How to use Lists on Twitter

How to use Lists on Twitter

Twitter Lists are a great way to be more strategic on Twitter and have lots of different uses, however most people don’t know about them or how to use them.  It is never too early to start using Twitter lists, in fact the sooner you start using lists the better.

On Twitter I try to keep my following/follower ratio as close to 1:1 as I can, when you have been on Twitter for a while and are following lots of accounts, your Twitter feed can become quite cluttered with all the different tweets, so wouldn’t it be good if there was a way to filter that Twitter feed.  Well there is and that is where Twitter lists come in.

There are 2 types of lists, public and private:

  • Public lists can be seen by anyone, when you add an account to a list, that account will get a notification to tell them you have added them to a list and what the list is called.  Anyone can also subscribe to your public lists.
  • Private lists can only be seen by you and when you add an account to a private list, they will not get a notification saying they have been added to a private list.

Lists can be used to organise who you follow so you may have lists for different local areas or subjects or lists of experts that tweet great content.  Having a look at other people’s list can help find people to follow either local to you or that have similar interests to you.

How to Create Lists

How to Create Twitter Lists

Click on your Twitter picture next to the blue tweet button and then click lists.

Twitter Lists

If you click “Member of” you will see the lists that people have added you to.  The first 2 lists in the image below are Private lists as they have a padlock next to them.

How to use twitter lists

 

Now click Create new list.  A list can either be public so anyone can see who is on the list or private (it has a padlock next to it)

Create new list

Give your list a name and decide whether to make the list public or private, then save the list. To add accounts to your list, go to the profile of the account you want to add and click the cog next to the following button, then select Add or remove from lists and choose the list you want to add them to.

Adding an account to a list

If an account has any public lists you will see lists next to likes on their profile.  When using lists   you can either view the members of a list or the tweets by the people on the list.

It is useful once you have set up your lists, to get in the habit of adding accounts to specific lists when you follow them.

Unfortunately it is not possible to send a Direct Message or Tweet to all the people on a list, although I think this would be a very useful function.

Starting to use Lists on Twitter can help you save time and get more strategic, if you would like to find out how I can help you get better results with Twitter or other Social Media sites please get in touch.  Or you might be interested in my 30 days to Twitter Success course which you can find out more about in my Social Media Services section.

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