The next step for Twitter Lists — Entire countries

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[Ireland] Social media consultants Simplyzesty started using Twitter Lists to list blogs. However, a brainwave has lead them to take Twitter Lists to their logical conclusion: creating lists of Twitter users in entire countries. They’ve launched a Twitter list for the UK and the list of users in Ireland is currently going crazy. They call it “crowdsourcing populations”. Who knows – this could end up being a sort of crowd-sourced yellow pages/people directory.

A couple of hours ago they launched a USA version with a script built to make the listings automatic. The plan is to do is to cover the USA in 72 hours.

Here’s how you get yourself into the list. The Irish one was built by hand, but the others are going to be built with a script but Twitter users tweeting “I want to get listed #TwitterCalifonia [or another state]” and Simplyzesty will collect all the tweets and add them to the lists for each State. In the UK Twitter users can tweet #TwitterEssex, replacing the county name with the county you live in.

Now clearly this might raise some issues for some (do you really want to be publicly listed as being in a certain country?) and potentially creates a list others might decide to abuse. We all know what happened to email eventually. It’s also clearly a useful marketing exercise for Simplyzesty.

But the lists could also show roughly where the Twitter populations are most active in the US (California is my fairly sure bet).

The full US Twitter lists are here, here and here because there are 50 states but Twitter only allows you 20 lists per profile.

UPDATE: As commenters helpfully correct me below, lists are limited to 500 users at a time. However, Simplyzesty says their contacts at Twitter indicate that the 500 limit is “not a technical issue” and may well be lifted. They’re also looking at other workarounds. Still, the project does still look, shall we say, a little ambitious…

  • http://twitter Dr Rand Pink

    Join my list: Bread, milk, lettuce, grapes, avocados, spinach, yogurt…

  • Hugo Chveza

    There are 12 million undocumented twitteries in the U.S. – what will happen to them? Will they get amnesty? Or should the legislator create @simplyamerica/undocumented and then delete them all?
    Call your congressman today and demand a twitter reform, such that if one manages to post 100 smart twits that are actually useful for someone then he or she gets a green card.

    • Kushal

      funny! +1

  • Jason

    Pretty sure lists were not meant for this…

    • Kushal

      Pretty sure most twitter features were not meant for anything that we use them for. :P

  • franky

    Lists like these are pretty handy if you want to create a mashup for local tweets, i have one for the town I live in and it will be used for a local directory and event site.

  • Ben

    This is not going to end well.

    Besides, lists should be used for more important things like my one:

  • Mike D

    And the point of this is…..?

    Plus you can only have max 500 people within a list.

  • NUMEROLOGIST Michael Searles

    A list for this . . . a list for that
    A list for everything
    Now Twitter chat

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  • Jorge Avila

    Somebody has a lot of free time :P

  • Robert Scoble

    Mike: you really should have called Twitter about this. A list can only have 500 members. This idea is incredibly lame and a stupid reason for a TechCrunch post. Sorry.

    • Alfie

      Not only that but the self-imposed 72 hour deadline smacks of self promotion with no glimmer of a desire for public resource in sight.

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  • Don

    Er, they’ve missed Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland out of the UK.

    So, prior to reading how lame it is with only a maximum 500 members per list, I created Scotland.

    Thank god I’m on company time right now.

  • nintendo ds r4 kort

    Thanx for the valuable information. Lists like these are pretty handy if you want to create a mashup for local tweets. keep posting. Will be visiting back soon.

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  • Paul Smith

    Twitter will no doubt add this sort of functionality themselves in the months to come, or rather, re-introduce it – 18 months ago it was possible to search for users by location, but Twitter removed the option.

  • Don

    Not sure if this concept was well thought through before it was posted..hmm

  • Paul m

    Like someone above said, they have missed Scotland, Wales etc off the list, but I think thats all the reporting and blogging thats talking about the lists, as their site is called ‘English Twitter population’, not UK or GB twitter population which would be a different thing!

  • Joe Scanlon

    What a load of negative bullshit in the comments.
    SimplyZesty is a kick ass blog. Niall and Lauren might not “get it right” all the time, but they work their asses off and fire out some fantastic and helpful blog posts especially for small biz like mine.

    “Pretty sure lists were not meant for this…” ah shove it Jason!

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  • Andy

    This would be a fantastic idea, if our website wasn’t available. Geofollow allows users to list their location, and categorize yourself by interests.

    It’s completely free to list yourself, and you can bulk follow users by location.

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