One of the biggest challenges using Twitter lists is that there’s no way to auto-update those lists. What this does is that very soon it loses value since its no longer an accurate representation of the folks I intended to follow on this list. What if I told you that starting today, you could add all your business connections to a list that also auto-updates every day.
Adam Nash just announced the latest version of LinkedIn’s Tweets App, which allows you to do just that by automatically creating a private Twitter list (let’s call it Business List for now) of all your LinkedIn connections that dynamically updates each day. Connect with more folks on LinkedIn and they automatically get added to your Business List on Twitter. Remove connections from LinkedIn and they drop off your Business List. I may go as far as calling it “magical”. But, I won’t, cos that would be hyperbole.
So, here are three quick steps to set up your Twitter Business List via LinkedIn:
1. Have you connected your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts?
If you haven’t done this yet, I’m not sure why you would want to try out Twitter lists, but I digress… Get your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts synced so your friends can find you when they create their own Business Lists.
2. Find and install the Tweets App on LinkedIn
Find LinkedIn’s Application Directory under the “More” header tab.
Clicking on the Tweets app (via Application Directory) will take you to the Tweets Homepage.
3. How can I create a Twitter list of my LinkedIn connections?
Adam’s post describes the feature set in detail, but let me just say that there’s something for every user in this release.
a. LinkedIn users who are just getting started on Twitter
Try the “Connections to Follow” widget on the Tweets App homepage. Left sidebar.
b. LinkedIn users who are starting to get Twitter
Try the “Connections” tab for a longer list of your LinkedIn connections’ Twitter ids to follow.
c. LinkedIn users who can’t live without Twitter
Try the “Dynamic List” option, which creates the private auto-magically updated Twitter List that you can then access from Tweetdeck and a host of other Twitter clients. It’s the “Save as Twitter list” widget on the left sidebar of the Connections page.
As I said, you may notice that following your business connections still doesn’t include either media brands or just brands in general that you’d like to follow. That’s why I’ve created a public list of carefully nurtured Twitter list of Tech blogs / news outlets to complement my private Twitter Business List.