2 Reasons Twitter Lists Are AWESOME for Writers
1. Lists are a networking shortcut.
Twitter has almost half a billion users. Lists help you find the people you actually want to connect with: writers, editors, agents, publishers and readers.
Launching a new romance novel? Check out which users have Bella Andre on a “Must Read” list.
Rather than running non-stop searches, use your time wisely. A good list can net you thousands of new contacts in one click.
2. Lists help filter out the content you want to see.
Newcomers to Twitter often complain that their newsfeed is just a lot of noise. Lists are a great way to filter out that noise.
Subscribing to industry- or genre-specific lists (or creating your own) allow you to tailor the tweets you see. Maybe you’re only interested in seeing tweets about craft. Maybe you’re trying to do agent research and want to keep an ear out for calls or tips from your dream agents (don’t forget: lists can be public or private). Whatever your goal, lists put all the information in one spot.
How to Find Other Writers’ Lists
Every writer wants to streamline social media time. So why reinvent the wheel? Hundreds of publicly shared Twitter lists already exist. And tracking them down is a simple matter.
Just check out a writer or three you respect and is an active Twitter user. Odds are good they’ve already started building a terrific list or are a member of great lists themselves.
To access another Tweeter’s lists, click on “More,” then “Lists.”
Once you find a list you like, you have 2 options:
1. Subscribe to that list. This means you’ll see all updates from list members in your newsfeed. However, it does not mean you auto-follow every Tweeter on that list. This is a great option for writers who are looking to gather resources, optimize their time, and explore potential connections, but aren’t making networking a priority.
2. Follow every member on the list. This option is more time-consuming, but means you’re actually connecting with other writers, readers and professionals. This is the better option for writers who are looking to build a following and grow their network. Bonus points? Add each new connection to a list of your own!
Ready to Create Your Own Lists?
Found a great contact and don’t want to lose them? Click on the gear beside any Twitter user and select “Add/Remove from List.”
Once there, simply add them to one or more lists.
Not sure what kind of list you should make? Here are some ideas of useful Twitter lists for writers:
- Readers of “X” Genre
- Future Readers
- Book Bloggers
- VIPs (fill this list with contacts you don’t want to miss an update from)