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The Top 10 Most Popular Lists On Twitter

Lists are one of Twitter’s most powerful features, but they’re criminally underused – both by users, and Twitter themselves.

Indeed, with each new design update, Twitter seems to bury lists deeper and deeper into their platform (although they’re always accessible via your Profile page). However, they remain popular with Twitter veterans and power users, as they allow you to set up and follow specific subsets of users over any topic or theme that you choose. And when a list has been created, anyone can follow it, which means that all of us can benefit from any other user’s hard work.

But what are the most popular lists across all of Twitter?

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10 Helpful Twitter Lists for Social Media Marketers

This article was originally published in the KISSmetrics blog.

Twitter lists allow users to categorize their followers into different segmented lists based on a particular subject or theme. For instance, Twitter users can create a list of their friends or favorite brands to follow.

Lists can also be made private or public; if they’re public then other Twitter users can subscribe to the list and see the tweets of members included on that list without having to follow each individual member of that list. This presents an opportunity to follow curated lists of experts on a variety of subjects.
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5 Twitter Secrets To Become Highly Visible In Your Niche

Without the proper understanding of just how powerful Twitter can be, many people feel like they’re just one small voice trying to be heard in a very large, very crowded room. It’s frustrating when you have great ideas that you want to share, but you simply cannot be heard above the noise.

We’ve got 5 ways you can increase your visibility within your niche, and build a powerful presence on Twitter so your the one controlling the conversation rather than being lost in it.
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3 Ways to Cut Down on the Noise on Twitter

One of the most common reasons people give up on Twitter is because it’s too “noisy”. There are simply too many tweets that they don’t care about, constantly streaming through their timeline. This noise is natural from a network that sees about one billion tweets sent out every week, but it doesn’t mean you have to put up with it! Here are three ways to cut down on the noise on Twitter to have a more harmonious tweeting experience.
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Twitter Employees Use Lists… But Barely [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although I think lists are among the most (potentially) powerful feature of Twitter, it seems like its own employees aren’t too keen on them. A look at how Twitter’s employees use lists reveals some pretty interesting stats. For instance, just under half of their 500+ employees (44.09 percent) have never created their own Twitter list.
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Why Twitter Removed Favorites And Lists From The Twitter.com Sidebar (And Why Almost Nobody Cares)

On Friday Twitter made some design tweaks to Twitter.com, which included the removal of the Favorites and Lists links from the home page. Both of these used to sit in the right sidebar below the data about who you were following and who was following you. Not no more. They’ve been whacked.

Fear not – they’ve not been completely erased. You can still access your lists from the menu in your main panel, and all of the sidebar information is now housed on your profile page. Visit that and you get one-click access to favorites and lists, plus that all-important list tally at the top-right of the sidebar. And if you want to add a user to a list, simply visit their profile page – this option is now controlled by the same dropdown button that lets you block somebody.

But, here’s the thing: most people won’t have picked up on this change. Others won’t care. Which leads me to ask: in the bigger picture, is this decision by Twitter indicative of something more permanent?

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5 Changes That Could Make Lists Twitter’s Most Powerful Feature

Lists have the potential to become one of the most powerful aspects of Twitter – but they’re just that: potential. As they are right now, Twitter lists are a weak, watered-down version of possibly the most effective way for people to organize their Twitter experience. Here are 5 things I’d like to see added to Twitter lists which would make them infinitely more useful.
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"Baseball, Baseball, Baseball!" (AKA, Twitter, Please Give Me A Frickin' Filter)

I have a main list on Twitter called influencers. It’s a group of people whose tweets I don’t like to miss – tech pundits and blogs, VCs, news feeds, Twitter personnel, one or two comedians, and a couple of novelty accounts. Each has an impact on Twitter, both for me personally and (to a greater or lesser extent) the entire ecosystem.

It’s an eternal work in progress, and people come and go from the list all the time.

However, in the last couple of days the list has seen a major purge. Why? Baseball.

Baseball, baseball, baseball.

I don’t care about baseball. I don’t care about the World Series, and I don’t care about the San Francisco Giants.

However, it seems that a lot of tech folk do care about baseball, do care about the World Series, and do care (a lot) about the SF Giants, because suddenly that’s all they seem capable of talking about. Which is fine – everybody should feel free to tweet about what they like. That isn’t the point of this article.

All this baseball talk does, however, present me with something of a dilemma – either my ‘influencers’ list is clogged up with useless, personal opinion tweets about baseball, or I have to remove a lot of people.

I went with the latter. Now, I have no baseball updates, but it means I’ll have to monitor the folk I’ve removed to re-list them again once all this baseball talk is over. Well, some of them at least. You’d be amazed how many players in the tech world have the most mundane, ‘this is what I had for breakfast’ personal Twitter feeds on the planet. And lots of them work at Twitter. Some of them even run Twitter.

This would all be a lot easier if Twitter allowed me to use permanent filters.

Yes, I know TweetDeck and some other apps have filters, but they’re very superficial. The tweets you’ve filtered out are still being delivered to you by Twitter, and simply hidden by the app. I don’t want that. I want filters I can set that mean I’ll not only never see the content in question, but that it won’t even be sent to me by Twitter.

In a way, I want to be able to do a Gmail and mark tweets as spam. Or, for want of a better explanation, mark tweets as irrelevant. Anything filtered out would go into the folder of irrelevancy, just in case Twitter screwed something up. Which, of course, it would for the first few weeks, up until it had enough information to learn exactly what I didn’t want to see.

And taking another cue from Google’s excellent email service, I’d also like to be able to mark tweets as important. These tags would be carefully monitored by Twitter and it would do its very best to make sure I never missed anything that was vital to my wellbeing, perhaps by using a version of Friendfeed’s super-convenient Best of Day functionality. This could be coupled alongside a take on Facebook’s News Feed algorithm, so that it learns what I expect and, more importantly, want to see in my stream. These important tweets would float to the top, guaranteeing a moment of my time. Once read, I click a little tickbox and they drop back into the abyss.

Hashtags are not the answer, as they’re easily gamed and, to be honest, mostly full of irrelevant nonsense, and/or good, old-fashioned mentals.

I don’t want to mark users as important, because not everything any one person says is interesting 24/7. This is a fact of life. But certain types of content can be interesting 24/7, and that’s what I want Twitter to do for me.

In fact, I want it to bend over backwards to try and do this for me. Me, me, me. I’m the important one in this relationship. I don’t want some generic answer, like trending topics. I want a personalised experience. YOU want a personalised experience. We all do. Why compromise?

Important Note: As usual, I’m not looking for apps or external services that mirror this functionality. I realise some of these things already exist elsewhere, but as I’ve said before – if I have to leave Twitter to enjoy Twitter, then Twitter has failed. I want everything built into the roots of the service, so that Twitter.com and any client I would like to use has that functionality available from the core.

I realise that user-led filters can put a lot of strain on the system, but there has to be a better way to improve the noise/signal ratio in my stream without having to remove and/or unfollow somebody because they’re going massively off-topic for a few days, or even weeks.

Yes, I suppose we could all simply ‘get over it’, but that’s not the way most of us like to live our lives. Moreover, once you start getting over things and just accept mediocrity and poorly-conceived functionality as ‘the way it is’, it won’t be too long before you start looking somewhere else. Tweet relevancy is an absolutely vital part of the Twitter experience. But it has to be relevant to me.

What Do Twitter Lists Say About YOU?

An interesting diversion: MustExist, a “MustExist, a “Silicon Valley start-up developing cool apps for the Real Time Web”, have put together a neat little tool that allows you to quickly and easily see how you’re perceived within Twitter.

Simply enter your username in the box (no password necessary), click submit, and the site will scan every list to which you’ve been added and generate a list of all the tags that people have used to classify you. As is standard, the bigger and bolder the font used to display a given tag, the more weight it has.

For example, here’s me:

What Do Twitter Lists Say About YOU?

No real surprises there: most people add me to lists that concern Twitter, social media and technology, likely because I tweet about all of these things on a (very) regular basis.

The tool throws up some curios, too. I’ve also been tagged under sex, lighthouse, politics, pranksters and, uh, murder. Further investigation reveals that these are not as left-field as it might seem, but still… it gives one pause.

What do Twitter lists say about you? Visit MustExist to find out, and then let me know your top tags, as well as the most bizarre, in the comments.

New To Twitter Lists: Descriptions (bye bye, #followfriday)

As well as improving the overall look of the pages, Twitter has added a way to include descriptions to each of your lists, something I felt was an oversight back in my original look at the feature.

Twitter Lists: Now With Descriptions

It’s absolutely worth taking a moment to accurately add a brief note to each of your lists. Give people a reason to sign up.

This naturally will lead to a better way to search lists, too – it’s much easier to interpret a sentence or two than it is (what is often) a fairly non-descriptive list name.

Moreover, this may well be the final nail in the coffin of #followfriday.

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