Larry Brauner
Since Twitter Lists Beta Observations and Tips one month ago, Twitter completed the roll out of Twitter Lists to all its users.

Twitter members have been occupied with building and following lists, while the pundits have been occupied with observing and dissecting them (the lists of course, not the members). :-P

Twitter ListsThe reaction in the blogosphere has been somewhat mixed. 9 Reasons Why You Should Be In Love with Twitter Lists (RotorBlog) was very upbeat. Twitter Lists Are Not About Discovery (Regular Geek) was more skeptical.

A new social media site, Listorious, has surfaced to helps us discover Twitter lists for categories which are important to us. How splendid this is! I’ll explain why.

Realizing the Potential of Web 2.0

Twitter comes along and lets anybody who’s connected to the Net (even a bot) create a user account and add text messages (tweets) to the Twitter message stream. Simultaneously, Twitter lets users subscribe to messages in the Twitter stream.

Twitter is a good example of Web 2.0, i.e. people creating and sharing web content.

Twitter becomes popular. Millions of messages from millions of people start flowing downstream. The social media community asks, “How will all these messages be organized?”

Twitter responds, permitting users to create and share lists of Twitter users. These Twitter lists are another form of Web 2.0 content. The community wonders, “How will all these lists be organized?”

Listorious appears, and using the Twitter API,  provides a platform for users to create and share Twitter meta lists (lists of Twitter lists). These meta lists are yet more Web 2.0 content.

Suddenly, we’re realizing the potential of Web 2.0, the social web, on a large scale. We’re creating, sharing and organizing our own web of information.

How I Use Twitter Lists

I use Twitter Lists both to organize people I find on Twitter and to discover new people.

I have 20 Twitter lists of my own, some private, to which I assign people, and I explore Twitter and Listorious to find new lists of Twitter people.

For example, I like lists of public relations people and companies, because in many ways, my skills are a strong match for PR firms. I let Twitter lists help me locate and connect with organizations and people working in the PR and communications industry.

When I find a list I like, I follow it. I certainly don’t want to lose track of it. I assign many people in the list to my own lists too.

I also follow most of the people. I hope that they’ll check out my blog and decide to follow me back. Perhaps they’ll even subscribe while they’re here.

In Conclusion

The way Twitter Lists have greatly extended the functionality of Twitter is cool. So is the way that Twitter Lists fit nicely into Web 2.0 social media paradigm. Critics can say what they wish about Twitter lists but cannot diminish their usefulness to me (and to my readers).

Okay. We’ve reached the point in the post where you usually comment. ;-)

What do you like or dislike about Twitter Lists? How would you improve them if you were Twitter?  What are some of your favorite Twitter lists?

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  1. jake jacob on November 18th, 2009 11:18 pm

    I have probably 40 different Twitter accounts that target everything from cacti to SEO optimization and everything in between.

    When I started with Twitter I wanted to build as big a list as possible, I guess for the sake of building a big list.

    Now I target an occupation or geographical area or niche and keep it extremely clean and add as many as I can as a means to approach them with an appropriate dialogue, connection or some other value proposition that will be mutually beneficial.

  2. Larry Brauner on November 18th, 2009 11:44 pm

    Twitter Lists should make your targeting easier Jake.

  3. David J Carne on November 19th, 2009 5:40 am

    Hello, and thank you for the articles. I have not yet looked into Twitter lists, but now that you have explained things, I can see the great benefit it will be, separating my network marketing friends, from affiliate marketing friends, etc…

  4. Cheryl Hughes on November 19th, 2009 10:16 am

    Thank you for the Listorious Link Larry!(look at that alliteration before my first coffee, going to be a good day!) As you know I’m very new to the twitterverse and already I have found several lists that are going to be incredibly helpful!

  5. Larry Brauner on November 19th, 2009 10:33 am

    Drink your coffee carefully Cheryl. (Alliteration must be contagious.)

    As usual Cheryl, I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

  6. Paul Segreto on November 19th, 2009 11:10 am

    Excellent post, Larry!

  7. Will on November 20th, 2009 12:25 pm

    Hi Larry,

    Twitter lists are a big improvement to Twitter as far as I’m concerned - although I wish they were a little more flexible ( I’d like to order them alphabetically) - and that you could make more of them ( I think there’s a 20 limit??).

    Listorius is also very useful for research ( and was my “Site Of The Day” on Nov 4th so you’re in good company there!)

    Best wishes


  8. Stefanie Blackburn on November 20th, 2009 4:52 pm

    Larry - nice post.

    I have been using Twitter lists for a while as well as Listorius.

    Twitter lists have really helped me in organizing and keeping better tabs on the people I follow.

  9. Debbie Morgan on November 23rd, 2009 1:04 am

    Hi Larry,

    Thanks for this great explanation. I haven’t utilized Twitter Lists but it sounds like a wonderful tool to help organize the people I follow and should help me connect with others in my niche.


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  11. Aaron Felts on January 3rd, 2010 6:43 am

    OK I just joined Twitter today. I just signed up for Listorious. I also just signed up for another thing called HootSuite. I am so in the dark but it seems tremendously powerful. I have joined several people on Twitter and a couple are personal friends.

    Larry can you tell me what I am doing, maybe take a look at my profile, see what I need to do? Thanks a bunch. I have 9 of your articles this evening.. very interesting.


  12. Larry Brauner on January 3rd, 2010 4:29 pm

    Why not fill in your bio a little more Aaron?

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