How Do You Use Twitter Lists? Question of the Week

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Conversation is a two way street and here at HootSuite, we love to hear from our communities.

To get things started, we’re asking one question every week via the HootSuite Twitter, Facebook and Google + pages. We will feature the top responses on the HootSource blog.

This week we asked “How Do You Use Twitter Lists?”

This Week’s Top Three

#1. Steven Rowe

Tip: Try organizing multiple, niche streams under a more general tab for the topic.

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For example:

  • Instead of a single stream for news sources, make an entire tab titled “News”
  • Add various streams within the tab, like ‘Worldwide’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Politics’
  • Enjoy reading what you want, when you want!

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#2. Rachel Moore

Tip: Use Twitter lists to organize resources relevant to your profession/industry.

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For example:

  • Create a tab for your industry
  • Make various streams including lists of relevant news, professionals and competitors
  • Monitor this tab to keep ahead of trends
  • A list of professionals/ competitors is a great source for networking

3. Robert Kim

Tip: Use Twitter lists to find key influencers in your professional community.

For example:

  • Create a stream that filters users by Klout score
  • Monitor people with the biggest social reach
  • Connect with these individuals by replying or retweeting


Take a look below to see the various ways people are using Twitter Lists to manage their social media outreach.

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As you can see, our friends are tight-lipped about their social strategy.

How do you use Twitter lists? Let us know if there is anything we missed.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Tune in every Monday afternoon for the HootSuite question of the week!

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Joe 5pts

It would be fab having made a list if we could tweet just to that list of people

markfrisk 5pts

I haven't seen anyone mention private lists. I use them heavily to follow competitors, listen to customer and partner targets before following them, keep track of who's followed our accounts, who we followed first, etc. When Twitter did away with pretty much all limits on lists it was a big deal for me.

markzohar 5pts

Another great way to use Twitter Lists is to use them with @trendspottr to surface relevant trends from a curated selection of influencers or Twitter accounts. For example, Robert Scoble, the noted blogger and technology enthusiast, has curated many lists, including one called "Most Influential in Tech". This list includes almost 300 of the most influential technology sources and Twitter accounts. You can view the list here:!/Scobleizer/most-influential-in-tech. 

 The TrendSpottr Premium app on HootSuite ( supports Twitter list URLs. Copy and paste any Twitter list URL into the search bar on TrendSpottr Premium and TrendSpottr will surface trending content (news, links, videos, photos), trending hashtags and trending sources from this list. It's a great way to turn the noise of a Twitter list into predictive signals and insights. 

More details on how to use Twitter lists with TrendSpottr here:  


HootMatt moderator 5pts

@markzohar @trendspottr This is a great idea Mark, and especially relevant after Google Reader's untimely demise. We'd love to run a blog post about how to use Twitter lists in the TrendSpottr Premium app in HootSuite. Would you like to expand on this idea further for our readers in a blog post? Thanks again for the useful info!