October 26


Why Authors / Writers / Everyone Should Use Twitter Lists

The Networking Web - Catherine Saykaly-Stevens - Author and Speaker - Why Authors, Writers, Everyone Should Use Twitter Lists

The more people you follow, the denser your Twitter home feed becomes. You may lose perspective when your feed is flooded with multiple random posts.

Separate all those voices into logical groups so you can focus on 1 theme at a time. Use the built-in Twitter lists, which can be public or private. You’ll be surprised how the smaller groups will help you gain clarity and have a better idea what to support that group, join the conversations, and post relevant content.

For example:  If you view a feed of only local authors, and many tweet and converse about a writing event in town, isn’t that an event you should inquire about and join this conversation?

1) Create Lists

Read through your feed and find those you are most interested in watching. Create lists for your many groups.

Here is a suggested author’s starter-list:




[My city]

Local authors

[Same genre] authors

Top [genre] authors

Author Support



Top idea generators

Social Media gurus


  • Assign people you are interested in following more closely to their Lists. The same person can occupy more than 1 list.


  • Every time you meet and follow a new person, immediately add them to a Twitter list. If you don’t, you will lose them to the chaotic, overrun, Twitter home feed.


  • It’s fine to view your Twitter home feed. Also choose


Bonus: You can subscribe to other’s public lists. If a good one already exists you can view it too.


Learn to love lists!


Don’t worry; it is unlikely that you’ll run out of lists. They are currently capped at a limit of 1000, with 5000 tagged in each, but don’t do that. Keep your lists small. If you have too many then you risk repeating the original problem, too many chaotic voices.


Do you have a favorite list that others should start using?


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