I never thought I'll be publishing two posts in a row about Twitter collaboration. I guess I learned one thing. If you have a new idea, Google it. That would help you determined whether your idea is actually new or not. If your idea is old then at least you'll acquire more information on the subject to further expand it.
Back to collaborative Twitter. At the time being I have found two sites offering just that. These sites are cotweet.com and tweetfunnel.com. There is a good chance there are more sites offering similar service. I'll let Google tell you more.
I've done a small research on both sites said to offer collaboration in Twitter. In general, both sites does offer similar functionality. I refrain from going into details because Twitter collaboration only involves two major function which is enabling one Twitter user to update multiple Twitter accounts and enabling one Twitter account to be updated by multiple users. It's a many-to-many relationship.
I decided to test one of the mentioned sites; that is cotweet.com. I spent some time browsing through its features. Going from one interface to another. Clicking from one link to another. Then I signed out. My conclusion is if people want to have other Twitter users updating their account, they can use these services.
However, from my point of view, the service is not complete. Actually, it lacks one single feature that I hope would show up in such services. That is the ability for a single Twitter user to choose which Twitter accounts are available for collaboration.
Based on my experience in cotweet.com, the trigger came from the account owners. Each account owner chooses Twitter users that is eligible to update his/her account. It doesn't go the other way around. I might be mistaken but I didn't find anything close to this functionality in cotweet.com.
My idea of having a collaborative Twitter service is to enable social accounts to be updated by infinite number of Twitter users. Hence, if an account wants to have collaboration, it simply published itself as being "open". Next, other Twitter users could sign-up to collaborate in that account.
From a social point of view, collaboration means from you to you. So there is no sense of having only the owner picking other users one by one. Anyone could collaborate. Though I have to admit, if we see this from a business point of view then I agree that the owner should have a complete control of whoever is updating his/her account. If we're talking weather or traffic, anyone could collaborate. If we're talking brand images, only selected people could collaborate.
Will there ever be such social collaborative Twitter service or am I missing something?