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Listing Agent: Twitter lists divert the stream

The best thing about Twitter is that everybody's on it, and there's just an overwhelming onrush of all sorts of content. Of course, that's also the worst thing about Twitter.

Lists, a relatively new feature from Twitter, allow users to populate sub-streams to include other users based on subject matter interest. Essentially, you're picking your favorite twitterers in a given realm, and adding them to your own special list(s), which you tag and provide descriptions for. For example, my lists of official practice management advisors and law practice management resource persons.

For more information on creating lists, take a look at Twitter's take, and review the Mashable guide.

Lists are valuable because they allow you to narrow the types of information you see and the users you see it from. This is a much better way of drawing from Twitter than trying to engage your standard stream of 'all followers'. Lists also allow you to promote other Twitter users whose content you value, as lists are viewable through your Twitter profile page, and can be followed by others. And, of course, creating a list, and putting someone on it, makes it far more likely that that someone will create their own list, and put you on it -- making this a not, altogether, altruistic affair.

You can create lists at Twitter, or use a Twitter client, like HootSuite or TweetDeck, to accomplish same.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Practice Management Advisor, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published January 13, 2011

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