Get Organized on Twitter with Lists

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Lists and Were Afraid to Ask

You’ve made a Twitter account, written a killer profile, begun following people, and have started tweeting. Before you find yourself with a disorganized cluster of followers, take a step back and think strategically about your goals. Using lists is a great way to start.

Your lists will help you to keep a handle on exactly what’s going on in your Twittersphere. To make a list:

When you follow a new person:`Click on gear icon

Choose add or remove from lists

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Next you can create a list or add to one of your existing lists

To create: click CREATE A LIST and Type List Name & description (description is voluntary)

Click Save

To add someone to a list, simply check it

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Then when you add new people, either click one of your existing lists, or create a new one. You can add people to more than one list. Lists will default to public, but if you wish, you can make them private by clicking that box.

Now when you go to your news feed you can narrow down what you see. Want to know what your local peeps are tweeting about? Just want to see your list of film makers or your favorite authors?


Click on your profile

Click Lists

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Choose a list

Only folks from that list appear in your newsfeed

Focusing your time on targeted populations can help you to quickly get up to date on trends and news, as well allow you to re-tweet, respond, and interact more efficiently. If you want to drill down to an individual level, you can go to a profile, choose turn on mobile notifications, and you will receive notices on your phone when that person has tweeted. Turning on notifications on those accounts you select will allow you to respond in real time and interact more powerfully with those individuals.

Buffer social (an app I use) has a great article with 23 ideas for lists. Check it out HERE.

Using lists will greatly increase your productivity on Twitter and make it much easier to connect more strategically. Feel free to share how you use lists in the comments below.

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