Do you use Twitter lists? If not you should…why oh why you ask would I do that – it seems like extra work and simply keeping up with my twitter feed takes all my effort… Yes Twitter lists do take a little extra work to set up and manage. Yes your time is valuable and there are some very good reasons to set up these lists. Here are a few for you to consider:
- Relationships. Yes lists help you build relationships. You can set up lists to group together people you have met in real life, people that have similar interests to you, customers, friends, family, etc. Twitter is a great way to connect with other humans and build relationships.
- Focus. You know – help you see the writing between the one thousand tweets. It is amazing how much more focused and effective Twitter is when you can “pull” tweets of similar groupings into one feed. Instead of looking at tweets from everyone, you are able to tune into specific people, topics and/or groups.
- Research and news. Setting up lists to follow certain experts on different topics can be a great source of information and learning. Setting up a list to follow news sources can also be a great way to stay informed.
- Strategy. Yes strategy. Twitter rocks. It can be lots of fun. But if you become a heavy user following all kinds of people and you don’t have some basic strategy chances are you will get overwhelmed. Lists are essential to a solid strategy as they help you organize and prioritize the people you follow. Even a casual Twitter user can find great value in using Lists.
What are some ways you use Twitter Lists? P.S. Need a good tutorial on how to set up and use lists? Check out Mashable’s post titled: How To: Use Twitter Lists