A few weeks ago, one of my Twitter followers asked me how he could add himself on his own list using Twitter’s platform.
Bad news first? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is you can’t do it on twitter.com.
However, you can add yourself using a third party platform like HootSuite.
Before you go on adding yourself to your own lists, first we have to understand why should even consider it.
The simple answer to that question is exposure.
When you create a Twitter lists which is public, you’re not only creating a list for yourself, but you’re also allowing other people to subscribe to it.
For example, take this Social Media list that I had compiled to keep up with the latest news; Not only does it help me keep up to date with what is happening on the web, there are 91 others that are keeping tabs by subscribing to it as well.
When you add yourself to your own list, your tweets will also appear on that list, helping your tweets gain more exposure to the people that subscribes to your list.
How do you add yourself to your own Twitter list?
Step 1: Log into HootSuite. If you don’t have one, simply register an account.
Step 2: After you’ve logged into your account, click the add stream button.
Step 3: Next step is to add the “mention” stream onto your dashboard. This will help you add yourself into your Twitter lists later.
Step 4: Now that you’re done with step 3, click the “add stream” button again and click “lists” . Select the list you want to add yourself into and click “add stream”. For some reason, you can also add yourself into lists that are uploaded onto your dashboard. (weird huh?)
Step 5: Go to your mention stream and click your own username.
Step 6: When you click your own username, your profile will pop up and when it does, click Add To List at the bottom.
Step 7: Select the list you want to add yourself into and click Save.
You’re done! You’ve just successfully added yourself into your own Twitter list.
Here is my list before and after I’ve added myself.
Note: You can also add yourself onto your own list with other third party platforms, but I’ve not personally tested all of them.