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3 Twitter List Tips that will make you love Twitter

Would you like a quick and easy way of reducing the unwanted ‘noise’ on Twitter?

These 3 quick Twitter List tips will show you exactly how to find, group and engage with separate groups of Twitter users – chosen by you.

For example, I use this strategy to find, group and engage customers, potential customers, influencers, employees, family, networking group members etc.

It makes my Twitter activities so much more efficient and saves me a shed load of time!

This tutorial will teach you 3 important things;

1. How to set up a Twitter List.

2. How to find people to add to lists (using a Google Hack).

3. How to engage with people on the lists.

If you're a visual learner, I've created a handy Twitter List video tutorial below which will walk you step by step through the whole strategy on a desktop. If you prefer reading, I've written step by step instructions (with screenshots using a mobile) below the video.
Unlock and watch the full step by step tutorial below to learn exactly how to setup and use a Twitter List.

1. How to set up a Twitter List

1. From your profile click the settings icon

2. Click ‘view lists’.
3. Here you can see a ‘subscribed to’ and a ‘member of’ section. The ‘subscribe’ section is a group of lists you have either set up or actively subscribed to. The ‘member of’ section is a group of lists other users have added you to.
4. To add a new list, click the plus icon in the top right corner.
5. Type in a name and description for the list. Now you need to decide if you want the list to be private or public. Click the slider to make it private, leave the slider to keep it public. Only you will see who is added to a private list, where as other members will be notified that you have added them to a public list. Click ‘save’ when complete.
6. When the list is created you can add members by searching for their Twitter handles/ names and clicking on them. Click ‘done when you are finished.
7. To check these users have been added to your list, follow steps 1 & 2 again and click on the list you have just created. Click on ‘members’ and make sure the users you have added are listed.
8. Now you are in the list you have just created. Only content from the people you have added to the list will be shown here (this reduces all the ‘noise’ from unwanted Twitter users).
9. If you want to add more users to your Twitter list simply go to their Twitter profile and click the settings icon.
10. Click ‘add/remove from lists’
11. Click the list(s) you wish to add the user to. A green tick will appear against the lists that the user is a member of.

2. How to find people to add to your lists

There are 3 super quick and effective methods to find relevant people to add to your lists.

Method 1: Add people you already know

Yes this is extremely simple but very important. You can use the previous section to add Twitter users you already know about to relevant lists.

Method 2: Use Twitter Search

Twitter search is a great tool you can use to find relevant Twitter users to add to your lists. Before using the tool, you need to think of keywords related to the types of users you would like to add to your lists.

For example, if I was creating a ‘potential customers’ list, I would use keywords related to my potential customers such as, ‘kent business’ (see example below).

1. Click search icon.

2. Enter relative keywords.

Once you have found relevant Twitter users, you can follow steps 9 – 11 in the ‘How to Set up a Twitter List’ section of this blog to add them to your list.

Method 3: Use Google x-ray search

I’ve spoken about this before in this tutorial . It basically involves using a Google search to find Twitter lists other people have already created. You can then go ahead and add their members to your own lists (sneaky!).

Follow these simple steps;

1. Type the following into Google and where it says 'enter keywords' enter keywords to do with your list.

For example, I would enter;

Click on one of the lists.

3. Click on members and you will see lots of relative users you can add to your own list!

3. How to engage with list members

Engaging with list members couldn't be easier. From your profile, click the settings icon, then 'view lists' and then click on a list you would like to engage with.

The 'Tweets' section will only show you Tweets from the chosen list member's Twitter feeds. From here simply scroll down and start engaging with their content. Here are some ideas of how you can engage within the lists;

1. Retweet

2. Like Tweets

3. Reply with a comment

Have you tried setting up and using a Twitter List? What are your thoughts on the strategy outlined in the video tutorial? Do you have anything to add? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


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Daniel Knowlton
Daniel Knowlton
Dan is the award winning Co-founder of KPS Digital Marketing who was named #12 Most Influential Digital Marketer on Twitter in the world in 2016 by Onalytica. Dan is a contributor for a variety of key marketing publications including Social Media Examiner, Content Marketing Institute and Jeff Bullas’ Blog. He is also a keen speaker and has spoken at events internationally for a variety of organisations including NatWest and The Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors. Dan has a passion for helping others learn how to get to grips with Digital Marketing and is obsessed with providing value for his community.
  • Thanks for sharing this valuable Twitter info, Dan.

    It solves several problems I’ve been having, including the ability to “triage” influencers into 1st-Priority, 2nd Priority, 3rd-Priority levels within categories (i.e. copywriters, design, productivity) without sharing my decisions with other followers.

    Just to clarify, when I add someone to my “Top 40 Visual Thinkers Influencers” private list, and one of the 40 on the list searches Site:Twitter.com inurl:list list, they **will** or **will not** be able to access my list.

    • Hi Roger, no problem at all, thank you for the comment and your kind words as always!

      Very pleased that you have found value in this tutorial. 🙂

      Yes that is correct Roger, let me know if you have any further questions.

      Dan