Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
It’s just a shame I didn’t have the foresight to avoid this mistake. Because it’s actually a biggie and is badly affecting the way I use Twitter. I know I’ve been missing lots of great info from the people I really want to follow.
My mistake is this: I didn’t properly think about which Twitter lists I’d actually need long term and now they’re in a mess.
The thing is I’m probably not alone, which is why I’m sharing what I’m doing about it – in the hope that it will help you too.
So, back to the lists. They started out okay but, as I’ve followed more people, tweets I want to see have become buried in overly-active streams. I not only didn’t think hard enough about my lists but I kept on adding people to them.
Things are about to change.
After 5+ years on Twitter I’m finally going to be more strategic about how I use lists.
Why should YOU care?
Perhaps you’re in a similar situation and are wondering how you can make the most of Twitter. Perhaps you’re new(ish) to the platform and want to know what lists to set up.
Here’s what I’m doing.
I am setting up lists for:
- Top clients
- Other clients
- Top prospects
- Top referrers
- Top influencers in each sector I follow (split into separate lists by sector)
- Journalists by sector
- People who re-tweet me (so I can make sure I reciprocate)
I’m then keeping my existing lists but in a much more streamlined format. Once I’ve moved people into the new lists the existing ones should be much easier to monitor.
I really wish I’d taken the time to do this at the outset. It would have saved heaps of time and my sanity!
What else do you think I (and others in a similar situation) should do to avoid ‘buried info syndrome’ on Twitter? I’d love to hear your tips.
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