Using Lists on Twitter


(Written by Jesse Priest.)

Twitter is my main place to find the widest range of news and information. You can follow any news organization on the planet and almost every celebrity.

Although it can be tough to sort through your timeline, you have the option to put certain users in lists. I follow over 1500 people and companies so my timeline gets pretty diverse, to a fault. I have two lists that I mainly use.


Following a lot of people and organizations can be a pain in your timeline. One thing that is important once you make a Twitter account is to put the people or organizations that you follow into lists.

For instance, if you follow a lot of your friends, you can make a ‘Friends’ list and when you want to catch up on what they’re saying, you can just navigate over to that list and see, instead of searching for each friend or navigating your timeline in hope of finding them. It can be like finding a needle in a haystack.


The Washington Post also uses a list containing all of their writers and journalists in their Twitter bio so users  can use that link to follow them.

List found here.

The same can be done with pretty much everything else: news organizations, celebrities, non-profits, friends/family. You can make as many lists as you want and have as many members in a list as you want, too. And you can either make your lists public or private, as well. Every time you add a user to a list, Twitter notifies that user. I, myself, just recently discovered and understood the list feature. But following over 1500 people now, it would take forever to put each one into a list.

So, I’ll have to do the long and tedious work of doing it in my spare time, which sucks. Lists can help you find what you’re looking for on Twitter by easily catching up with whatever person or organization that you’ve been following without getting lost in your timeline.


Twitter. “Using Twitter Lists.” Twitter, 2017. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. 


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