wondering what is that. It’s called “Users”. With Lollipop, Android introduced a new feature that allows multiple users to use the same device without interfering with the other account. Similar to users on Windows, a new environment is created for the user other than the owner. The feature also comes handy if you want to keep your personal and business apps/data in a separate environment on the Android. So, when you create a new environment on Android, you can basically install and use another instance of the apps already installed on your device. Yup, that’s the way to use two WhatsApp accounts on your device. Ta-da!

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

To use two WhatsApp accounts on the same device without a third party app, follow the steps:

Step 1. Open device settings and scroll to find “Users”. Tap it.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Step 2. Tap Add user. You will get a pop-up asking you to confirm the creation of a new user. Tap OK followed by “Set up now” on the next pop-up.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Step 3. You will be taken to the device lock screen. Unlock the device and you will be asked to setup a new user. Select continue and tap Next.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

Step 4. Sign in with your Gmail account and follow the steps to set up a new user. The steps are similar to what you find when you setup your device for the first time.

Step 5. You will notice your device looks like a new device, with no 3 rd party app installed. This is because now you are in a new environment/user account. Open Play Store using this user and install WhatsApp.

Step 6. Configure your new WhatsApp account and Voila! You can now use two WhatsApp accounts on the same device.

However, keep in mind you won’t receive notifications from both of the accounts at a single time. Also, to switch between the users, go to device settings > Users and select the user.

There is a shortcut to switch users from the notification bar. Slide down from the status bar and tap the user icon in the right corner to switch accounts.

How to switch between twitter accounts on the web

While most of the brands support multi-user feature, brands such as Samsung give a miss to this feature. Moreover, on Xiaomi devices you don’t need to create a separate account, you can use two WhatsApp accounts using dual space on Xiaomi MIUI 8+.

Do you know of an easier or an alternative way? Feel free to share your experience below.

If you have more than one Google Account, you can sign in to multiple accounts at once. That way, you can switch between accounts without signing out and back in again.

Your accounts have separate settings, but in some cases, settings from your default account might apply.

Add accounts

  1. On your computer, sign in to Google.
  2. On the top right, select your profile image or initial.
  3. On the menu, choose Add account.
  4. Follow the instructions to sign in to the account you want to use.

Switch accounts

You can also switch accounts in some Google apps on your mobile device. The steps to switch accounts vary by app. Learn how to add accounts to your device. When you use a Google app, you can choose which account is signed in.

We recommend that you sign in to multiple accounts only on devices that you don’t share with other people.

If you use a shared device, learn about other options to securely sign in to Google.

To identify which account you’re signed in to:

  1. On your computer, go to a Google page, like www.google.com.
  2. On the top right, select your profile image or initial.
  3. On the menu, check the email address that’s below your account name.

You can use different profile photos or Gmail themes to make your accounts look different.

You can’t sign in to multiple accounts on some Google products, including Blogger, Google Ads, and Analytics. On products like these, you’ll be signed in to your default account.

On some Google products, the way to sign in to multiple accounts is different. Learn how to switch between accounts on Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Tip: If signing in to multiple accounts isn’t an option, you can use Chrome profiles or incognito mode.

Sign out

Important: Before you sign out, make sure you have backup verification methods set up in case you have trouble signing back in.

  1. On your device, go to a Google page, like www.google.com.
  2. On the top right, select your profile image or initial.
  3. On the menu, choose Sign out or Sign out of all accounts.

Remove your account from the sign-in page

  1. On your device, go to a browser where you’re signed in, like Chrome.
  2. Go to myaccount.google.com.
  3. In the top right, select your profile picture or initial.
  4. Select Sign out or Sign out of all accounts.
  5. Select Remove an account.
  6. Next to an account, select Remove .
  7. Optional: If you’ve signed in on other browsers, like Firefox or Safari, repeat these steps for each.

Accounts have separate settings

You can control your settings separately for each of your accounts. When you sign in to multiple accounts, account settings usually aren’t shared between accounts. For example, your accounts might have different language settings or sign-in steps.

Sometimes settings might carry over

If you’re signed in to multiple accounts at the same time, sometimes we can’t tell which account you’re using. For example, if you’re signed in to two accounts and you open a new browser window, we aren’t sure which account you want to use. In cases like these, Google might apply settings from your default account, like its Web & App Activity and Ads Personalization settings.

What a default account is

In many cases, your default account is the one you signed in with first. On mobile devices, your default account can vary depending on your device’s operating system and the apps you use.