Not too long ago, Twitter starting testing out a new feature on its site. This new feature is the ability to create lists which allow users to categorize the various accounts they follow. For instance, one user may create a list of coworkers, one of local businesses, and one of their favorite celebrities. The lists are public, but can be made private in case you’d rather not have others see. As requested by many Twitter users, this new feature allows for a more organized account.
But that’s not all. Additionally, if your lists are set as public, other Twitter users are then able to subscribe to your lists—making this social network site even more social.
Today, Mashable, an online social media guide, posted on the 4 Ways News Organizations are Using Twitter Lists. According to Vadim Lavrusik, author of the post, news organizations are taking advantage of this new Twitter feature and implementing it quickly in hopes to stay ahead of the curve.
Here are two of the four ways news organizations are using Twitter lists:
1) Staff Directory. The New York Times, for instance, has compiled a list of all their staff members so Twitter users can easily see what each staff member has to say. In addition, the Times also has many other lists.
2) Recommended Tweeps, Specific Information. The Los Angeles Times has created many lists for Twitter users to easily find West Coast relevant subjects/information such as restaurants, celebrities, art, and culture.
For the other two ways, (since you’re probably dying to know, and I don’t want to steal Lavrusik’s thunder) read the post and let me know what you think. I recommend it to all of you journalists out there. You never know, there’s now such thing as social media editors and you might someday be one.