tlists allows you to search, curate, join and follow Twitter lists, a tool that is needed to make lists useful. The main page starts you with a slick interface with some top lists and the hashtag categories they cover, as well as a search. You are able to see the curator, apply to the list and even follow it. Authentication is done via oAuth to Twitter for ease of integration your account. You are able to add your own lists as well.
I authenticated myself quickly, with one of the best oAuth descriptive screens I have seen in the thousands of tools we review. I was given views for:
- lists I own/curate
- share curation
- have applied
The charting of the lists showed stats on:
- tweets per day
- status of who can apply to the list
Right there I was impressed with the list management so I moved on to searching. I searched for Lotus, as in the software and learned something unique the service offers. It showed me matching lists and SuperLists.
SuperLists are real-time channels comprised of the most frequently ‘listed’ Twitter feeds in a vertical or geographic category.
The TLISTS aggregator adds or updates tens of thousands of Twitter Lists every day. These Lists are continuously indexed by their name, description, member bios and recent member tweets — and then, if relevant, sorted into hundreds of popular categories. Several times a day, the Lists within every category are synthesized to generate the SuperList.
The matching SuperList is the channel that most frequently includes your search query.
This was a great discovery!! If you decide to apply to a list it actually sends a tweet to the list owner asking to be added. A tad self presumptuous having to ask someone to be part of it. Mainly when the only follower of the list is the list curator themselves.
Still a great way to find lists, follow lists and help be part of simplifying seeing massive amounts of content without following hundreds of people.