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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?

Being social?

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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?

Twitter lists are a powerful feature to keep you organized and help you stay on top of what's important Click To Tweet

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.

How to Create a Twitter List
How to Create a Twitter List

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.

How to make Public and Private Twitter Lists

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:

Newsfeed for my Twitter List Called 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?

Twitter Lists that I am on

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.
Hint: You can follow a user’s public list without even following that user. Click To Tweet

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.

Use Google Search to find other Twitter Lists
Use Google Search to find other Twitter Lists

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.

New to Twitter? At Get Social with Rosie, we can help you!

Want to be better at using Twitter lists? These tips will take you to the next level. Click To Tweet


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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19 Replies to “Learn This Time-Saving Twitter Hack”

  1. I LOVE THIS!! I’ve been added to many but never knew the real significance. Have to check out trying this!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Jessica! Twitter is by far my favourite social media platform. Feel free to ask me any questions or follow me at @rdigout

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I get so confused by Twitter and must admit that I am on 114 lists! I have no idea what they are or who added me. I have never used them but loved the idea of creating my own to follow people that interest me!

  3. I’m trying to get better about using Twitter so this is super helpful! I’m hoping to sit down at some point this month and start utilizing lists and finding new people to follow so I can be more engaged.

    1. Awesome! Schedule it in your planner and tweet me at @rdigout if you have any questions about Twitter lists. 🙂

  4. Oh wow, I’ve been using twitter for two years now, and didn’t know most of this information! I subscribe to lists when people add me to them, but I’ve never actually created any of my own. Knowing that they can be made private is very useful-I’m about to start using twitter for business soon (it’s just been a bit of fun alongside the blog until now,) so this is good to know-such a useful post to come back to! Thanks!

    1. Twitter is my favourite social media platform. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the article and put some of my tips to use! Having TW Lists it helps cut down all that noise that you find on your Twitter newsfeed. By having private lists, you can keep an eye on competitors, other companies that are doing social media well, etc.

  5. I love Twitter lists – they’re a great way to organise people you follow and not miss tweets from the people you want to see more from. Great post!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  6. This is fantastic! I only found out about lists a few weeks ago and they sound like a brilliant way to filter what you see everyday as it can get a bit crazy sometimes #bigpinklink

    1. You got it! It can be a time-saver too since you’re not scrolling through the newsfeed to find tweets that matter to you.

  7. I need to do this better. Still remember the early days of Twitter where everyone talked rather than just sending out links – happy days!

    1. If you’re finding that there is not much conversation happening, it could be the people that you’re following. I have a very active and engaged following. Sometimes, I do find that I am the one reaching out and talking to people first. I’ll reply to their tweets and if they don’t reply back after a few tries, I delete them.

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