Unless you live under a rock you should be familiar with Twitter lists, that handy tool which enables users to group and track streams of tweets from others without following them directly. Sure, lists are great for keeping tabs on communities that interest you or identifying them, but did you know that they’re much more […]
Unless you live under a rock you should be familiar with Twitter lists, that handy tool which enables users to group and track streams of tweets from others without following them directly.
Sure, lists are great for keeping tabs on communities that interest you or identifying them, but did you know that they’re much more useful than the content of the tweet stream itself? Being on lists increase your social networking metric scores on platforms such as Klout, make it more likely that you will be followed and — most importantly for job seekers — are a valuable tool that should be utilized in your job search.
So how can Twitter lists help you find a job? Follow these three steps, which are easy to remember using the mnemonic “ICE”:
Foremost, you need to find a few lists that contain users that you want to interact with and follow. There are a few ways to do this, and I’ve included two ways to get you started.
First, find an individual’s account of interest and look at their lists they maintain and are included within. Using myself as an example, you may notice that my account () is a member of the , which might interest you if you’re interested in tech, start ups or social media in the DC area.
Second, visit a site that maintains list directories such as Listorious.com, , or .
In addition to the name and description, every list contains three components — the actual tweets, the users the list is following and the followers of the list. Locate the “following” tab in the middle of the page and you’ll be able to view the individuals that the list is following. Scroll down, read the bios (which often contain titles, and other helpful bits of information), and follow people you want to interact with. Not sure if you want to dive in headfirst and follow someone right away? No problem. Add them to a list of your own.
If you’ve been on Twitter for a while, you know how responsive the community can be. If you’re just starting out, the interactivity might surprise you.
Reach out to someone a few times with public tweets (respond to their tweets, cc them on tweets you think they may find interesting, etc.) and if they follow you back start a dialogue with them over direct message. If you play your cards right, parlay the direct message into a face-to-face meeting and take it from there.
Lastly, if you’re going to begin utilizing lists, here are 10 quick notes you should keep in mind:
1. You don’t need to follow another user to add them to a list, nor do they need to follow you.
2. Following a list doesn’t mean you follow all of the users in that list. Instead, you follow the list itself.
3. You cannot add yourself to a list you did not create.
4. Lists can be either public (open to anyone) or private (available only to you).
5. You can , but can be included on an infinite number of lists.
6. List names must begin with a letter, which means numbers and symbols are out.
7. List names cannot exceed 25 characters.
8. Each list has a maximum number of 500 people.
9. You can follow and unfollow people directly from the “following” and “followers’ tabs.
10. The following tab lists people in the chronological order in which they were added. Scroll to the bottom to see early additions.
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