I, among many others, have been quizzically wondering for years why groups weren’t in the app from the beginning.
The lack of a grouping feature has (happily) spawned several great client apps, including TweetDeck, which had them first, and more recently, Brizzly, which I know I promised to cover and will, eventually.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, Twitter needs groups because as you follow more people, your tweetstream gets more noisy, making it way tougher to find useful and interesting content, assuming you believe this type of content exists on Twitter.
Not everyone will agree, but for me, groups (or lists) have kept me using Twitter, even as it gets more noisy.
Anyway, if lists have been added to your account, you can create your own (public or private) to segment your tweetstream, see the public lists of other users to which you belong (a nice little ego-trip), and view the public lists of other users who have the feature.
For example, our pals at Oracle Mix created a list of the “official” Oracle Twitter accounts, which you can view and follow here (note: if you don’t have lists yet, this URL won’t work), and oh by the way, @theappslab is now an “official” account.
Twitter has also altered profiles to add the number of lists to which a user belongs, right next to the followers and following counts.
If you’re interested, I’ve created a list for our little team, plus sometime-contributor Matt (@topperge) and the official WebCenter account (@oraclewebcenter). Follow if you like.
I wonder how apps, especially those that have added group functionality, will handle this new feature.
So, what do you think of lists? IMO, it’s about time. Find the comments.