5 Ways to Use Twitter Lists to Expedite Your Day on Twitter Today

Twitter Lists Help You Stay Focused on Twitter

Do you find yourself spending more time on Twitter than you would like? Do you know what may save you time on Twitter? Twitter Lists!

I have been putting people on Twitter in lists for years now as they save me valuable time.

So, I had built up quite a following on my own Twitter account for 11 years.  When I want to see what is on Twitter, it has became difficult to find my focus when on my main Twitter feed.

That is especially true today with everything going on in the world. You can easily get pulled away from your tasks at hand!

When I teach people how to use Twitter I always recommend them starting out using lists. It can seem overwhelming to them at first but in the long run it will save YOU valuable time on Twitter.

Twitter lists

It can seem overwhelming to them at first but in the long run it will save YOU valuable time on Twitter. #Twitterlists Click To Tweet

Lists to Use

It took me years to learn this Twitter tip. When something is happening locally I now follow my local folks list. This is great during weather events or any other type of local news stories that is breaking. Of course I have a weather list to follow now for weather events locally.

I also have a list for SEO and when there is talk of a new Google update I’m there using that list to follow the latest SEO news. I use another list for customers of mine in Real Estate.

This helps me keep up with their world and what’s happening in the real estate world. I have a total of 282 lists, some of which I subscribed to or a member of.

Notice below the new look of lists! Now you can pin your top 5 lists to the top of your list page for easy access.

new look of your twitter lists


It’s fun to get creative with lists. I also tell people to have fun on Twitter so that they use it often. Find your interests and start creating those lists to save YOURSELF some time. 🙂

Public or Private Twitter Lists?

When you create lists and they are public everyone and anyone can see them.

So if you do not want people to see a list of peeps you create, then make the Twitter list private. I do that for customers, non-related categories to my niche and political accounts.

So if you do not want people to see a list of peeps you create, then make the Twitter list private. #Twitterlists Click To Tweet

Pin Your Twitter Lists for Quick Access

Did you know you can know pin your top 5 lists? I’m loving this new feature! No more going through a hundred lists to see what they look like on desktop. (It doesn’t work as well on my Android device.)

pinned tweets

5 Ways To Use Lists Now!

  1. Put all your favorite tweeps on lists, not just one but several if applicable.
  2. When you are in your Twitter stream, right click on the lists, see which lists you have created, then click on the one you choose to read. This keeps you focused when on Twitter and saves you much needed TIME. Otherwise you could be on Twitter for hours on end. 🙁
  3. Subscribe to others lists that include you, it’s like following them on Twitter.
  4. You can add yourself to your lists too if you want to be included in a particular group. You must use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to do this.
  5. Create a list for an event. If you are running an event or going to one, create a list. Great way to connect with others!

What Others Have to Say

Twitter List Maximum Users

Remember, you can now have up to 1,000 lists, no more of the old 20! You can have up to 5,000 users on the lists too – no longer just 500.

That’s a big improvement on Twitter lists! Remember, you can mention and reply on lists. You can also check out Twitter’s help center for more on lists. Twitter lists are a MUST today if you use Twitter!

Can you see yourself saving time with these Twitter lists?

If you use Twitter lists in other ways I’d love to know in the comments below and how many Twitter lists you currently have.

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 10 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • Hey Lisa, it’s nice to read about this here.

    Would you believe I am yet to create a Twitter List since 2011?

    I have resolved though, after reading this lovely guide here to start mine but only when I study some of the cool ones out there – yours and those of other serious bloggers.

    By the way, I subscribe to two of your lists.


    • Hi Sam, No, I cannot believe that. Twitter lists keep me so organized there on Twitter and make me find things much quicker. Thanks for subscribing to my lists. I use my lists to share more tweets, find information, track storms and more. I can’t imagine not having them. Thanks for coming back Sam and have yourself a wonderful day!

  • Hi Lisa, I’m back. Coz I have some answers regarding the “Member of” Twitter tab. Your account @Lisapatb is included in 688 lists and the account @InspireToThrive is included in 175 lists. According to TweetDeck. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

    • Cool Adrian, thank you! I’ve got to try out Tweetdeck again, it’s been a while since I’ve used it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend there Adrian.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I have a total of 282 lists, some of which I subscribed to or am a member of.

    282 (right now actually is 279, but maybe you have also 3 private lists) is the number of lists you’re subscribed to. The number of lists you’re member of is different and isn’t displayed by Twitter.

    You have created many lists and maybe that’s why you didn’t notice it. To see the difference, check my account. You’ll see… Lists: 5. If you check “Subscribed to” you’ll see five lists. If you check “Member of” you’ll see tons of lists – I’ve no idea how many they are.


    P.S. Shouldn’t you update the title? 3 => 5

    • Hi Adrian, wow, very close to mine of 281 🙂 Interesting on the number shown though on yours – only 5? I didn’t want to mess with my URL but excellent point. I know I could use a redirect for it. Thanks for coming by Adrian and explaining that one for us here. Have a great new week and month!

      • Hi Lisa,

        The first part of your reply is weird. I guess something misled you. Maybe the quote from your own article posted right under “Hi Lisa” by using the blockquote HTML tag – that’s a quote from you, not a statement regarding my lists. So let me post some further clarifications…

        1) You’re wrong – The number of lists I’m subscribed to (=5) is not very close to the number of lists you’re subscribed to (279 according to what I see, 282 according to your article, 281 according to your comment) 🙂

        The number shown on my timeline (=5) is correct. It’s the number of lists I have created (and automatically subscribed to). I don’t need more. Actually 5 are too many for my needs.

        The number of lists I’m member of is different. As I said, Twitter doesn’t count them, so I don’t know how many they are – tons anyway. Twitter only list them in a separate tab (“Member of”) without mentioning how many they are.

        There are two tabs for lists – “Subscribed to” and “Member of” – and only one aggregate figure (“Lists”) The number displayed under LISTS isn’t the number you may expect (Subscribed to + Member of). That number is the number of lists you’re subscribed to.

        The point of my previous comment is to tell you that the claim from your article quoted in my previous comment is incorrect. Actually there are way more than 282 lists you’re subscribed to or member of 😉

        3) The PS from my previous comment doesn’t refer to the URL but to the title. Changing the URL may or may not be a good idea, but changing the title should be a must. Your visitors don’t read the URL. But they read the title of the article. And that title doesn’t fit the content of the article anymore.

        • Hi Adrian, I do see that, 5. Gotcha on the 282 count. So there is no way to know how many you are a member of or how many you actually have made? The only # we know is the # of lists we are subscribed to, correct? Oh yes, the title would be good to change, I agree with that one Adrian, thank you once again.

          • I guess there are only two ways to find out how many lists you’re a member of:

            1) to count them (if they aren’t too many) or

            2) to use an app that gets access to your Twitter account and then counts the lists. I don’t know if such an app exists.

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