By the end of the year we're going to talk about lists, not followers. @scobleizer via @wireprworks
At BlogWorld Expo, I found this greeting on my twitter home page: New! Lists. A great way to organize the people you follow and discover new and interesting accounts. (BETA) Lists are timelines you build yourself, consisting of friends, family, co-workers, sports teams, you name it. You're part of a small group receiving this feature, so don't tweet about it yet!
While covering the social media bad and ugly session at BlogWorld, as I was tweeting about twitter lists, I got this tweet from Barbara Jones: @wiredprworks is there a way @scobelizer sets up the lists? i'm not there but curious #bwe09
I asked the question, which prompted Robert to do a demo for the entire room and tweeted back this response:
wiredprworks: @BarbaraJones - sets up categorizes, then adds people can have up to 20 twitter lists w 500 ppl in ea #bwe09 #smbadugly
[Thanks to Barbara, founder of One2One Network, for asking this very timely question and for giving me permission to use her tweet.]
Then, @marismith offered to give me a twitter list demo. I asked if I could video her demo. Mari said yes and then edited and uploaded it to YouTube. Thanks Mari!
Read Robert Scoble's take on twitter lists. and check out @scobleizer's lists.
10 Twitter List Steps
1. Get out a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.
2. Write down the top 20 categories you want to reach - think of keywords, location, topic, issues.
3. Jot down the people you like to follow in each category.
4. Search twitter to find other people to fill in.
5. Check out other lists for inspiration and follow them if you find them interesting.
6. Make your list public or private.
7. Tweet people or DM and let them know they are on your list.
8. When you're added to a list, tweet the owner with a thank you and a link to their list.
9. List your list on your blog and explain why you included each person.
10. Converse with the people on your list.
Twitter List Resources
Disclosure: image provided by shutterstock.com
How are you using twitter lists?