6 Twitter List Tools to Help You Maximize Engagement
October 7, 2014 by
Twitter lists are extremely useful for social media marketing – especially if you’re trying to gain new followers – but they can take a lot of time to maintain if you are trying to do everything manually from the Twitter web interface. On the positive side, however, there are a lot of great tools out there that make it much easier to create and organize these lists.
Some of these applications help you strike up conversations with people while using your lists, while others help you put together your lists in the first place. Still others make it easier to find relevant people to add to your lists. Here’s a roundup of applications you might want to take a look at.
TweetDeck was my introduction to a Twitter power tool. I have to say that when I use TweetDeck, I tend to engage more with people. The reason for this is that you’re able to view the lists you are following, your notifications, your direct messages, and more all at once across the screen. This makes it much easier to follow conversations, start discussions, and reply to people who inspire a response when you have an at-a-glance view.
The app also has a scheduling feature, but I can’t say I’ve ever used it. Instead, I use the app for reading tweets from the various lists I follow as well as responding to tweets and my notifications.
Like TweetDeck, Hootsuite allows you to monitor lists, hashtags, and more. Oddly enough, while I use TweetDeck for engaging and interacting in real-time, I use Hootsuite for scheduling posts. Some people only use one or the other, but I use both. It boils down to which you prefer, what your needs are (do you have other social media sites to track? Hootsuite may be your best bet, then), and which interface you’d rather use.
Either way, Hootsuite offers a great option for interacting with others through the lists feature. You can filter further by keyword to help keep the posts you view to just those on your selected list that have your specific keyword.
TweetBe.at List Manager is a great little tool that allows you to sort the people you’re following into lists quickly and easily. Select the individuals you want, and add them to lists you’ve already created. You can sort the list by a variety of filters including “last tweet” and “doesn’t follow back.” This makes it easy to ensure that people go where they need to on your lists.
Twitlistmanager is an app that allows you to quickly and easily add people to lists. You can also create lists in the app, and toggle those who are not on lists, so that you can change your view. The program is easy to use, and very visual. The best part is not having to go through a bunch of repetitive steps to add an individual to multiple lists.
SocialBro has a ton of great features, but after 5000 combined followers and followings, you will need to purchase a subscription. That being said, the interactive list tools are easy to use. You can filter by a variety of contexts, easily follow and unfollow from lists, and add people to your own lists. To use any of the list features, you will need the upgraded version, but it makes engagement and management simple once you’ve upgraded.
When you’re looking for a tool that allows you to follow, unfollow, add to lists, get information about, and message all in one spot, Tweepi is your tool. You can search for a particular list by user, open that list, and then follow the individuals on that list. You can also, at the same time, view all the demographic information for that individual including how long it has been since the person has sent out a tweet and how many followers the individual has.
Do you use a tool for making and managing lists in Twitter? We’d love to hear your recommendations!