How to Create and Manage Twitter Lists

Twitter lists help you organize your Twitter reading experience

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A Twitter list is a useful feature for organizing a group of Twitter usernames. You are allowed to create up to 1,000 Twitter lists; each list supports up to 5,000 @user names on it. The purpose of Twitter lists is to help guide messages and conversations on the micro-messaging service and organize the way people follow tweets or conversations.

Organize by topics, categories

A Twitter list can categorize interesting Twitter users into groups, for example. This grouping reveals tweets from the group in tweet timelines, without lumping them in with others in your main timeline of all the people you follow.

When you click a list name, a timeline of tweets appears with all of the messages from the people you've included in that list. For example, you might have a list of your real friends on Twitter. Click that list name to see all your friends' updates in one timeline. Or, if you're a web designer, you might create separate lists for online startups, HTML5 coding, and interactivity.

Public vs. private lists

You can make your lists public or private. Some people create public ones to help other Twitter users find interesting people to follow. Others keep their lists private because their main purpose in creating them is simply to read tweets in a more organized way. If you create a private list, it means you're the only one who can see it; private lists cannot be viewed by others.

Private lists differ from protected tweets, which are applied to individual tweets you make and only those you specify can see them. can be seen by anyone you give permission to.

How to create a new Twitter list

You can create a list from your Twitter profile page by following these steps:

  1. Click your small profile image in the upper right to open a drop-down menu.
  2. Click Lists. Alternately, from your profile page you can click Lists in the row of Twitter statistics on your profile page (alongside Tweets, Following, Followers, etc.), where you'll also see the number of lists you have created, are subscribed to, or public lists in which you've been included by other Twitter users.
  3. On the right side of the page, click Create new list and enter a title for the list of up to 25 characters and an optional description of up to 99 characters. Then check the Public or Private box to indicate whether the list will be visible to other Twitter users.

Add people to a list

You can add any Twitter user to your list whose tweets are public—you don't have to follow a person before putting them on a list. If that person blocks your account, they will be removed from your list. Finding people on Twitter to add to your Twitter lists is a straightforward process.

You can add a specific person to a list from their profile page by following these steps:

  1. Click the More user actions menu (it appears as three vertical dots).
  2. Click Add or remove from lists.
  3. You will have the option to add that person to a list you have already created by checking the box next to the list name, or you can make a new list by clicking Create a list. If you create a list, enter a title for the list of up to 25 characters and an optional description of up to 99 characters. Then check the Public or Private box to indicate whether the list will be visible to other Twitter users.

Editing a Twitter list

Add or delete people from your list from your Lists page.

  1. Click your profile image and select Lists from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click the name of the list you want to edit.
  3. On the left side of the page, click List members. This will display a full list of users in that list.
  4. Next to the person, you want to remove from the list, click the More user actions menu button to the right of their name. You can also do this from the specific person's Twitter page.
  5. Click Add or remove from lists. This will display all your lists in which that person is included; uncheck the box or boxes next to the lists you want to remove them from.

Subscribing to someone else's list

You can easily subscribe to another's list by visiting their Twitter page and clicking Lists. You will find all of the person's public lists. Click the one you want to subscribe to, and then click Subscribe on the right side of that list's page. Tweets from people on the list don't show up in your personal timeline of tweets; rather, you have to click the list to see all their tweets.

Reading Tweets from your lists

To see the tweets from users on your list, go to your lists page by clicking your profile picture and selecting Lists from the menu. Then click the name of the list you want to read. You'll see all the tweets from everyone included in a content stream timeline.