As I’ve mentioned MANY times on my blog, Twitter can be a VERY noisy place. You may not understand that when you first start out on Twitter, but as you grow your following the RIGHT way, you’ll begin to notice things seem very noisy.
The people whose tweets you once loved to read are now very hard to find. You find yourself wanting to interact with those who interact with you, but never see their tweets anymore.
Enter Twitter Lists! Let’s learn how to use Twitter Lists effectively.
What are Twitter Lists?
Twitter was so gracious to us. They knew that we would need a way to organize our followers how WE wanted them organized. This organization really maximizes your efforts on Twitter. It streamlines your tweets in a way that you see exactly what you want to see depending on the context of the list.
How do I create a Twitter list?
1) Click on your Profile Image in the top right corner of Twitter.com and then click Lists
2) Click on Create New List
3) Name the list (make it fun and creative), give it a description (optional), pick privacy setting, and click Save List
How do I add people to a list?
Once you set up your lists, to add people to them, you simply go to their profile, click the settings gear beside where it says you’re following them, and click add or remove from list.
But, What are Some Good Lists to Create?
I’m so glad you asked. This is where the maximization comes in. Lists are going to allow you to keep up with the people YOU want to keep up with. Let me share with you some ideas for your Twitter lists.
An Influencers or Experts List
No matter what type of business you are in, you’re always going to find an expert in that business or field on Twitter. This list is going to be used just for them. The reason is so that you’re able to go to this list to see great content that will help you as well as your target audience learn.
An Engagers List
This is a VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY Important list. This list is for those people who directly @mention you and interact with you on Twitter. The reason you list these people is because you know they will be the ones to carry on conversation. They will be the ones to reply to you EVERY time, because they know how to be social on social media. Anytime someone mentions you, add them to this list.
A Retweeters List
This is the next important list! Often times people won’t directly mention you, but they love your stuff and will retweet it out. Because of this, you need the retweeters list to keep up with those who love to share your content. Ultimately, the goal is to have all those on the retweeters list ALSO be on the engagers list.
A “People I Favorite” List
This list is definitely optional but can be important depending on how you use it. This list is filled with people who’s tweets you favorited. This can help make sure you see the content you like seeing on Twitter.
A “Keep-in-Touch” List
This list is definitely a private list that you can use to keep up with prospective clients. Anytime your discussing business with a person, add them to a list so you can just be a part of their life. Remember #CareBeforeShare.
BONUS!!! Do Lists AUTOMATICALLY!!
What I taught you above, was how to add people to lists manually, which can take some time. What if I told you that most of these lists can be done AUTOMATICALLY. Cue the happy marching band!!
To create these lists completely automatically, we’re going to use a tool called IFTTT (www.ifttt.com). Go ahead and sign up for a free account NOW.
Okay now once that’s done, let’s set up a few recipes. Recipes are IFTTT’s way of knowing what to do and when to do it.
First we have to activate the Twitter channel.
Next, Activate the Channel by Logging in to Twitter
Browse for Recipes “Twitter lists” and you’ll see some familiar results. 🙂
Finally pick the recipe that fits what list you want to create, and click advanced settings to change the name of the list. Click Add and you’re done! 🙂
I hope to see you use Twitter lists effectively in your Twitter strategy. If you have any more questions on lists, hit me up on Twitter @blakec432, or ask your questions in the comments below.