Make the Most of Twitter Lists with Formulists

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When Twitter lists were first introduced many people were very skeptic, others (like myself) didn’t have the time to use them properly and to figure out how the feature can benefit them.

Through the months after the feature launch I’ve been randomly experimenting with it and came to some great results. I’ve already shared;

Still, while I started randomly using the feature, I never had time to organize my entire community using the lists.

Last week I came across a great tool that did the job for me: FormuLists. The tool has tons of features to organize your Twitter following. Here are just a few of them i had time to see in action:

1. Expand Your Community: Find Mutual Friends

The tool allows to automatically create a (private) list of people who are followed by your friends (but not by you). The list is sorted by the number of common friends:

Mutual friends

I found the list a great way to discover new obvious connections and interesting accounts.

FormuLists also allows to create lists of people “like me” and people “like somebody” to find more relevant connections. It uses its own build-in algorithm to determine similarity between the counts (but you can also set your own filters by location and keyword).

2. Organize Your Following

The tool has surprisingly awesome search function that allows you to unite people you follow (who you are followed by) within one (private or public) Twitter list by:

  • Location (great for local businesses!);
  • Keyword found in the user’s bio (great for everyone);
  • Activity (how long ago the user’s stream was updated).

Of course I went ahead and created a list called “SEO peeps I follow”:

Organize your following

And it worked great in terms of connection: I heard back from many people (I love to keep in touch) thanking me for including them in the list!

Organize your following

3. Monitor Your Unfollows

I am not the kind of a person that loves any negativity in social networking. I try to not take it personally when anyone unfollows me (unless it’s the person who I really care about). So I don’t really want to know who unfollows me. But this tool got my interest, so I gave it a try (for the sake of experiment).

The section has the list mode, the “Tweep cloud” mode and the history mode – the latter seems to be the most useful as you can see who was added to the list and when:

who unfollowed me

I am sure I wasn’t able to discover all the great features of this promising tool; so if you do check it out, please don’t forget to come back here and share your experience!

Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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  • http://DonnyGamble.com Donny Gamble

    I definitely love the direction that Twitter is beginning to take because they are making search for relevant people a lot more easier and direct.

  • http://twitter.com/billyirish Bill

    Thanks for the tip! I tend to struggle a bit with “organizing” Twitter followers in one way or the other. Going to go check that out right now. Thanks!

  • http://www.mazakaro.com Rahul @ MazaKaro

    sorting and organizing is very good idea and using this tool will be very helpful for sure ,i actually read some your articles recently , thanx for sharing informations :)

  • http://twitter.com/seoeducation SEO Education

    great tool thanks for sharing..

  • http://twitter.com/ResellRightsBiz Resell Rights Biz

    Thanks a bunch for sharing. I really like the Mutual Friends area of this tool. Going to come in handy for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/011bojan Bojan Djordjevic

    Definitively gonna give this tool a shot, thanks for great share.

  • http://www.accountingfirmsuccess.com/ pro series

    Well let me make one thing clear that a higher number of twitter followers is not gonna get you anything unless they are genuine users and your friends. According to a recent research 30% of the twitter users a spammers … So there is no benefit of following huge spammers lists….

  • http://twitter.com/Woodpecker50 Trevor Woodpecker

    looks interesting, always wondered how to make use of twitter lists but never had the time to find out. Think I’ll take a look at this.

  • http://www.clubnetsearchmarketing.co.uk Geoff Jackson

    First impressions, this looks a great tool and contains some very handy features, will be checking this out further in the hope of putting it to some good use. Thanks Ann

  • http://seoptimizacia.com/ Evgeni Yordanov

    Hey, these are some nice insights on these Formulists. I haven’t come across this tool before. Thanks for the nice article on it 😉

  • http://blog.shoplet.com James

    Great tools!

    One of the greatest challenges with Twitter is finding buckets to group followers and followings. If only there was a way to send targeted tweets to just a portion of your followers…

  • http://blog.shoplet.com James

    Great tools!

    One of the greatest challenges with Twitter is finding buckets to group followers and followings. If only there was a way to send targeted tweets to just a portion of your followers…

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