How to use Twitter lists
Lists are a great way to organise the accounts you follow (and don’t follow!) on Twitter – use lists to follow other compers and to group together companies who run giveaways. You can 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 other compers are up to without them knowing!), and when you view a Twitter list, you see a timeline of tweets only from the list members.
Lists are also handy if you reach 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.
My video guide will give you an introduction to using Twitter lists:
View your Twitter lists
Log in to www.twitter.com, then either:
- Click on your photo in the top-right of the menu bar and choose Lists from the drop-down menu.
- Click Lists on your profile page
- Go to twitter.com/superluckydi/lists – replacing superluckydi with your username
- On the mobile app, tap the gear (settings) on your profile page and select Lists.
On the lists page you can see:
- Subscribed to: lists you’ve created, plus lists you follow that have been created by others (a padlock shows it’s a private list)
- Member of: 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/tapping the list name. If you want to view a list frequently, save it to your browser bookmarks using Cmd-D or Ctrl-D.
Create a Twitter list
- Click Create new list (on the mobile app tap the plus sign on the lists page)
- Enter a name for your list
- Enter a description – maximum 100 characters
- If you want a secret list, switch the list setting to Private so only you can access it – by default your list is public and anyone can view and subscribe to it.
- Save list
Add members to a Twitter list
- Go to a user’s profile page, click the gear icon and select Add or remove from lists
- Click or tap next to the list(s) you want the person to be in.
- Tip: you don’t need to follow someone to add them to a list!
Remove members from a Twitter list
- When you’re viewing a list, click List Members on the left, click the gear next to the name, then choose Add or remove from lists.
- Click the gear on a individual member’s profile page, then choose Add or remove from lists
- On 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
- On the Twitter website, click to view your list, then click the Edit or Delete button that appears just underneath the list description – you can edit the list name and description, but not the members.
- On the Twitter mobile app, tap to view the list then tap Edit at the top – you can Edit or Delete the list and can also remove members.
Subscribe to a Twitter list
- When viewing a specific list, click the Subscribe button that appears just underneath the list description (or at the top of the screen on the mobile app).
Share a Twitter list
- If you want to share a link to a public Twitter list, copy the link from your browser address bar, for example https://twitter.com/SuperLuckyDi/lists/lucky-learners
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:
- Find the list under your Member of tab
- Click the name of the owner (to the right of the list name)
- On their profile, tap the gear (settings) on their profile and Block them.
- Find the list under your Member of tab and tap to view it.
- Tap Subscribers – the list creator is the top name on this list.
- Tap the name, then tap the gear (settings) on their profile 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!