Your Twitter timeline can seem overwhelming when you follow lots of users: readers, fellow authors, multiple publishers and users you hope to connect with. Your timeline can quickly get paralyzing with all these tweets and you may avoid interactions as a result. The answer is to use Twitter Lists to manage Twitter users you follow.
Twitter defines a Twitter List as “a curated group of Twitter users. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.” You can create a Twitter List of your fellow authors or just readers. Here is a snapshot of Dreamspinner Press Twitter Lists:
You should note that Lists are for reading tweets only; you can’t send a message to all users you put on a List.
Lists are easy to create in Twitter. Here are the Twitter directions on how to create Lists.
DsP created our Lists as “public” so other users can see who is on our Lists and can subscribe to the Lists. You have the option at List creation to make the List “private” so only you can see who is on that List. This may be advisable for Lists of users you want to network with or if you’re job hunting.
If you don’t want to create Lists you can subscribe to other users’ Lists. Here is the 15 Best Twitter Lists for Writers by Carrie of The Write Life blog.
The more you work with Twitter Lists the more you’ll interact with Twitter users in meaningful ways. Reading your timeline won’t be a daunting task but something you look forward to doing.