Using Twitter lists

A list is a curated group of Twitter users. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.

Note: Lists are used for reading Tweets only. You cannot send or direct a Tweet to members of a list, for only those list members to see.

To create a list:

  1. Go to your Lists page. This can be done via the gear icon drop down menu in the top right navigation bar or by going to your profile page and clicking on Lists.
  2. Click Create list.
  3. Enter the name of your list, a short description of the list, and select if you want the list to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list).
  4. Click Save list.
Note: List names cannot exceed 25 characters, nor can they begin with a number.

    To add or remove people from your lists:

    1. Click the gear icon drop down menu on a user's profile. 
    2. Select Add or remove from lists. (You don't need to be following a user to add them to your list.)
    3. A pop-up will appear displaying your created lists. Check the lists you would like to add the user to, or uncheck the lists you'd like to remove the user from.
    4. To check to see if the user you wanted to add was successfully included in that list, navigate to the Lists tab on your profile page. Click the desired list, then click Members. The person will appear in the list of members.

    To see lists that you are on:

    • On your Lists page, click on Member of. This will show you what lists you are on.

    To find a list's URL to share:

    1. Go to the list you'd like to share.
    2. Copy the URL that shows up in your browser's address bar. It will look something like this:
    3. Paste the URL into a message to anyone with whom you want to share the list.

    To view Tweets from a list:

    1. Go to your profile page.
    2. Click on the Lists tab.
    3. Click on the list you'd like to view.
    4. You'll see a timeline of Tweets from the users included in that list.

    To edit or delete lists:

    1. Go to your profile page.
    2. Click on the Lists tab.
    3. You will see lists you've created and other people's lists you follow under Subscribed to.
    4. Select which list you'd like to edit or delete from the lists you've created. Click Edit to update your list details or click Delete to remove the list entirely.
    5. You cannot add or remove people from your list on this page —you must do that from the profile pages of each individual you wish to add or remove.

    To subscribe to/follow other people's lists:

    1. Click on Lists when viewing someone's profile.
    2. Select which list you'd like to subscribe to.
    3. From the list page, click Subscribe to follow the list. You can follow lists without following the individual users in that list.

    Having trouble?

    Check out I'm having trouble with lists for more troubleshooting tips and information.

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