Some stream of consciousness thinking here about the opportunities that may (or may not) have opened up with Twitter lists.
I look after the open university twitter account and today put out a tweet asking followers what lists they wanted creating / or wanted to join. I got a massive response and although the majority of the lists currently contain only one or two people I hope that will change over time.
The types of lists that I was asked to create fall into one of two categories: either a course list DD101 or a subject list Law. The first of these is great because it enables students / alumni of particular courses to come together in a way which is a little more formal than following a hashtag.
I wonder if it’s the second of these (law / psychology etc) which holds real promise for the organisation using twitter in terms of developing partnerships with other organisations in order to create extra value.
Already students have asked me to add the law society gazette , the law society for england and wales and the law society scotland to the law list and this made me wonder about how this might encourage us (as twitter accounts or even organisations) to work together to create extra value for people who use the list. I’m sure we all have resources available to us that each others’ followers would appreciate.
On a related note, if we are to build up really valuable subject-specific lists I really need a way of feeding content into specific lists using hastags. Anyone know of a way?
EDIT: I also need a way to sync list followers with people in the list – kind of like an automatic follow for people who follow you. I think this is the right approach to take (is it?!?) since the value of the list is created by the people in it. you follow the list because it is something you re interested in / tweet about. If that is the case other people on the list want to know about that content.