Twitter Lists: Pros and Cons

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I’m sure everyone is aware by now that Twitter has implemented the ability to create lists. When they started rolling out this feature I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to make one (I still haven’t). I am forever making lists (i.e. to do lists, grocery lists, topic lists, etc.) because they help me stay organized. Plus, I absolutely love the feeling of triumph I experience in being able to cross a task off of my list (I am well aware that this may also indicate I need to get out more, but let me have my moment okay!). I do feel compelled to make Twitter lists for the following reasons:

1.)    This could help resolve some of the anxiety I experience whenever Friday comes around due to #FollowFriday. It is impossible to remember everyone and I always end up forgetting more people than recommending (sorry in advance to those I have or will miss incorporating into my list).

2.)    I can decrease my time spent on Twitter even further by creating various lists and being able to easily concentrate on topics of interest.

3.)    I can quickly expand my network by heeding the advice of those I trust.

However, ironically I am experiencing apprehension in creating Twitter lists and not just because of the reasons listed here (which are great points), but also because of these reasons:

1.)    I get a headache just thinking about how to filter and categorize everyone. Heck, I’m still trying to figure out if I like the tags I choose to categorize my blog posts, so I can’t imagine how much time it would take for me to decide list names, classification standards, etc.

2.)    If you decide to create Twitter lists keeping them private defeats the purpose. In my opinion, Twitter lists serve a dual purpose in helping you quickly gain access to the topics that interest you, while giving props to those who provide the information. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your list or for others to see whose list you are following, you should seriously consider using TweetMiner.

3.)    Michelle Mangen, who happens to be one of my favorite people on Twitter (@mmangen), introduced me to TweetMiner (check out her site for the video in how to use it) and this amazing application has the ability to filter through your followers and creates a list for you that that enables you to have the ability to click on a profile and solely view that person’s Twitter stream—therefore, increasing your ability to learn even more about the person.

4.)    The lists on TweetMiner are private and you can save yourself unnecessary drama.

5.)    I don’t want to get stuck in the habit of relying on others to determine who I should follow. Not everyone will make it on a Twitter list, so if you don’t want to miss out on meeting some great folks, you are still going to end up using TweepSearch or Twellow to expand your network.

I know I have listed more cons than pros, but that still doesn’t mean I have made up my mind in whether to create Twitter lists. Unfortunately, regardless of what I decide this is definitely one list(s) that  will never leave me feeling euphoric because it will never be complete.

What is your take on Twitter lists?

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