How to Create and Use Twitter Lists
Using Twitter lists is such an efficient way to manage your Twitter feed. Following a lot of people can easily clog up your timeline and make it challenging for you to see and engage with users or content that is important to you. Here’s where Twitter lists come in handy.
A Twitter list allows you to curate content from users on Twitter. You have the option to create your own Twitter lists or subscribe to lists that have been created by others. When viewing a Twitter list, you’ll see a stream of tweets from users that are only that list.
Creating Twitter Lists:
Twitter allows you to create up to 1,000 Twitter lists and you can add up to 5,000 users per list. When naming your Twitter list, keep it simple as it can’t exceed 25 characters. You can always add or remove users from your Twitter lists.
Ground Rules on Twitter Lists:
A Twitter list is used for reading tweets on your timeline. Adding someone to your Twitter list doesn’t mean you can send or direct a specific tweet to members on that particular list—it’s a Twitter list and not a tweet distribution list. You don’t have to be following a Twitter user to add them to a Twitter list—that means the number of people you follow doesn’t have to increase just because you add them to a Twitter list.
Get Added to Lists + Be Seen More Often:
If you tweet consistently about a specific topic or issue, you’ll help increase your chances of being added to specific Twitter lists related to that type of content. For example, if you consistently share information about career advice, personal branding, interview tips and job searches, chances are you’ll be included in Twitter lists that are related to this topic. Be helpful and informative. Find your voice and connect with users and demonstrate your value.
Getting added to Twitter lists is a way to increase your visibility and social engagement.
Organizing Twitter Lists:
You’ll want to start with getting a general idea of what type of content is important to you and then creating lists to complement that feed. Twitter lists are a great way to discover and curate information that is important to you.
1) News – Media outlets or journalists to see what information is developing.
2) Topics – Social media, business, startups, productivity, leadership, etc.
3) Organizations – Such as nonprofits, professional affiliations, businesses or brand accounts.
4) Influencers – Users who are usually steering the conversations around a specific topic.
5) Thought Leadership – Researchers or industry professionals sharing insights.
6) Networking – A list of Twitter users you want to network with or connect with on Twitter. This group of users may be a small list of users that you want to get on their radar.
7) Conference or Event – Follow or create a list for a conference or event you’re attending.
8) Local Fun – Users sharing latest local events, restaurants and fun content.
9) Twitter Chats – Keep a list of users who regularly participate or lead Twitter chats that interest you so you can discover relevant content and network.
10) Entertainment – Celebrity or gossip accounts sharing latest information.
11) Politics – News outlets or reporters covering local and national politics.
12) Sports – Journalists or athletes talking about sports.
13) Team or Staff – Keep a Twitter list of staff members for your organization on Twitter.
14) Competitor’s List – Keep an eye out for what your competitor is doing on social or related brands.
15) Conversationalists – A list of fun and engaging people who enjoy chiming in and participating in conversations on Twitter.
This is just a sample of the type of lists you could create on Twitter, so feel free to create more and expand on this.
Say you wanted to create a Twitter list for news. You can get as granular as you’d like. For example, you might start by creating a Twitter list for national news and then a Twitter list for local news outlets. You might also want to get a little more narrow and create a Twitter list for local reporters or beat reporters. You could do the same for social media.
Create a Twitter List:
- To create a Twitter list, click on your profile icon on the top right hand corner and click Lists.
- Then click Create New List, you’ll be prompted to enter a name for your Twitter list and a description (optional).
- Select whether you want your list to be private (only accessible and viewable by you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list) and click save.
Private or Public Twitter Lists:
Creating a private or public Twitter list is all up to you. Practice some discretion in the names that you use if your Twitter list is public. And a reminder to exercise common sense: If you’re creating a Twitter list to monitor chatter from activists, then I’d advise you to definitely make it private.
When You’re Added to Twitter Lists:
Other users can also add you to their Twitter lists. To view which lists you’ve been added to, visit your Lists page and click on Member Of to see the lists you’re on. When you’re added to a list, you’ll be notified of this activity in the Notifications tab on Twitter.
Search for Twitter Lists:
If you love a specific blog, or social media feed or a particular Twitter user, chances are they’ve created their own Twitter lists or have subscribed to some pretty cool ones too. To find them, visit their profile and click on Lists and click between their Subscribed to or Member of tabs to glance through the lists. Once you’re on a Twitter List, you can also sort by List Subscribers or List Members to find out who’s subscribed to a list and who’s part of the List as well.
Tools to Use:
Now that you’ve created a handful (or more) of Twitter lists, it’s time for you to maximize those feeds. Check out Hootsuite or Tweetdeck which are all free social media tools that allow you to add in your Twitter Lists on a column.
What are some of your favorite Twitter lists?