Making Twitter lists is an easy way to keep track of tweets when you’re following a large number of people. Go to Settings > Lists to categorize the users you follow in any way you want. You can also subscribe to other users’ lists by going to that particular user’s profile and clicking Lists, then Subscribe.
Why are Twitter lists useful? Simply put, it’s easier to drill down to the info you need to find (and re-find) when you’re faced with that endless stream of Tweets. You can build your own lists, as many as you like, make them public or make them private. Say, for example, your book is about lions, and you want to connect with others talking about lions. After you search the term, you’ll find other people and/or Tweets dealing with the topic.
Those that appeal to you, you can then add to your list (see example at left – click the gear wheel then select or create your list) so you can easily refer back to them in the future. Twitter lists let you see what those folks are tweeting about lions on that day, without having to see what your brother or favorite literary agent had for lunch. If they prove less useful, you can just as easily remove them from your list.
By making your list public (as we’ve done for agents and editors), you can also make a useful list for your own fans and tweet the link. And while you’re at it, make sure you have a list of those fans so you can easily direct message them when you have news they can help you retweet and share!
Here are some of our favorite lists at Where Writers Win’s Twitter account:
- Literary Agents (great insights about literature and lunch, lol)
- Book Publishers (publishers big and small)
- PubSmartCon Buzz (folks tweeting about PubSmart 2014)
Great Resource Lists from Galley Cat
GalleyCat has several Twitter lists at their own site – check ’em out and add your favorites to your own lists!
- Best Literary Agents on Twitter
- Best Bookstores on Twitter
- Best Book Reviewers on Twitter
- Best Editors on Twitter
- Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter Feeds
- Best eBook News on Twitter
- Best Library People on Twitter
- Women in Publishing Twitter Directory
The possibilities for useful lists are endless… So, tell us about the lists you’ve built and how you’re making them work for you!