Tuning Twitter with Twitter Lists
This is the 2nd post in my “Taking Twitter to the Next Level” – series. If you have a question or issue you’d like for me to address just tweet me (@tsudo) or leave a comment below.
You’re a seasoned Twitter user and proud of the relationships you’ve built on Twitter but as your community has grown you’ve encountered a common problem.
I follow 2200+ people and eventually someone will ask…
- How do you keep up?
- How do you follow so many people?
- or I’ll hear, I need to unfollow people so I can listen closer to XYZ.
My answer to all 3 issues is the same. So come close and I’ll let you in on a little secret.
Learn to use twitter lists well and you’ll unlock the power to pay attention and take your twitter network to the next level.
What are they?
It is simply a list of Twitter users.
Lists can be focused on subjects, locales, or relationships. They can be whatever you want them to be.
Want to listen to more locals? Looking to highlight industry voices? Take the time to create a list.
How to use them?
- Use private twitter lists for listening
- Use public twitter lists for recommending others
Private Twitter Lists
My private listening lists are my diamond mine. You can’t see them but they are crucial to my twitter experience. They are how I tune Twitter.
Here is my approach.
- Inner Circle – This is my friends list. I take great care in managing it because I watch it closely.
- Outer Circle – People that I’ve interacted with and have proven to share high value tweets.
- Curated – I’ve got a handful of people that consistently find the best tech/social info from around the world.
Public Twitter Lists
I create public lists to recommend high quality groups of users (and I listen on these as well).
- All About Twitter – Everything I need to know about twitter news and features can be found in this list. It is my ultimate Twitter knowledge base.
- News – Headlines and breaking News from around the world and local sources.
- Major Players – Movers & shakers online
Step 1: Create them
Here’s where most people get stuck. Creating and managing lists take’s time but the more effort you take in building your lists the better you list will work for you.
To add someone to a list you can either:
- Visit their profile and use the “Lists” dropdown menu to add them to a list or create a new list.
- Go to the people you are following page and use the list button there
*Bonus tip: Use method #2 when creating lists and change the view from expanded to list to move through the list more quickly.
Step 2: Use them
At this level of Twitter usage you should be using a twitter client on your computer. I recommend using Seesmic Desktop 2 or Tweetdeck and both clients make it easy to add your Twitter lists as a new column.
- In Seesmic just click the “Userlists” dropdown menu on the sidebar and select your list.
- In Tweetdeck click the “+” in the top row, select Groups/Lists and then just select the list you’d like to add as a column.
- If you are already using Tweetdeck groups it’s easy to convert them to Twitter Lists. Here’s a video tutorial from @courtneyengle
Arrange your columns so you see the most important lists first.
If you use Twitter from your smartphone just use a client that supports lists. I prefer the Twitter for iPhone app and you can view your lists by tapping the “…” icon in the bottom right
All Twitter clients worth using, desktop & mobile, support Twitter lists.
*Bonus Tip: Turn your Twitter list into an RSS feed with Lists2RSS -Thanks to @TweetSmarter for the tip.
This is some of the best twitter advice I can give.
Creating & Maintaining twitter lists is the BEST way to listen better
How do you use Twitter Lists? How important are they to you? If you don’t are you considering them?