ARE YOU USING Twitter lists as part of your social media activity? Lists are an under-used Twitter feature that can help you improve your productivity time and than can insure against some of the overwhelm that everyone feels from time to time when faced with relentless amounts of content.
Lists are a great way of organising your Twitter information feed. Very simply you can create a maximum of 20 Twitter lists, with up to 500 people on each list. You can add people to lists whether or not you are following them, and you can make lists either public or private, dependent on how you are planning to use them.
Ways to use Twitter lists
- If you have a wide range of interests, set up a Twitter list of subject-matter specific people so that you can more easily keep up with conversations and get a snapshot of latest developments without wading through your whole newsfeed.
- A Twitter list can be a shared collection of useful reference points for your clients, curated so that they can keep up with the latest developments in your industry, keeping your name in their minds and adding real value to their experience of Twitter.
- A geographically-based list can be useful for local businesses to track activity and interact with nearby customers.
- Private lists can be kept to keep track of your clients, potential clients, competitors, for your own reference.
- Adding people to your own list acknowledges that they are influencing you and that you are finding their tweets interesting, inspiring or useful – a great way to spark a conversation and create new contacts.
Where to find Twitter lists
- Check out the profiles of people whose Twitter feed you admire, they may have lists that you can use already on specific subject areas
- Search Twitter directories such as Wefollow, where you can search by interest for Twitter lists that are most relevant to you.
- You can check via your profile what lists you have been added to, again another way to spark conversation and interest, and to get your name more publicly known.
- Ask your contacts on Twitter what they lists they have created or follow, and make sure to share and credit the ones that you find useful.
Twitter has a page in their help centre that shows and tells the how-to of Twitter lists, which is very clear and straightforward to follow.
Are you using Twitter lists? If so, what are you doing with them? Do you have any great examples of Twitter lists that you find particularly interesting or useful? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.