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Twitter is a booming network that never stops, which can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep track of important topics. This is where lists can come in handy — they make organizing your feed easier.

Why You Should Use Twitter Lists

When Twitter was new, you could follow anyone you found interesting and read all of their tweets. It became untenable as Twitter grew and we were soon bypassed by a flood of messages that were easy to miss.

With Twitter lists, you can separate individual accounts from others and turn that thread into a small trickle centered around one topic. You can also easily add accounts to Twitter lists instead of following them. This means that tweets sent by accounts on this list only appear there, not in the main chart.

Possible uses for Twitter lists:

  • Sport: Are you following a lot of football scores that are polluting your feed? Create a new Twitter list and add them to it. This way you will never miss the latest sports news, but it won’t crowd your feed.
  • Developments: add everyone at the event to your Twitter list, keeping all their tweets in one place.
  • Catalogs: add all your colleagues to a special Twitter list. If you make the list public, people can keep up to date with the latest happenings in your company.
  • Competitors: Want to follow competitions without following them? There’s a Twitter list for that.
  • Celebrities: There’s nothing wrong with keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip if that’s your guilty pleasure. And with Twitter lists, it shouldn’t get in the way of more important things.

Twitter allows you to create up to 1000 different lists, and each list can have up to 5000 accounts. Here’s how to ride.

How to Create a Twitter List

The process for creating new Twitter lists on the web and in the Twitter app is almost identical. We’ll outline any differences as we go.

Visit twitter.com and click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the page. Click «Lists» in the dropdown menu. If you’re on mobile, your profile icon is on the left, with the Lists button below it.

Click your Twitter profile picture and then click Lists.

Click the «Create a new list» button on the right side of the page. On a mobile phone, the button is at the bottom of the screen.

Click

Click the New List icon on the mobile version of Twitter.

Enter a name for your list and an optional description if you’d like. Select «Public» or «Private» (it’s a checkbox on Android) to control who can see the list and the accounts that are on it. Click «Save List» to finish, or click «Done» if you’re on mobile.

Enter a name and description for your list, whether it's Public or Private, and then click Save List.

Now that you’ve created your first list, it’s time to add some accounts.

How to add or remove accounts from the list

Go to the profile of someone you want to add to the list. Click the three vertical dots to the right of the account profile page (or tap the ellipsis on mobile) and then click the Add/Remove from Lists button.

Click on the three vertical dots to the right of the profile page of the account you want to add.

Click Add/Remove from Lists.

Tap (or click) the list you want to add someone to. If you want to create a new list, click the Create List button (or tap the New icon on mobile). Tap (or tap) to uncheck any list you want to remove someone from.

Select any list you want to add or remove someone from.

Close the window to save your changes, or click the Done button on your mobile phone.

How to view the list

To view one of your lists, click your profile picture in the top right corner twitter.com, and then click «Lists» from the drop-down menu. The profile and Lists buttons are on the left if you’re using the mobile app.

Click your Twitter profile picture and then click Lists.

Click on the list you would like to see.

Click on the list you would like to see.

All tweets from accounts in this list are displayed.

Twitter lists can be taken even further using Tweet deck which is owned by Twitter. Tweetdeck was designed for those who need more flexibility, and it’s especially great when it comes to lists. It can display multiple lists at the same time, unlike the main Twitter site. Each list automatically transmits new tweets as they become available, so you never miss a thing. The only downside is that it is not available on mobile.

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