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How to Use Twitter Lists (and Why You Should)

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Twitter Lists are a great way for you to organize your feed, follow people while keeping count of your followers, and give members of a community a simple way to find each other easily.

Lists are useful whether you use Twitter for personal or professional reasons; they’re simple to set up and will streamline your Twitter experience.

We’ll walk you through what Twitter Lists are, how to create and manage them, and why you should even use them in the first place.

What are Twitter Lists?

Twitter Lists allow you to manage different accounts based on common interest, profession, account type, and more. Lists act as a separate Twitter feed, isolated from your main feed, that you can share with others. You can discover and follow other people’s lists, and these lists have their own number of subscribers.

You can use Twitter Lists for many reasons. The most obvious is to organize and categorize accounts around a particular topic to declutter your Twitter feed.

For example, let’s say you wanted to keep up to date with Star Wars news. You can create a list containing Star Wars affiliate Twitter profiles. Fan accounts, official accounts, actors and directors who worked on the franchise, etc. You can shape the list over time, adding and removing accounts as needed.


A Twitter list made up of Star Wars-related accounts.

Similarly, let’s say you’re a graphic designer looking to network and develop your skills. You can curate a list based on designers you take inspiration from, or who lead interesting discussions, or who are perhaps your competitors; you can add them to a list and separate it from your personal feed.

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Your lists can be public or private. If you are using a list to monitor your competitors, you should make it private. It could be embarrassing if they notice you’re following them via a Twitter list! If you use Twitter for work, consider creating a business Twitter account.

If you only use Twitter for personal reasons, like following a hobby or movie franchise, there’s no harm in making it public. Plus, it means other people interested in the same topic can find and follow the list, and discover accounts related to it.

How to Create a Twitter List

Creating a Twitter list is simple and can be done on any device you use Twitter on. To create a Twitter list on the web app:

  1. Go to the Twitter site and log in.
  2. Click on Lists in the side menu.
  3. Click it New List top icon.
  4. fill it in name, The description (optional) and set the list to public Where Private.
  5. Click on following.
  6. Click on Add on the Suggested accounts that appear if they are relevant. If not, click Ended.

The New List dialog on the Twitter web application.

To create a Twitter list on the mobile app:

  1. Open the Twitter app.
  2. Press your Profile icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Faucet Lists in the side menu.
  4. Press the To create icon.
  5. Name your list, give it a The description (optional) and set it to public Where Private.
  6. Faucet To create.

By following these simple steps, you now have a Twitter list to help organize your feed. You can create many more, if you wish.

Should your Twitter list be public or private?

Twitter lists can be public or private, and both have advantages. A public list means other people can see your list and choose to follow it. Likewise, you can find public listings related to your interests and follow them to stay on top of featured accounts, without following them individually.

A private list means that only you can access the list and no one else can see it. Perhaps you want to avoid alerting your competitors that you are following them.


The Edit List dialog on Twitter, with the option to make it a private list.

Keep in mind that the default lists are public. To set it as private, select make private when creating or editing your Twitter list.

How to Add and Remove Accounts from a Twitter List

If you’re building Twitter lists, chances are you value organization and want your Twitter experience to be as easy as possible. However, people change and so do their accounts, so what if an account that is on your list ceases to be relevant? Or did you add someone by mistake? And how do you keep your list relevant when you find new accounts you want to add?

In all these cases, adding or removing certain accounts from the list is your best bet. It is easy to do.

To add an account to a Twitter list:

  1. Go to the profile page of the Twitter account you want to add to your list.
  2. Select the ellipse to the right of their name and display image.
  3. To select Add/remove lists.
  4. Select the list you want the account to be part of.
  5. To select to safeguard.


The profile page of a Twitter user being added/removed from a list.

To remove an account from your Twitter list:

  1. Go to the Lists section on Twitter.
  2. Select the list from which you want to remove an account.
  3. To select Edit List.
  4. In the dialog that opens, select Manage members.
  5. Select the account you want to delete, then to safeguard.

The Manage Members section on Twitter lists the web application.

By following these steps, you should have removed an account from your Twitter list. You can also remove an account from a list by going to their profile page and selecting Add/remove listsbut the method described above is generally faster.

Use Twitter lists to organize your feed

If you have countless interests and accounts you want to follow, you’ll find Twitter Lists very useful. This means you don’t have to flood your Twitter feed with accounts and can keep everything cutaway and visible as you please. This is especially useful when it comes to dividing up your personal and professional life.


Despite the criticism received by Twitter, some justified, Twitter feeds are one of the platform’s best and least used features. Try it: create a list, share it with your friends and you could develop your own community.


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