Twitter has a lot of features but by far my favourite feature on Twitter lists.
Why because Twitter is quite crowded at the best of times Twitter
Lists help block out the noise that distracts from you seeing important tweets. Whether it be spam or you just want to organise your feed. Lists allow you to create new feeds from a certain list of users. This helps to organise the people you follow so you can manage different groups of people.
Twitter has two types of lists public or private. If you set it to private you can also hide lists so that other users don’t know they are in them, but more on that later
In this article, I will be showing you how to create a list in Twitter and 5 different things you can do with them.
How To Use Lists:
Before we jump into ways we can use lists, first, let’s talk about how to create them.
How to create a List:
- Go to the Lists page by clicking Lists on your profile page or via the settings icon (gear icon drop-down menu)
- Click the create list button
- Pick a name for the list & fill in the description
- Make the list Public or Private
- Click save
How to add or remove people from Lists:
- Use the profile icon (person icon drop-down menu) on the person’s profile
- Then choose to add or remove
- After this a pop-up will appear and ask you to choose the list you would like to add the person to or you can uncheck them from the list
Now that you know how to build a list in Twitter, Here are 5 ways to help you use them.
1. List your Team
You can use Twitter lists to follow tweets from your team.
Twitter lists can make it easier to keep up with everyone on your team. And it’s great for making sure everybody has contact via social media and often colleagues will follow the List.
A great example is, Gary Vee:
2. List news makers
Ever missed some news on your twitter feed because it was flooded with other posts. Some days you might just want to see the news from a certain industry or topic.
You could build lists for your topics and add important news organisations to them.
3. List influencers
If you plan to or already do a lot of influencer marketing, Then Interacting with influencers in an organised way will be pretty important for the success of your marketing efforts and Twitter lists provide a good way to keep an eye on important influencers.
4. List your competitors
Every wanted to snoop on your competitor and what they are posting, but don’t want to follow them.
Well, you can, just put your competitors on a Twitter List & make the List private.
5. List people from Twitter chats
Twitter chats can be very fast-paced. Ever started a Twitter chat and then thought that it’s a bit hectic and hard to see what everyone is saying. Well, why not put your Twitter chats in a List adding users, moderators & guests from the discussions.
Mark Shaw does this well in his List:
Bonus Tip: Upload your List to Flipboard
Once you have grouped your Twitter users into Twitter lists based on particular topic, interests or other. You can then upload those Lists to Flipboard. Which if you use Flipboard you can follow tweets alongside your Flipboard conversations.
There are a lot of things you can do with Twitter lists to help you organise your feed.
If you have any questions about Twitter lists or have any other tips on how to use them feel free to leave us a comment.