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3 Tools to Make Twitter Lists Even More Useful

I’m a big fan of the newish Twitter List function. I wrote about it last week – 5 Reasons to Use the New Twitter Lists Feature

Now that I’ve you pumped up about using lists, I want to talk about a few tools that I think can make the feature even more useful.


Twitter List Widget - (example above) this is a homegrown Twitter feature that’s pretty well hidden. Scroll to the bottom of your Twitter homepage and look for the link called Goodies. Then click Widgets, MyWebiste, ListWidget. Widgets allow you to easily publish content, such as your Twitter Stream, to your web site or blog. Wisely, Twitter also added one for the List. Now, with relative ease you can publish updates of a list in your blog sidebar.

Listorious – This service lists all the lists. Using Listorious you can find the 140 most popular lists, find people who show up on a lot of lists, or just search for lists you might find interesting to follow. You can follow a list without following all the people on the list, but this may be a really great way to find individuals you would like to follow. (My Small Biz Stars list is in the top 100 – go follow please and see if we can go for the top 25)

Listiti – (not sure about how to say this in mixed company, but) – this service bills itself as Google Alerts meets Twitter. The idea here is that you can tell the service what list you are tracking, but this further tell it you only want to know when someone on the list mentions your specific search term. When they do, you get an email alert. This is pretty nice way to follow lists with lots of people on them but filter the stream down to stuff you’re really interesting in.

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  • http://ariwriter.com Ari Herzog

    LOL Would the pronunciation of Listiti make this blog post not safe for work?

  • http://www.jeremyfloyd.com Jeremy Floyd

    One note John, you linked Listerous but the site is Listorious.

  • http://patrickdlogan.posterous.com/ Patrick Logan

    I think you'd better pronounces that as if it were Italian, with a long E sound!

  • deborahrichmond

    Excellent! I'm excited about the lists. I can't wait to see what interesting things people find to do with them.

  • http://www.nextdayflyers.com/doorhanger-printing/ nextdayflyers.com

    Great resources i love the twitter list widget.

  • http://www.mikestenger.com Mike Stenger

    These are great tools, thanks John! Twitter lists are really getting some great feedback and usage. Hope to keep seeing some great innovation out of Twitter

  • http://twitter.com/bestbusinessnow YourBestBusinessNow

    Gadgets, widgets and such are good. But I also think there is such a thing as overload on thiststuff. I think every one should use these in moderation and not fill up your pages with so much stuff.

    For instance, i really don't know where to begin on this very page you are reading on. I like variety but I am a little overwhelmed with all the bells and whistles.

    I was on the video professor's website recently (you know the guy who gives free cds to learn computer programs on tv), and boy talk about a minimalist site. However, there was something nice about. It was very to the point.

    Something WE all should be thinking about.
    SB

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  • http://ileane.wordpress.com ileane

    Hi John,

    This is my first visit to your blog. Very nice.

    It seems like there is always another new twitter tool or tip to try and I will try all of these. I heard about Listorious but I never used it. If I want to search something I use addictomatic.com and I'm all set.

    Thanks.
    @Ileane

  • http://ileane.wordpress.com ileane

    Hi John,

    This is my first visit to your blog. Very nice.

    It seems like there is always another new twitter tool or tip to try and I will try all of these. I heard about Listorious but I never used it. If I want to search something I use addictomatic.com and I'm all set.

    Thanks.
    @Ileane