Instead of simply sharing the benefits of creating of Twitter lists, Design Spike thought it best to include a step by step primer on how to create lists. It seems so often we run across blogs that tell us to do something, but lack instructions on “how to”. Instructional direction is amazingly helpful, sigh. I wish there were more bloggers and Tweeters like @johnhaydon (follow him on Twitter and check out blog as you will find him most helpful.) who offer said instruction.
Why should you take the upfront time to create Twitter lists? Um, how about saving time on a daily basis by having an organized tweet stream that is manageable and tailored to your needs. Hmmmm, sounds like reason enough for me. But in case you need more convincing, reasons to use twitter lists include:
- monitoring (our favorite sport) whether it be competition, like-minded individuals, local tweeps. You name it. Watch it.
- engaging with like-minded tweeps. Need we say more?
- tracking trends in your industry
- staying the in the know about local events and happenings
- creating a customer list to more easily interact
By adding twitter users to your list, you are, in a sense, giving them a shout out. They are important enough to you that you have a special place to keep up with what they are saying.
Lists are amazingly easy to set up and give you some wonderful tools for engagement (arghhhhhhhhhh I so need a new word to use). Check out Mashable’s post on using Twitter lists. Use it as a reference. It’s valuable.
Remember, the beauty of social media is reciprocity. Twitter lists are a great opportunity to practice a little social media giving. So, let’s get on with the giving!
2. Click create list. A window titled “Create a new list” will pop up. Name your list. Think hard. Make it useful for you and for others who might be interested in following your list. Hint: Make is easy to find on a search. I’m calling this one “Helpful Social Media”. Make the list public, so, again, others can make use of it.
3. Master of the obvious: click “Save List”. You have the option of adding Twitter users to your Twitter List. Do it. You can add usernames or you can search from your followers which I consider much easier than typing in user names to search for. Click “Following” page.
4. Find the users you wish to add to your list. In this case, I am adding Gini Dietrich because a) she’s d@mned informative and b) she laughs at my terrible attempts at Twitter jokes and c) she interacts with me. I’d define all three of the aforementioned as “helpful”. Click the drop down button next to the “Following” button. Click the list you wish to add this user to…in this case “Helpful Social Media”.
5. Add at will. Now, add some users from your Twitter feed. Go Home. As in your Twitter home page. I’m picking on Danny Brown. I consider him d@mned helpful. You might too. Click on his name and his profile pops up to the right of the “greater than” sign (for lack of better words. Side note, the office just got in to a discussion about the “alligator eating the numbers” as a teaching methodology for educating children on greater than/less than. Anyone else remember your teacher referring to < > as alligators? Just wondering. I digress.). Click on the “list” button, choose the list you wish to add him to, and, voilà, done. Repeat as you please.
6. Once you have built your list, view it and use it. Go home, click lists, click “lists by you”, select the feed you wish to view, and view away. Personally, I dislike using Twitter to read my lists so I use Hootsuite. Below you will see some of my personal lists that I follow (I’ve been woefully remiss at building Design Spike lists. Don’t tell Web Goddess Boss, hereto referred to as WGB). But that, my friends, is a whole other post. Need to get moving on building some social media monitoring systems before WGB fires me.
In the interim, go out, make some lists, and remember, they are never complete. Add to them often and you will be happy you did. If you have any suggestions of lists I/Design Spike should be following, please let me know.
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