How to Create and Manage Twitter Lists

Twitter lists help you organize your Twitter reading experience

The vast number of people and topics that populate the Twitterverse can sometimes feel overwhelming. Twitter lists are a great way for users to stay organized and focused amid the chaos. Twitter lists are curated groups of Twitter accounts that users can group by topic, people, or however they like. Create your own Twitter lists, or subscribe to Twitter lists created by others. No matter how many people you're following, Twitter lists will help you stay sane and organized. 

Here's a look at how to create and edit Twitter lists as well as subscribe to other people's Twitter lists.

We've included instructions for creating and editing Twitter lists on the desktop, iPhone app, and Android app.

About Twitter Lists

How you organize your Twitter lists is entirely up to you. For example, create a list of your close friends, and when you select that list name, you'll see a timeline of messages from everyone on that list. If you're a web designer, you might create separate lists for online startups, HTML5 coding, and interactivity.

Lists can be public or private. You might make a list public to help other Twitter users find interesting topics to follow. Private lists, on the other hand, are just a way for users to read tweets in an organized way. If you create a private list, you're the only one who can see it.

Private lists differ from protected tweets, which are tweets that are visible only to your Twitter followers.

How to Create a New Twitter List

It's easy to create a new Twitter list from Twitter on the desktop or the Twitter app:

You can create a maximum of 1,000 lists per Twitter account, and each list can contain up to 5,000 accounts.

Twitter on the Desktop

  1. Open Twitter and log into your account.

  2. Select Lists from the menu bar.

  3. If you haven't created any lists yet, select Create New List.

    Screenshot of creating new Twitter List
  4. If you already have a list or lists, select the Create New List icon in the top right, which looks like a piece of paper with a plus sign.

    Screenshot of creating a new list in Twitter
  5. In the Create New List dialog box, type a name for your list and add a short description.

  6. If you want your list to be private, place a check in the box next to Make Private.

    Screenshot of creating a Twitter list
  7. Select Next.

  8. Search for people you want to add to your list, and then select their name. When you've added everyone you want to the list, select Done.

    Screenshot of creating a Twitter List
  9. Your new list has been created. Access it from the Lists menu bar option.

    Screenshot of creating a list in Twitter

Create a Twitter List From the iPhone App

  1. Open the Twitter app on your iPhone and tap your Profile icon.

  2. Tap Lists.

  3. Tap Create a New List or the Create List icon. Type a name and description for your list, and toggle on Private if you want a private list.

  4. Select Create.

    Screenshot of creating Twitter List in iPhone
  5. Search Twitter for the accounts you want to add to this list, and then tap Add.

  6. Select Done when you're finished adding members. Your list has been created and is available from the Lists menu.

Create a Twitter List From the Android App

  1. In the top menu, tap either the navigation menu icon or your profile icon.

  2. Tap Lists and then tap the new List icon.

  3. Type a name for your list and add a short description.

  4. Tap the checkbox next to Keep private if you want a private list.

  5. Tap Save.

Add or Remove Accounts on Your List

It's easy to add people to any list. You can even add accounts you don't follow to a list.

From a Computer

  1. Go to the profile of an account you want to add to a list, and then select the three dots (More).

  2. Select Add or remove from Lists.

    Screenshot of adding account to your Twitter List
  3. A pop-up will appear displaying all your lists. Select the checkbox next to the lists you'd like to add the account to, or uncheck the lists you'd like to remove the account from, and then select Save. (In this example, we're adding an account.)

    Screenshot of adding account to a Twitter list
  4. Navigate to the Lists tab, select the desired list, and then select List members. You'll see the account you just added in the list, or you can verify that an account was removed.

    Screenshot of adding to a Twitter list

From the iPhone app

  1. Tap your profile icon.

  2. Tap Lists and then tap the list you want to edit.

  3. Tap Members and then the three dots (More).

  4. Tap the accounts you'd like to add or uncheck the accounts you'd like to remove from the list.

From the Android App

  1. Tap the three dots (More icon) on the profile of the account you want to add.

  2. Select Add to List.

  3. A pop-up will appear displaying your created lists. Tap the checkbox next to the lists you'd like to add the account to, or uncheck the list you'd like to remove the account from.

To subscribe to someone else's public list, just visit their Twitter profile and select Lists. You'll see all their public lists. Select the one you want to subscribe to, and then select Subscribe.

Reading Tweets From Your Lists

To see the tweets from users on your list, select the Lists menu from your profile, and then select the name of the list you want to read. You'll see all the tweets from everyone included in a content stream timeline.

Are you on anyone else's Twitter list? To find out, select your Lists tab. You'll see if you're a member of someone else's list. To remove yourself from a list, you'll need to block the list's creator.