Is Your Twitter Inbox Overwhelming?
If you’re like me and you follow a lot of people on Twitter, your Home stream (or Twitter inbox, as it were) can be overwhelming. Kind of like drinking through a firehose, really.
I’ve been using Twitter for just about 3 years now. At first, I started out as a consumer of information, more than a publisher. Since I like to learn, I found a wealth of information in the Twitterverse on many topics that I’m interested in.
So, I started following a lot of people. It wasn’t long before my Twitter inbox became overwhelming.
Then I Discovered Twitter Lists
When I figured out that you can have up to 20 “Lists” in your Twitter account, my Twitter inbox became much more under control.
Now, I rarely actually look at my Home stream. I’m constantly flipping between lists, depending on what I feel like reading. And, every single new Tweep that I follow… I immediately add them into 1 of my 20 lists.
Very organized of me, I know. 😉
Wondering What Lists to Setup?
If you’re interested, here are my lists: http://bit.ly/L54afM You should be able to see the actual tweets that are being published by the people I follow in each of the lists.
Some days when I’m feeling thirsty I might want to see what people are saying about Beer or Wine.
Some days I feel like seeing what people are saying about my favourite sports on TV.
Sometimes I just feel like looking at amazing pictures from Photographers I follow.
Other days, when I’m feeling keen, I like to read up on the latest in Sales, Marketing, or Business.
I also use Twitter as my source for News. I love how you can read the very latest developments in a news topic from people right at the scene.
I also have a few “Private” lists that you can’t see. One of them is a list of close friends and acquaintances, whose tweets I don’t want to miss in a sea of other tweets. I call that list “CantMiss-P”.
There’s also a list called, “CantMiss-W”. I use that one to keep a shortlist stream of tweets that I cannot miss in my professional life.
Make your “Social” Life Easier
So, if you want to make Twitter a more enjoyable and useful experience for yourself, try Lists.
If you’re already using Lists, what are some other good ones I might want to try? (comments welcome…)