Twitter Lists

They don’t really get used, do they?

I tried to make a few lists for myself, but only came upon two that get used weekly, maybe.

  1. Local: People or twitter accounts in my local area
  2. Real people: People I actually know

Compare to Facebook lists, which you’re encouraged to build. This year they started building them for you based on your place of work, where you went to school, your hometown, and where you live. But Facebook lists feel like they’re more about concealing than they are about sharing. Send to the work list when you want to share stuff with just them, or HIDE stuff from people you work with.

Twitter doesn’t have that problem, because they decided not to solve the privacy problem. They don’t really need to because you can follow people as you choose. There’s no hurt feelings when somebody doesn’t follow you. The people who follow you are the ones who actually want to hear from you and there’s no assumption that anything is private.

But what about other people’s lists? I’ve found one good one: the Rdio Team list — a list made up people who work at Rdio. I like to see what’s going on at Rdio, so once in a while I’ll take a peak. I don’t actually have to follow people on that list.

Other than that, I don’t subscribe to any other person’s list.1

#newnewtwitter lists may have gotten de-emphasized with this latest Twitter rev. It’s understandable why.


  1. I forgot about this list of Mlkshk users, which must be a pain in the butt to maintain.