Twitter Lists make happy tweeters.

Twitter fatigue: you follow a ton of fascinating people on Twitter, but how can you reasonably keep up with that much information, even in 140-character blasts?

I use Twitter Lists, which are supported on the Twitter website and in most Twitter clients.

Say you follow a bunch of musicians, like I do, but seem to always miss when they announce a new album or tickets going on sale because their tweets get lost in your timeline. Create a list called “music” and add them to it, and then when you want to read the latest from your favorite musicians, view that list.

Here are the steps to creating your own Twitter Lists. (Updated on 7 March 2012 for the Twitter redesign.)

Step 1: Go to a musician’s Twitter page and click the “person” icon.

Step 2: Select “Add or remove from lists” from the drop-down menu that appears.

Step 3: Select “create list” at the bottom of the pop-up menu that appears.

Step 4: Choose a list name, a description, and a privacy level.

That’s it! Now when you want to add someone else to this list, go to that musician’s Twitter page, click on the “person” icon, select “Add or remove from lists”, and select your list in the dropdown. You don’t even have to be following the person to add them to a list.

Sometimes Twitter Lists can be a bit cranky, so if you get an error dialog when you try to add someone to a list, try again.

Any questions? Just ask. For more on Twitter Lists, see the official Twitter help page.

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Published by Halsted M. Bernard

An ever-molting black swan. Reader, writer, library director, over-enunciator. Listening + Unlearning. Opinions are my own. She/her. #BlackLivesMatter

2 thoughts on “Twitter Lists make happy tweeters.

  1. I’ve thought this was a solution, but then don’t you have to unfollow people to get them out of your main feed? My problem is that my primary feed is next to useless on my phone with all the “power tweeters” updating constantly so I have to scroll through hundreds of updates at a time just to get to the recent stuff.

    I’d like to be able to sort/filter people without also having to unfollow them.

    1. If you use a client like Echofon that allows muting, you can mute people that you put in specific lists. That way you do not have to unfollow them.

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