Twitter; Part Two

Just a real quick entry about a VERY important point I missed when I talked about how to get your target market to follow you on twitter.

(You can find that post here http://indieauthoranonymous.com/?p=170)

**I am SURE some of you know this already, but for every person who does, there are two that don’t, I promise you =)**

Now the cool thing about twitter is that you don’t have to just sit there and HOPE someone hits “LIKE”
(by the way, my facebook “LIKE” button is to the right, *hint hint* LOL)

You can be proactive and FOLLOW people. Most of the time these people follow you in return.

This means that the sky is truly the limit when it comes to how many followers you can have.

Unfortunately, unless you are a Kardashian or an already famous author (in which case you wouldn’t reading THIS :P,) you are going to have to be FOLLOWING quite a few people to have those high numbers.

This means your feed is going to be clogged. No way around it.

So, how do you make sure you don’t miss Aunite Em’s pie recipe or your favorite fellow author’s tweets?

This is where Twitter “Lists” come in INCREDIBLY handy.

There are two different kinds of Lists. Private and Public.

When you add someone to a Public list they will be notified AND your list will be visible to everyone.

When you add someone to a Private list it will be visible to you only and the person being put on the list will NOT be notified.

So, if you are going to make lists like “People who sometimes have good tweets but are usually annoying” you should probably make it Private 😛

You *Really* want to start your lists now if you haven’t already so you can stay on top of it. I try to put people in lists as I follow them, or as they follow me back.

As a last resort I comb through my feed trying to find the jewels in the sand.

Lastly:

The point of Lists , be they public or private, is so you can easily see the people you deemed “Creme De Le Creme”.
You won’t miss their tweets and you can retweet and interact with them more easily.

You won’t want to make massive lists of “authors” or “readers” if you are planning on using it to interact with them.

A list of 1000 people is going to be seriously hard to go through. Make smaller lists of 50 or 100 people.

Now, if you want to make a Public list of every awesome author you know, make it as large as you want!

Once again, I am sure most of you already knew this, I just didn’t want to be the recipient of pitchfork attacks when the people who didn’t start to realize what a hot mess their feed is going to be in a month! =)

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7 Responses to Twitter; Part Two

  1. I am so obsessive when it comes to lists. I have a bunch that I never check, but if everyone I follow isn’t on a list, I go bonkers. I do have a few I utilize for people who have tweets I don’t want to miss.

  2. Oh, lists! I think I’ve made a few, but I never really use them for anything. Hmm, what a great idea. Off to categorize Twitter now. Thanks!

  3. FYI, Tweetdeck is a great way to filter your feed so that you can focus on your lists. The feed from each list can be given its own column. If there are some tweeters you want to give special attention, you can privately list them and give them a dedicated column. You can also set columns up to filter for hashtags and other features. It’s very useful.

  4. I love your blog! I will certainly be using all your tips!

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