Update for Whom to Follow on Twitter
In my previous article How to Build Your Twitter Following , I suggested a good way to start is to search the hashtag FOPP . Unfortunately I didn't do that before I registered this. Hashtags don't have to be registered and defined before use. Anyone can use any hashtag for anything. I didn't realize that people are using FOPP for both a store and what might be a sports team or something to do with music or both. So if you search for that term, you might not yet find anything from members of FOPP. We will need to keep using it until it catches on. If someone expecting to find something else when they do a search finds us instead, well, that might not be a bad thing. So go ahead and use the new hashtag when you post if you are a FOPP member.
If you want to see tweets from a certain group or interest without using lists, click on a hashtag in a tweet and see what comes up. You can also use the hashtags you notice others are using if they fit your tweet. If others are using a tag, it's more likely others will notice you using it. Tags must look like one word such as PersonaPaper or PasoRobles .
You also might make a list on your profile of FOPP members and describe it as writers on Persona Paper. To make a list, go to your profile, click on More just to the left of Edit profile . From the dropdown, choose Lists . This will bring up any lists you have already made if you have any. Either way, at the bottom you will see Create a List. Click it. You should see what's in the photo.
Name your list anything. I just wrote in Friends of Persona Paper there. As the description I wrote Active members of the writing site Persona Paper who want to promote it . Make your list public so others can see it. The screen shot below shows how this will look on your list page when you finish.
So far my list has only my other profile on it. If you would like to be on my list, put your twitter handle in the comments if you belong to FOPP . I can't tell from your user name here who you are on Twitter. I need to know that name to put you on my list. If you don't want to make your own FOPP list, you can subscribe to mine. You can go to that particular profile in the screen shot and click More just as if you were going to make a list. You can do that on anyone's profile. All the public lists will come up and you can click any one of them. See screen shot below.
Just under the list name you see the subscribe button. Click it. That will put the list on your own profile as a list you are subscribed to. That means every time you want to see all the tweets by people on that list, you click on that list. You do not have to be following someone to put them on your list. This is a great tool for keeping track of the tweets of people in a certain category if you don't want to follow them for some reason. They will be notified you put them on a list and they will often be grateful to you – unless it's a list named Most Obnoxious Tweeps or something similar. Those kinds of lists are best marked private. I have a couple of private lists for people whose tweets I want to see but who may value their privacy to some extent.
If I want a post to retweet in a certain category, such as education, I will click on my education list and find one. I may use a list to see what is trending among the people who are in that category. Lists are only for reading tweets. You cannot tweet to a list.
To put someone on a list, you go to their profile and click the little gear next to the follow button. On the dropdown you will see add or remove from lists . Click it and your lists will pop up. Put a checkmark by the lists you want to put that person on and click to save. I do this every time I follow someone. If there's not a list I can put them on I often realize it won't be very helpful to follow them. I have lists for every interest I like to keep up on and every target audience. Take a look at my public lists for ideas.
I check my notifications in the right-hand corner of my profile page every day if possible. It will tell me who mentioned me that I may need to thank or reply to. It also tells who followed me. When I want to see my followers I do it straight from clicking the number under Followers on the row on my profile between my avatar and the Edit profile button. I right click on on the name of each new follower to open their complete profile on another tab if I haven't learned enough from the profile summary to make a decision. I try to discern by the tweets and what's in the profile whether I want to follow and / or add to a list. Then I add to lists while I'm on the complete profile, close the page, and follow from the list of new followers page so the button will change color and I'll know I've followed.
It's much easier to add followers to lists at the beginning than to go back and try to do it after you've got lots of followers. It also helps you make the right follow decision. If you don't have the right list yet for someone and you realize you need another one, it's easy to create it from the list of your lists that pops up from the gear button while you are wanting to put the person on the list. The Create new list is at the bottom of it so you can do it on the fly as you have need.
Subscribing to the lists of others saves you the trouble of making your own lists if you'd rather not. It gives you access to names you might not know about. It will give you a place to start when looking for people with common interests to follow. I wish I'd known about it when I first started using Twitter.
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Image Credit » My husband took the photo and I have used it with his permission.