How to: Build a Twitter Following with Twitter Lists
Twitter can become a little overwhelming for those who have just got started. It is like having 100 radio stations switched on at the same time and catching bits of pieces of conversations here and there.
One of the questions I get asked frequently is how do I manage or keep up with my Twitter stream? Some of these questions even come with questions such as if I am using a bot or have satffs managing my twitter account like Guy Kawasaki.
All of them are false of course, and the answer really is much simpler than you thought. As you may already guess, it’s just by using Twitter lists.
Twitter lists help me to keep track with what is happening around the world, connect with bloggers and thought leaders in my industry, help me to monitor competitors and many more. I’m a huge fan of Twitter lists and on average I have about 6 lists that are opened simultaneously every time I log into Twitter. Using the radio analogy earlier, Twitter lists helps me tune in to what really matters.
How can twitter lists be used to build a community?
To build a community on Twitter, you’re going to need a few things. You need to have a base of followers. Not just people who are following you BUT people who actually KNOW YOU.
To do this, you have to be constantly be engaged with your audience. Have conversations and share contents with each other.
You’ll also need to continue and maintain a relationship with them. You can do this with Twitter lists.
As mentioned earlier organizing your Twitter feed is really what the lists do. Therefore, you’ll be able to prioritize your feed to focus on building relationships with those who matter.
First, create a list for those who you constantly or recently had a chat with and engaged with you.
The second is you have to add value in your stream. You can do this by sharing other people’s content, responding to people tweets and add your opinion, etc.
If you’re NEW to Twitter, start using your lists today! List your followers in categories that allow you to easily manage your feed. Add people whom you have the most conversation with, who usually retweet you, who has the most interesting tweets (*cough @askaaronlee)
If you’ve been on Twitter for a while but you don’t have your lists yet, this process can be a little overwhelming.
Luckily, our friends at commun.it can help to speed up the process.
What can commun.it do? Their neat tool basically does all the hard work for us. It will pull tweets from our Twitter stream and from our Twitter lists and arrange our followers into three categories:
- Influencers: Most influential users from your stream and lists
- Supporters: Those who have shared your posts
- Engaged members: Those who talk to you.
With this data, you can quickly add members into your own Twitter lists directly from it.
Here is an example of what it would look like:
After adding those people into your stream, it’s easier to focus on building relationships with those who already spent time to engage with you. This shows that they are already interested in what you do and will generally be more willing to keep the conversation going with you.
If you had previously created a Twitter list, you actually can load your Twitter list onto flipboard. This allows you to easily read contents from those in your list. You can also respond to them quickly, retweet them all by using flipboard.
Adding content and value can also be a breeze here. You can easily read news, share them, and retweet without the need to load it onto a new screen. Its one of the tools that I used to grow a community on twitter. I recently shared other tools I used on Ian Cleary site on Razor Social.
Those are some of the ways that help me organize, manage and build my followers. What would you add to this? Leave a comment below.
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