Twitter lists – stop your feed being a fat mess!
When I was younger, I filed. I filed my college notes into big A4 lever arch files, partitioned my pages with coloured dividers and categorised them neatly into subject topics. While my geekery leaves me shame-faced and slightly embarrassed admitting it to you now, I would never get caught these days with a disorganised Twitter following – because these days I file, categorise and divide my followers into Twitter lists.
I quote from this article written by the chaps at Buffer – if you were following 500 people, and you were to read every tweet in a single day, you could see around 11,000 tweets. Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me – nobody’s got time for that! Which is why you should embrace lists like I once embraced colour-coordinated filofaxes. Use Twitter lists to categorise your contacts into subgroups, so that you can monitor those subgroups far more easily; you can jump into conversations with influencers and key contacts knowing exactly who they are, for example they might be a journalist in your ‘press contacts’ list. You can see Gertrude & Ivy’s public lists here for more examples.
But the wonders of Twitter lists don’t stop there – we’ve put more of their key benefits of into this tip poster.
Take away points in plain text:
- Lists sort the sense from the noise and organise your Twitter time efficiently and effectively.
- Twitter lists can organise your contacts into manageable subgroups and listen in on them.
- You can build your own lists and be added to other people’s.
- Public lists can be viewed by everyone.
- Private lists can only be seen by you. People that are on the list won’t know that they are on it.
- Give your list a title and a description.
- Follow a list without using up your follower limit. Lists are separate from follows.