I know Twitter lists have been out for a minute now, but I’ve finally worked with them enough to develop an opinion on them worthy of a blog post (hopefully, at least!).
My overall thought: Their intention is good, but they’ve got a little ways to go before I’d consider making any more of my own.
For starts, had I known it was going to take me an hour to compile a list of Twin Cities folks I probably wouldn’t have started it in the first place. As of right now, there is no search or filter option to put together a list quickly. And when you’re following around 1,200 people, clicking through each profile one-by-one to see if they belong on your list is extremely tedious and time consuming.
Once I completed that list, I told myself I wouldn’t do it again until some changes were made. So why I decided to make another one for PR folks is beyond me. But once I started I couldn’t stop. Maybe it was my mild OCD that took over. Who knows.
So far, I haven’t really referred to my lists that much. I think mainly because I already have a good sense for who it is I’m following. But I have taken a look at a number of lists that belong to people I find interesting. The value I’ve found in that is I’ve been able to connect with people I didn’t know were out there.
I can see how lists would be really helpful for those who follow 10,000+ people. Having a way to organize all those different tweets is probably a relief. I’d just like to know who and when they find time to create them!
But thank you to Twitter to creating this feature. I can’t knock them for being innovative. Chances are they’ll update lists to be more user-friendly very soon. Until then, I’ll be holding off on creating any more of my own.
There has been a lot of talk about Twitter lists in the blogosphere. Here are a couple posts I found particularly helpful in understanding their value and potential:
Twitter Lists As A Networking Tool by MN Headhunter, Paul DeBettignies