How to Be a More Organized Blogger with Twitter Lists

By: | November 14, 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,

Twitter Lists Help BloggersYou are living in a Digital Age with information coming at you with lightening speed.

After all, according to recent statistics, there are approximately one billion websites.

No wonder bloggers are so busy. They don’t have any more time in their day to process all this additional information.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had some way to sort that information, so you could blog faster?

The social media site Twitter has come up with a way–Twitter lists.

Welcome to My Twitter List Tutorial!

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You could try to direct Twitter’s traffic toward your blog, but how are you going to organize all those people?

Consider these comments from readers:

I’ve shied away from Twitter and really doing it properly.

I wish I understood Twitter better.

I’m finding that I don’t always get a response back on Twitter, so it’s kind of hit or miss.

and

I am a blogger that lives for that one new follower on Twitter because TWITTER is the hardest to keep followers on!

Twitter lists solve all these concerns. The beauty of the lists is that they organize Twitter users into lists of people who have common interests–the topic of your blog posts.

Benefit of Twitter Lists

 

  • Sorting

Twitter List

As can be seen by the screenshot, I have Twitter 3,336 followers.

When I tweet my message containing my link, all 3,336 will receive the message.

Do you want all your followers to get all your messages?

Many users send messages relating to the news, sports, their personal life, their political affiliation, and their professional life.  You certainly can use Twitter to help you in your blogging life.

However, if you keep sending tweets to people who have no interest in your links, or who ignore your messages in their feed, you might as well not have sent them at all.

Twitter lists enable you to specify who gets your tweets with your links in them.

Look at some of the lists I am on.

Twitter Screenshot

Looking just at this sampling, I have been categorized by the people who know the content of my blog posts.

Look at the first list. If someone writes an article about social media, they know I will be interested, so they can focus their tweeting on sending their links to me, an interested party, and other interested parties instead of people whose feeds it will get lost in because they have no interest or little interest.

You don’t even need to be following them on Twitter, and you can still add them to your list.

  • Organization

Henceforth, when you read a Tweet of a like-minded blogger, add them to the relevant Twitter list you have made. Twitter allows you to make up to twenty lists. By sorting Twitter users into categories, you are a more organized blogger. Your tweets are focused. Your social media promotion is streamlined.

  • Content Curation

Refer again to Screenshot #2. By grouping the users into categories, their Tweets are grouped into categories as well. In this way, their content is organized, and saved for you. Twitter lists allow you to group not just the users, but their content.

Using Screenshot #2 as an example, if I needed a social media article to use as a reference, I would read the Tweets in that category.

  • Less Clutter in Your Twitter Feed

You do not need to be a follower to add  a user to your list. If you put them on a list, you can still see their Tweets without having it clutter up your feed.

Twitter Screenshot 3

 

After you make your list and start adding members, go to your profile by clicking your picture. Then, click the name of the list. The tweets of those on your list will come up. You can still see their tweets without it cluttering up your inbox!

As can be seen by Screenshot #3, you can see the tweets of the people on my list.

The time it takes you to go through your Twitter feed is reduced because there are less tweets there.

How to Make and Use Twitter Lists

Step 1: Go to Twitter.com.

Step 2: Click “Lists”.

Step 3: Click “Create New List”.

Step 4: Describe it if you like.

Step 5: Click “Search”. Find people to add to your list by typing in their name.

Step 6: Click the gear icon.

Step 7: Click “add to list”. (Note, if you ever want to remove them, do the same but click “remove.”)

Step 8: Click the list you want to add them to.

Step 9: When you click on your profile picture and then lists, you can see your list’s name. Click on it, and you can see the people you’ve added. They do not have to give their permission for you to add them.

Step 10: Send the people on your list your tweet. Twitter will not let you Tweet the entire list at once.

Type your tweet the way you normally would. Leave a space and add the following:

thought you might be interested @theirTwitterhandle Please Retweet

Research shows that if you spell out Please Retweet, they are likely to share your tweet with their Twitter followers.

The end result, you have many people reading your tweet who are actually interested in your content.

Conclusion

In closing, think of Twitter lists like the Harry Potter Sorting Hat. You group your Twitter followers by their subcategories using their commonalities. When you blog about those subcategories, send them your link.

Twitter lists enable you to focus your blog promotion.

100 million people log into Twitter every day. When you use Twitter lists, you will have found a way to organize them.

Please share this post. Many people have heard of Twitter lists but don’t know how to use them to their advantage. By sharing this post, the bloggers that follow you will know how to use them to help with their blogging.

What do you think readers? Do Twitter lists sound beneficial for you as a blogger? Twitter has been criticized for not letting users tweet an entire list simultaneously. Do you think you might use it anyway? Are you already using Twitter lists? I look forward to your views.

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How to Quickly Tweet Your Way to Blog Traffic

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5 Smart Things You Can Do to Be a Better Blog Promoter

How to Make Amazing Twitter Cards So You Can Get More Blog Traffic

Source:

http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/march-2013-by-the-numbers-a-few-amazing-twitter-stats/

  1. John Doe

    I read someplace that you created something called a follow to follow page. What is that???

    • Janice Wald

      A directory–a list of bloggers who want followers. They follow each other back. It’s a form of networking that guarantees your subscriber count goes up.
      Janice

  2. John Doe

    How is your Pinterest group doing can people still join that? Are you going to write another blog about Pinterest in the near future?

    • Janice Wald

      I have an idea for another Pinterest post, but I haven’t scheduled it yet. The Pinterest group are members of a community board my blog subscribers pin to. Are you on Pinterest? Would you like an invitation? Thank you for your interest.
      Janice

  3. Denise

    Thank you for explaining Twitter Lists… I’m on two lists but didn’t understand how they work, until now 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Denise,
      It is my impression that there is a lot of confusion about them which is why I wrote the article. It’s a shame we can’t tweet people all at once, but at least we can narrow our focus as we promote on Twitter. Thank you so much for reading what I wrote and your comments.
      Janice

  4. Jeanette

    Finally the dreaded Twitter application is explained in English! Thank you for the education, I needed it.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thank you for reading what I wrote. Your name popped into my head. It occurred to my you would like it. I found your comments funny. Where have you seen it explained in other languages? Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  5. Laura Lohr

    I love your tutorial! I’ve never thought of using Twitter lists this way, even though I’ve used them for networking. This is really good! It’s a great way to really pinpoint your audience!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for reading what I wrote and writing me. I am so glad you got the point of my article! Pinpointing your audience in order to focus your blog promotion was exactly my point. Actually, any site creator could use Twitter lists for this purpose. Even marketers could focus their promotion this way.
      Thanks for visiting my blog today.
      Janice

  6. Antionette Blake

    Thank you for sharing this, wish I had read this earlier as it would have been great to tell the attendees of my Small Business and Social Media class this morning.

  7. Janice Wald

    Hi Antionette,
    Thank you so much for writing me. That would have been wonderful if you had shared it with them. Thank you for the thought. You know what they say–“It is the thought that counts.”
    May I ask where you took the class? Online? Do you have a link? I might be interested.
    I am glad you liked my article. Thanks for reading my tutorial and for your comments. Great to see you.
    Janice

    • Janice Wald

      HI Trudy,
      You are THE best. Thank you for this help. Send me a link. I stumble it for you and add it to the group list.
      J

  8. Melinda

    Sorry, Janice, I love you, but I refuse to do Twitter. Still working on getting Pinterest up and on my blog!!
    But, I’m still your BBFF, right??
    Melinda

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      This is the second time I am writing you. The first time, my laptop restarted.
      Yes. We are still BBFF’s. The last F stands for Forever. That why it is called BBFF! LOL!

      I was just writing you on Facebook when your comment came in on the blog. How funny.
      I spent time on Pinterest today also setting up a new board. If you need help, let me know.
      Thank you for writing me today. I always picture you on Saturday with the baby. I guess she’d be asleep now. It’s almost 10:30 there. When is the new baby due?
      Janice

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Melinda again,
        I sent you an invitation to pin to our blog group board. It will be in your Email and in your Pinterest notifications. Just click “accept” and you can pin to the board with us.
        Janice

  9. Linda

    Very important post. Twitter lists have absolutely changed how I read Twitter. All my lists are private as I use them for content curation. News, Blogging, Polls and some silly subjects, all available when I want to read only particular category. What a time saver!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Linda,
      How are you? How is New York? I have not heard from you in a very long time. Your avatar is different, if I remember correctly. I hope all is well. I am self-hosting now. I am glad you found me at my new site.
      In response to your comment. I have started to use Twitter for content curation more and more. I wrote a few months ago about Content Curation and never thought to include Twitter. Thanks for writing and reinforcing that content curation is definitely one of the benefits of Twitter lists.
      Janice

      • Linda

        Hi Janice, you noticed the avatar! I’m redesigning a few of the visual elements but my ideas are sometimes bigger than my technical skill set. They’ll happen though. Great to hear from you!

        • Janice Wald

          You too. Do you still hear from Jerry. What was his last name Waggoner? Do you know who I am talking about? He was a fan of yours. For a while I heard from him, and then not after that. If you are still in touch, tell him I remember him.
          Janice

  10. Melinda

    Janice, how funny that you were on my FB, while I was answering you! I didn’t have her today, because I’ve had her every day for 2 weeks, except Tue. I had to have some time off!!
    The new bundle of joy will be in April. 🙂
    Yes, I probably will need some help. I started a personal Pinterest long ago, but someone was holding my hand!! And I don’t ever go to it, and can’t even remember the pw.
    So, you see I do need your help!
    Thanx, Melinda, AKA, Janice’s BBFF

    • Janice Wald

      Hi again,
      I think Step 1 would be to reset your password.
      Your BBFF J

  11. Hector Sampson

    Thanks Janice once more!
    This is the first time I hear about these lists!! Thank you for sharing wonderful info all the time!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hector!
      I haven’t heard from you in a while. I hope you’ve been well. I am so glad you liked my article. I had a feeling people didn’t know about Twitter lists. According to another commenter, she finds them better than the Twitter feed, so I am glad I shared it. Thanks for writing and for the visit. Great to see you.
      Janice

  12. DGKaye

    Another excellent post Janice. I do use lists but wasn’t aware you can direct tweets to that list. You mentioned if twitter won’t tweet your whole list you can send them individually, now that can take a lot of time if one has a lengthy list. ?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debby,
      This was a great question. I am so sorry I didn’t answer it earlier today.
      Do you know Sally Cronin? This is her Twitter handle: @sgc58
      Look at how short that is. Twitter allows 140 characters.
      A sample tweet:
      I just wrote a post about Dropbox. (Then give the link) Thought you might be interested @sgc58 @MrsPaznanski Please retweet
      You would have just sent it to two people. @ sign in front of their Twitter handle sends it to them. Include as many as you have room for in your 140 characters. Keep doing that. You do not need to Tweet them individually. You can get in 3 or 4 I would think.
      Janice

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  14. Debbie

    It has been on my to-do list for a while, but I have been postponing it endlessly.
    You are absolutely right! Lists do help organize your content a lot.
    Thanks for the excellent sharing!

  15. Kathleen

    Hi Janet, thanks so much for bringing this tutorial to Fridays Blog Booster Party #33. I had no idea how to use lists. Others are always putting me on lists and I could not work out why. I will have to look into this some more.
    Kathleen

  16. Debbie

    Back when I had about 300 followers, I made lists and it was good. Then, life got busy, I neglected my lists, and now, with over 5,000 followers it seems overwhelming to sort them into lists. I do like the idea of taking them as they come, though. I will try that as a way to get more organized.

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  18. Hilda Solares

    Janice, You are my go to person when it comes to all things blogging. Honestly, you explain everything in perfectly. Off to go make twitter lists! Thanks for all you do.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hilda,
      You are too kind. Thank you so much for the compliments. They mean a great deal. Thank you for reading what I wrote. I am glad you found the tips inspirational.
      Janice

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