Oh Twitter: What Have I Done to Deserve This? And What is a Twitter LIST?

So I’m setting up my new mbp, loving the idea of starting fresh. No unnecessary FF addons, no apps I don’t use, only what’s necessary. And I’m doin my thing this morning and Tweetdeck (one of my essentials) comes up with this message.

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Ah, I bet many of you have seen these messages right? Well, I had tweeked my Tweetdeck to poll things more judiciously on my personal machine. So now I’m locked out of my usability tool for Twitter. Yuk.

Okay, so I’ll do some reading and responding from Twitter.com. And right there at the bottom of every page is a teaser:

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Oh is that right? I wonder. Maybe if you’re following about 10 people. I understand that Tweetdeck is available on an iPhone, but I’m a BB thank you very much. So when I go swimming in the river of tweets on my phone, it’s useless. I recall back in 2006 when Twitter launched at SXSWi, I, like everyone else that year, subscribed and attached the stream to my phone. But I didn’t get it. And I didn’t want to get it on my phone. I’m not that interested in where you are going for coffee at 2am. I wasn’t back then and I’m still not.

Okay, so what about these lists Twitter has added? What are they used for?

Here’s what the Twitter blog says about them. (I’m sure Mashable has a very good how-to about them, but I haven’t looked for it.)

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So it is kinda cool seeing that folks have added me to lists that they have created. As long as I’m not on one called **sholes! How would Twitter deal with that? As in negative or slamming Twitter lists? Oh well…

So here’s the little button that I caution you before you start following LISTS rather than folks.

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I tried a few list follows and my Twitter stream went all wonky. Suddenly tweets were showing up and I couldn’t unfollow the person. Tweetdeck kept telling me, you are not following “@MoMoney.” And so according to the explanation above you can follow lists, but you can’t unfollow individuals from those lists that you follow.

So now, lists to me are interesting distractions if I’m looking to see who has put me in a group and who else they have added to that said group. Again, I am just waiting until the negative groups start getting attention. I’m sure they are already out there. But that will be another story. I’m sure we could all think of a few people we could add to a list like that.

Update: Twitter admits folks are getting random tweets in their timeline. Here’s the post on their blog about it.

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  1. If a list is well curated, i.e. all its members share some strong property (players on a team, employees of a company), then you should not have a problem of wanting to “unfollow” one of the members.

    Looking at who put you on a list (and what kind of list) is indeed interesting. Wrote an app that allows to browse the lists you appear on by tag: http://www.mustexist.com/list_tags/jmacofearth

  2. If a list is well curated, i.e. all its members share some strong property (players on a team, employees of a company), then you should not have a problem of wanting to “unfollow” one of the members.

    Looking at who put you on a list (and what kind of list) is indeed interesting. Wrote an app that allows to browse the lists you appear on by tag: http://www.mustexist.com/list_tags/jmacofearth

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