Twitter – How To Get Off Inappropriate Twitter Lists of Others

July 9, 2010 · 8 comments

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Twitter – How To Get Off Inappropriate Twitter Lists of Others

Twitter – How To Get Off Inappropriate Twitter Lists of Others

(AKA: How Do I Remove Myself From this Stupid Twitter List!)

twitter birdTwitter lists are a powerful twitter tool that allow us to more easily manage our followers by sorting them into public or private “groups”. Because majority of lists are public and have an incredibly high SEO value for such a simple tool, its important we keep an eye on these.

The problem isn’t really so much in our own lists… as it is when we end up on other people’s lists.

Now you WANT to get listed on niche related lists. Unfortunately it is all to easy to wind up on some stupid list that is either irrelevant or inappropriate or both!

How To Know What Twitter Lists You Are On

You can find out what lists you have been added to by going to your twitter profile. . In the upper right hand corner you will see “following”, “followers” and “listed”. This lets you see how many times you’ve been listed! The “listed” is a link you need to click.

Once you have clicked “listed” you will the lists, by owner and list name.

Now these lists are actually just fine, but lets pretend one was not. Lets just pretend that someone has listed me inappropriately at least for my business account.

In the list above you can see the list owners name, followed by the list name. If you click on that link, you will be taken to the list owners profile. That’s where we have to go to fix this!

It is possible to remove ourselves by reporting the individual as a spammer, but that’s awfully harsh if someone just has a silly list!

Sometimes though, we don’t have enough relationship with the person established to ask them to either rename their list just for us (ego!) or remove us (work!). Besides, they may happen to like their list just the way it is!

Steps To Remove Ourselves From An Inappropriate Twitter List:

1. Open the list owner’s profile
2. In the right-hand sidebar, scroll down until you see “Actions”.
3. Click BLOCK
4. Click UNBLOCK
5. Since that breaks the “follow” bond, you may wish to re-follow them.
6. Breathe a big sigh of relief.

That’s all there is to it! Easy Peasy!

If you like it, I’ve got some bookmark, share and syndicate buttons up there that are just begging for attention! (betcha didn’t know buttons could beg did ya? )

Would love to hear how you’re using twitter and twitter lists in your business! Drop me a message below and let me know what you think of this tip!


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Ira July 10, 2010 at 12:59 am

Twitter is an amazing site and you are right Twitter list is a powerful tool. It sad, but there will always be those that will spam us by adding us to their list without permission. We can try and reduce it, but I don’t think it will be stopped.

Great Post!


Linda G. Cox July 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hey Kimberly, like always your post is a weath of information! I really like twitter~ It’s amazing that with 140 characters, so much can be said! Thanks for the info!


Krista Abbott July 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Great information. Always wondered if there was a way to do that aside from straight out unfollowing the person. This gives a little twist that opens the possibility of breaking the bond without unfollowing forever.
Appreciate the tip!


Stacey Cavanagh July 12, 2010 at 3:46 am

I’ve been fortunate enough, as yet, not to find myself on any ‘unwelcome’ lists…

However, there are loads of them around and it’s worth knowing how to do that! Thanks!!


Peter Fuller MBA July 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

I have always wondered what “listed” meant.

Thanks Kimberly, I just took a look and everything I am listed on seems appropriate.


@PushingFifty July 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hey, Love your WP theme!

Thanks for the tip! But what if that person you blocked, then unblocked puts you back on the inappropriate list? Has that ever happened to you?

Thanks again for the timely tip. I’m beginning to boost my list usage/number of followers. This may prove handy! ;-)


Kimberly Castleberry July 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm

If they put you back on the list you’re either going to have to talk to them – if they are a friend – or block them and leave them blocked. That’s really you’re only options. I havent had it happen to me because I’m pretty quick to just block people who arent close enough friends that I can just ask them to remove me in the first place. If you leave them blocked they can’t relist you. Best of luck in your twitter journeys!


Lauren Ashley Miller January 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Thanks for this! I’ve been showing up on some random lists (Real estate agents, for example, which I’m not) and didn’t think I could do anything about it.
I appreciate the help!


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