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Lists on Twitter are a way of grouping people. You can make your own lists or follow lists other people have made public.

You can use lists to group the people you follow or to read their tweets without following them. That’s right, you don’t have to follow someone to add them to a list. You can also follow a public list someone else made without following any of the people involved, not even the list maker.

You can create private lists, if you don’t want other people using the lists or knowing what list you’ve put them on. You can create, curate and promote public lists to bring attention to groups and topics.

To create a list on Twitter.com select the create a list option from the list drop down menu, type a name and description and select public or private. Find the profile of anyone you want to add to the list and click on the person icon to get the action drop down menu and click on add to list. See complete directions at how to use twitter lists. Other people may have added you to their lists, you can find out by clicking on lists following you in the lists drop down menu.

If you use a twitter client such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, you can create a new column to follow a list the same way you can have a column follow a hashtag or other search. Listorious is a directory of twitter lists.