The Problem

Over the course of the day I should use a lot of different Twitter accounts, for the various business and groups I am involved in.

@scotthewitt @huddersfieldWOP @theaudiopodcast @thisweeksrant @inclusiveimprov @helo_group

However multiple accounts in the browser is hard work.

At first I tried multiple browsers which works until you a; run out of browsers and b run out of memory.

Next I tried TweetDeck which is a great interface for working in but I found the multiple account management awkward and that it never really let me work with just one account quickly when it needed to be my sole focus.

Currently I am working with Python Twitter Tools (PTT) simple to install and allows you to run from the command line interactively.

The real key though is that you can opt to use different files for the oauth login.

Install PTT

To install from the terminal type

easy_install twitter

Account Setup

Make sure you are logged in to the Twitter account you want to use in the browser.

At the the command line just type


and follow the instructions.

This will give you single account Twitter from the command line.

To setup multiple accounts

Rename the created authentication file .twitter_oauth (you will find it in your home directory) to something meaningful.

mv .twitter_oauth .business_twitter_oauth

Then in the web browser login to another Twitter account and repeat the setup process

Multi User

If you want to set a default account then name the authentication file .twitter_oauth.
I prefer not to have a default so I have to explicitly set the account I wish to tweet from.

To send a tweet you just have to selected the authentication file you wish to use to tweet from. So to tweet from the business account created in the example above,

twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth set hello twitter

Easy Multi User

Of course an easier way of doing this is use an alias.

alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth'

*If you like colour in the terminal use this alias instead

  • alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth -f ansi'

Now if I want to read my Business Tweets I can just type


and to Tweet from the account

BTwitter set Hello Twitter

Hope that is useful to people dont forget you can follow me on Twitter @scotthewitt.

So with new found love of podcasting I have launched two more weekly podcast firstly the Huddersfield Whats on Podcast a weekly guide to events and gigs in Huddersfield UK. This has proven to be a lot of fun and very enjoyable to do I never realised how much stuff happens until I went looking for it.

You can check the podcast out here, though even better why not subscribe to it.

Another podcast I have launched is This Weeks Rant with Mihalis Santamas which combines my love of podcasting with politics and arguing. Again you can check it out online at

To make podcasting easier I needed a more flexible microphone stand so after trip to IKEA and a bit of hacking I have made this.

Don’t forget to check out the podcasts.

An exciting new project under way theaudiopodcast.

A weekly podcast about audio technology and technique hosted by Samuel Freeman and Scott Hewitt.

The first podcast is available online at and features a discussion about the state of audio on the web and the use of headphone amps in drum kit recording.

If you are interested in being on the show or have any suggestion why not drop a line to .

Have been looking into others forms of improvisation to complement my musical activities.

This coincided with a multitrack recording of a HELOpg rehearsal. I decided to combine the two activities together is this improvised video created live while listening to the HELOpg recording.

So this year I have decided to launch a number of new projects of the course of the year, not that I am loosing focus with ongoing projects just that I have a number of projects that I have been sitting on for a while and I would like to get going on them.

The first one to see fruition has been the creative report project where I intended to interview a whole series of people regarding creativity, its role in their life, society and them approaches to creativity.

You can see the first interview with Adam Jansch below.

If you what to keep unto date with the Creative Report you could follow the blog or the youtube playlist.

If you would like to be interviewed as part of the project please email me or twitter @creative_report.