Social Media Tip of the Week: Create Lists in Twitter


One of the tips that staffs don’t use enough when it comes to Twitter is the List feature. It’s a great way to sort your feed into manageable, organized bites that allow you to scan what different groups are talking about.

Personally on Twitter, I take those that I follow and add them to lists. Most of the people I follow are given a label such as “STL,” or “JTeachers” or “News” or “Iowa Hawks.” For each label I want to give someone I make a List on Twitter and then tag the account accordingly.

While I could view those lists in Twitter, it’s a bit cumbersome to scan there so I go to Hootsuite where I can create an account and then scan my Twitter feed according to the Lists that I’ve made. So, I can see what my “Tech” list is saying or what is going on in my “FHSD” List which is my List of school district individuals. I even have a list to keep up with what is happening to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

High school staffs should be making lists on Twitter as well to filter out some of the noise and more quickly find what is being talked about. Staffs could make a lot of different lists. Here are some ideas:

  • Teachers and Administrators
  • Students
  • Student Groups
  • Other local schools or schools in the conference
  • Entertainment news
  • Local news
  • National news
  • Sports news

If you create some lists and start looking at your feed that way you’ll find you have a better pulse on what’s happening around and be able to find the information you want more quickly and engage in the conversations you want to engage in more often.

You can learn how to create a Twitter list here:

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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