Twitter Basics: Using Twitter Lists

By: BSN Editor
Posted On: November 22, 2012

Now that you’ve set up your Twitter profile and figured out who to follow on Twitter, let’s take a look at Twitter lists.

What’s a Twitter List?

A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter users, centered around a topic or a kind. You can create Twitter lists from your own account. Then you can set your lists to be private (only for yourself) or public (any Twitter user can find and follow your list).

Why use a Twitter list?

Twitter offers no way to organize your Twitter feeds other than lists. Some third party services can make organization a bit easier, but Twitter lists are still your best bet to keep everything organized for yourself. If you’ve followed people as indicated in the Who to Follow on Twitter post, you might want to have a “customer” list and a “competitor” list. This is especially helpful if you want to monitor what a group of people are concerned with and talking about.

What’s the difference between a public and a private Twitter list?

Well, the difference is pretty obvious. If you want to put together a list of your competitors and label it “competitors,” you definitely do not want that to be public. But if you want to network with other similar business in your local area, a public Twitter list is a great way to start. A list called “WordPress Developers – Toronto” will get you noticed by your colleagues.

If you would more specific information about how to create a Twitter list, check out this guide from Twitter.

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