By now, you already know that Twitter is a great tool for teachers. Not only can you use it in your classroom to keep your students and their parents informed of what’s going on, you can also use it in class for projects and homework, and you can use it for your own professional development and PLN. Recently, we heard from a teacher who uses Twitter Lists to help manage her PLN and keep her sane when she’s trying to find the resources she needs. Twitter lists are a great way to maximize what you can get out of the tool, and an easy way to help you categorize and ‘file’ the people/things/information you’re after!
The author of that article offered some great advice on curating the Twitter lists, but several of you have asked how to make a Twitter list more generally, so we figured there are probably lots of people out there who have never made a Twitter list and would like to know how. Luckily, the process is very easy!
We’re assuming that you already have a Twitter account and you know the very basics of how to use it. (If you don’t, check out this guide on how to get started with Twitter).
From your Twitter homepage, click on the ‘gear’ button on the top right, just to the right of the search bar. Select ‘lists’ from the drop down menu.
Click on ‘Create List’.
Give your list a name and a description. You have the option to make the list either public or private. Only you can see private lists, and the people you add to them have no idea that you’ve added them to a list. Public lists are viewable to you and everyone else, though only you can edit the list. When you add someone to a public list, they’ll receive a notification from Twitter saying that you’ve added them to a list, and give them the name of that list. Public lists are a great way to share resources with your colleagues!
Save your list.
Add people to your list.
Sadly, Twitter doesn’t allow you to add multiple users at once to your list, so you’re going to need to suck it up and add them one by one, unless you’d rather use an app or separate web tool to manage your lists. There are a few of them out there, like this, this, or this.
You can directly add users to the list by name via the search function…
…Or, you can add a user to a list directly from their profile page, by clicking on the ‘profile’ icon above their most recent tweets, and clicking on ‘add or remove from lists’.
Easy peasy! So when you want to see Tweets only from a specific list, you can just select that list and find only the filtered Tweets! Volià!