Twitter: how to find lists and followers based on bio

Want to find Twitter followers based on their location, or bio information? Want to find and follow social media lists that influencers in the online community have curated? Read on… Listorious holds the key

Twitter is great unless we don’t know anyone on there. And then we struggle. After all, it’s not Facebook where you can amuse yourself with Farmville and so on,on your own. Twitter needs people to be interesting.

Now, people create lists of people on Twitter (there is a tab called Lists where you can create your own). For example I have 500 Australian Journalists listed her http://twitter.com/#!/SilkCharm/australianmediaOpens in a new tab. <- but how do you find lists by other people? You can open their profile page and see what lists they’ve created and what lists they are on, but that’s a bit time consuming, no? There has to be a tool, right? And yes! There is!

I like ListoriousOpens in a new tab. because it lets me find and follow lists people. TIP: when you click search, Listorious defaults to PEOPLE. Click LISTS to get a list.  Want a list of 400 or so wine people in Australia?

Australian wineries on Twitter

I don’t actually understand Listorious stated raison d’etre – to interview “experts” – but as a find and follow tool, it’s unparalleled. And note: @winewipesoz is no more, but the list is kept here, in the secondary (ecosystem) online community, which is awesome.

The key with social media is that someone else has already done the heavy lifting. Don’t YOU curate the list – at least not until you’ve checked whether someone else has already done it.  You don’t have to find the top bloggers in an industry – someone who knows the social network (people, not tool) better than you has already created and distributed the list. Find a source you trust and start unravelling the secret lists. 😛

A list is a list – doesn’t tell you quality or influence or quantity or sentiment –  but it’s a start.  Have fun.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

19 thoughts on “Twitter: how to find lists and followers based on bio

    1. I’ve put another post up for you http://laurelpapworth.com/find-twitter-followers-by-location-2011/ which shows how to find Twitter followers based on location – though you can put a town in Listorious and find lists of people in that town (as long as someone has curated it).

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