If you’re following more than a 200 people on Twitter and use Twitter.com, you probably won’t be able to follow all of the tweets in your stream. That’s where Twitter lists come in handy.
What are Twitter lists?
A list is a group of Twitter users that share a common characteristic or purpose. Like “techie lawyers” or “entrepreneurship”. You can create up to 20 lists, each with no more than 500 users. Or subscribe to a list curated by another user.
Lists can be public or private and you don’t have to follow a user in order to add her to a list. It’s a great way to keep your “following” count to a manageable level and still have easy access to a user’s or group of users Twitter stream.
How to create a list
Twitter has made it very easy 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.
To add users to a list, click on the pull-down menu from the user’s profile and choose “add or remove from lists”.
Check out Listorious for a directory of lists to follow or peruse the lists of your favorite Twitters.
And create your own lists. Here are a few suggestions:
Local Tweeps – A lists of people in your area. Great for getting local news and updates and for organizing Tweetups.
A-List – This is the list you check every day. It contains your favorite followers who tweet useful or entertaining stuff, whatever your preference.
Blogging and social media tips– Lots of great information out there, but lots of noise too. Keep this list lean.
Newsroom – More people are going to Twitter for breaking news. I do. Create a list of trusted news sources. This doesn’t have to be terribly lean as you want a range of perspectives.
Bar associations – Actually, this already exists. Mark Rosch has created an excellent list of over 250 bar associations. You can subscribe to the list here.