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How to use Lists on Twitter

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Introduction

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A Twitter list is a useful feature for organising tweet-reading. You can create your own Lists or subscribe to Lists created by others. Viewing a List timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the accounts on that List.

The purpose of such lists  is to help guide messages and conversations on the micro-messaging service and organise the way people follow tweets or conversations .In essence, a Twitter list is just a group of Twitter user names. Each user is allowed to create up to 1,000 Twitter lists; each list supports up to 5,000 @user names on it.

Organise by Topics or Categories

A Twitter list, for example, can categorise Twitter users into groups. Such a categorisation reveals tweets from a group of people in individual tweet timelines, without having to put them all together into your own timeline of people you follow. In other words, you can see all the tweets from people in a Twitter list without having to pull their tweets into your main tweet stream.

When you click a list name, a timeline of tweets appears with all of the messages from the people you’ve included in that list. For example, you might have a list of your real friends on Twitter. Click that list name to see all your friends’ updates in one timeline.

Public versus Private Lists

You can choose to make your lists public or private. Some people create public lists to help others find interesting people to follow. However, others keep their lists private because their main purpose in creating lists is simply to read tweets in a more organised fashion. If you create a private list, it means you’re the only one who can see it. That is different than “protected tweets,” which can be seen by anyone you give permission to -. private lists cannot be viewed by others.

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How to create a List

Follow the steps below to create a List in Twitter:

  • Click on your profile icon to show the drop down menu.
  • Click on Lists.
  • Click Create new List.
  • Select a name for your List, and a short description of the List. List names cannot exceed 25 characters, nor can they begin with a number.
  • Then select if you want the List to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the List).
  • Click Save List.

How to add or remove people from your Lists

  •  Click the overflow icon on an account’s profile.
  • Select Add or Remove from Lists. (You do not need to be following an account to add them to your List.)
  • A pop-up will appear displaying your created Lists. Click the checkbox next to the Lists you would like to add the account to, or uncheck the Lists you would like to remove from the account.
  • To check to see if the account you wanted to add was successfully included in that List, navigate to the Liststab on your profile page. Click the desired List, then click List members. The account will appear in the list of members.

Find a List’s URL to share

  • Go to the List you would like to share.
  • Copy the URL that shows up in your browser’s address bar. It will look something like this: https://twitter.com/username/lists/list_name.
  • Paste the URL into a message to anyone with whom you want to share the List.

To view Tweets from a List

  • Go to your profile page.
  • Click or tap the Lists
  • Click or tap the List you’d like to view.
  • You will see a timeline of Tweets from the accounts included in that List.

To edit or delete lists

  • Go to your profile page.
  • Click or tap the Lists
  • You will see Lists you have created and other people’s Lists you follow under Subscribed to.
  • Click or tap on the List you would like to edit or delete from the Lists you have created. Click or tap Edit to update your List details or Delete to remove the List entirely.
  • You cannot add or remove people from your List on this page —you must do that from the profile pages of each individual you wish to add or remove.

 To subscribe to/follow other people’s Lists

  • Click or tap Lists when viewing someone’s profile.
  • Select which List you to which you would like to subscribe.
  • From the List page, click or tap Subscribe to follow the List. You can follow Lists without following the individual accounts in that List.

How to use Twitter Lists

Twitter Lists can be used In a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions:

Your interests and categories

Twitter lists are the perfect way to group together users and accounts based on the topics you are interested in and the categories you follow. These lists can be sports teams, comedians, authors, deal websites, and anything in between. Whatever you are interested in, make a list out of it so that you never miss a tweet.

Co-workers and Employees

Find all your co-workers and employees who are on Twitter, and collect them into a list. Adding them to a list can be an important way to reach them with company news and announcements.

 Client List

If you are in business, you may want to put together a collection of your clients, so that you can stay abreast of their activities and what they are sharing to social media. For agencies and marketers especially, it could be very helpful to see the types of updates—both the quality and the content.

Competitors

Keep tabs on the others in your industry who do what you do. See what type of content they share on social media, and take inspiration from the way that they compose their updates.

Similarly, you might want to create a list of any and all Twitter users who work in your field, not just the ones you directly compete with for customers.

People who retweet you

Identify those people or followers who retweets your posts often, and place them into a list so that you can see their content and share their articles and tweets. The idea is that it might encourage your retweeters to continue sharing your content as well.

Thought Leaders and Influences

Who are the people in your industry/niche/area of interest who are recognised as thought leaders and market influencers? Create a list and add names to it as ideas come to you.

Event attendees and conference- goes

For those attending live events or conferences lists help collect event goers into one place so you can follow along with what is happening.

Close friends and family

If you are using Twitter lists to hear from those who matter the most to you, why not go ahead and make a list for friends and family? This way you never need to lose track of their tweets in your stream, and you can follow, favourite, reply, and retweet to everything you see.

“Notice me” list

This is a list of Twitter users whom you wish would notice you and, eventually, follow you. Putting them here on this list is your way of tracking with their updates, engaging with their tweets, and hopefully getting a follow.

People who you regularly engage with on Twitter

Making a list of these people will help you stay up to date with the conversations you would be having with them anyway. Also, engaging with these people brings around the reciprocity of their engaging with you.

Conclusion

Lists are a simple way to organise tweet reading and are a powerful way to engage with other Twitter users and reach friends, family, colleagues, clients, market leaders and influencers more effectively.  Creating a list can also save you an immense amount of which would otherwise be spent scrolling through your timeline looking for relevant tweets. Anybody who uses Twitter regularly, therefore, should learn how to use them as it will increase both your efficiency, and enjoyment of the platform.

 

 

 

 

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