How to Use Twitter Lists For Time Management and Profit

Does the time you spend on social media leave you wondering, “is it really profitable?”

If so, then you are in the right place!

Today’s focus is twitter, and how to use twitter lists to improve profit and time management.  Also, be sure to check out the great example of list names/categories to create!

What are twitter lists?

The twitter list feature allows you to organize the people you follow into groups.  After grouping followers, you can open a single list and engage easily with only their tweets.

How can you create a twitter list?

1.     Once you are on twitter, click on your picture; this will take you to your profile.

2.     Underneath your picture is 'LISTS'. Click and all the lists that you are subscribed to and a member of will appear.

3.      To create a new list, click on the “create list” button in the top right hand corner.

TIP: Check out the names of the lists that you are “a member of.”  These are the lists that others have put you in, and are a great indication of how well your followers understand your business and if they are connecting with you on your message.

3 Ways Twitter Lists Will Save You Time

 1. Twitter lists helps you to get in touch with the right people in a very short time frame.  

Once you’re following more than a few hundred people, your newsfeed can become a nightmare to engage with your followers. Lists allow you to cut the noise and avoid the clutter of your newsfeed. You can connect with your target audience and those that you wish to engage with very quickly by using the list feature.

2. You can use your twitter lists to find out the latest trends in your niche, and how your target audience feels about the trend.

Now, you can be among the first to blog about it, or utilize it to build a joint venture partnership.  

3. Be sure to create lists that actually save you time.  Name the lists to help you quickly find those that you wish to communicate and/or see what they are tweeting. It can be tempting to create a lot of social lists like, “my peeps” or “funny tweets.” However, if these proliferate your list feature, then you are cluttering it, and not using your twitter account for business as effectively as you could.

5 Ways Twitter Lists Can Create You Profit

1. By effectively setting up your lists, (see example below) you can showcase quick and helpful customer service.

For example, setting up a Customers/Clients list, allows you to stay on top of any questions or concerns.  When you tweet your supportive answer, the whole world sees that you have great customer service.

2. Create a list of networking contacts.  With these followers, you want to ask them niche specific questions, “how do you do..” “what’s most overwhelming to you..” Second, you want to retweet and promote THEM, as much as possible.  By flattering them, they will do the same for you, and soon you will see referrals flying in the door!  

3. Follow influencers and news organizations in your industry.  The information they post can give you an edge, or early lead for your own tweets, blogs and press releases.  The more you can expose your niche to the latest news, the more you are seen as an expert in your field.  Followers will come to expect the latest and greatest from you.

4. Following influencers and peers in your niche can create joint venture opportunities.  If a influencer starts to talk about a coming project or program, do what you can to learn more. Perhaps, you can offer a service that will further enhance their program, and create a joint venture relationship.

5. Be strategic.  You can create up to 20 lists and you have the option to make each one public or private. 

Public lists flatter the people on them and allow other followers to follow your list.  Having popular lists is another indication that people look to you for expert advice and will want to do b

On the other hand, private lists offer you the ability to closely follow your competition without their notice.


Some Great List Names Include:


Influencers or VIP’s   They are the influencers or big names in your niche.  They can be your source of news and trend changing ideas.

Industry Peers – This group, along with engaged fans, may be the list you frequent most.  Industry peers are great for JV opportunities, hot news, and referrals.

Engaged Fans – These are the active followers of your account.  They consistently @mention @reply or Retweet your comments.  When you are online, they will gladly jump into a conversation with you.  Because of this, you want to keep the engagement high, and comment on their tweets whenever applicable. You never know where your next client or client referral will come from!

Clients/Customers – These people keep you in business.  Here, you can quickly answer any questions, concerns or product issues.  As long as you are on top of it, the public nature of twitter helps to showcase your amazing customer service. Likewise, making this a public lists allows clients to interact.

Networking Contacts – These are people you’ve met at networking events or on other social media platforms.  They are great supporters and motivators, and they own businesses outside of your niche. Keeping in touch with them as this may lead to referrals or JV opportunities.

World Topics – These include organizations, newspapers or world events that you want to follow. Don’t under estimate the power of this list.  It can help you create blog topics and popular press releases.

Co-workers – If this applies to you, having a co-workers list can also be helpful to keep an eye on what’s happening within your company.

Friends – These are real-world, local people that you know and keep up with. They are the ones with whom you spend your down time and funny stories. Hopefully, they are some of your biggest fans and supports, and love to keep up with what you are doing!

To keep yourself well-rounded…

Personal interests – When you need an escape from your business niche, check out the latest news on a fun, personal interest topic.

The Junk Drawer – This list is your delightfully random mix of interesting, funny, or local twitter’s that you enjoy reading!  Everyone loves a junk drawer!

Bonus Tip!!

Are you more comfortable on Twitter than on Google+?  Twitter lists can help you feel at home on Google+, too.  

How?  Think of the circles feature on Google+ as a deluxe version of the Twitter list feature, and create your circles on Google+ in the same way.

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  1. says

    Great article on how to use Twitter lists.  I find them to be very useful – both as time-savers and to efficiently track information about specific topics in which I am interested.
    One frustration I have found is that Twitter's mobile applications do not provide any way to add to or manage lists.  Hopefully, this will get resolved at some point.

  2. Leah says

    As always, great and practical advice! Thank you, I had not started using the lists just yet but I realize I would soon need to sort the contacts accordingly, and you have very solid tips on that!

  3. Carly Miller says

    This was so helpful – as someone learning how Twitter works, these detailed instructions really help me feel organized in my Twitter time management. I love the advice about following influencers, what a great way to co-operate!

  4. Kim aka says

    Love using twitter lists and I import them to other social media platforms where I can.  Love importing them to Klout because it's a great way to connect and "recognize" major influencers. It's helped me to build stronger connections.

  5. says

    Wow Kim.  What a content dense post.  I have to flag it and re-digest a couple of times to implement even half the good stuff here.  
    Today's takeaway is to create two tabs off my twitter feed. 
    1.  Investments – Those tweeters who provide good content that makes me better
    2.  Networks – tweeters who could be referral or direct partners

  6. Linda Jo Jenkins says

    I did not know we can do lists on twitter–Thank-you for all you do and for this wonderful blog to help those of us that are twitter challenged. 

  7. says

    Great post Kim!  I'm printing out this article as I type as I plan on going through your steps and implementing!  Thanks for sharing this wonderful information!  So grateful for you! 

  8. says

    The list name suggestions are greatly appreciated. I struggle with that particular task. I look forward to applying some of these techniques in my day to day Twitter use. Thanks Kim!

  9. says

    Thanks again Kim! This is such an important information for people, you come up with so many great ideas on how to save time in business, so appreciate it! :)

  10. Barb says

    Kim, just read your great post, thanks for the tips.  Question, what is a good number of people to follow?  I'm following hundreds, but I see people following 1000s, when does it get to be too much?  Is there a good average?

    • adminadmin says

      There is no magic number. The bottom line with social media is taking the time to build relationships with people. That is a step many omit :-(.

  11. says

    DIG IT. I love Twitter lists. Not all followers are equal. You need to group them by importance/interests/etc.
    I started using Twitter lists in conjunction with the feel social tool Hootsuite, which helps me look at several lists at once. I wrote about it
    Twitter has been quite for a while, and I suspect we might see some innovation with Twitter lists in the near future, because at this point, not too many people are using them. I'm excited because I think they'll just get better, which would be nice, because they ain't perfect yet.

  12. says

    Your blog has so much useful information, every article share some good info to the reader.
    Thanks for sharing such valuable information

  13. says

    Kim, This is a great tutorial on the power of Lists in Twitter. I have created some that are meaningful to me, but I must admit I don't check them often enough! I did at least check my fave list last night so I'm not completely out to sea. Thanks for the great reminder of the value of this tool.

  14. says

    Great article! I was just reviewing my Twitter lists and found myself wishing I were able to create more than the current limit allows. Glancing at names of the lists you suggested, I realize that many of my lists could be consolidated and some deleted, as they're probably redundant.

  15. says

    Great post, we've been treading water on twitter for ages, hopefully this will take us to the next level, i would suggest using followerwonk to identify influential players to add to your lists

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