Twitter continues to be one of the most widely used social media sites today with many great features availble for its millions of users worldwide. One of them is the Twitter Lists.
What are Twitter Lists?
A Twitter list is a functionality that allows users to easily organise the people they are following and those who are following them. It lets a user create specific groups and even allows one to even include people they are not yet following.
With this feature, users can focus on viewing the tweets of specific people on a single page rather than being overwhelmed by the constant updates and numerous messages that appear in their main tweet stream.
Why use Twitter Lists?
An important function of Twitter Lists is to recommend people other users are not yet following. What you can do is group them together in one list and recommend the entire list to friends, business associates or colleagues whom you think will benefit from following them. How you group your list is up to you – it could be people in your local area, those with a specific skill set or expertise or even those that share great insights.
So when a fellow Twitter user visits the page of a specific list, he or she can decide who among the people there to follow. It’s a great way of sharing who you love to follow and who adds value to your Tweeting experience.
Following a list does not necessarily mean following all the people included there. It’s just a way for you to find out what’s new with those on the list and it’s up to you to choose who you’d like to follow on a regular basis. You can even include yourself in those lists.
How do I create a Twitter List?
Creating a Twitter list is easy. First, go to your profile page and click the Lists button on the left.
On the next page, click the Create new list button on the right just below your profile cover photo.
A new box will then show up which you need to fill out with the information being asked such as your List Name and Description. Choose as well what type of list you want to create, whether it’s a private or public one. Then click Save List when you’re done.
After creating the list, you will need to search for other Twitter users to add in there. Each user can create up to 20 lists but each list is limited to only 500 people. You also have the freedom to remove users from your list.
With a public list, anyone can subscribe to it. A private list, on the other hand, allows a user to have exclusive access. When your list is public, this is visible to everybody and anyone can follow the list. If it’s private, it’s only who can access the list and manage the people in there.
If you’re a business owner or just a frequent Twitter user who has thousands of followers and are following thousands of people as well, creating lists will benefit you greatly. In this way, you are able to separate your family from your friends, business associates and clients and classify the people you are following according to specific categories.
Using Twitter Lists is indeed one effective organising tool that will make using Twitter much easier. For people in business, using Twitter lists will enable you to interact better with your target audience.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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