Creating Twitter Lists saves time. That's the bottom line, though I procrastinated for a long time before doing it. This year I'm trying to streamline my tasks into the most efficient work methods possible. Sounds daunting, doesn't it? Like you, I have a lot of plates in the air. As an entrepreneur/ solopreneur, productivity is at the top of my to-do list and it seems to me to be all about systems. Here's one that has already proved quite valuable to me.
Twitter has long overwhelmed me. It's my least favorite social media platform. Nonetheless, the articles I read and podcasts I listen to assure me it's
a necessary evil an essential marketing tool. I first began improving my efforts with Twitter when I started this “Behind-the-Scenes Business Tips” series last summer. Click here to learn more about Twitter in the June 2016 Behind-the-Scenes Business tip. I highly recommend following the very easy ‘fix' outlined in that post to enhance your Twitter feed.
What are Twitter Lists?
I've heard of them for years, but never took the time to figure them out. I am so glad I did! In a nutshell, lists are personally curated groups on Twitter. They make your Feed easier to read. You categorize people you follow with ‘tags'. Call them what you want… Friends, Family, Artists, Entrepreneurs… these are all some of my List titles. You can also choose to have them shown on your page as Public, or keep them private. I have a few public lists and several private ones.
How do I create a Twitter List?
It's crazy easy.
- Go to your Twitter profile (here is mine – please click ‘follow' if interested)
- Click on your photo to view the pull-down menu shown below.
- Click Lists.
Now you can click the button to “Create a List” (probably towards the top/right of your screen).
Next, click “Create New List” and do three things: name the list, describe it, and set the Privacy to Public or Private.
How do I add people to Twitter Lists?
Click on a person's name and follow the steps below. (I like to view all my followers at once and go through them one-by-one. This takes a little time but I found it time well spent.) Here's an example with the lovely mixed media artist Kaz Hall, from The Little Shabby Shed. (Click here to follow Kaz on Twitter).
To add Kaz to a specific list, I did this:
- Selected her name
- Clicked the little blue gear icon next to the word “Following”
- Clicked “Add or Remove from lists”
- Chose the list(s) I wanted to her on
Simple as that. Now when I look at Twitter, instead of seeing an endless stream of Tweets, I have a better option. I click on my Lists, and scroll through those (much shorter) Feeds. It's enabled me to be more engaged and to interact with people there, which before Lists, I barely did.
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