Twitter lists are great for helping you manage your information stream. And the good news: they're super easy to create!
As I mentioned in a previous post about Twitter lists, if you're using Twitter for business and you're following a lot of people, you're likely getting bogged down with a lot of non-valuable information. You know what I mean. The ranting and raving, the T.V. program tweets about American Idol or Days of Our Lives, information that just doesn't help you in any way, business-wise.
To solve this problem, create a Twitter list. You'll be glad you did.
How to Create a Twitter List
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- On the "Home" page, click on "New list" on the right side of your screen. It will open a window asking for information.
- Type a name and description for your list. The description is optional, and when used, will help others determine why they should follow it.
- Next, select either the Public or the Private option. The public option will allow others to see and follow your list. The private option will be for your use only; no one will be able to see your list or who is on it.
- Once you have created your list, find the people you want to include on it by using the search page that comes up or by going to your "Following" page. When you find a person you want to add:
- Click on the "List" icon (the left icon on the right side underneath "Actions").
- Add a check mark to the list you want the person added to.
- Follow your list (you have to follow it and view it, otherwise creating a list to manage your information stream is pointless). To do this, you can either click on your list from the "Home" page or you can add it to an application like TweetDeck.
- To add your list to TweetDeck, click on the "+" icon at the top left of your TweetDeck screen, click on Groups/Lists in the window that opens, then select the list you want to add.
Now, all you have to do is monitor your list for the type of information you want to see.
If you stumble upon someone new on your TweetDeck, just click on the "Other Actions" symbol on the person's profile picture, go down to "User", click on "Add to group/list", add a check mark to the list, then click "Finish".
About the Author: Jody Calkins is a freelance business writer who writes about business development, risk management, security protection, and business standards. Visit www.emeryroad.com for more information and samples.
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