How To Use Twitter Lists

Happy Monday, Peeps!

Today, I’ve asked fabulous WG2E-Lander, Rhonda Hopkins, to teach us how to use Twitter Lists to maximize our tweeting time.

Take it away, Rhonda…

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be back at the WG2E today. D.D. Scott asked that I talk to you about twitter lists. They’re pretty simple to use and will help you keep up with the humongous amount of tweets hitting your stream every minute.

First you’ll want to decide how you want to categorize your followers. For instance – writers, readers, reviewers, news, family, friends, health, or other general interest group. You may want to designate a list for readers or writers in your area such as DFW area writers. Basically anything you can think of to help you keep track of things and people important to you.

Once you have an idea or two, go to the bar at the top of twitter and click on “Me”. Then to the right you’ll see:

Click on “lists”. Then to the right you’ll click on “create list”.

Fill in the list name. For instance I used “WG2E Street Team” for one of mine.

Then you can fill in a description for the list if needed.

Then you decide if you want the list to be made public or kept private. If you want others to be able to follow the list and tweets you’ll need to leave it public. Many times people will follow a list rather than the individual members, so it’s another good way to have your tweets seen.

Next click on “save”. You’ve now created your list.

You’ll then want to add people to your list. Go to someone’s profile and click on the person icon next to the follow button (you can also do this as you follow someone new).

Click on “Add or remove from lists…”

You’ll then check the box or boxes you want to add that person to and then click the “x” at the top right. Don’t click the “create list” box again as that takes you to create a new list. However, if you need to create a new list for this person, you can certainly do it from here.

Once you have your lists set up, you can access them from the lists tab shown in the first pic above.  Here are some of mine:

I haven’t been as diligent on some of them as I should have been and some I just started. I really wish I’d known about lists before I had as many followers. It certainly would have made organizing easier.

From the lists section you can click on the list you want to check out and you can see either the tweets made by those in your list or the actual members of your list.

This makes it simple to keep up with the tweets from those that are important to you. If you use tweetdeck – it also has an option for you to add a column for “lists” and you can choose which list to add a column for. I don’t use hootsuite, but I would imagine it has the same type of option.

Other people have set up great lists. And while I may not want to follow each individual member, I could follow the list and check it out when I have the need to do so. For example – if someone has a list out there for Urban Fantasy Book Review Sites and I just happened to finish writing a UF novel and needed a reviewer, I’d know where to start my search.

If you’re a member of a group and want to know what’s happening – you’ll have an easy time finding the latest updates and being able to share that which interests you and your followers.

Other people may add you to their lists. You can see which ones you’ve been added to by clicking on the “member of” link once you’re on the list page.

I’ve only ever had to remove myself from one list and you do this by blocking the person who added you. It was a spammer gathering @s to sell so it was an easy block.

Once you find a list you like that someone else has set up, you can click on subscribe to list and you’ll see the tweets from those members. But you can also see who on that list you already follow and who you don’t. You can also follow individual members directly from the list. It’s really very cool.

The last I heard, twitter had set a maximum of twenty lists per person with five hundred accounts per list. While that may sound like a lot, twenty lists really isn’t when you start thinking of all the great uses for them. So give it some thought and start corralling those tweets.

And if you want a great list to follow – I of course have to recommend our wonderful WG2E Street Team. I am so blessed to have found such a warm and generous group of writers and friends. You can find us here:

What about you? Do you use twitter lists? What other ways do you use them?

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  1. Dale Amidei says:

    Thanks for the great post and the shout-out for our Street Team, Rhonda! Twitter can be one of the major forces driving sales during a title’s promotion, and we should all be proficient in the venue.

  2. Hi Rhonda! thanks for the tips. I am about to embark on the publishing journey, and welcome and appreciate words and advice from someone in the know like yourself.

  3. I didn’t even know Twitter lists existed! Thank you, Rhonda, for sharing those excellent instructions on how to create them. I admit I haven’t used that function much, but I’m about to be all a-Twitter!

    • You’re welcome, Bettye. I’m glad it was useful to you. I had some screen shots I think would have made it more helpful but I guess there was some trouble with adding them to the post. Good luck with your twitter exploration! :-)

  4. Tamara Ward says:

    Thanks for the scoop, Rhonda! Lists… what a fabulous idea! Yes, perhaps now I can keep up with what I want to keep up with without drowning in tweet overload!

  5. I never knew how to use the lists feature before, and now I do! Thanks, Rhonda!

  6. CC MacKenzie says:

    Thank you very much, Rhonda!

    Great post and especially about the lists.

  7. Hey, Rhonda. Thanks for the helpful Twitter Lists info. I had already set up some lists, but, duh, I hadn’t made one for the Street Team yet. Now, I’ve got most of us in the list and I’ll add the rest as I go. And it will be my most important list of all.

    You are the best, Rhonda!

    • Thanks, Dean! I’m glad you found the list and this post helpful. I don’t know about being the “best” but I know I’m surrounded by the best at the WG2E. :-)

  8. adan lerma says:

    just got home from work, looking fwd to reading this article! thanks rhonda ;-)

  9. A little late, but not too late to learn something new. Thanks for the great post, Rhonda. :)

  10. Rena George says:

    Thank you so much, Rhoda. This s great. I struggle to get my head round this Twitter lark. Thanks to you, I now understand it a lot better. x

    • Glad I could help, Rena. That’s the great thing about D.D. and the WG2E – you can always find the help you need. Isn’t this a great resource site?