Lists on Twitter – Experienced Marketers Use This Small Trick To Get Big Results!

I am a lists person, I love making lists – some would say it was an obsession…

It’s  a common trait that a fellow Aries will instantly recognize.  So I can’t wait to share with you my new favourite list for 2012 – it’s Lists on Twitter – and it has become the crème de la crème of my social media tools.

There are so many reasons why I love this – it keeps all my favourite Twitter users in one place, gives me easy access, saves time, cuts out out all the noise on Twitter I don’t want and it gets me to where I want to be – instantly.

Using lists on Twitter to save time

Lists on Twitter is the most incredibly helpful tool in many ways and once you start using it – you will wonder how you ever got on without it.

As we all know Twitter is a microblogging service and it has become a social media phenomenon with more than 250 million users.

Twitter is changing the way we communicate!  It has rocketed into the mainstream and has vastly modernized the way customers view products and brands, so there is no need to reiterate here the power of this social media giant.

To get to know your way around Twitter and leverage it’s power for your business is not only smart, but to be quite honest – imperative! There is no doubt about it, Twitter is here to stay.  By implementing great Twitter techniques like Lists you can really start to recognize and measure Twitter’s impact and value.

Let’s talk about Twitter lists – you will see how easy this feature is to use.

Twitter gives you the capacity to create up to 20 lists and to follow as many lists as you want that others have created. As an example, you could put your friends in one list, your closest collaborators in another, your social media favourites in another, your gardening friends in one, your best bloggers in another and so on…

The Lists feature enables you to compile a list featuring all your favourite Twitter users. The really cool thing is once you have got your lists established it will provide you with a huge amount of information right at your fingertips for you to read and share.  Just by creating lists you have freed up the time you would have spent hunting around for valuable information from blogs and publications online.

It’s this easy:

In the current Twitter format (soon to change with the launch of New New Twitter) go to your Home Page and Lists is just below the box where you type your Tweets, on the same line and to the right of Searches as arrow indicates below (you can also get to it from your Profile Page under Lists).

Twitter Lists image

To  Create Your List simply click on the Lists tab and click “Create A List” – this will bring up a drop down menu (below).

Creating Lists on Twitter

Complete the details by giving your list a name and description (your list names cannot exceed 25 characters or begin with a number)

Add a very short description of your list (e.g. good twitter folk, great blogs, etc.) and click the public or private button, depending on whether you want your Lists to be private or public – Twitter lists are public by default which means anyone can subscribe to or follow the list.

Tip:  The people you add to your lists will get a notification so make sure you use something complimentary for the title.

Click Save list and you’re done!

So go ahead and make all your lists now and you can stop floundering and start tweeting like a pro!

Tip:  You can add users to your list from any Twitter profile you visit just by clicking the person icon drop down as shown below.

Twitter user icon


Tip:   You do not have to be following another user to add them to your list.

To  Remove someone from your List simply reverse the process.

Click the person icon for the drop-down menu, select Lists and untick the box – this will remove the person from your list.

See how simple it is – now you’ve got all your favourite Twitter folks listed in neat little folders for easy access any time you want.

This enables you to follow a particular user’s Tweets just by going to your list to see what they are up to and what they are posting. This makes it very easy to retweet their posts or to visit the sites they are posting about.

If you follow someone else’s list it does not mean you follow all the users in that list – you just follow the list itself.

You’re all set to go now so create your lists and start using this powerful device for delivering and sharing great tweets with ease and speed.  Lists on Twitter is a great social media tool for both beginners and seasoned marketers and has to be one of the best tools to stay on top of your Twitter marketing, keep up with the big influencers, and save yourself time – an online marketer’s most precious commodity.

Happy tweeting for 2012!

Let me know in the comments if you find this feature useful!

About Midge Hand
Midge is a co-founder of High Profile Enterprises and loves social media management and building powerful online brands for businesses of all sizes. Midge has a penchant for keyword research, especially uncovering those hard to find gold nuggets! When Midge is offline, you will find her experimenting with new recipes, in the garden, or watching a great film while relaxing with a good French red! Follow Midge On Twitter Here


  1. I’m totally a list person as well and ever since twitter brought on lists i can’t stop talking about them 🙂 great post

  2. I had not taken advantage of Twitter lists… I will after reading this post. Bookmarking for reference. Thanks for the post!

    • Hello LuSundra,

      Nice to get your feedback – thank you! You will be very impressed and surprised at the ease of Lists for Twitter once you start using it.
      And to have handy references right at your fingertips is just great to share with your followers.

  3. I haven’t used lists in Twitter at all and I must admit I keep thinking about it. I have a feeling it’s one of those things I won’t properly understand or appreciate until I use it.

    • Hi Matt,

      Yes, you’re right…it is one of those things you don’t appreciate how good it is until you start compiling your Lists on Twitter and it really does make life so much easier when you are want to give good information to your followers. You will get to know it very quickly – it’s so simply and easy to use (make it a New Year’s Resolution and you’ll see what I mean).
      Thanks for your comments.

  4. Nice tips. I don’t use Twitter much so some of them are kind of revelation to me))

    • Hi Eugene,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Twitter IS a revelation and a very powerful tool business tool to use as part of your social media strategy.
      It can be really targeted and a way to get your messages across, especially if you use Lists for Twitter.

  5. Hey,

    Great tips there, social media is a big thing these days and knowing every aspect is important. Haven’t used the lists much myself., but will definitely look into it.

    • Hello and thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m sure you’ll love using Lists on Twitter – it’s a great little tool.

  6. I too haven’t considered using lists on Twitter but after reading your post I might give it a try!

    All the best,

    • Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for coming through and leaving a comment – much appreciated. Do give it a try – it certainly frees up the time you spend on social media.
      I am sure you will find it most worthwhile.

      All the best

  7. Twitter lists are a new concept to me. Thanks for the introduction. I will study this to see how it can help my web site promotion.


    • Hi Ellie,

      You will be surprised at the time it will save you and how easy it is to implement.
      Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Henry Cooper says:

    Great post,I definetly will start using this feature, orginizing your work just got easier, thanks Midge

    • Hi Henry,

      Thanks for the nice comment. I am sure you will enjoy using Lists on Twitter especially if you like to be organized and save time.
      It’s been a bit of a godsend for my social media marketing and freed up more time for my other work.


  9. I have used twitter all the time but I don’t know how to used the list. Thanks for the info. This will surely help me a lot.

    • Hi Stuart,

      Thanks for your taking the time to comment. Lists on Twitter are great for ease of reference and sharing great info.

      All the best

  10. Annette Golphin says:

    I love the idea of having a list in the Twitter. But, I actually don’t know how to make a list in the Twitter any help is very much appreciated. By the way thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Annette,

      If you follow through and read my post carefully all the information is there for you to create your Lists in Twitter – step by step.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      All the best

  11. Cool! I haven’t used twitter list. I thought it was JUST an option that sorts your friends. Do you have any tips on how to increase followers?


    • Hi Addie,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. There is a lot of information on the internet about how to increase followers on Twitter so you will be able to find a tutorial or blogpost to help you.
      Lists on Twitter can be used for friends but it’s merits are when you use it as a business tool.

      All the best

  12. Good post..
    i haven’t used the lists on twitter,after read this post i felt that i have missed a lot of useful things in twitter…
    Im going to make use of the lists on twitter…
    Thanks for sharing Midge….

    • Hi Katherin,

      Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge my post and make a comment.
      I am sure you will find Lists on Twitter incredibly useful – certainly made my life easier and more organised!

      All the best

  13. I just joined twitter. I hope to promote my online store via twitter. Tips you gave me inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Rian,

      Thank for stopping by to comment and happy to hear you are inspired by my post.
      You will love Lists for Twitter once you start using it and you’ll be amazed at how organized your time will be.
      Just remember to share and give a good mix of information of Twitter – that way you will gain followers quickly.


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