May 30

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Why Authors – Writers – Everyone Should Use Twitter Lists

Why Authors - Writers - Everyone Should Use Twitter ListsThe more people you follow, the denser your Twitter home feed becomes. You will lose perspective with a feed 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 you can make public or private. You can create lists then add Twitter accounts to it from both your computer and your mobile.

You may be surprised at how viewing smaller groups at a time will help you gain clarity. Now you’ll form better ideas about how to support different group, join conversations, and post relevant content.

For Example:  If you view a list of only local authors, and many tweet and converse about a writing event in town you’ve never heard of, isn’t that an event you should inquire about?

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:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Work/Co-workers
  • [Your city]
  • Local authors
  • [Your genre] authors
  • Top [your genre] authors
  • Author Support
  • Publishers
  • Editors
  • Bloggers
  • Top idea generators
  • Social Media gurus

2) Assign interesting Twitter accounts to each chosen list. The same account can occupy more than 1 list.

3) 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.

Bonus: You can subscribe to other twitter public lists. 

Learn to love lists!

Don’t worry; it is unlikely that you’ll run out of making lists. Lists are currently capped at 1000, which may be populated with up to 5000 in each, but don’t do that. Keep your lists small. If you have too many, you then you risk repeating the original problem, too many chaotic voices in 1 place.

I hope this Twitter Tip was useful.
Do you have a favorite list that others should start using?

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    1. Yes, Facebook groups are fantastic and even has its own lists. However, I tend to have different conversations, and with different people between Facebook and Twitter. Each is useful depending on individual needs. So far, that’s 8 FB groups, 30+ FB lists, and 60+ Twitters lists. It may seem excessive, but it really works!

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