Being included in someone’s Twitter list can make your day. What if you are not? Should you feel bad? While conceding the usefulness of this new Twitter feature, Chris Brogan decried that Twitter lists can become exclusionary the moment you slot people into categories. Those who don’t make it would feel left out. Bad feelings all around.
Says Chris Brogan, “Lists are exclusionary by nature. They’re static. There’s a lot of reasons why they might not be all that pleasant for people.”
Twitter lists are meant to be exclusionary
Well, Mr. Brogan, with all due respect that argument is hogwash.
That’s why they’re called list in the first place. If you include nearly everybody, where’s the value in that?
If indeed one’s feeling hinges on the inclusion or non-inclusion to anybody’s list then that person needs to be on a therapist’s couch and not on Twitter. Twitter lists are meant for ordinary people like us to pass on our recommendations based on interests, passions, friendships, and other shared values no matter how banal or weird they maybe. It’s not meant to stroke someone’s needy, fragile ego.
Like Mr. Brogan, I’m keeping some of my lists private, but not because I’m afraid to offend anyone who’d feel left out. I’m keeping some of them private at the moment only because only a few lonely souls are in there. The moment I’ve got a good number I’d make them public.
Why? Simply because I want to promote people who give good value for my time be it on Twitter or in their blogs. I approve of them and proud to have crossed their paths. A handpicked, personal list of recommendation is not meant to be complete at one go. Who’s got the time to do it in one sitting anyway? Well, mine certainly is a work in progress. I can add to it as I discover new people. I can even delete them and start anew.
Twitter lists are democratic
Uh-oh, I hear what you’re saying. Just how something exclusionary be democratic? Well, try comparing that to what we had before: Twitter’s suggested user list. Now, instead of having a Twitter suggested user list which only the high and mighty get at a crack at, you and I have the chance to give our recommendations to our own community. The big guys can make up to 20 lists which they can fill with a maximum of 500 people.
So can you, guys. Fair enough?
For those who feel slighted by non-inclusion to their buddies list, it’s useful taking stock of your strategies. Perhaps you’re one of those people Dave Doolin despairs of in his post, Twitter Redux – Making Sense of Social Media Madness. Well, if you talk about teeth whitening stuff in Twitter too much then surely you are. Or perhaps you push nothing but your own posts and sales landing page?
The thing is before casting an evil eye on the list maker evaluate first what you’re doing. Are you sure you’re doing social media right? Here’s something to keep you on the right track.
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- Build Your Community, Stop Begging for One
Or perhaps you’re all right. It’s all me, being forgetful and all that. In which case, you know what to do. You’re allowed to dig your elbow into my ribcage. I’d take that as a hint – just don’t hex me.
Over to you, guys. Does it matter to you if you fail to make it to a buddy’s list? Will making your list private take away the likelihood of offending those you who don’t make it to your list? Let’s hear it.
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