Twitter Tweaks List Limitations [For The Better]

by Dwayne Kilbourne on June 2, 2013

Talk about a sigh of relief. For quite some time now, I have been pleading for Twitter to reassess its [terrible] list limitations. In the past, they only allowed a Twitter profile to have 20 lists, and each list was allowed to only have 500 people listed on it. If you recall in previous blog posts, I was not overly worried about the number of people/brands I could add to the list, but I was very furious about the inability to organize the people I follow on Twitter into more than 20 lists. For years, I would have to readjust and manually merge lists in order to eventually add another one. It was extremely frustrating, and I have to admit that I found it to be a nightmare.

Organizational Relief!

So, as Mashable reported in recent days, Twitter has now decided to be more list-friendly. Twitter profiles can now have a maximum of 1,000 lists, and each list can include 5,000 Twitter profiles on it. Wow! That’s quite the jump. As noted many times before, limiting to 20 lists was quite cramping, and it seemed to have made me more inefficient. In many cases, for example, I had to make lists more general in nature (i.e. bloggers and vloggers). This meant that I could not get the feed that I needed to at the time that I needed it. Now, that has changed. Now, I just have to go through my current lists and adjust them one by one. That might be taxing and take time, but it will be well worth it in the long run.

Some of Dwayne's Twitter Lists

Keeping It Simple!

I still will be sure to keep the list lengths reasonable. I cannot foresee me having any list include more than 1,000 profiles. To me and for my needs, that does not seem reasonable nor efficient. Since I have more list options, I will just be sure to group people more effectively into appropriate lists in lieu of rushing out to add 5,000 people to a list. Still, I’m thrilled that Twitter woke up and smelled the coffee on this one. Facebook never limited the number of lists you could create, so it was surprising that Twitter did not get smart about this topic long ago. Yet, it is better that they corrected this later than never. While I will not get close to these new limits, it is a relief that we all have more flexibility and scalability when it comes to our usage of Twitter. Of course, I’m not extra thrilled about everything Twitter is doing, but that is a discussion for another day. For now, Twitter made the right call about something important. How will you utilize this new flexibility? How many lists do you think you will have? 50? 100? 500? I’d love to hear all about it!

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  • Churchill Madyavanhu

    20 lists also complicated my life a bit. As you said better late than never, but now we need to waste time rearranging stuff we could have taken of so easily. I believe in the “touch it once” principle. It’s too late for that now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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