Boost Your Daily Productivity: Use Twitter Lists

Use Twitter Lists

Is your Twitter list growing by leaps and bounds these days?  I'm guessing the answer is yes, especially if you've grabbed a copy of my 13 Ways To Get More Twitter Followers. (And if the answer is no, then now you know where to start!)

Some of the comments from my last in depth series on how to get more Twitter followers had great questions about getting more organized online.  Let's face it – when you have many thousands of Twitter followers, staying organized with the Tweets you're receiving, the Tweets you're sending, and the Tweets you're retweeting can be difficult!  It can be hard to sort through conversations and ideas when your Twitter stream is a mixture of ideas from the variety of people in all of your networks, prospects, and customers, not to mention your college buddies and family! 

One of the best ways to use Twitter:  Lists. 

How Can You Use Twitter Lists to Work Smarter?

#1 – Use Twitter Lists to (privately!) follow your competition

Did you know that you don't have to follow someone to see their Tweets?  Instead, you can create a list and put them on it, and you can choose to make that list private (visible only to you).  This gives you an enormous amount of flexibility and creativity in using Twitter to listen, not just broadcast.  Wouldn't you enjoy the chance to listen in to your competition's Tweets? 

#2 – Use Twitter Lists To Keep In Touch With Colleagues

Networking with your colleagues can provide a huge boost for your business, and Twitter is a great tool for this. But – it can become a hassle when you have so many conversations and updates to follow at once!  Create lists of key contacts in your business niche, and you can choose to see only those you're interested in. 

#3 – Use Twitter Lists To Facilitate Conversation

At the heart of social media is staying connected and engaged with people.  This is why a great use of Twitter lists is to facilitate conversation with select people you want to remain engaged with during the day.  You can choose to make this a public or private list. However, remember that anything you Tweet is still public, so you'll still want to choose your words carefully when having a conversation with people on a list. 

#4 – Use Twitter Lists To Get Organized – And Boost Your Marketing!

When you create your Twitter lists, you have the ability to make them public or private.  Public Twitter lists give you more visibility in your market, adding an easy boost to your social media marketing efforts.  The people you follow as you use Twitter lists will appreciate the extra recognition you're giving them.  As you curate more Twitter lists, you'll be seen by others as providing more value and thought leadership in your particular niche.  And as your thought leadership grows, you'll be included on other people's lists, boosting your credibility and influence throughout the world of social media.

Who knew that taking the time to use Twitter lists could tame the chatter factor, give you back your day, and boost your marketing efforts, all in one simple step?

How many Twitter lists have you created?  How do you have them organized?  I'd love to hear – leave a comment below!

Are we connected on Twitter yet?  I'd love to hear from you there, too! 

29 Comments

  1. I had not considered following my competition in this manner. I am using lists in the other manners you suggested. Thanks for the heads up Edmund. You're always on the cutting edge!

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  2. I love my Twitter lists; thanks for giving me even more information to organize my Twitter

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  3. Great idea, Edmund, I am putting this on my to do list! Like Kim, I hadn't considered using this to follow people who are in the same niche as me…like that idea! : D
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  4. I was not aware that you could make your lists private!! Great nugget of info…thanks!

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    • Oh yeah, that’s a biggie right there Denny. Glad I could help ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Love my twitter lists, it makes it so easy to find everybody that I want to engage with. Thanks!

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  6. Love these Twitter list tips, Edmund. This is a to-do for sure…on my list.

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  7. Twitter lists are a lifesaver! I use lists to keep up with news in the travel industry.

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    • That’s good to hear Sara that they’re coming in handy for you within the travel industry. Now that’s another great way to utilize them.

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  8. This goes great with the video I did last week!  I love Twitter lists!!

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  9. I hadn't considered a private list to follow competitors.. what a great idea!

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  10. I use Twitter lists and  love them. I even have a private list of people that I want to get to know better. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • That’s really smart Susan in terms of how you’re utilizing those Twitter lists. Sounds like you’re making the most out of that nifty feature.

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  11. I will absolutely consider the Twitter list. Another great post, Edmund!

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    • That’s good to hear Lorii. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the compliment.

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  12. Ok Edmund..you are giving me more to do! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to get this done…where is my clone?

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    • Haha Carl ๐Ÿ™‚ Those Twitter lists will save you heaps of time. Trust me on that one. You’re already doing some amazing things in the health industry. This will magnify it 100x!

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    • 100% agree with you there!

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  13. Thank you I still have not figured how to use the lists so this will be helpful, I actually created one but I don't really know how to add people to that list.

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    • If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you start adding people to your lists, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. I haven't used lists up to this point because I thought it would offend people to be on a certain list.  I feel dumb for not knowing I could make these lists private all along. lol!  Gonna update my accounts today! Thanks Edmund!  

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    • I agree Caroline. With all the security/privacy issues we deal with nowadays, I don’t blame you for being cautious. I think you’ll love the ‘list feature’ though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Nice post! I just started using the lists feature and really like it. It lets me focus on certain people and not get lost in the Twitter crowds. 

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    • Yeah, lists are one of my favorite features. It really does help with “not getting lost” in the Twitter crowd. Glad it helped Hannah.

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  16. Now that you can have 1,000 lists, I broke my lists out by trade.

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  17. Edmund, great tips! Another type of list I keep is my "Meet IRL" list (ex: Meet IRL NY). I've already met two people in real life from this list. This is a fun way to organize Twitter friends by city/state and reach out when you're in their part of the world. 

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    • Always fun to meet up in real life! ย How exciting!

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