This week for our She Said, He Said posts we decided to tackle Twitter lists. Shelby Sapusek leads off today with her take and I’ll follow up tomorrow. As usual tomorrow’s post will include topics for this week’s #shehechat over on Twitter at 8 p.m. CST each Thursday evening.
I would classify myself as a list person. I love lists. I make daily and weekly lists of work tasks in my little notebook and gleefully check them off one by one as I complete each. It’s ironic, therefore, that I don’t use Twitter’s Lists feature at all. (At this point, I will say that I’m a little hesitant to continue because I can almost hear the clicking of the mouse buttons as I get deleted from list after list across my networks.)
As of this writing, I’ve been listed on Twitter 126 times. I will admit that I have gone in and followed a very small number of those lists (less than 20), but I never actually navigate to those lists and look at just those streams. I prefer my general population stream that includes all of the nearly 2,000 people I follow. I never know where the good stuff is going to come from and I don’t want to miss anything when I’m actually online and paying attention.
It’s not that I don’t think the Lists feature in Twitter is beneficial. I’m positive that it is. Many people have given me great examples of how they use them for business and personal use. I just haven’t found a good reason yet to use it myself. I have even tried to convince myself. Long ago, I bookmarked a Mashable article on 10 ways to best use Twitter lists. Alas, I just can’t do it. Every social network has features that I don’t frequently use. Twitter lists is just one of those for me.
Ah, but there is more to it than that… if I’m being honest with myself.
I recently re-evaluated my stance on Twitter lists when I joined the Google+ community and I had to contemplate the concept of circles. Should I make circles beyond the default ones provided? Oh, how I have struggled with that. I have yet to make a unique circle and I also have yet to share something on G+ to only one specific circle. Much like on Twitter, everything I’ve shared on G+ has been public to anyone who’s following me.
I find this safer somehow because, the truth is, I’m a little scared to handle it any differently.
If you are familiar with me at all, you know I have a pretty strict social media strategy across all my networks. We can tick the issues off if you like: I don’t normally swear, I don’t discuss politics, I avoid religious discussions, etc.
For me, the problem with Twitter lists (and G+ circles for that matter) is that I can see myself creating ways to betray my own strategy. It will be okay to swear to just these people on this one Twitter list, right? I can broadcast my religious beliefs in just this one G+ circle I created, right?
That is just too slippery a slope for me right now.
I’m afraid of Twitter lists (and G+ circles) because they might enable me. So for now, my lists will be kept in my personal notebook and nowhere else. At the same time, I welcome anyone who is willing to step forward and try to change my mind.