Twitter is great fun, interactive and can help you to connect and engage with many relevant and interesting people. The big question is: how do you keep track of all those incoming tweets? I think that a lot of people are wasting time on Twitter as they don’t know how to make use of one extremely useful feature: Twitter lists.
The more people you follow, the more overwhelming Twitter can be. Twitter lists will help you to overcome this issue. Find out why and how to use Twitter lists. It is easy and simple!
Why using Twitter lists?
Twitter lists enable you to…:
- get a better overview of all your incoming tweets.
- keep track of what’s happening in your industry.
- follow what potential clients are talking about (very important if you are on Twitter to generate leads).
- start conversations with potential clients and other people that are really relevant to you.
- save time on Twitter as using lists will make you focused.
What is a Twitter list?
A Twitter list is a curated group of Twitter users. Twitter lists help you to segment people you come across on Twitter. If you become more active on Twitter and start following more people, you will notice that your timeline get bombarded with messages that you are not interested in. Once you put relevant people in a special list, you will get more results from the time you spend on Twitter.
What kind of lists could you create?
There is a large variety of lists you can think of.
You could make a list of your clients, enabling you to see what they tweet about and keep track of what’s on their mind.
Or you can create a list with potential clients. By following their tweets you can more easily engage in a Twitter conversation with them and attract their attention. Once you have had a few conversations, you can even suggest to take the conversation offline.
Your employees might be on Twitter too. By adding them to a list you can easily see what they talk about online. They might be saying things you would like to retweet. And it gives you better insights into their interests and way of thinking.
And what about lists with competitors, industry news, friends, inspirational leaders, etc.?
It is up to you how you name each list. The more specific you are in the names you choose, the easier it will be for others to understand what your list is about.
And what if you don’t want others to know that you have included them in your lists?
Once you have created a list, you will be asked if the list should be private or public. Private lists can’t be viewed by others.
How do you create a Twitter list?
Go to your lists pages by going to your profile page and clicking on Lists, or by going to https://twitter.com/lists and clicking on “create new list” at the right side of the page.
How to add people to your lists?
You can easily add people to your lists by clicking on the wheel next to their profile picture (see picture below).
How to make use of lists created by others?
Other people’s lists can be very relevant to you and the other way around. If you click on someone’s Twitter name, you will automatically be directed to his or her profile. Below the picture you will see “Lists”.
If you click on “member of” you can discover to which lists this person has been added. Imagine that you look for social media experts. You could then go to Jeff Bullas’ profile (see screenshot above, @jeffbullas). If you go to his lists and click on “member of” you will see on which lists Jeff Bullas appears and it will be easy to find other social media experts.
Your lists can be very valuable to others too. Assume that you have a lot of clients in a certain industry. Wouldn’t they be pleased if they could see who you are following for industry news?
This is how you share your list with others. Go to your Twitter profile and then to lists. The url of a particular list will appear once you click on a list. Just copy and paste it in an email or include it in an article or newsletter.
How to keep track of your different lists?
So what are you waiting for?
Working with Twitter lists is easy and the benefits are huge. Twitter lists enable you to create meaningful connections and conversations with people and organizations that matter to you and that can make a difference to your organization.
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