Last year, I took two long breaks from all things digital to be fully offline. But this solstice, I took the quiet in a new direction. As I wrapped up client work, I thought to sharpen my digital tools, and I'd like to tell you about my first, and probably most ambitious, step: rationalizing my Twitter lists.
I don't know about you, but my lists had grown haphazardly, sort of like additions to a New England home. In short, my lists lacked alignment with the "cloud" of people I care to keep in touch with on Twitter.
Level Setting: Twitter List 101
Twitter lists are how you can "parse the cloud" of everyone you've followed on Twitter. It is how you can segment people you share friendships with, future clients, and sources of knowledge from people who have Twitter accounts.
You can have up to 20 lists, and you can choose to make them private or public.
When I add people to my public list of digital agencies, for example, they get a nice alert—and gain visibility, since others can find them via my list.
Software programs and applications also have access to those public lists. I use my digital agency list to fuel a daily roll-up of tweets with links via a service called Paper.li; I call my "publication" the Digital Agency Daily.