So, you’ve got yourself addicted to Twitter, you adore it (if you don’t, then you’re getting it wrong and you need to talk to me!), you are making connections (if you aren’t, then you’re getting it wrong and you need to talk to me!) and your followers are increasing as rapidly as the long stream of Tweeters you are following yourself.
So, what next?
If you haven’t discovered (and started using!) the Twitter “lists” function, then you’re missing a trick.
Not only does this feature make life so much easier, as it allows you to file the accounts you follow into some sort of order to allow for easy reading/catching up as the numbers increase, but it also provides a little love to your followers when they can see that they are being filed into a special list/file for save reading.
I recently saw somebody who follows me personally had added me to a list titled “Brilliant Bloggers” and it made my day to know that they feel that way about me. Not only do they think my blog is fricking awesome, they also want to add me to a dedicated list so that they can keep on top of my Tweets when they want to see what all their favourite/fricking awesome bloggers are saying.
Think of a Tweet as a post-it note or a hand-written note for a moment and consider the Twitter list function as a file with a titled sub-heading to pop those notes into for safe keeping.
It’s a great way to keep all your favoured Tweeters in one place to read through later, instead of having to hunt them out through your general timeline with everyone making noise on – it’s a fantastic feature.
When you create a Twitter list, very much the same as when you post a Tweet, it’s public, so anybody can see your list and who is in it. When you add a Twitter account to a list, they will get a notification to say that they have been added to this list and they will see the title of it too (so don’t call it “people I hate” if you don’t want to be hated) so be thoughtful on the naming process.
So, here’s a very quick “How To” on creating your Twitter lists via the Twitter support page:
▽ Go to your Lists page. This can be done via the profile icon drop down menu in the top right navigation bar or by going to your profile page and clicking on Lists.
▽ Click Create list.
▽ Enter the name of your list, a short description of the list, and select if you want the list to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list).
▽ Click Save list.
▽ You can mark your Twitter list as “private” if you want this list to be hidden from public view, making it only accessible to you – but I still wouldn’t be calling it anything you wouldn’t want people to see, I am always a little cagey about this, it’s better to be wary.
▽ To add somebody to your list/s, simply click on the gear/cog icon on the Twitter user’s profile that you wish to add, select the Add or remove from lists function and then check the lists you wish to add them to.
▽ You can add Twitter users to more than one list, so sometimes you may want to add them to more than one – for example, a hotel in London might be added to a list for “London Hotels” and perhaps another list for “Travel & Leisure”, should you want them to be filtered into different lists/searches.
Have a great week!
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