Twitter Lists Explained

14 12 2009

The new Twitter Lists feature on Twitter is a new way to organise the people you’re following on Twitter, or find new people to follow. In actuality, though, Twitter lists are in effect the counterpart to Facebook’s Group feature. They offer a way for you to group together other users on Twitter so that you can get an overview of what they’re up to. That’s because Lists aren’t just static listings of users, but rather live updated Twitter streams of the latest tweets form a set of users specified by you.

In other words, you can create a list that groups together people for whatever reason, for example a group dedicated to e-marketing, or a group dedicated to tax, etc. You then get a snapshot of the things these users are tweeting. Lists allow you to organise the people you’re following into groups, and they even allow you to include people that you aren’t following.

There are lots of reasons for creating Twitter Lists, so here are a few;

Create a group – As I said earlier, you can organise your followers into different groups for different categories, eg. e-marketing, finance, funny tweeters, etc.

Recommend cool tweople – One of the other intended purposes of Twitter Lists is to allow people to recommend other users to follow. You can create a public list of people you think other Twitter users should follow, and then anyone who visits the list can follow who they like.

Meet new tweople – Same as above, except vice-versa. When you follow a list, you don’t automatically follow everyone on that list, you need to go through the list and see who’s tweets you find interesting, and follow them.

I hope you found this post helpful, until next time!

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