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How to Search for Lists on Twitter

Rachel May Quin
Dec 8, 2014 10:51:59 AM

Twitter lists are an incredibly useful resource with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of them out there full of vital information. Though it’s simple and easy to build your own Twitter lists, there’s no point in trying to replicate a comprehensive well-maintained list of users that already exists. We’ve got two ways to search for lists on Twitter that will satisfy your every need, using either Twitter or Google.

What are Twitter lists?

Twitter lists let you customise and organise the Tweets in your timeline; think of them as folders for Twitter. Join lists created by other Twitter users, or create lists of other accounts segmented by groups, interests or topics. Organising your followers using Twitter lists can help you keep track of your community and the discussions they are having. Twitter lists are also a great way to split your business’ followers into groups you can manage.

How to find Twitter lists

Searching for lists on Twitter is quick and easy; simply go to the navigation bar on the left and click Lists. In the Owned column you’ll see the lists you’ve created, in the Subscribed column you’ll find the lists that you’ve subscribed to, and in the Member column, you’ll see the lists that other Twitter users have added you to. This segmented view enables you to streamline your Twitter monitoring so you can market effectively to the right people.

Search public Twitter lists to find influential groups of people who you’re not currently targeting, and turn them into prospective customers. Public Twitter lists allow you to find people of interest; including thought leaders, industry leaders and influencers. If you’re not sure where to start, look at other Twitter lists for inspiration. Who do other businesses in your industry have on their lists?

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Searching public lists with Twitter

Twitter has a built-in function to help you find lists that have already been created and made public by other Twitter users. If you want to subscribe to lists made by your Twitter contacts (i.e. people you follow or that follow you), or people you’re fond of on Twitter, have created - find out how to search them here. If you want to search for all lists on Twitter, here’s how.

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1. To search for lists on Twitter, you need to use the search bar, which is available at the top right-hand on your Twitter homepage. For a more detailed explanation on how to use Twitter search tools, click here. Type in the topic of the list you’re looking for, or the kind of people you’d like to find on a list. Here, we’re going to search for ‘chefs’.
 
2. Twitter will return everything on the website to do with chefs. From people, to photos, to news. You can view by Top results or All
 
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3. To search for lists on Twitter, you need to change what content you’re looking for in the panel on the left-hand side. At the minute, we’re looking at Everything. To search for lists, select Lists. 

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4. By choosing Timelines, you’ll see a whole new set of results! Et voilà, you can now see every Twitter list related to the keyword ‘chefs’.
 
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5. If you want to see updates from this list, you’ll need to subscribe to the Twitter list.
 
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Searching public lists with Google

Search engine masters Google can also help you locate public Twitter lists with ease. Here’s how:

1. The shortcut method to search for lists on Twitter using Google is to type ‘site:twitter.com’, followed by the keywords you are looking for in quotation marks, and the word ‘list’. So you can see, we want to find lists on Twitter containing ‘digital marketers’.
 
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2. Here’s what Google pulled up for us. Now all you have to do is browse the lists, see which ones you like best, and subscribe!
 
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Now you know how to search for lists on Twitter, are you looking to do more? Find out for yourself how to make a list on Twitter, delete an old unused list on Twitter, or subscribe to a list you’ve found on Twitter.

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