So I was tooling around Twitter the other day and imagine my delight when I found that someone had placed me on their Twitter list of “Happy People”!  In my humble opinion this has to be one of the best lists (personally or professionally) to be found on.  Just think, some person that I’ve never met before has read through my twitter feed often enough, to then, with conscious consideration, deem me a happy and positive person and THEN add me to a list with said title so that whenever they want to filter their Twitter feed by happy people, they click a button and I’m there.  How cool is that???  Happy Friday to me, that just made my day!

Wait, wait, wait – back up the train you say.  You want to know what lists you might be on? You want to create your own lists to put other people on?  Ok, let me introduce you to Twitter Lists.

A Twitter list is simply a curated group of Twitter users. You can create your own lists, or you can subscribe to lists that other people have created.  You can make your lists private (so others can subscribe to them) or you can keep them private.   Here is a screen shot of my lists as an example. Note these are just the lists I created, not the full list of those I follow. Also the little grey lock shows they are all currently private. I’m in the process of reorganizing my lists and will open them up soon.

My Twitter Lists

To create a Twitter list
Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
Click ‘Lists’.
Then on the right in the middle of the page click ‘Create List’.
Add a title to your list and a description.
Check if it will be private or public.
Click ‘Save list’.  It’s as easy as that!

Now, to make you feel like a super sleuth and see what lists other people have put you on simply follow these steps:

Find Out What Lists You Are A Member Of
Go to your profile
Next to the list of counts (following, followers, etc.) click on More
Then click on lists
You have two options here.  Subscribed to which is your full list of lists.  Or Member Of
Click Member Of

Member Of shows you all the lists you appear on.  Here’s a screenshot of what mine looks like:

Twitter, Member of

Now that you know how to create a list in Twitter you’ll want to know how to filter your twitter feed to see just content on one of your lists.

How To Filter Your Twitter Feed
Go to your profile page
Click on More
Click on the Lists tab
Click on the list you’d like to view
You’ll see a timeline of Tweets from the users you’ve added to that list

Filtering by list can have a big impact on your Twitter experience. Personally I follow a lot of different types of people on Twitter (see my lists above). Everything from running to mommy bloggers to social media and email experts. If you’re in a rush (or perhaps don’t want to be distracted by the latest LEGO released when you should be writing a blog post) then filtering your timeline by lists is definitely the way to go.  These tips here are just the basics, there’s really a lot you can do with Twitter lists.  Go find out which lists you’re on, create some lists of your own, and let me know when you’re ready for some advanced tips. I’ll cover those in a later post.  Right now I’m going to go write a happy tweet! (wink, wink)