The lists went live on October 15th on twitter. Twitter’s new Lists feature is a big hit right now. There are probably already millions of lists and they are growing by the second. But many of us are wondering what are these lists, why this feature and what is the best way to use them? Savvy individuals are looking for ways to use lists to further their personal or professional agendas.

The idea is to allow people to create lists of Twitter accounts. 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. With millions of Twitter accounts and thousands of people and topics to follow, Twitter lists help users organize information on twitter better

As most of us are still trying to figure it out, here are a few suggestions.  Below are lists you can create

1. Professional Peers

One way to use Twitter Lists is to keep your finger on the pulse of your industry. Tim O’Reilly(@timoreilly), founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, for example, created the Gov 2.0 list to accomplish this goal for government tweeters. Once you create your “Industry” list, share the link with your peers. (If you’re in a good mood that is).

2. Leaders & Experts

If you’re an expert, recognize other experts. Technology blogger Robert Scoble (@scobleizer) did this with his recent lists like, “most influential in tech,” and “web innovators,” for example. It’s a win both for Robert and for those he recommends.

3. Select Lists

The New York Times’ City Room crew created the “NYC Street Food Trucks” list for all things street food in New York City. Creating niche category lists can be very helpful for others, so think outside the box. Maybe there’s an audience who would love a list of all celebrities who have graced the cover of Vogue and tweet

4.Location or City List

Create a list of everyone in your city/town who tweets. Or create a list of city and/or state employees who tweet. If your mayor, village manager, school district board members and others are on Twitter, group them together to create a resource for others in your area.

5.Your Affiliations

Twitter Lists may also be good for promoting or listing your affiliations. Collegiate alumni associations, for example, are constantly looking for ways to keep people engaged, enter the “University XYZ Alumni List.” This concept works for any group, organization, association, etc.

Journalists, bloggers, promoters, and others could also create a list of affiliations as a way to disclose potential conflicts of interest. A public relations professional, for example, could create a list of their clients as a way to let followers know which of their tweets may exhibit a conflict of interest

There’s more coming up for you, as we explore the Twitter world.

Source: Mashable