A Tip For Using Lists to Give Twitter a New Purpose

This is hardly news, as it’s been happening almost since lists have arrived (which was years ago in Internet time), but I figured I’d share my favourite Twitter tip:

Using Twitter as an RSS reader

Not really, but close. I’m not a big list user yet for a variety of reasons. The main reason is laziness; I don’t feel like sifting through those I follow to put them in lists. The other is I don’t want to alienate people by not including them in a list they feel they should be on (See Chris Brogan’s post on the matter here). The third reason is tied to the second, but I know that I wouldn’t be satisfied until every user is on a list. A lot of those I follow wouldn’t fit in a “genre”-style list and the tediousness of including everybody would drive me bananas.

But I digress…

The one thing I have been using lists for (in private-mode) is to supplement my RSS reading. I love RSS feeds (Subscribe to mine here) but I think I love resources being shared on Twitter more. The reason being you don’t just find out what somebody has posted themselves, but also what they find interesting.

That’s why I suggest using Twitter as 2009’s RSS reader.

How? Well there are a lot of people (and companies) who only post resources. Link after link after link. Add them all to a list! The added benefit of this is you can still get great resources but keep your main stream social, if you’d like. You don’t need to follow people to put them in a list. This means that you can use Twitter as both a social tool and as a new fancy RSS-type news feed.

Here are two great lists already created by people for this purpose, in the design niche:
Design Links by @imrobg
No Blab, Just Design Links by @justcreative

What are some neat ways you’re using Twitter?

I’m interested in hearing them. Let me know in the comments.

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TordDesign February 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Interesting. Great tips :-)


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