Twitter’s a great place to keep up with your favorite authors — they often tweet about their writing habits, news about their latest releases, and a myriad of other clever insights only authors could so elegantly fit into 140 characters.

Twitter can also be as overwhelming as that calculus class you could never quite keep up with in high school. As soon as you “follow” someone, your main Twitter stream gets a bit busier, and soon you’ll need to refresh every five seconds to keep up. If you follow more than a thousand people, forget about it. The authors you want to follow will just be part of the undecipherable noise.

That’s where Twitter lists come in! Twitter lists let you organize people into, well, lists, which you can easily keep tabs on and will be far less overwhelming than your primary Twitter stream. You don’t need to follow someone to add them to a list. Let’s create a list for your favorite authors.

How to create a new Twitter list

Twitter, for whatever reason, likes to hide their best feature. So if you don’t know how to create a Twitter list, don’t fret — you’re not the only one.

1. Click on your avatar in the top navigation, and click Lists.

Navigate to Lists

2. Click Create New List on the right-hand side of the screen.

Create New Twitter List

3. Enter a name and description for your list, and choose whether your list is public or private. If you make your list public, anyone you add to your list will receive a notification that you’ve added them to this specific list. Also, anyone else on Twitter can subscribe to your list. However, if you make your list private, you can stalk people to your heart’s content without having to follow them, and they won’t be any the wiser. I may or may not have a private list of editors, but we don’t need to discuss such things. *Cough*

Create a New Twitter List

4. Add anyone to your list by going to their profile, clicking the gear icon next to the Follow button, and clicking Add or remove from lists…


5. Check the list or multiple lists you’d like to add this person to, and click the X button to close the popover. There is no save button because Twitter likes to make a lot of sense in that way.

How to keep tabs of your list

1. Install Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is now owned by Twitter, and lets you view multiple streams in one view. I personally use the Chrome extension, and I love it.

2. Click the plus sign (+) in the left-hand navigation, and click Lists.

TweetDeck Add Column

3. Choose your list and click Add Column.

How to create a new Twitter list on mobile

Twitter likes to hide their list functionality in all different ways on mobile, so I thought the instructions worth including.

1. Tap the Me tab in the bottom navigation. Tap the gear icon, then Lists.

Mobile Navigate to Twitter List

2. Click the plus sign in the top-right corner to create a new list.

Mobile Create Twitter List

3. Enter the name and description of your list, choose whether it’s public or private, and tap Save.

4. To add someone to your Twitter list, navigate to someone’s profile, tap the gear icon, then Add/remove from lists.

Mobile Add Someone To Twitter List

*BONUS STEP* On mobile, there’s an easy way to quickly add people to lists. Just navigate to your list, then tap Edit.

Mobile Twitter Edit List

Tap Manage Members, and then you can easily search for people and quickly add them to your list.

Mobile List Manage Members

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