How can you follow hundreds or maybe thousands of people on Twitter and still get involved? How is it possible to follow all their messages without it becoming a day job? The answer is to use lists. That is also one of my favorite Twitter functions and I am a huge fan of Twitter lists. In this article, I provide suggestions on how to use Twitter lists.

Why use Twitter lists

Twitter lists are very useful for controlling the flow of information on your timeline. It is impossible to go through all the messages. Especially if you follow many different people and organizations. To easily filter messages that are relevant to you, create lists. You add people who are interesting to you.

Advantages of a Twitter list
  • All messages that are really relevant to you appear in a handy overview.
  • Twitter lists have their own URL address and are therefore easy to share with others.
  • Others can subscribe to your list to reach more people.
  • You can also add users/people you don't follow to a list.
Create Twitter lists

This article is about 8 ways to use lists to increase your presence on Twitter. But for those who are not yet using it, first a brief explanation of how to create such a list.
 
How do you create a list? 
  • On your profile page, you will find the option 'Lists' in the menu.
  • Then click on 'Create list'.
  • Give the list a name and possibly a description.
  • Check the 'Protected' option if you don't want the list to be public.
  • Select the 'Save list ' to also create the list.
Add or remove people from a list 
  • Use the drop-down menu in someone's profile (click on the 3 dots at the top right).
  • Choose 'Add or remove lists'.
  • Select the correct list.
Adding a user to one of your lists is a sign of appreciation. Just like a retweet or adding a message to your favorites. All lists that you create are in the 'Lists' menu on your profile page. There are two overviews available there:

Subscribed to - these are the lists that you create yourself and all lists of others to which you are subscribed. That subscription is nothing more than a kind of bookmarking. Your own lists can be recognized by your profile picture (avatar) behind the list name.

Member of - this is an overview of all (public) lists that others have placed on you.
 
When you click on a list, you will see the most recent messages from all people added to that list on the right. On the left, you can see more information about that list.
8 Tips for Using Twitter Lists

Now that you see how easy it is to create a list, below are 8 tips for using them effectively:
 
1. List of influencers

Interacting with influential people can give you a lot of extra reaches. They have an impact and are considered an important source of information. Follow what they have to say and see if you can pick up on a discussion.

2. Newsmakers

Maybe you don't have time at all to interact and just want to follow the latest news in your industry? Accounts that spread a lot of news can be added to a list so that you know what is going on in your industry.

3. People who retweet you often

Add followers that often retweet or share your blogs to a list. Do not call the list 'retweeters' but think of a name that does not reveal the reason why you made this list. Or just make it a hidden list. This way you can keep track of what they tweet. You can then share their articles and tweets that you find interesting. This way you create a win-win situation to encourage them to share even more of your content.

4. People you interact with a lot

Of course, you also add people with whom you interact a lot on Twitter and who often respond to a list. They make twittering fun and encourage you to regularly participate in discussions. They also often give an opinion about your articles or retweet you earlier.
 
5. Make a list of colleagues

Make a list of colleagues or employees if you have them, so you know what's going on in your team and stay up to date with company news.

6. Follow competitors 'anonymously'

Of course, it is important to keep track of what your competitors are tweeting. You don't have to follow them and you can put them on a hidden list so they don't know. You don't have to follow a person first to add them to a list. By adding them to a list, you can keep an eye on their tweets without following the account on Twitter.

7. Don't forget to add yourself

Many people don't add themselves to their own list. Why should you? A good reason is that you are also sure that your tweets are also shown to the people who subscribe to one of your lists. You then get more exposure.

8. People you meet at an event

If you go to or have attended an event, add other participants and people involved in the event to a list. This allows you to further develop relationships with these people when the event is over. That makes it convenient to communicate with them in the future.
 
More tips to use Twitter smartly?

Do you want to recruit more customers, expand your network, score assignments or participants at your event? And all that from the comfort of your own home/place? Then tweet! Or start twittering smarter. Twitter seems simple because you are limited in the number of characters, but it has many possibilities. It is one of the most powerful social media channels for entrepreneurs. You can easily and quickly increase your customer base, provided you use it smartly.

Author Bio

Name - Raunak Pandey

Bio - Raunak is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification & Marketer by passion. He is the founder of Maiden Stride, a leading digital marketing company that provides world-class search engine marketing services and website & application development.