Twitter: Using Lists to Organize

Now if you’ve known about Twitter lists for a long, long time . . . shhhh.  I don’t want to hear about it.

I only joined Twitter reluctantly because the idea of even more social media weighs me down.  But Karen Boss of Charlesbridge fame advised everyone at the retreat to get on Twitter.  Blog posts may be months or years old but the things that move through your daily twitter feed are current.

Ugh.  More Twitter.  She must have heard me moan, that or she’s used to listening to writers whine.  Instead of scrolling through 100s or 1000s of tweets a day, organize the people you follow into lists.  Of course, this meant that I had to figure out how to create a Twitter list. Fortunately it is straight forward.

To create a List:

  1. Sign into Twitter.
  2. Click on your thumbnail (top right of screen) to open the Profile and Settings drop-down menu.
  3. The third item is Lists.  Click on it.
  4. Click on Create New List.
  5. Name the List and, if you want to do it, include a description.  Very few of mine have descriptions because my titles are self-explanatory.  Agents.  Authors.  Publishing Houses.
  6. Select either Public or Private for the list.  Mine are all private because I am simply using them to organize feeds.
  7. Save the List.

Once you’ve saved the list, you can add people to it.  I wish there was an easy way to do this but I’ve yet to find it if there is.

To add or remove people from your Lists:

  1. Go to “Following.”
  2. When you spot someone you want to add to a list, hover over their “User actions” selector and then click on it.  It looks like a stack of three dots.
  3. Choose add or remove from Lists
  4. Choose the List you would like to add the person to.
  5. You can also search for “agents,” or whoever, and then visit their profiles and add them to your lists.

Since I follow almost 300 people this is going to take way too long to make me happy.  But once I have people categorized by list, when I have a few moments, I can go to my lists and click on Agents and see who wants what.  I can click on Authors and see what everyone has been up to.  Publishers will let me know which of my faves have books coming out.

It’s going to take a bit of time, but this will make twitter much more accessible.  What a relief!


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