How to Use the New Twitter Lists on iPhone & iPad

Notebooks and a pen on a table. Text reads, twitter lists, what’s new?

I used to use Twitter lists a lot. They were a great way of filtering out tweets and getting exactly the kind of information from the people you wanted to hear from. You can make lists of people with similar expertise, whether you follow them or not, and see all those tweets in a special timeline of their own. I had a list for the people on my team, a list for iPad Educators, a list for my favorite EdTech tweeters, a list for news sources I like, and more. Then I started using TweetDeck.

TweetDeck had columns for that kind of thing. I could add my existing Twitter lists to a column, I could also add hashtags, keep track of Twitter chats in real time, add temporary columns for conferences, and quickly switch between them, or see multiple strands at once. This meant lists became less useful to me, but that may be about to change.

This week, Twitter updated the way that lists work on iPhone & iPad. Suddenly, lists are more relevant to me again because they are easier than ever to access, and if they are easier to access, the chances are high that I will start using them again. Here’s how it works.

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top left-hand corner of the app, or swipe in from the left edge of the screen to access the menu options.
  2. Tap Lists to access existing lists or to create new ones.
  3. Tap the pushpin next to each list to highlight the lists you want quick access to.
  4. Rearrange the order of your lists by tapping Edit in the top right-hand corner, and then dragging and dropping lists into your desired order. Click Done when you are finished.
  5. Return to your Twitter timeline and swipe from right to left to switch between your pinned lists.

5 Tips for Using Twitter Lists

  1. Lists can be public or private. Public lists can be seen by anyone who views your profile. Private lists can only be seen by you.
  2. You can subscribe to other people’s Twitter lists. Remember those public lists on other people’s profiles? You can tap on any list you like the look of and subscribe to it. You will get all future updates.
  3. You can share your lists with others by copying the link that shows up on a web browser while viewing your list. If you are an instructional coach or administrator, this can be a great way to help people get started with Twitter. Do the curation for others.
  4. You can view which lists you are a member of through your Lists tab. To remove yourself from a list you will need to block the creator of that list.
  5. If you are going to an event or conference and want to capture the ideas of some like minded people, monitor the event hashtag and those people to a list.

And, if you still prefer TweetDeck, update to iPadOS and marvel at how well TweetDeck works in the new desktop-class Safari!

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