How Twitter lists can save you heaps of time

How Twitter lists can save you heaps of time

Do you love a good Twitter list?

In December 2009, Twitter introduced the lists feature, have you used it yet?

A list is a curated group of Twitter users. 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 users on that list.

Note: Lists are used for reading Tweets only. You cannot send or direct a Tweet to members of a list, for only those list members to see.

When creating a list, you get make the selection of either allowing the list to be public or private. Adding a Twitter user to a public list will notify them of this, and allow other people to subscribe to that list, these are visable on your profile page. A private list will not notify the user of the activity, nor will other Twitter users be able to subscribe.

Which type of list should you use?

It’s totally down to the purpose. If you’re in the private sector, then you may wish to add your competitors, or even not competing inspirational brands to be able to easily keep track of their activity.¬†Even in the public sector, adding a list of users that can be quite vocal or people you should monitor, but can’t follow for reasons unknown could be added to a private list.
Adding someone to a public list can be a great idea. The Environment Agency have done a great job on their Twitter profile by having lists displayed.

When you dig a little deeper into the list to see the members of the local EA officers, the contacts can be seen in a consise manner

If you haven’t found any juicy Twitter lists to follow just yet, try these out.

Thought leaders – by Josh Weinberger

Social media – by Mashable

Tech news people – by Robert Scoble


If you’ve a veteran listifier on Twitter, what’s been the most effective use for you? If you’re still to subscribe or create lists, can you see a use for them?

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