The arrival of the Twitter List will mean well, nothing useful, really:
Ultimately, lists are nothing more than filters, built-into the service instead of achievable through TweetDeck or other clients. They’ll further devalue the following/follower numbers, and give numbers-gawkers something else to track. That’s the extent of it.
As a TweetDeck user, I haven’t had much occasion to play with the list function, which is called Groups therein; this is mostly because I couldn’t think of any reasonable criteria for setting up groups. Ultimately I outlined but never actually implemented the following scheme:
- Women I lust after greatly;
- Women I lust after somewhat less greatly;
And TweetDeck’s Groups function, I suppose, will be ultimately supplanted by Twitter Lists, simply because they’re supported by Twitter. I have noticed that TweetDeck, since 0.31, has dropped support for tr.im and has added features for bit.ly, which has been anointed as The Official URL Obscurer Of Twitter.
Meanwhile, I muddle through the best I can, without Groups or Lists or What-Have-You.