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Amy Sample Ward

I'm really interested to see how Lists play out once all users have them for a while. Will they be integral or will they be deemed superfluous and go unused?

I totally agree that Lists take time to maintain, that's why I've only created lists for NetSquared - not enough time to make ones for myself yet :)

Also agree that the inherent problem with Lists, whether they are on Twitter or a pad of paper, is that someone inevitably gets left off. That's why I suggested a process for creating lists that requires the users to self select with a @reply to the organization that they want to be included, at least a visible process for finding and adding people.

Claire Rollinson

Excellent post and agree with you and Amy. I haven't created any lists yet either (too much of an arduous process at the moment)- and instead are just following lists created by other people which interest me.

Lists indeed may create a 'elite group' but i guess this is already the case with 'follower numbers' Someone is given extra gravitas or not as the case may be on this metric.
Be interesting to see how these develop but used 'correctly' i'm already seeing real potential in this development - it just needs to be made easier to create, like on Tweetdeck for instance

Chees
Claire

John Haydon

Beth,

You said that "lists are like gardening - they require maintenance, watering and feeding. And, that has to be done manually."

A feature I'd like to see on Twitter is organically created lists. For example, if you consistently talk to @chrisbrogan and social media for social good, Twitter would automatically add @chrisbrogan to a list based on that topic. Currently, there's no easy way to see your actual network of folks to tweet with, and that's the list that many folks might want to follow.

I've been adding users to lists (most of them are private until I'm done) based on my recent replies. That's because I want my lists to reflect my real network.

John

Amy

As a relative Twitter novice, I'm basically using lists to cull & sort people I want to be sure to keep track of. My list of followers is still short enough that I've been able to go through and pull out the folks who make sense to include in a couple of key lists and as I add new follows, I'll also add them to lists as appropriate. Seems to be working pretty well--though I imagine my lists will be pretty idiosyncratic particular to me and not necessarily that useful to others (except perhaps as a way of finding key folks to follow and add to other lists :-) )

Beth


yes, the organic feature or rather an opt-in feature is needed as another option

I'm building my list in public because my list will never be "done" - because of the maintenance and always discovering new people who are network weavers into communities that I want to explore ..and my interests change.   That's why I'm doing one list myself of information curators that I will always add to - and the rest is to grab lists made by other people and to keep looking at the whole stream to discover new people.

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Twitter is a good site for sharing our ideas to other peoples.In that we can use contect list of other company's to make profit in ur company.And for that your blog Lists for Your Nonprofit Work is very helpfull to other people.

CJ Alba

very informative. manually maintaining different lists in twitter is a bit tedious and i agree that it requires nurturing. but so far i think this is a good tool to enable us to put together like minded individuals in our list. it's fast and easy to use. i just hope that it will not be abused as i can see high probability. perhaps, the developer can add some security measure to detect abuse.

Rachale Kelley

Now it’s time to build up your followers, you will want to go out and find people who can use your products or services. There are two simple ways I suggest that you do this. 1. Example: If you are in the beauty business, go to your competitors and follow the people that are following them. 2.Or you can go to http://www.searchtwitter.com and search for people that are searching for what you have by using keywords that relate to your business.

Rachale Kelley

Now it’s time to build up your followers, you will want to go out and find people who can use your products or services. There are two simple ways I suggest that you do this. 1. Example: If you are in the beauty business, go to your competitors and follow the people that are following them. 2.Or you can go to http://www.searchtwitter.com and search for people that are searching for what you have by using keywords that relate to your business.

GoodinPDX

Our list @GoodinPDX/doing-good-in-pdx has over 200 good causes and people doing good. Most all in the list are specific to Portland, OR.

Allyson Kapin

Twitter provides a lot of value to me personally and can definitely provide value for nonprofits if used right. However, Twitter is quite slow in rolling out new features. The "lists" feature which is already part of other apps that people use to tweet was developed 1+ year too late. Currently the "lists" feature is clunky and has usability issues some which Scoble mentions in his article.

I agree with you Beth, that if you are going to develop lists they do need to be managed and Twitter needs to develop tools to help manage them i.e filters. For example, I'm following some lists and many of the same people are popping up on these lists - so users like me can end up reading the same tweet 10x.

I did a brief write-up on Frogloop.com about this too. http://bit.ly/3BI1vR

Beth


That is the problem - the redundancy issue.  The same thing has happened with people blog rolls, and link lists.

Beth


Thanks so much for sharing your list!  I've added it to my twitter lists of nonprofit and charity lists

http://bethkanter.wikispaces.com/Beth+Kanter+Twitter+Landing+Page

Beth

Social Capital Inc.

I've mostly been following other lists for now. Wondering if there will be ways for lists to be more collaborative?

Antonella

I loved the gardening comparison. I think that many lists are still just groups, and will sooner or later be used as a private tool to sift through the twitter stream, just as it used to be on TweetDeck and the likes. The value of the lists will come with real expertise and continuous curation...

Mary

Hi Beth,

Nice article! Twitter lists will really take off over the next year. I just wanted to let you know there is a contact “list” program out there that would be great the non-profits. It’s called CalcList and does the same things as twitter lists but you can combine the lists, send email when list change and setup workflows.

Just FYI, no big deal but lists are in!

Thanks
Mary

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Listas is a tool for the creation, management and sharing of lists, notes, and favorites, being developed at Microsoft Live labs. It allows users to quickly and easily edit lists, share them with others for reading or wiki-style editing, and discover the public lists of other users.

The Listas Community section allow users to find highlights of the most popular lists from around the community of public lists, such as the most used tags, the "hottest lists", and prolific contributors. Users are able to add another user's lists or RSS feed to their own Listas to keep them up to date.

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