How to use Twitter lists

Lists are a great way to organise the accounts you follow (and don’t follow!) on Twitter. Use them to curate content on a certain topic – for example, children’s books, or to organise people you follow, for example a list of bloggers. I have a list of the compers in my Lucky Learners Facebook group which has 702 members and 1104 subscribers, and is a great source of comps!

You can also group together companies who run giveaways. Set up a Twitter list depending on the type of prizes you’d like to win – local businesses, toys, football, books, etc –  to focus your comping. Lists can be public or private (a great way to see what your competitors are up to without them knowing!), and when you view a Twitter list, you see a timeline of tweets only from the list members.

You don’t need to follow someone to add them to a Twitter list. If you want to cut down on the number of people you follow, use lists as a way to organise them. If you have reached your 5,000 follow limit, use UnfollowerStats to unfollow lots of users at once (see my guide to using it here), and add them to lists instead.

View lists at www.twitter.com

Log in to www.twitter.com, then choose Lists from the left hand menu. On the lists page you can see:

  • Owned: lists you’ve created (a padlock shows it’s a private list, only visible to you)
  • Subscribed: lists you follow that have been created by others
  • Member: these are public lists that other users have added you to – you’ll get a notification when you’re added to a public list

View the timeline of tweets from a Twitter list by clicking the list name. At the top you can also choose to view list members and list subscribers.

If you want to view a list frequently, save the link to your browser bookmarks using Cmd-D or Ctrl-D.

To view the lists that another user is a member of, or subscribes to, tap on their profile and View Lists. The name of the list creator appears above the list name – to go to their profile, tap to view the list subscribers. The top subscriber is the person who created the list.

View lists on the Twitter app

On the Twitter Home page, tap your photo to go to your profile and select Lists to see all the lists you subscribe to.

  • Tap the list name to view tweets from that list – you can also view a list of members and subscribers using the top tabs
  • On the main list page, tap the pin icon to add a list to your favourites – tap Edit and drag the pinned lists into your preferred order
  • The timeline of tweets from pinned lists is accessible by swiping left from your Twitter home page

On the Twitter app, you can’t access the lists you’ve been added to.

Create a Twitter list

  • Click on Lists from the twitter.com home page (or from your profile if you’re using the Twitter app)
  • Click the ‘create list’ icon (list & plus sign)
  • Enter a name and description for your list
  • If you want a secret list, tick the Make Private option so only you can access it – by default your list is public and anyone can view and subscribe to it.
  • Click Next, add members if required (or do it later), then Done 

Add members to a Twitter list

  • Go to a user’s profile page, click and select Add/Remove from lists
  • Click on the list(s) you want the person to be in, then Save

Remove members from a Twitter list

  • On the Twitter website, you need to go to a user’s profile page, click and select Add/Remove from lists
  • It’s quicker using the Twitter mobile app – tap to view a list then tap Edit and Manage Members to see a list of members – tap the X to remove each one.

Edit or delete a list you’ve created

  • At www.twitter.com, click to view your list, then click the ‘i’ icon at the top of the page to edit the list name and description, or delete it (on the mobile app, tap Edit)

Subscribe to a Twitter list

  • On the Twitter website, click to view the list, then click the ‘i’ icon at the top. Click Subscribe.
  • When viewing a specific list on the Twitter app, click the Subscribe button at the top of the screen

Share a Twitter list

Remove yourself from a Twitter list

Sometimes you might be added to a Twitter list you don’t want to be on – this might happen automatically because you’ve tweeted with a certain hashtag or word!

To remove yourself from a list, follow these instructions to block the list owner – you can only do this on the Twitter website!

  • Find the list under your Member tab
  • Click the name of the list creator (above the list name)
  • On their profile, tap and Block them.

This removes you from the list. You can choose whether to leave them blocked, or unblock them again.

Search for Twitter lists

You don’t always have to start a list from scratch – you can search for other lists on the same topic, and either subscribe to them or add members to your own lists. Search for public lists that other users have already created using Google – for example, to find Twitter lists with the word compers in, use this search string:

site:twitter.com inurl:lists <compers>

This tells Google to only give results from Twitter that have the word lists in the web address – and compers in the list name. Swap the word compers for anything you like – your hobby or local town for example.

You can check out my public lists at twitter.com/SuperLuckyDi/lists (I have a lot of private ones too!)

View Twitter lists on Tweetdeck or Hootsuite

If you use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to manage your Twitter account, add columns for each of your lists – at the top you can use the filters to search for the words win or competition. It’s a great way to find comps!

How do you use Twitter lists? Tell me in the comments!

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3 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Thank you, Di, for checking. How frustrating that Twitter keeps changing things. Seems that I’m now stuck with the Lists atop my Homepage (the swipe Lists) bc I can’t rearrange them or even delete them! Bothersome also because I liked the swipe right-to-left directly to camera feature that Twitter rolled out a few months before the pinned Lists, then the pinned Lists took away the swipe camera . Now we’re stuck with the worst of all worlds. Thanks again, you’re clearly a Twitter-Tweetdeck power user like me, Di…appreciate your looking into it for me. Steve.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi, Di. Thanks for this article. I love Lists. Suddenly, however, I no longer see the pin symbols in the Twitter official app. Seems I can no longer pin or rearrange my Lists, although the Lists I had as swipes atop my Homepage are still there. Can you check your app, is it just me or did Twitter just change the app again? Thanks for checking. Steve 9/10/19

    • Di says:

      It looks like the latest update has removed the ability to pin lists! I can’t understand why, it was super helpful!

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