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Twitter lists: Like slapping a label on my forehead

Twitter lists are here! Twitter lists are here! And everyone on Twitter is twittering about the Twitter lists and, um, what exactly is a Twitter list, and why do I need it? I am usually a fan of lists, like my grocery list and my to-do list, but I admit I didn’t know I needed a Twitter list or that I was supposed to want a Twitter list. My general non-interest in the new fangled toys kids these day are playing is probably a sign of my gradual journey into old age. Oh well!

I did eventually look into these lists thingys, just so I’d know what everyone was talking about, and I can see how they would be useful. A Twitter list is a group of people you have put together under a particular label. Then you can go to the list page and read all the tweets from just those people. It is a good way for you to discover new Twitter folk you might want to follow who have similar interests as you. I’m not sure why they call them Twitter lists instead of Twitter groups. Whatever. I didn’t name them.

What I find most interesting about this new feature is that you can see what public groups lists other people have put you on. Which means you get to see how other people see you and what labels they are slapping on your forehead. As of this moment, I have been but on 45 public lists, which you can see here.

  • By far, most people have categorized me as “health” or “weight loss” or “diet” or “food.” (Uh oh, please don’t eat me!)
  • Indiana bloggers have put me on a few “locals” or “Hoosiers” lists
  • Some people have labeled me as “cool” and “sexy.” (Right back at ya’!)
  • I’m also on a few “women” lists or “blogger” lists or just “online” lists.
  • Inexplicably, someone also put me on a “political” list, which has got to be an error on their part.
  • One person labeled me as an “author” which I find very cool. Thanks!

I’ll probably be checking my lists page in the future just to see how other people see me. It’s interesting how it compares to how I see myself.

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Laura P • November 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm

@Laura P – I am not a stupid woman, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to find anyone on Twitter. Supposedly, you can find groups to join and now this list thing, but I can’t figure out where I’m supposed to go to join anything.

I feel so lonely…*sniff*

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Jen • November 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm

No one categorized you as “food” with that PastaQueen name?

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PastaQueen • November 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm

@Laura P – I usually find people on Twitter on sites *other* than Twitter. I follow bloggers I like, TV shows like Ellen, the TV Guide columnist, authors who tweet, and friends I have in real life.

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Quix • November 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I’m only on one, and that’s a game developers list. I find it funny that I mostly tweet about eating and working out and that’s the list I end up on, hehe.

I believe I put you on my fitbloggers so that’s one of your 45!

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Marie • November 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

I was excited to make my twitter lists when the new feature came out because I have such a hard time finding the people I’m already following when I need to view their profile. But now I never really use it. Oh well.

But I agree, it’s definitely fun to see what people have labeled you as in their lists! I wasn’t sure what categories to create for people I follow that I don’t know personally, so my apologies for putting you in my catch-all category of “sites-orgs-podcasts-tv!” I’ll have to sort that out later. (My twitter name is Archivist777)

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