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!