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Update for Whom to Follow on Twitter


In my previous article How to Build Your Twitter Following , I suggested a good way to start is to search the hashtag . Unfortunately I didn't do that before I registered this. Hashtags don't have to be registered and defined before use. Anyone can use any hashtag for anything. I didn't realize that people are using for both a store and what might be a sports team or something to do with music or both. So if you search for that term, you might not yet find anything from members of FOPP. We will need to keep using it until it catches on. If someone expecting to find something else when they do a search finds us instead, well, that might not be a bad thing. So go ahead and use the new hashtag when you post if you are a FOPP member.

If you want to see tweets from a certain group or interest without using lists, click on a hashtag in a tweet and see what comes up. You can also use the hashtags you notice others are using if they fit your tweet. If others are using a tag, it's more likely others will notice you using it. Tags must look like one word such as or .


You also might make a list on your profile of FOPP members and describe it as writers on Persona Paper. To make a list, go to your profile, click on More just to the left of Edit profile . From the dropdown, choose Lists . This will bring up any lists you have already made if you have any. Either way, at the bottom you will see Create a List. Click it. You should see what's in the photo.

I took the screenshot from my own profile.

Name your list anything. I just wrote in Friends of Persona Paper there. As the description I wrote Active members of the writing site Persona Paper who want to promote it . Make your list public so others can see it. The screen shot below shows how this will look on your list page when you finish.

I took the screenshot from my own profile.

So far my list has only my other profile on it. If you would like to be on my list, put your handle in the comments if you belong to . I can't tell from your user name here who you are on Twitter. I need to know that name to put you on my list. If you don't want to make your own FOPP list, you can subscribe to mine. You can go to that particular profile in the screen shot and click More just as if you were going to make a list. You can do that on anyone's profile. All the public lists will come up and you can click any one of them. See screen shot below.

I took the screenshot from my own profile.

Just under the list name you see the subscribe button. Click it. That will put the list on your own profile as a list you are subscribed to. That means every time you want to see all the tweets by people on that list, you click on that list. You do not have to be following someone to put them on your list. This is a great tool for keeping track of the tweets of people in a certain category if you don't want to follow them for some reason. They will be notified you put them on a list and they will often be grateful to you – unless it's a list named Most Obnoxious Tweeps or something similar. Those kinds of lists are best marked private. I have a couple of private lists for people whose tweets I want to see but who may value their privacy to some extent.

If I want a post to retweet in a certain category, such as education, I will click on my education list and find one. I may use a list to see what is trending among the people who are in that category. Lists are only for reading tweets. You cannot tweet to a list.

To put someone on a list, you go to their profile and click the little gear next to the follow button. On the dropdown you will see add or remove from lists . Click it and your lists will pop up. Put a checkmark by the lists you want to put that person on and click to save. I do this every time I follow someone. If there's not a list I can put them on I often realize it won't be very helpful to follow them. I have lists for every interest I like to keep up on and every target audience. Take a look at my public lists for ideas.

I check my notifications in the right-hand corner of my profile page every day if possible. It will tell me who mentioned me that I may need to thank or reply to. It also tells who followed me. When I want to see my followers I do it straight from clicking the number under Followers on the row on my profile between my avatar and the Edit profile button. I right click on on the name of each new follower to open their complete profile on another tab if I haven't learned enough from the profile summary to make a decision. I try to discern by the tweets and what's in the profile whether I want to follow and / or add to a list. Then I add to lists while I'm on the complete profile, close the page, and follow from the list of new followers page so the button will change color and I'll know I've followed.

It's much easier to add followers to lists at the beginning than to go back and try to do it after you've got lots of followers. It also helps you make the right follow decision. If you don't have the right list yet for someone and you realize you need another one, it's easy to create it from the list of your lists that pops up from the gear button while you are wanting to put the person on the list. The Create new list is at the bottom of it so you can do it on the fly as you have need.

Subscribing to the lists of others saves you the trouble of making your own lists if you'd rather not. It gives you access to names you might not know about. It will give you a place to start when looking for people with common interests to follow. I wish I'd known about it when I first started using Twitter.

Now go play with and as you follow and tweet.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

Image Credit » My husband took the photo and I have used it with his permission.

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melody23 wrote on August 25, 2014, 2:56 PM

I cant believe I didn't think about that earlier! there is a music store over here called fopp, I walk past it all the time and I didn't think of it.

Ambitious_Mindz wrote on August 25, 2014, 3:04 PM

Wow, thanks for such a huge amount of Twitter Tips, I love to learn so I'm always on the look out of how to do things more effectively especially to save myself valuable time. Much Success, ;)

Shadi wrote on August 25, 2014, 3:15 PM

I used to follow everyone with same interests and now I have lots of spammers on Twitter

LynnWrites wrote on August 25, 2014, 3:23 PM

I love how you shared this...its so easy to understand! Thanks, BarbRad rock!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 25, 2014, 7:43 PM

I'd love to be on your list! @DebbiCraton . Thanks. Guiness sends purrs.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 7:46 PM

I had never heard of the music store.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 7:49 PM

We all make use of different tools to different degrees. We know the most about the ones we use the most. That's why we can learn so much from each other. We all have tools we know more about than someone else here does.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:06 PM

I'm glad if this helped. Sometimes it takes a little time to save time in the long run.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:14 PM

You can block the spammers from your feed. If someone is constantly tweeting what you don't want to see with an @_____ mention to get it into your feed, you can go to the little gear on his profile and mute that person -- even if you are still following him. You just won't see his tweets. If it's phishing or bad spam you can block and / or report it the same way -- from the little gear on the profile. Everyone defines spam differently.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:15 PM

Thank you. I tried as best I could to make it easy to follow.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:16 PM

You'll be on in a few minutes.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:18 PM

You're on. While I was there I also put you on the Friends to Animals List. I think Guiness would agree you belong there.

Feisty56 wrote on August 25, 2014, 9:20 PM

Okay, I am slightly overwhelmed with information right now, so will return to process this great info about lists. I am MonkeyOverMoon on Twitter.

allen0187 wrote on August 25, 2014, 9:42 PM

Thanks for the Twitter tips! Appreciate it a lot!

I went ahead and followed you in Twitter. My handle name is allenonline247 .

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 26, 2014, 12:52 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Well, I guess in general she's a friend to animals, but I'm still blaming her because I accidentally forgot to mention Mildred and Sarah in my list of cat friends.

BarbRad wrote on August 26, 2014, 3:16 AM

I added you to both writers and FOPP.

BarbRad wrote on August 26, 2014, 3:17 AM

Allen, I'll follow you back and add you to the list of Writers and Bloggers, but I don't see that you have taken the FOPP challenge yet. You aren't on Jason's list, and I don't see the tag in your last post. The FOPP list is only for those who have taken the challenge.

melody23 wrote on August 26, 2014, 7:41 AM

its owned by the HMV group now

tinamarie wrote on August 26, 2014, 8:49 AM

I have a twitter account and went in to look for you and couldn't find you. Mine is Tina Roberge.

SandraLynn wrote on August 26, 2014, 10:37 AM

It does work the opposite way, and I just set it up because I'm trying to be more organic rather than just a bunch of links :( Yes, it bugs even me, lol. So when I status update at FB, it tweets it now too. I like that. I'm getting more into twitter because of the website but boy howdy, so much yet to learn.

SandraLynn wrote on August 26, 2014, 10:39 AM

A LOT to process, a tad overwhelmed (to be honest. though I'm in that mode, currently, not for this, certainly...). My handle there is AskSanAnything. I'll get notified if you are following me; that seems to be the best way. I'll look into this list thing, too. And I'll start tweeting when I have relevant stuff with which to do so :)

BarbRad wrote on August 26, 2014, 11:44 AM

I won't tell Sarah about the lapse of memory. She doesn't use the computer the way you do.

BarbRad wrote on August 26, 2014, 12:04 PM

I just added you to FOPP and to Writers and Bloggers and to Health, Food, Nutrition. Maybe that will help some others find you. Remember to add the hash tag when you tweet your posts from PP. Do you have two accounts?

BarbRad wrote on August 26, 2014, 12:07 PM

I just added you to the list, as well as to the Writers and Bloggers list. Both are on the account that isn't following you. I'm already following you on the account where I follow writers and bloggers. It's a newer account. I just retweeted one of your blog posts from there.

SandraLynn wrote on August 26, 2014, 12:56 PM

I just saw that AND that you responded to my review for here (responded to that), thank you :) I'll go follow along. :) It's amazing through the course of the day, the many ways one can get distracted, lol. Two hours ago I went to sign up for a site that gives free books to blog owners to review and I still haven't made it through to signing up yet, yikes ;) On to the next thing ;)

tinamarie wrote on August 26, 2014, 3:04 PM

Thanks! No, I only have one account.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 26, 2014, 7:08 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don't know how I get into so much trouble with so many girl kitties.

Feisty56 wrote on August 26, 2014, 7:49 PM

Update: I'm going to use @debjoneswriter instead. Duh! I don't know where my mind was. Please and thank you.

nbaquero wrote on September 12, 2014, 12:21 AM

BarbRad Thanks for this post and the detailed information, I have now subscribed to the FOPP List!

BarbRad wrote on September 13, 2014, 3:14 AM

That's great.

LarrySells wrote on September 18, 2014, 1:32 AM

Interesting and good information

LarrySells wrote on September 18, 2014, 1:40 AM

I'm on facebook, but not twitter. I don't know anyone on twitter nor how to find them.

BarbRad wrote on September 18, 2014, 4:20 AM

If you join, tell us what name you are using and we can give you a few followers to start with. Having a few followers makes it easier to get a few more. You can also find some other PP members through their lists that are mentioned here. Twitter also makes it easy for you to find people in your email address books that have Twitter accounts.