Is your Twitter timeline a confusing mess of news, friends, colleagues and thought leaders with various themes? Maybe it's time to make some Twitter lists.
A list is a group of Twitter users. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.
Make good use of your time on Twitter by making lists to organize your stream. Go to your settings (the gear symbol in the upper-right corner) at twitter.com. Click Lists then go to Create Lists. Make a variety of Private and Public Lists to organize content. Organize the type of content you want to see by topic, user, hashtag, etc. Organize your lists by theme, and choose specific Twitter users to fill each one. Do not make lists of people you do not like or are purposely not engaging with. Simply unfollow or block these users and move on.
Be sure to create one secret "Important Connections" list that will hold all the smart people you wish to network with on a daily basis. Other list ideas include "Other Departments," "Students who follow us," "Community Partners," "Thought Leaders","Other Schools", "Local News", "Loyal Supporters" and the like. Since each Twitter account can create up to 1000 lists, and each list can include up to 5000 users, you should get as specific as possible.