Learn This Time-Saving Twitter Hack
Using Twitter lists is probably my favourite Twitter hack. It’s one that I encourage my clients to use too.
I often explain Twitter as a giant cocktail party. There are a ton of conversations happening all at the same time. As a user, you can decide which conversation you’d like to follow or join in.
When you’re first starting out on Twitter, you may have a few followers. In its early stages, it’s easy to follow conversations in your group.
But what happens, when you start to follow a lot of people or even thousands of people?
We all know that tweets have a short life span on our Twitter feeds. If you’re like me, I’m not on Twitter all the time. So, how do I keep in touch with my new followers, competitors, or engaged followers?
Enter Twitter lists.
This Twitter hack will seriously change the way you use Twitter. I would be lost if I didn’t use my lists. And did I mention that it’s an easy way to network and really get to know your followers?
Isn’t that what social media is all about?
What Are Twitter Lists
Firstly, Twitter lists have been around for quite a few years. But, if you’re just getting started, you may not be sure why you should use them or what they even are.
I am here to help!
According to Twitter, a Twitter 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.”
Lists help you organize your followers into categories or groups, which allows you to easily see tweets from a specific group without having to scan your entire feed, which saves you time – and who doesn’t want to save time when using social media?
How to Create Twitter Lists
There are many ways to create a Twitter list. Twitter’s own Help Centre has a great step-by-step direction on how to create lists, so be sure to check them out if you’re having troubles.
Manage Your List Settings
You can choose to make your lists public or private. Some people create public ones to help other folks find interesting people to follow. Others keep theirs private because their main purpose in creating lists is simply to read tweets in a more organized fashion. If you create a private list, it means you’re the only one who can see it. That’s different from “protected tweets,” which can be seen by anyone you give permission to. (see image below)
Private lists are totally private.
Reading Tweets from Your Lists
To see the tweets from all the folks on one of your lists, click “Lists” from the pull-down menu in the top horizontal bar, then click on the name of any list.
When you click on one, you’ll see all the tweets from everyone included. Note that this is a separate timeline from your personal timeline.
Here is an example of what the news feed for my Twitter list that I created for different types of social media tools:
Find Out What Lists You’re On
To gage your popularity level, you can find out what public lists you’ve been added to. From your lists page, click on “Member of.”
Knowing what lists you’re on gives you an idea of how you’re perceived on Twitter. Are you in a lot of “SEO” lists or “digital marketer” lists?
Subscribe to Public Lists
To join someone else’s public list, go to their profile and click “lists.” Choose what list of theirs that you would like to subscribe to, and click “Subscribe.” Joining lists does two sweet things:
- Gives you awesome theme-specific feed information
- Gets you exposure, especially if you’re wanting more visibility by the radar of list owners and participants.
Use Google Search
To find a pre-existing Twitter List, you can use a Google x-ray search. Type the following into your Google search bar: site:twitter.com inurl:lists insert search term>
For example, type “site:twitter.com inurl:lists Photographers” in the Google search field; your results will show various Twitter lists of Photographers.
The same can be applied to find Twitter lists of fashion bloggers, social media, non-profit etc. It’s a great trick to find tons of Twitter audiences in just a few minutes. I found this little hack a while ago, and I hope it will be helpful to you as well.
Making Lists Work for You
There are numerous other ways to use Twitter lists. You can use Twitter lists to keep an eye on your competitors (this is a list you would want to keep private), your customers, people actively talking about your brand and influential people in your niche. You can also use them to keep up with industry news sources.
Personally, I’ve used them for Twitter chats that I participate in, conferences that I have attended, followers that are in my city, and even new followers.
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I firmly believe that Twitter lists are the single most essential organizational tool for managing Twitter. Without them, you will be lost, disorganized, and unable to track the best tweeters in your niche. However, learning Twitter is like anything else in life. The more you use it, the more you learn, and the better you’ll become using it.
Do you have awesome Twitter lists that you follow? What other ways are you using Twitter Lists? Let me know in the comments below.
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