The Top Twitter Tool Authors Should Use: Twitter Lists

Some days I look at my Twitter feed and I get an instant headache. Information overload, random information being thrown out there, the occasional funny random post, and then I check out. Yep, it took me a long time to actually enjoy using Twitter and, honestly, to find it useful. Do you want to know the secret to not being overwhelmed by Twitter and making it a powerhouse for authors? 

It's a lovely feature called Twitter Lists. 

Lists are available to everyone who uses Twitter. They have been greatly improved over the past year or so to make them more user friendly and powerful. Thus, a great tool to tap into. 

Twitter Lists are simply a way to categorize and organize the people that you follow and give you laser beam focus within your Twitter connections and conversations. It also helps you focus on those that are influencers within your genre/industry to create conversations and relationships with them. It's my favorite Twitter feature and I have a feeling it will be yours too. 

So how do you use Twitter Lists? Let me show you...

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On your Twitter Home page, click on your Profile link, then on the lefthand side of your Profile page, you will see a stack of links that include your "Lists" option. Simply click on that link and it will take you to your lists page. 

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Right below your header image you will see a "create list" button (like pictured above).  Click on that and it will bring up a window where you can create your desired lists. 

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Create a list name for the group of people/organizations that you'd like to follow, a short description if you'd like, and then select if you would like it to be public or private. Others can follow your lists (which I'll talk more about in a minute) so if it's something that you don't want others to follow, better put it to private. 

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As I mentioned above, others can follow your lists, which is great because that means that you can follow their lists as well. Make a list of other authors that you respect or who have strong influence and see what lists they have available and subscribe to them. It's a great way to expose you to other key influencers and broaden your circle of friends on Twitter. Start conversations with these people and connect with them. That is hands down the best way to grow your Twitter following and influence on Twitter. 

Possible Lists for Authors

If you are wondering what kind of lists you should create, here are a few ideas: 

  • Media Lists (journalists and publications) 
  • Authors
  • Agents
  • Publishers
  • News/Information on Book Publishing 
  • Events
  • Fans (to stay connected and engaged with them)
  • Bloggers 

If you have personal interests (computers, knitting, crafts, etc.) you can create a list for them as well to keep you focused on your work rather than be distracted. 

So there you have it! It's a simple tool that makes a big impact on your Twitter presence, the connections you make, as well as your focus. 

Now it's your turn! Let me know how you have used lists to improve your Twitter following/presence or see if you have questions. I'd love to hear from you! 

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