The list function in Twitter has really been a lifesaver for me. Many people complain that there is so much info on Twitter it’s almost too confusing to use. I think it’s a good resource, and the way to manage it all is with organization. Lists are one way you can do that.
Following Someone Else’s List
If you click on Working_Writer’s Twitter page, you’ll see that I follow three different people’s lists.
These are from:
They’re all related to writing, but in completely different ways. The Girlfriendology list has blogs in our Friendship Circle, which is a group of bloggers who regularly write about the topic of friendship. I’m with this group because I write for friendship at About.com.
The second list is from another writer in ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). This isn’t a complete list, but rather an informal listing of writers that @kdawnbyrd/acfw-friends has noticed are on Twitter and are also a part of ACFW. Since I’d like to follow a list like this myself, I followed her already made list (saves you from having to create your own.)
The final list is from Penny Sansevieri, otherwise called @Bookgal. She is a wonderful resource for writers, so anyone she thinks is “fab” is someone I probably want to follow.
To follow someone’s list, you click on their profile name, and then way over to the right you’ll see the word “listed.”
See how mine says 175? That means I’m on 175 (at the time of this writing anyway) lists. If you click on the “listed” link, it will pull up all the people following you (or whoever you are trying to get list info for.) Once you do that, click on the “Lists” link that is directly beneath the profile info:
You’ll see lists by them and lists that they follow. You can follow any of these lists.
Creating a List
Creating a list is easy too. Hit “Home” and then “Lists” and you’ll see an option to “create a list.” You can name it and then search for and add people to it. Or, you can create a list and then just add people here and there as you remember and come across them.
For instance, if I were to add my other Twitter account to a list, I’d click on the profile, and then the little person icon, which brings up the option to “Add to list.”
I then have the option to add the person to an existing list, or create a new one from there.
How I Use Lists
I love Twitter lists for two main reasons. It helps me to be a good Twitter friend, and RT some of the links I really like from people, and it also helps me to find relevant info. I can locate tweets more easily from different groups or people. If I want to focus on tweets from ACFW writers, for example, I can easily do that with a list. This is especially good if you have people who constantly RT you. When you want to return the favor, you can locate them easier (like those in my friendship circle for example) with the help of a list.
In the past, I’ve created different lists relating to books I’ve released or writers I wanted to get to know. Lists are easy to create and also disband. When you’re done with one, simply delete it. Your contacts stay but you don’t have the list anymore if you don’t want it. Lists help you zero in certain topics, which, when you’re trying to promote a book or blog for example, is extremely helpful.
Do you use Twitter lists? What are some of the ways you’ve found them helpful?