A continuation of the series: Twitter Tips for Newbies
Twitter lists have been around for a few years, but if you’re just getting started, you may not be sure why you should use them or what they even are. We are here to help!
A Twitter list is a curated group of Twitter users organized by what those people have in common. Lists help you organize your followers into categories or groups, which allows you to easily see tweets from a specific group without having to scan your entire feed, which saves you time – and who doesn’t want to save time when using social media?!
A couple of restrictions to lists in Twitter that you should be aware of:
- You can have a maximum of 20 lists
- Up to 500 people on each list
Another way to use lists is to follow other people’s Twitter lists. Try some out, see if they are helpful. You’ll quickly figure out which ones work for you and which ones don’t.
If you make one of your lists public, other Twitter users can follow it and the users you put on the list get a notification that they have been placed on your list. This may make those users more apt to check out your profile and follow you back. Remember, people love to be recognized for what they do, and by putting someone on a public list, you are doing just that.
Make sure the names you assign your lists are descriptive. Don’t use “industry” or “experts” categorize people as “Email Marketing Bloggers” and/or “Email Marketing News.” This way when people find your list, they will know exactly what types of people are on the list. Creating the perfect Twitter lists isn’t easy, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Twitter has some great step-by-step directions on how to create lists, so be sure to check them out if you’re having problems. And be sure to check out our other six Twitter tips for newbies!
This post was originally published on July 30, 2012 on the iContact blog.
By Monica Sims, iContact Community Manager