How to Get Followers: Create Twitter Lists

In our previous post, How to Get Twitter Followers, we talked about various techniques to increase the number of followers for your Twitter account. By the way, we go into much more detail about our Infinite Pipeline Relationship Development process in our new book, The Infinite Pipeline: How to Master Social Media for B2B Sales Success – Sales Person Edition. See the bottom of this post for more info.

In this post, we continue the Twitter series, and look at how to increase your number of followers on Twitter by creating named lists of your followers.

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Create Twitter Lists

A great way to get people to follow you is to create a Twitter list in your account. A list is nothing more than a group of people you follow that you give a name. So for example, if you like the tweets of @abc and @mno because they are talking about water filters, create a list called Water_Filters and add these accounts to it.

It’s easy to do. Go to your account on the Twitter Website, and select the Profile button. At the top of the page you’ll see a button called Lists.

Twitter list

Figure 46 — Creating a Twitter List — List Button

Click New list. You’ll see a box to fill in a name and description for the list, and to determine if it’s a public or a private (only you can see) list.

Twitter list create

Figure 47 — Naming a Twitter List

Click Create list, and Twitter creates the list. Now you can to add followers (your tweeps) or others to the list on the next menu similar to the next figure.

Twitter add to list

Figure 48 — Adding People to a Twitter List

After you do a search, you can easily add people to your list.

Each list is currently limited to 500 people, and you can create a maximum of 20 lists. When you view your list, you see the tweets from the people who are members of the list rather than a list of members. Those who you add to your list are passively notified that they are on a list, if it’s public. They may notice at the top of their Twitter profile page, next to the lists indicating the number of tweet, number of followers and number they are following, that the number of lists they are on has increased.

If you’ve created a public list, and if your followers find it interesting, they may follow your list as well. Similarly, if someone just happens to be browsing your Twitter profile, and they see a list they like, they may follow you and the list. Your list also can be found on some Twitter Directories, like Listorious (see the upcoming post Power Tool: WeFollow and Other Twitter Directories for more information about Twitter directories.

Next up: Unfollowing, Blocking, and Reporting for Spam on Twitter

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