101 Uses for Social Lists – A List of Lists

I remember as a teen loving the whole “101 Uses of …” genre. Dead Cats seemed to lead the was in reusability. Little did I know I’d end up as co-founder of a startup providing a social marketing platform for curating and crowd-sourcing Social Lists. Perhaps it was a sign!

With Listly we are deep in educate mode. It’s not about teaching you how to use Listly. That bit is obvious. The big question is how to use lists as part of your content marketing, social marketing and social SEO strategies.

It’s even as basic as what is crowdsouring and why should I even care about sourcing content and opinion from the crowd.

So I’m starting a list. I’m calling it “101 Uses for Living Lists”. So let’s get going. I’ve added a few. I’m hoping you can help. I’m sure you have a lot of ideas to share. Together we can make an awesome resource for everyone.

I’m betting this will be a pretty long list. It would be awesome if you embedded this list on your blog and asked your community to help too. The more the merrier, right!

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101 uses for Listly

We are collecting examples/use cases for Listly that we find in our community. Please add to it and tag it appropriately so others can find it.

Jun 06, 2012 - eqli.st - 494
Question Lists

Gathering and ranking questions is a great way to user Listly

EQList crowdsources questions from & for entrepreneurs

Jun 09, 2012 - list.ly - 545
Event Speaker List

In this example Todd Rhoades used Listly to crowdsource potential speakers for the Nines Conference. Not only did people suggest speakers, they also voted on the speakers to let the top nominees be chosen.

The winners get to speak for 9 minutes, hence "The Nines"

eg Nominate Speakers for the 2011 NINES!

Jun 06, 2012 - list.ly - 553
BookMark Lists

eg A List of Paid iPad Apps

Bookmarks have been around for a long time.

We've bookmarked URLS since the very first browser.

Today bookmarking is social and crowd-sourced

Jun 08, 2012 - list.ly - 621
Guest Lists / Attendee Lists

Using Listly like this makes for awesome pre and post event networking.

By adding 'I Know" and "I'd like to know" tags you can quickly flag who you know and who you'd like to know. It sends a social signal and breaks the ice.

eg Bullhorn Live 2012 Guest List

Jun 09, 2012 - list.ly - 475
Answer Lists

With Sound of 100, we crowdsourced the answer to a simple question.

What makes you happy?

the goal as to get an answer from at least one person from every age from 1 to 100.

Jul 10, 2012 - list.ly - 595
Product /Service Reviews

gg @ricdragon's reviews for Social Marketology

An assembled collection of feedback and reviews for a product - collecting reviews across blogs, Amazon, Twitter etc

Jun 08, 2012 - list.ly - 450
Quotations List
  • Get everyone to help capture the key moments of any event

eg Most Memorable Things Said At SOBCON 2012

Jun 09, 2012 - dancingastronaut.com - 500
Caption Contests

See this example from Dancing Astronaut on how to run caption contests.

Jul 12, 2012 by Shyam Subramanyan - list.ly - 456
Universal Media Playlists

Make playlists of audio, video, screencasts and then embed i on your blog .

eg movies for geeks

Or explore a blog post of 8 ideas to make great interactive playlists

Jul 15, 2012 by Joseph Ruiz - list.ly - 488
Favorite Twitterchats

Managing lists of your favorite Twitter chats is a simple way to aks your readers for help and to find the best chat groups on any given topic

Feb 01, 2013 - list.ly - 500
Guest Post Lists

How do you you manage the various blog posts you've written over time?

Having a list makes them easy to manage, share and promote.

Jun 08, 2012 - list.ly - 456
Email / Mailing List

By offering a free ebook and offering bonus content.

Try this list. Click on thumbs up. Very simple and highly effective way to blend Content Marketing with List Building


@DannyIny uses Listly to build his community

Jun 08, 2012 by North Central Idaho - list.ly - 532
Location Lists.

Crowdsource Location, Venues and Services in any Location

eg locals & tourists can source free wifi hot spots

Jun 09, 2012 - list.ly - 570
unConference Topic Lists

Listly has ben used by many unconferences to crowdsource the topics and to match the needs to the skills in the room

eg Community Manager unConference Chicago (Proposed Discussion Topics)

Jun 09, 2012 - list.ly - 583
Sourcing & Ranking Wish Lists

As an example, we use Listly to manage our Community Wish List.

Listly is a great solution for crowd-sourcing your wish lists.

Jun 09, 2012 - list.ly - 456
Case Study Lists

GSummit used Listly to promote their event and create engagement and awareness.

The crowd-sourced the identification of the best uses of gamification by Industry segment.

The five awards created 50k+ views and 11k+ votes in under two weeks.

eg GAwards: Best Consumer Facing Use of Gamification

Jul 16, 2012 - tonnerdoll.com - 456
Top 10 Sellers Lists

See this example of the top selling Dolls on Tonnerdoll.com

Share what others are buying, and what is hot


Blog Carnival List

Jul 18, 2012
Blog Carnival List

IF you are running a blogging carnival or you want then Listly is the perfect tool.

Not only can you capture a list by accepting input from the crowd, but you can also embed this list on one or many blogs

Feb 01, 2013 - list.ly - 519
Cross Linking Your Blog Post Series

A collection of blog posts really all need cross-linking so that your reader can navigate from post to post.

That process is manual, repetitive and often gets forgotten.

Listly makes that process very simple, by embedding one list in every post and then adding each new post to the list as you publish.

Save yourself the headache of repeatedly editing old posts.

Mar 23, 2013 - tonnerdoll.com - 583
Collaborative Blog Rolls

In this example Tonner Doll crowdsourced a list of Doll Blogs. That list has now been viewed 100k times and has been embedded in hundreds of blogs

Mar 23, 2013 - tweet4ok.com - 589
Best Content In Your Domain

Curate the very best content in your domain for any given time period

Feb 06, 2014 - venturebeat.com - 557
Twitter Lists

Twitter lists kind of suck. First of all, they're buried way down deep in Twitter's interface, a sort of forgotten feature that isn't easy to find. They're barely manageable, with a single never-ending screen of names that you need to scroll through in the order they were added, and they're not really social, although you can share them.

Jun 11, 2012 by Paul Hugh O'Mahony - list.ly - 532
Public Acclamations

List people who've done something special - people to whom I feel grateful. People you'd like to thank & recommend.

May 14, 2013 - list.ly - 602
Weekly Email Newsletters

Curate a collection of your newsletters. Add the browser links so it's easy to share and embed your prior email campaigns.

What can you add? Link to an example list if you can find one (or make one). Feel free to vote on the items. What’s most useful to you?


NIck Kellet (130 Posts)

Nick’s ventures range from a visual segmentation tool sold to SAP, to an award winning board game. Today, Nick is co-founder of Listly, raising the profile of lists to be on par with Slideshare & YouTube.