23Sep 2014

Why I Love Twitter Lists

Posted by at in How To, Social Media

One of my favourite things about Twitter is it’s list functionality. It helps me manage my feed so much more effectively so I thought I’d share a few reasons why I use them.

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Firstly here is how to create Twitter Lists:

To create a list:

  • Go to your Lists page. This can be done via the gear 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.

Note: List names cannot exceed 25 characters, nor can they begin with a number.

To add or remove people from your lists:

  • Click the gear icon drop down menu on a user’s profile.
  • Select Add or remove from lists. (You don’t need to be following a user to add them to your list.)
  • A pop-up will appear displaying your created lists. Check the lists you would like to add the user to, or uncheck the lists you’d like to remove the user from.
  • To check to see if the user you wanted to add was successfully included in that list, navigate to the Lists tab on your profile page. Click the desired list, then click Members. The person will appear in the list of members.

To see lists that you are on:

On your Lists page, click on Member of. This will show you what lists you are on.

Why I love them and how to use them

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1. Easy organisation of my newsfeed

I can “follow” more people with out actually following them by adding them to an appropriate list. This can help with keeping your following number at a better level but also means you have people split into relevant categories. For me it’s all about organisation. I’m an OCD type and I like to have my Twitter lists sorted into the categories that matter to me.

I rarely read tweets from my main home screen as there are just way too many updates. Instead I click the list I want to look at – for example I might want to look at Marketing specific updates. So I’ll choose my marketing list and browse from there.  I also have a number of celebs I love but I don’t want to necessarily follow them- this bumps up my following numbers but it isn’t really crucial for me to see their tweets. So when I have a spare 5 minutes I’ll click on my celeb list to see what’s going on in tinsel town.

You can see what public lists I have on my personal Twitter HERE

Here is an example list you might put together:

  • Social Media
  • Startups & Tech
  • Venture Capital
  • Journalists/News
  • Women
  • Businesses
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Tools
  • Sports
  • Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion
  • Health & Fitness
  • Food
  • Travel

Or check out this post by Aaron Lee with some fantastic lists to follow

2. List people you regularly chat with

By adding them to a specific list it means you can find all their tweets at a click of a button. Much easier than scrolling through your timeline or clicking on each persons profile.

3. Make lists of groups or events

Running a conference or networking group? Off to an event? Then set up a twitter list for the members. You’ll be able to see their tweets easily but it also gives the members a choice to subscribe to your list and view it the same way (if you make it public). It also means you can easily stay in contact after the event or course has ended.

I have a list for the ladies in my Mastermind group (below). As I regularly chat with them and want to retweet their stuff – the list makes it much more accessible.

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4. Keep an eye on the competition

You might not want to “follow” the competition or have them know you are keeping a sneaky eye on them. So by setting up a Twitter list and making it private (no one else will know it exists) means you can follow them without looking like a crazy stalker. Private lists can work for any group of people- if you’d rather people didn’t know about it then make it private. I did this with a pregnancy list when I first found out I was pregnant. I didn’t want the world to know I was pregnant yet but I wanted to start following and reading pregnancy tweets on Twitter.

5. Gain new followers

Being added to a list can be a big ego boost for some people and it may mean they are more likely to check out your profile and follow you.

Don’t forget to check out what lists you have been added to. It usually gives you a list of other great people you might want to follow.

6. Use it as a Little Black Book

I’ve made some awesome contacts on Twitter and there have been so many times where I have been asked “Do you know any…. (photographers, web designers, dog groomers, cake makers, SEO Experts)” Etc. If I utilise my lists well enough these people can be much easier to find.

This is especially useful for Virtual Assistants, Wedding/Event Planners etc

Don’t forget to add yourself to relevant lists. Lots of people forget this part! This means your tweets will get shown to anyone who subscribes to that list.

7. Find relevant people to follow

Lists are great for finding new people to follow or to add to your lists. Rather than explain it all here take a look at this great post which explains it perfectly.


Do you use Twitter lists? What would you add to my comments above?


Jess sig


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7 comments leave one →

  1. Victoria Garvey

    Hi there! Jess,
    What a web page, so much good information?
    If you’re just starting out TWITTER this is one good page to go on, As most people do not
    know how Twitter work’s or how it can work for them..
    I am Big fan of Twitter and all Social Media 🙂 so keep the great work!
    Female Business #Leaders driving Business with a Smile 🙂
    I will drop by again soon! 🙂
    Vicky GARVEY.

  2. Thank you Jess! I use lists but I hadn’t thought of adding myself to lists, what a great idea!

    • Jess

      Thanks for reading Louisa. Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂 Jess

  3. Great, great article, Jess!

    Do you know how you can leverage Lists even better? Use them in conjunction with Paper.li. For example, I have one that features my favourite Tweeps, as a way to thank them for being awesome. People love it!
    Cendrine Marrouat recently posted…Trying to host an event online? (Infographic)My Profile

    • I obviously meant to say that I have one PAPER that features my favorite Tweeps.
      Cendrine Marrouat recently posted…Trying to host an event online? (Infographic)My Profile

    • Jess

      Great point Cendrine! I actually love Paper.li and have 2 set up that pulls in info from my lists. I agree it’s great for engagement and starts new conversations. I love that you actually have one dedicated to your favourite tweeps. Thanks for reading 🙂


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