In the previous lesson I covered how to tweet and various techniques on how to tweet and how to make them stand out.

In this next lesson we'll discuss Twitter lists and how they can help us.

What Are Twitter Lists?

When you have a decent amount of accounts you are following, your timeline will start to get flooded by tweets from the various accounts and it can become overwhelming to the point where you don't know what you're reading. Twitter lists are a great way to stay organized and group Twitter accounts in an efficient and logical way to help you focus on certain topics.

For example, if you are following a bunch of accounts related to online marketing you can make an "Online Marketing" list or if you follow accounts related to sports you can make a list for that. Once you go to that list, it'll only show tweets from accounts you added to that list so it's a lot more specific. It's a better way to sift through tweets and categorize them so there's a less chance that you'll miss them.

The other cool thing is that you can make your list public. What this does is it lets other users who are interested in your list that you made like "Online Marketing" to follow people in the list or the list all together. By following a list you're not actually following every user on the list, you're just following the list. So those users' tweets won't show up in your main stream but you'll see them when you view the list stream.


How Do I Set Up a Twitter List?

First, click on your profile icon on the top right and you'll see a list of menu options. You'll see one that says "Lists". Click that option and you'll be taken a page that displays all the lists you are subscribed to which includes lists you've created. If you click on the "Member of" link it'll show all the lists that people have added you to.

To create a list, simply click on the "Create new list" button.

Give your list a good descriptive name and add a description so people will quickly know what the list is all about. You also have the option of making it public or private. Public meaning anyone can follow and view the list, and private meaning on you can see the list.

Once your list is created you'll be able to add people to your list. You can search by username, first or last name, business or brand. You can also add people from your Following page or anyone's profile page.

Accounts will display as results. To add them to your list, click on the gear icon to the left of the "Follow" or "Following" button then click "Add or remove from lists...". You can do the same method to add people to lists from their profile.

Next you'll see a all your lists and you'll be able to check off which list you want to add this account to. In our example above there's only one list so I checked off "Ways to Make Money". It's automatically saved once you check or uncheck so just click the "x" on the top right to close the box and continue adding other accounts.

You'll also notice that you can create a list from here as well. If you find that you want to create a list when you find an awesome account, you can just do it from here instead of going to your lists page under your profile and creating a list from there.


Accessing Your Lists

To access your lists you can either go the same way we started by clicking on your profile icon on the top right navigation bar and clicking "Lists" or you can go to your profile by clicking either your the snap shot of your profile on the left, clicking your name, or your Twitter handle. You'll notice that there's a "Lists" category beside "Followers". Click on that and you'll be taken to your lists.

Once you select a list to view, you'll see general information like the list name, who created it, the description as well as the ability to edit or delete the list if it belongs to you.

By default you'll be taken to the Tweets for the list which displays tweets only from those that are in your list. This gives you a great way to quickly see what's going on for the topic of your lists.

There are two other links on the left side under "Tweets" that let you see the "List members" so you can quickly manage your list by clicking the gear icon beside an account, and "List subscribers" so you can see who is subscribed to your list. If you have no one subscribed you'll just see a search box to add more accounts to your list.


Share Your List

You've made a great list for you to monitor and easily see what's hot. Other people will probably find it useful so you can share your list. In order to do this, just go to the particular list you want to share then highlight and copy the URL in the web browser to get your link (you can click the left mouse button and keep it held while you highlight the entire URL and then right-click the highlighted text and choose "Copy"). You can then paste it in your tweet to share it with others (right click your tweet message area and choose "Paste").

Some great ideas for lists are

  • Industry Leaders - monitor industry leaders so you can learn from their expertise. You can also interact with them which will give you even more exposure in Twitter
  • Events - If you are organizing an event you can add speakers or even attendees to the list. It helps everyone connect and would also be great for marketing.
  • Customer Relations - social media is of course, social. Make a list of all customers who mentioned you so you can quickly see what they're up to or interact with them and see how they're doing
  • Interests - Make a collection of accounts who have the same interest as you
  • Industry News - Follow accounts that talk regularly about industry news. You'll be able to quickly catch up by taking a glance at the list feed.
  • Competitors - Keep an eye on what your competitors are up to (you'll probably want to make this a private list)
  • Friends and Family - Have a list dedicated to friends in family to keep in touch

Subscribe to Lists

Subscribing to a list is easy. First go to a profile and view their list by clicking on their lists. There may be only 1 list or several so choose and click on the one you want to subscribe to.

Once in the list view, simply click the "Subscribe" button and you're done! You can go to your lists page to see the newly added list under "Subscribed to".


Review

So today you learned:

  • What Twitter Lists Are and why you should use them
  • How to set them up
  • Accessing them
  • Sharing them
  • Subscribing to them

Hopefully you know how to make use of lists and how handy they are by grouping accounts together so you can quickly filter out only tweets related to your groupings. It's a great way to organize accounts and is definitely a lot easier than sifting through your main feed which contains tweets from all the accounts you are following.

Do you have your lists set up? Do you find it helpful? Let me know.

If you have any trouble with lists or have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

In the next lesson we'll learn about some cool Twitter keyboard shortcuts and how they can help us quickly and efficiently use Twitter.

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rachelannie Premium
I'm so grateful for this tutorial, I was really stressed about how to get it to look professional, and now it's set! I am worried that my stuff won't go viral, because I'm super fun but my personal stuff never goes viral, so how can I get my business stuff to? I would appreciate any and all advice! Thank you!
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yakitori Premium
I'm glad you found this tutorial useful. There isn't really a set way to make your tweets go viral because it depends on a variety of factors like when you tweet, if you use trending hashtags, and of course you need a captivating headline with image or video. Doesn't hurt to ask to be retweeted once in awhile as well as stats show that something as simple as asking gets you more retweets.

Here's an article about getting your tweets to go viral
https://blog.bufferapp.com/3-ways-to-easily-go-viral-on-twitter
but I think I pretty much covered it in my Lesson 8: Building Your Network section. You can also search for trending tags and see if you can take advantage of them.
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rachelannie Premium
awesome thank you so much!!!
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peterma Premium
Hi Andy, I'm really enjoying this course, just starting lesson 8. Question...when I look for followers, do I want to follow competitors and get all of their links on my page...or should I follow other interests like famous quotes or a self help topic or something else? Thanks again for the training.
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yakitori Premium
Yes, you'll want to follow competitors so you can monitor what they're up to. I talk about it a bit in the "Lists" course. Just because they're on your timeline doesn't mean you have to read all of them. Lists help organize and categorize accounts so it's easier to know what you're looking at. You should follow accounts related to your niche and accounts that are talking about your niche.

For example, my niche is earthquake preparedness so I do a Twitter search for "earthquake preparedness" and follow people who mention that. Since they already express some sort of interest since they tweeted about it, it increases the chance of them checking out your profile, visiting your website, or following you.
Hope that helps.
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peterma Premium
Thank you, it's a whole new world for me...feel like mr magoo in cyber space...it's getting clearer thanks again Andy. Have a super day.
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yakitori Premium
Awesome! I know it's a lot to take in at once but I'm sure if you follow some of my techniques you'll get more followers.
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laurenjean Premium
Oh my goodness... what a BRILLIANT training!! No wonder you couldn't wait to get started on training! You know your stuff & convey it superbly well. I love the lesson on Twitter Lingo. (Younger, hipper) people send me messages in Twitter-speak & I always have to ask for an interpretation or google it. Now I have a handy reference! Thank you!
I'll come back to this when I'm ready... it sounds very time consuming. I barely have enough time to add content to my sites. How many hours a day would you estimate you spend on twitter?
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yakitori Premium
Actually I maybe spend an hour in the morning for Twitter.
I talked about some good online tools that really help automating things in Lesson 8: Building Your Network.
I recycle my tweets with TweetJukeBox so it gets spread around without me having to manually tweet them.
I use CrowdFire to manage my list by adding back people who have interacted with me as well as removing those who have unfollowed me to maintain a good follow-follower ratio. You can also schedule your tweets with CrowdFire.
I use TraffUp to help get my tweets retweeted.

So everything is pretty automated. What I do in the morning is just check on my notifications in Twitter to respond to anyone interacting with me an add them if I don't already follow them. Then I do a search on Twitter for things related to my niche and retweet some of the interesting ones. Every time I have a new blog post, I will tweet it then I will add it to the TweetJukeBox queue so it'll get recycled automatically. Maybe if you don't have many tweets to recycle you should just manually do it for now but as you get a big list this definitely helps. Especially since you don't have to sit in front of the computer to post the tweet because it's scheduled automatically.
Read Lesson 8: Building Your Network for more info.
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Ultimateless Premium
I am stuck with finding that Trends box..I wonder if we have a different set up in Australia...can't imagine why. Where my profile picture on the left I don't see a trends box or in the photo top right, there dropdown box doesn't have it either. Am I missing something Yakitori?
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Jim-Bo Premium
I've also noticed differences based upon regional and time (meaning twitter or other stuff online revamps themselves) so a tutorial made about xyz might look and feel completely different depending on when and where you're watching it.

example when tey rolled out the video call feature in facebook about 5 years ago, they rolled it out regionally and gradually (to test it before just rolling it out world wide all at once.) it could be a similar thing!

here's an idea, try going through a proxy so your twitter account thinks you're in North america and therefore gives you the north american version?

use HOLA chrome extension for that....u can also watch tv from different countries with that...hulu, netflix, bbciplayer, anyone? lol

neat little extension that is! works a treat too!
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yakitori Premium
Yeah that is strange that you don't see it. Maybe the account is too new so it takes a few more follows before it can show relevant trends.
Here are some other resources where you can find Twitter trends for Australia:
http://trendsmap.com/local/australia
http://trends24.in/australia/
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks Yakitori. Just found out your name is Andi but I really like Yakitori, it sounds so commanding...respectful! :)
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yakitori Premium
haha it's actually Andy. Yakitori is actually a type of Japanese food, kind of like grilled pieces of chicken on a stick. It's very delicious and is one of my favorite foods.
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Ultimateless Premium
Just shows you the other person spelt your name incorrectly and I should have known better...:)
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yakitori Premium
Haha yeah I saw that too. No worries =)
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TomasB Premium
Same here,I couldn't find the Trends box as I went through the lesson logged on to my Twitter account.I live in Southern California.Really a minor issue though,Andy did a great job with this training.
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yakitori Premium
Oh that's really weird. Is your account brand new or did you have it for awhile already?
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Ultimateless Premium
I have had mine for years...
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Grandma1945 Premium
I enjoyed your training and found it very very thorough and useful. I have been on Twitter for a long time but never advertise with it. I primarily use Facebook for that. I tried to order once using WA banners and such. The ads were rejected by Twitter. The only thing missing from your tutorial was how to get around using WA without get it getting rejected. I know Pinterest will also reject if you use an actual WA link. I don't know why the ads were rejected as I wasn't really given complete information from Twitter. Just curious. Comments would be helpful.
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Ultimateless Premium
The links aren't rejected..I use them on twitter with a picture of my own choosing..
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Jim-Bo Premium
might be better to link to your site? that way round you are getting valuable visitors to your site and your site filters many of the tire kickers.
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yakitori Premium
I agree. That might be the best way to get around it.
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Jim-Bo Premium
I posted your tutorial (a link to it) on my blog today to get you some more reach!
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yakitori Premium
Wow thank! REALLY appreciate it!
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Jim-Bo Premium
you deserve it matey, you did a good thorough job...
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! Means a lot to me as it's my first tutorial
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