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How Twitter Lists Get You the Latest News

En español | Editor’s Note: AARP TEK stands for technology, education, and knowledge. TEK helps people 50-plus who want plain language and user-friendly information on how to best use personal technology. The free program provides comprehensive online and in-person technology tips, trends, tools and hands-on lessons.

In mid-September 2013, a gunman entered the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and randomly killed 12 people. Information about the danger to employees in Navy Yard buildings and the general public was kept up-to-date almost immediately with the help of official Twitter accounts delivering immediate messages. Additionally, newsrooms in the area continued to follow updates by posting information on news Twitter accounts.

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Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer. — Ian Cunningham

An emergency situation is just one of many ways Twitter can keep you current on topics that matter to you. If you follow many different accounts on the social network, you’re able to separate them based on topics and interests.

See also: Step-by-step guide to create Twitter lists (PDF)

Twitter allows you to create lists. These are collections you can create for yourself privately — or as public lists, so others can follow them, too.

Explore how others use lists. AARP has a handful of lists focused on specific topics and people. Check out its technology list. You might find a whole collection of Twitter users you didn’t know could be helpful.

If you like one of AARP’s lists, you can subscribe to it. That means you don’t have to follow all the accounts yourself. Any time you visit your Twitter lists, you can check out an AARP list. Some newsrooms create lists when there’s breaking news or collect experts during ongoing news events.

You can learn more about how to create and subscribe to lists by downloading the AARP TEK guide to Twitter lists. It's just one of many helpful guides available through the AARP TEK social media training page.

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