What Next for Bigger Better Twitter Lists?

Twitter changed the limits on lists from 500 per list and 20 lists to 5000 per list and 1000 lists.

That’s a massive change. It’s long been a source of frustration and so now with these new limit just about anyone should be able to create all the lists they could ever need.

If you hit the new limits you are doing something pretty odd!

Compare this to Google+ which has a limit of 5000 items across as many circles as you like. I’m sure this will put pressure on G+ to update its limits.

So what does this mean?

  • You don’t have to think before you create a list.
  • You don’t have to worry and delete a list before you can create a new one (too many times I’ve done this)
  • You don’t have to use lists to store multiple groups of people (this become my strategy)
  • Deeper profiling and segmentation.
  • People will curate more high value lists.
  • Some people will emerge as list fanatics.
  • You may struggle to find the list you need. What did you call it?
  • Managing lists becomes a big challenge (is this person on this list?)
  • Twitter lists finally have the potential to be really useful.
  • People will want tools to better manage their lists (venn diagrams and the like).
  • You’ll get added to more list (it’s the simplest form of networking on Twitter).

Here’s the media coverage on the change. Nobody is saying anything too thoughtful, with the exception of Huffington Post

SproutSocial also focussed on reporting on the why of lists.

We’ve been exploring importing / exporting lists to and from Twitter. Until now it’s always been too limiting to consider it seriously.

Big Twitter users utilize all their 20 lists and they got stuck at the 500+, which makes importing,  exporting or synchronizing a non starter.  Both this limitation have been removed. So now it could work. What do you think?

  • Would you like to crowdsource lists via Listly and then export them back to Twitter?
  • Would you like to embed your Twitter lists on your blog (as list imported Listly lists?)
  • Would you like people to rank and sort the people on your lists?
  • Would that make your lists more valuable. Don’t forget lists are great networking tools (People love to be included on a list. People love to be mentioned). Listly make it easy to share and focus on individual people on a list too

My impression is that would be valuable to bloggers, brands and journalists.

There’s so much extra value in Listly (voting, suggestions, embedding etc), but a list is more valuable when you can follow the tweets too. You need both elements to get maximum value from lists – or that’s our impression.


Twitter List tools have come and gone e.g.

They all had different ideas as to the problem they were solving.

What problem do you want Twitter lists to solve? And what role should Listly play in that?

I’d love to hear your ideas.

While I was reading the Mashable post they shared their staff member list 

I quickly imported into a Listly list to show you the difference. That’s not a great example for crowdsourcing as the people who know about new staff members would be Mashable. That’s not something the crowd can help with.

Here’s a great example by APG for crowd voting / crowd ranking, but in this case they chose not to link to people directly. They kept the list simple to drive up voting.

Here’s a great example of Top Marketing Inspirations. This would be great to be available as a synchronized Twitter / Listly List.


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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.