Twitter turns on new 'Lists' functionality

Beta trial rolled out to a quarter of all users.

Twitter has added new functionality to its service.

Twitter has added new functionality to its service.

Notice a few changes to your Twitter account?

Twitter’s explosion in popularity has had one very unwanted side-effect: Keeping track of all those followers is downright tricky.

So Twitter developers have added a new function to the service, called 'Lists', which allows users to create lists of Twitter users. Twitter has turned on Lists for about a quarter of all users and plans to roll out the functions to all accounts. It has also asked users not to tweet about the new function as it's still in beta.

“The idea is to allow people to curate lists of Twitter accounts,” wrote project lead, Nick Kallen, on the Twitter blog. “For example, you could create a list of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time, athletes, local businesses, friends, or any compilation that makes sense.”

The lists will be public by default but users will be able to make them private. They can also be linked from Twitter profiles.

“Other Twitter users can then subscribe to your lists. This means lists have the potential to be an important new discovery mechanism for great tweets and accounts,” said Kallen.

Many Twitter users already use other clients such as TweetDeck, Hootsuite and iTweet to organise and keep track of updates and Twitter receives frequent requests for organisation tools to be integrated into the service.

The Platform team will also provide information on the Lists API so developers can integrate Lists into their Twitter apps.

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