In our post about getting more Twitter followers, we talked about following lots of people. Of course, you’d want to be following people who are interesting and relevant to your interests, not just following to get a follow back, but how do you make your timeline manageable?
Twitter lists! It’s a hidden away feature of Twitter that allows you to categorise the people you follow into more manageable chunks. You can make your lists public or private (which is useful if you don’t want everyone know how you’re referring to them!) and you can change this setting at any time.
To get started, head over to your Twitter profile page.
Click “Lists” in the left side bar. (This is also how you can find what lists you’re on – just click “member of” and they’ll all appear)
Click “Create List” and you’ll see the following screen:
This is where you decide what the list is called, if there’s a description, and whether it’s public or private. All quite obvious!
Click “Save List” and you’ll be taken to your lists page. You can either add people through the search box here…
…or you can add them by heading to their profile page (or by going to your following/followed list), clicking the little person icon, and clicking “Add or remove from lists”
A pop up will appear asking which list(s) to add that person to – check the relevant ones, and click the cross when you’re done!
To change the privacy of a list, head to the list page, and click “Edit”. The same screen that you used to enter all the information about the list (name, description, etc) will pop up, so you can change as much as needed.
Have you used Twitter lists?
I never use twitter lists and I’m not really sure why!
Funny to notice you’re from Bristol same as me – why did I never realise this before :)
There seems to be so many bloggers in Bristol (and around here) lately! Are you a member of the South West Bloggers group on Facebook? It’s really useful to find out about events, etc :)
I like twitter lists, it really makes it more manageable to take in who you’re following. I find using hootsuite also really helpful so you can see more than one list at a time and for twitter chats.