How to Use Twitter Lists to Engage With Your Audience in 2016 — The Niche Movement

Twitter Lists and How To Use Them to Engage With Your Audience in 2016
How to Use Twitter Lists to Engage With Your Audience in 2016

In 2015, Twitter made the news several times and received some “not so good press” for their user experience pertaining to their “fire-hose” like feed.  For me personally, Twitter falls #4 on my daily social media list (#1 Instagram, #2 Snapchat, #3 Facebook) that I check, post to, and engage with. A few days ago while on holiday break, I started to ask myself “Why?”. Then as I started to play with it more, I realized it certainly was cluttered, out of order, and I was missing the people I really wanted to connect.-Kevin O’Connell

I also realized, I wasn’t using Twitter List’s to my advantage which is why I’m writing this post.

With just a little bit over 1,600 users that I follow, my Twitter feed always seems like a fire hose to the face and I can barely pick through the people and organizations I actually want to connect with. I always feel like I’m missing the important stuff.

So, I went back to utilizing Twitter lists to solve this problem and hopefully make my Twitter experience worth my time early in 2016, as well as allow me the ability to engage every time I have 2 minutes to jump on Twitter.

Let me explain what Twitter Lists are, how I use them, and how you can too.

What are Twitter Lists?

A Twitter list is 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.

How do I create them?

On Twitter mobile, you go to “Me” next to “Messages” on the bottom of your app. From there you will see your profile and tweets. Look for the wrench, click on it, and you “View/Create Lists” will be the second option from the top. You can then see lists you are subscribed to or member of. The plus sign in the right hand corner will allow you to create a list. If you’d like to make it public you start by naming and adding a description. If you’d like to make it private where only you can access it and most importantly those you add to the list will not be notified they were added, then click private.

On the desktop, you will follow similar instructions by finding your profile picture in the right hand corner, clicking on it, and then clicking on lists. Then once you click on “Lists” you will see the ones you are subscribed to and on the right you can create a list. Here are two screenshots:

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How Will Twitter List’s Help Me?

Whether you use Twitter for your personal brand or for your organization, Twitter lists will help clean your feed up and keep sub-groups all in one place. If you love organization in your life, this is the ticket. Let me explain a few ways I use them personally, for my clients, as well as some suggestions:

1. Late last year after a few of my speaking engagements I would immediately create a private Twitter List of that conference or event I spoke at. That allowed me to add attendees and those I networked with both through Twitter as well as in-person to this list. Now when I check that list, I have context of how we may have met, what industry or field they work in, and a reference as I try to find ways to engage with their recent Tweets.

2. Creating a list of influencers and entrepreneurs – Not only can I create a list of thought leaders and those I am aspiring to be but I can also search Twitter lists that are similar and already be created. Think of this as your favorite Spotify playlist but made up of your favorite Twitter users. Whether you are into crossfit, social good companies, or education, lists are a great way to get a pulse of an industry you are interested in on a daily basis, all in one spot.

3. From a business or marketing standpoint, Twitter Lists can come in handy especially if you are targeting a certain group of people or running a specific campaign. Remember, Twitter is about listening then engaging rather than pushing your own agenda 100% of the time. Here are some ideas you can implement for your organization.

First, if you are a small business, say a catering company, spend 15 minutes searching for other businesses and their employees in a 15 mile radius on Twitter. Then follow them and add them to a private list called “Surrounding Small Businesses in Denver” (insert your city name). Now 1-2 times a day (5-10 minutes tops), check this list and find ways to like a tweet, RT, or reply and jump into a conversation without spamming your potential customers.

Second, create specific lists for your target audience. With one of our clients, they were targeting graduate students in the beginning of the semester with two programs they were running that fit this demographic. We ran various hashtag searches and profiles searches to find dozens of up and coming graduate students in their field. We then added about 150 to this private list. Then on a daily basis, we would go right to this list to see what they were talking about, find ways to share resources with them, add encouragement during their semester, and identify young thought leaders.

Lastly, say you run a gym. Go and look for your members on Twitter (and if they follow you already, even better still add them). You can do two things here: one you could add them to a private list and engage with them daily. Or two you can create a public list “Gym members who reached a new PR” and add them to this list. They will be notified and feel real special.

Have you had luck using Twitter lists? Please comment and let us know.

Did you just read this but can’t find a way to utilize Twitter Lists? Email me up and we’ll give you a few ideas.

If you like this tip or it may help someone else you know, please share it.

Source: How to Use Twitter Lists to Engage With Your Audience in 2016 — The Niche Movement

200+ Cool and Powerful Twitter Tools by Garin Kilpatrick

The Ultimate List of Twitter Tools by Garin Kilpatrick (Image used from original post by Garin Twitter bird an addition by Virtuadmin)
The Ultimate List of Twitter Tools by Garin Kilpatrick

Welcome to the Ultimate List of Twitter Tools.

This list was initially 5x – 10x the length it is today, however changes to the Twitter API have caused the majority of tools on this list to fall off due to lack of updates or failing to qualify for access to Twitter new API requirements.

This is a living list, so if you are aware of any new Twitter Tools that are not yet on the list, or if you notice that some of the tools on this list are no longer live please leave a comment below and let me know.

 

 

 

Enjoy the Twitter Tools! :)

Twitter Tools Categories:

The entire Ultimate List of Twitter Tools is included on this page.

Click one of the linked categories below and it will jump you to that part of the list.

Advertising

Automation

Backgrounds and Buttons

Browser Plug-ins (Chrome, Firefox)

Business Tools

Causes and Charity

Dating and Love

Dictionary

Twitter Directories

Email Tools for Twitter

Finance

Follow and Unfollow

Food and Drink

Fun

Games

Groups

Hashtags

Maps and Location

Mobile

Multiple Account Management

Music

News

Other

Photos and Video

Polls

Popularity and Rank

Schedule Tweets Search

Search

Social Media (Twitter integrated with other Social Media websites)

Statistics and Graphs

Websites, Blogs, and Widgets

Analytics and Visualization

Twitter has a basic native analytics platform for every account at analytics.twitter.com but I find that some Twitter tools offer more robust options for serious Twitter power users.

To discover some cool Twitter analytics tools check out this post for out top 10 Twitter analytics and visualization tools.

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My favorite Twitter analytics and visualization tool is TweepsMap, which is an excellent Twitter tool for both analyzing and visualizing your Twitter network.

In addition to the top 10 analytics tools in the post above a few other Twitter analytic tools include:

  •  Twitonomy – A dashboard of analytics for whichever Twitter user you choose (even yours). Analyzes profiles, tweets, engagement, and more.
  • SumAll – Sync your Twitter to SumAll, and start seeing daily or weekly emails on how your followers are growing, your mentions, and your engagement.
  • Klear – Klear is a social intelligence platform that measure Twitter and the social web to help you do smarter marketing.
  • Bluenod – Visualize communities.

Advertising

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Automation

  • Twitterfeed – Feed your blog’s RSS feed to Twitter
  • Tweet Jukebox – Set up “jukeboxes” that send tweets to your Twitter feed at times you specify.

Backgrounds and Buttons

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Web Browser Plug-ins

  • Riffle (Chrome) – Get Twitter engagement, interest and activity analytics in real time to make interactions more personal and more meaningful.
  • Instant Tweets – Instantly send pages, pictures and tweets to Twitter from any where on the web
  • Tweecious – Listening to your twitter feed and submitting all the links to your delicious account
  • TwitKit – TwitKit is a Twitter sidebar
  • TwittIE – Make your Internet Explorer tweet
  • Social Whale Extension – Create short URLs for use on Twitter
  • TwitThat – Post current page to Twitter via twitthat.com
  • Song.ly – Lets you share music links on Twitter
  • TwittyTunes – Allows to post your currently playing songs to Twitter
  • Power Twitter – Makes Twitter better
  • TwitterLine – Twitter headline extension for Firefox
  • Twitter Search – Twitter search
  • StockTwits – Links stocktwits tagged ticker on Twitter back to StockTwits
  • TwitterJobSearch – The world’s first job search engine to harness the power of Twitter
  • TweetIE – Twitter IE plugin

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Twitter Business Tools

  • TweepsMap – Tweepsmap is an excellent Twitter tool for both analyzing and visualizing your Twitter network.
  • Hootsuite – Manage multiple Twitter accounts, schedule tweets, analytics and more.
  • twtQpon – Create Twitter coupons for your business. “Effective Twitter Coupons.”
  • Twitzu – Promote your events on Twitter

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Causes and Charity

  • Twibbon – twibbon.com is the easiest way to promote awareness of your cause on Twitter

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Desktop & Web Clients for Twitter

  • Tweetdeck – TweetDeck connects you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook and more
  • EasyChirp – An accessible Twitter web application for the disabled
  • TweetMyPC – TweetMyPC lets you shutdown/restart/LogOff your windows PC remotely
  • Digsby – Digsby is a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new messages

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Dictionary

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Twitter Directories

Check out this post for a list of the best Twitter directories.

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Email Tools for Twitter

  • Twilert – Twitter search alerts via email
  • NutshellMail – Send tweets, DM, reply, retweet and follow all through email
  • Twimailer – Twimailer is a free service that delivers that information right to your inbox

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Filtering

  • TweetVolume – See how many times a word appears on Twitter
  • Twups – Twups is, pulling the most popular twitter topics into one place
  • Filttr – Tool for filtering
  • Tweetchat – TweetChat helps put your blinders on to the Twitter-sphere while you monitor and chat about one topic
  • TwitterDigest – Pick the usernames you’d like to generate a digest for, and you will see all updates made by them

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Finance

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Follow and Unfollow

  • Crowdfire – Manage the list of people you follow by seeing who follows you back, who’s recently unfollowed you, and who’s inactive.  For both Twitter and Instagram.
  • Manage Flitter – Manage Flitter shows you every you follow who does not follow back, and provides many ways to sort these people so you can quickly remove irrelevant people from your network.
  • Refollow – Refollow helps you discover, manage, and protect your Twitter social circle
  • Doesfollow – Find out who follows whom on Twitter
  • TwitterForBusyPeople – Friends at a glance
  • Twitter Karma – Find out who is following and unfollowing you
  • TwitterRatio – Twitter follower/friend ratio
  • FriendOrFollow – Who are you following that’s not following you back? Who’s following you that you’re not following back?
  • SocialRank – Identify, organize, and manage your followers on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Tweepi – A geekier, faster way to manage Twitter
  • Foller.me – Foller.me is a Twitter analytics application that gives you rich insights about any public Twitter profile. Near real-time data about topics, mentions, hashtags, followers, location and more.
  • FollowLists – Create and share lists of your Twitter friends
  • UnTweeps – Creates a list of people who have not tweeted recently so you can unfollow inactive people.

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Food and Drink

  • Foamee – Do you owe someone a drink? Foamee tracks who you owe beer or coffee to (and vice versa)

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Fun

  • TwitLOL – Funniest tweets in under 140 characters

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Games

  • Twrivia – Daily trivia quiz on Twitter.
  • Outwitme – Outwit other Twitter users and play intelligent Twitter games.

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Groups

  • GroupTweet – Allow any number of contributors to Tweet from your company, school, team, or group Twitter account using any Twitter app they prefer.
  • Twibes – Twitter groups and lists based on topic.

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Hashtags

Check out this post and discover How To Get The Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags.

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For Twitter #Hashtag tools check these Twitter hashtag tools out:

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Maps and Location

  • TweepsMap – Tweepsmap is an excellent Twitter tool for both analyzing and visualizing your Twitter network.
  • geoTwitterous – Shows where someone is Tweeting from
  • GeoChirp – Twitter and Google maps mashup
  • geoTwitter – Google Maps and Twitter mashup
  • Tweetmondo – Find Twitter users near you
  • TwitterLocal – Find tweets based on location
  • Nearby Tweets – Instantly find Twitterers nearby
  • ChirpCity – Local Twitter stuff
  • LocalTweeps – A free and easy way to find local Twitter friends and followers.

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Mobile

  • Twitterrific – Twitter client for Mac desktop and iPhone
  • Twitroid – The premium Android Twitter client
  • Wildsets – Twitter client for mobile phones
  • MobyPicture – Post to your blog and Twitter through your mobile phone
  • Twim – Mobile Twitter Client
  • TreoTwit– Twitter client for Treo
  • LogPost – Twitter for mobile phones
  • BlackBird – A Twitter client for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Gravity – The S60 Twitter client
  • Twikini – Twitter on the go from your Windows phone
  • TwitterBerry – TwitterBerry is mobile client for BlackBerry
  • UberTwitter – Twitter client for BlackBerry
  • UberSocial for Android – Full-featured Twitter client for Android.
  • Pocketwit – A Twitter client for the Windows Professional platform
  • Quakk – Quakk is an Open Source Windows Mobile Twitter Application
  • PocketTweets – Twitter for your iPhone
  • jibjib – An Open Source J2ME Twitter Client
  • Snaptu – Twitter mobile app
  • Twitter2Go – Mobile phone app
  • TwitStat – Mobile Twitter app
  • Hahlo – Fully featured Twitter client for your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • GPS Twit – iPhone Twitter app
  • Twitli – Twitter client for Android phones
  • Qik – Share live video from your mobile
  • MotionObj – Twitter client for your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • ceTwit – ceTwit is a windows mobile twitter client written in c# leveraging the .net compact framework
  • Twapper – Twitter mobile for WAP
  • Twobile – Twitter client for users of Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
  • JustUpdate – Just an update field, just for Twitter, just for your iPhone/iPod Touch
  • SimplyTweet – Twitter client for iPhone or iPod Touch
  • jTwitter – Java Twitter app
  • uTweetMe – Twitter client for mobiles supporting Java
  • ReTweet – Twitter tool for iPhone and iPod touch
  • miTreo – Twitter app for Palm OS
  • iTwtr – An open source Twitter client for iPhones
  • Tweetstack – Organise your Twitter stream
  • Twittai – Java mobile client for Twitter
  • uTweetMe – uTweetMe is a free J2ME cell phone client application which allows posting updates to Twitter
  • Twitter for iPhone – Twitter for iPhone app

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Multiple Account Management

  • Hootsuite – You can manage multiple Twitter profiles, pre-schedule tweets, and measure your success with Hootsuite.ere are web and mobile versions of Hootsuite available.
  • TweetDeck – TweetDeck is a Twitter tool that was acquired by Twitter and offers for real-time tracking, organizing, and engagement.

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Music

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News

  • Twistori – Find out what twitter users love, hate, think, believe, feel, and wish.
  • Flackr – Breaking news.
  • Twitterfall – Updates fall from the top of the page in near real-time.

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Other

  • Daily 140 – Let’s you know about your recent follows and favorites of up to 5 Twitter accounts of your choosing.
  • MyTweet16 – View any user’s first tweets.
  • Sprout Followers – Sprout awesome growth for your Twitter account.
  • What The Trend – Find out what’s trending on Twitter and why.  Owned by Hootsuite.
  • Favstar – Recent tweets with 100 likes or more.
  • CommuterFeed – Traffic and Transit updates using Twitter.
  • Excla.im – Is a jabber bot that allows you to update your twitter status very simply.
  • The Longest Poem in the World – Is composed by aggregating real-time public twitter updates and selecting those that rhyme.
  • TweetBook – Tweetbook lets you take a backup of your tweets in the form of a diary like PDF ebook.
  • LinkBunch – LinkBunch lets you put multiple links into one small link.
  • WhenDidYouJoinTwitter – When did you join Twitter.
  • VacaTweet – Twitter vacation auto-response.
  • Tweeterized – Twitter signature images.
  • Twitter Magnets – A web based version of magnet words on a fridge.
  • BakerTweet – BakerTweet is a way for busy bakers to tell the world that something hot and fresh has just come out of the oven.
  • Social Collider – The Social Collider reveals cross-connections between conversations on Twitter.
  • TwittaScope – Your horoscope tweeted to your Twitter account.
  • TwitterSticker – Get your own custom Twitter Sticker with your latest status update.
  • Smiley tweet – Ranks words for happiness or sadness using the amount of twitts with happy or sad smileys for each one.
  • Toodledo – An online to do list.
  • Remember The Milk – To do list for Twitter.

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Photos and Video

  • TinyPic – Share your pictures on Twitter
  • MessageDance – Add photo, video and music to your regular tweet
  • Portwiture – Your Twitter status in photos
  • img.ly – Photo sharing service for Twitter

Polls

Twitter now has Twitter poll functionality built into the core web based version of Twitter, and on official Twitter smartphone apps.

  • Pollin – Pollin started as a Twitter app and is now a multi-platform social media survey app!

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Popularity and Rank

  • Twitalyzer – Tracking influence and measuring success.
  • Twitaholic – Find out who the top twitter users are, based on number of followers.
  • Sprout Followers – Increase your popularity on Twitter by turbo-boosting your social proof.

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Schedule Tweets

  • Buffer – Buffer enables you to schedule posts for later and automatically determines the best times to send them.
  • Hootsuite – Hootsuite has tweet scheduling built in.
  • Twuffer – Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release in the future.

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Search

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Social Media (Twitter integrated with other sites)

  • Selective Twitter Status – Update your Facebook Status from Twitter.
  • Hootsuite – With Hootsuite you can update to Twitter, Facebook (Profile, Pages & Groups), LinkedIn & More.
  • Buffer – With Buffer you can publish to multiple social accounts simultaneously.

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Statistics and Graphs

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Websites, Blogs and Widgets

  • TweetRemote – TweetRemote merges Twitter and blogging in a unique way that lets you decide when and how your tweets are included on your blog.
  • Twidget – Twidget is a free Dashboard Widget for OS X that allows you to update your Twitter status.
  • ClickToTweet – The easy way to add a pre-made ‘Tweet About This Site’ – link to your website.
  • TwitterKeys – Enhance your Twitter conversations with Twitter friendly emojis.
  • ShareLinkGenerator – Create Facebook share links, Twitter “tweet this” links, Google Plus share links, LinkedIn share links, Pinterest “pin this” links and email “mailto” links that will work anywhere — even inside emails!

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Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this extensive list of Twitter tools!

If you have any ideas on how to take this list to the next level I’d love to hear them.

Have I missed any Twitter Tools?

What is your favorite Twitter Tool?

Let me know in the comments below!

[This post was received by email from Garin Kilpatrick on 6th January 2016].