The Best Feature of Twitter: Lists
Twitter is by far my favorite social network. Sure, you may have to filter out the “junk” tweets from the quality ones, but overall Twitter is the best social network for personal or business use. I have two accounts: my personal one @DavidCarlson1 as well as the account for this site @YoungAdultMoney. I utilize lists on both of them and haven’t read my main Twitter feed for years, and I would highly recommend you make the switch as well.
In case you missed my past posts on social media, here they are:
Below are a handful of my Twitter lists:
Lists are useful because let’s face it: your main feed gets pretty clogged up. What if there are a few users whose tweets you never want to miss? If you follow even a hundred people you are likely to miss their tweets. What if you follow two hundred? A thousand? You are bound to miss some of their tweets. Putting them in their own list and controlling the number of users will allow you to never miss a tweet.
One of my favorite lists is my Minnesota list. When something big happens in Minnesota or the Viking’s are playing there are a ton of tweets that are relevant to what is going on here, where I live.
The best thing about Twitter lists? You don’t have to follow people to list them. I know a lot of people who want to follow more than 2,000 people, but you can’t because Twitter has a ceiling where you can only follow more than 2,000 people once you have more than 2,000 people following you back. If any of the people you follow are famous or simply do not follow back, you will never get past the 2,000 limit. Instead, unfollow them and throw them in a list!
You can also follow other people’s lists. For example, I follow the following lists on my @YoungAdultMoney account:
Following other people’s lists is a good strategy because they already put in all the work adding people to the list and most likely spend at least a little time maintaining it. This can also be a good way to discover people to add to your own lists.
I personally would rather be listed than followed. There’s a good chance a VERY high percentage of your followers don’t even read your tweets. Focus on building lists and being listed and you will have a much better experience on Twitter.
Do you use lists on Twitter? Why or why not?