4 Ways To Use Twitter Lists for Business

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twitter_listsDid you notice that Twitter added  list functionality to follow this week? I have had a few people ask me what is the purpose? So with that; here is 4 ways to use Twitter lists:

  1. Niche Follow- Simply put lists allow you to follow groups of people based on their niche focus. As Social Media becomes more prevalent in the business word, the ability to focus your tweets on verticals will become more necessary. That reason necessitates the need for Social Analytics. The lists are another way to organize and focus.
  2. Topic RSS- In a way the lists are almost an RSS aggregator of niche topics. Much like http://www.search.twitter.com allows you to pull RSS feeds of #keywords, listing allows you to focus on topics.
  3. Who to Follow? – This is an easy one. If someone is being put into a lot of lists, then they are Tweeting items of value. Being added to lists is almost like getting a high rating! This will keep people honest. I know I have started looking at how many lists folks are on before following them.  I have made simple criteria of 3 lists before following them.
  4. Business Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence & Industry Pulse- What a great opportunity to pull in all of the industry experts, stakeholders and players into one list and monitor what they are up to. A huge BI opportunity that all businesses should jump on!

Here is the SEO List we made: http://twitter.com/authoritydomain/seo

I am not sure if you know this, but Twitter lists have been available prior to this week. Here is a few to check out:

TLists: http://www.tlists.com/ (thx to @TazmanianTayTay)
TweepML: http://tweepml.org/TweepGen/createnew.aspx

Ultimately, the ability to organize your followers by niche is much needed! If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments.

@derekshowerman

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5 Responses to “4 Ways To Use Twitter Lists for Business”
  1. I notice this offer before social site report it and when I first saw it, I just stumble for a moment and soon I realize twitter is trying to expand there business in a new way. What ever their business plan is but the end result is pretty good for us. Now we can follow our own niche people and this definitely boost our working habit.
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  2. Dan Nappi says:

    I have found twitter lists to be a valuable tool to find new followers in a particular niche, I think it is also a great way to gauge the popularity of a certain person. What what took so long for twitter to come up with this idea, I am glad they did as it certainly has been valuable to me.
    .-= Dan Nappi´s last blog ..Twitter Lists – Twitter followers lists =-.

  3. Valdir says:

    I think twitter is good for business, but I also think there are many businesses which can not use it as their customers are simply not regular internet users. I guess you really need to think of your customers awareness before you spend a lot of time on twitting.

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