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Twitter Hack: How To Add Yourself To Your Own Twitter List

Angela Randall 02-05-2014

Have you ever created the perfect Twitter list to share with people only to realise that you can’t add yourself to the list? It can really ruin the usefulness of your list.


Yeah, I’m afraid Twitter seems to think that the list of “Pete’s BBQ mates” no longer needs to have “Pete” on it. Why? Who knows. Perhaps Twitter expect lists to be private instead of shared. Maybe featuring in your own list is considered “gaming the system” rather than just “useful”. The point is, you used to be able to do it and now you can’t. And there are good reasons for wanting yourself on your own list.

Don’t worry, we can get around this, and it’s not even that hard to do. All you need is a Twitter client and a few minutes to spare.

Why Would You Want To Be On Your Own Twitter List?

Twitter lists are great. They help you filter the noise of Twitter How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing When it comes to social networks, Twitter is as noisy as it gets. You’d think the 140-character limitation would make it quiter, but in reality, it’s pretty much the opposite. This makes Twitter a hard... Read More and focus on the topics you find interesting on a moment-to-moment basis. You can even use them to essentially block Twitter users without them knowing How To Block An Annoying User On Twitter One of the big problems with social media - and the Internet in general - is the delicate balance of having to maintain one’s privacy without being a completely boxed-in hermit of anonymity. As useful... Read More . Plenty of people also make useful Twitter lists public, How To Create, Discover and Follow Twitter Lists Read More so you can follow them instead of creating your own.

If you’re part of a group and want to create a Twitter list to keep all of the members up-to-date with Twitter goings-on easily, creating a list of that group that doesn’t show your own Tweets doesn’t make sense. Basically, Twitter nowadays only lets you create that list for the rest of the group. You’re excluded from it even though you’re the one trying to do the organising. Great.

I found this out when I tried to make a list of Twitter users from a group I frequent on Facebook. Of course, I want to be on it — then everyone can just follow my list instead of creating their own replica of the list.


Another, more professional reason for doing this, is if you’re a small business or marketer and want to group together like-minded businesses. This can make it easier for your followers to see your updates all at once. For instance, a bunch of Twitter accounts of businesses from the same town, or a list of your favourite activists for any given cause. If you fit into the group, you’d want to feature on the list. It’s only natural.

So how can you do this?

Use TweetDeck To Add Yourself To Your Twitter List

To add yourself to your own Twitter list, you actually need to use TweetDeck, which is thankfully available online now (as well as a TweetDeck Firefox addon and a TweetDeck Chrome extension Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client If you use Twitter in any capacity, there’s a 75% chance you’re using a client. After all, Twitter’s web interface is not the most convenient, and if you’re keeping track of more than one account,... Read More ).

Either sign in with your TweetDeck login or your Twitter account. Twitter owns TweetDeck now, so it doesn’t make a lot of difference which account you use, unless you want to see your old TweetDeck layout. For now, you just want to see the one list.



Down in the bottom-left you’ll see an icon for your lists. Click that to bring up the lists window. Now either find your list or create a new one from here. Note that this will change your actual Twitter lists, not just lists within TweetDeck.

Click on the list, then click on edit in the top right-hand corner. A search form will come up on the left, where you can type your Twitter handle and click on the search icon. Click on the plus next to your Twitter bio in the search results. Here you can see I am going to add myself to my “Artists And Musicians” list.



Once you’re on that list, you and everyone else following the list will see your Tweets included alongside everyone else’s. Finally.


So, the process is a little convoluted but not that difficult. Twitter stopped allowing it on the regular client, so maybe this trick won’t be around forever. Set up your lists now and you’ll be sorted!

Are you glad to be able to add yourself to your Twitter lists?


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  1. Tim Dearborn
    May 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I did not see the icon for "Lists" in the bottom left corner. However I added my list as a column, and was then able to edit it. Thank you for the article. This was very helpful!

  2. Michael de Groot
    March 14, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Wow, fantastic hack, I had no idea you could do this, so pleased I found this article. Thank you so much!

  3. Melinda
    October 25, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I was deleted from a group and the members can't add me back in. Anyone have an idea of how to get me back in the group? I am not blocking anyone

  4. Steph
    May 31, 2016 at 9:14 am

    You just saved my day! Thank you so much

  5. Ansgar
    February 25, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for that tip, worked like a charme!

  6. MioBooks
    February 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Lists are now accessed through the 'add column' button.

  7. Lg
    February 5, 2016 at 5:30 am

    This was a simple solution, thank you!

  8. Christianstt
    January 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Still works! Thank you!

    • Angela Randall
      January 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Yup - Can't believe it's still the only way! :)

  9. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    It worked for me. Thank you much.

  10. Anonymous
    June 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Sadly this does not seem to work anymore. I am unable to find my self in the search results.

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      It helps to complain - now it mysteriously worked on the second try.

      Tried searching both for Twitter handle and name the first time. Found nothing.
      This second time - I find the profile using both.

  11. Anick-Marie Bouchard
    May 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I just tried your solution, and apparently it encounters a problem. I don't know if this is a general thing or if this is just me. :(

  12. Holly
    April 11, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Thank you for solving the mystery, Angela!

  13. Mary
    February 12, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Awesome, fixed in 5 mins. Thanks.

  14. Mark
    January 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Very helpful, many thanks Angela. Mark.

  15. Vanessa Blaylock
    October 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks Angela! I'm on one of my old lists, and was surprised not to be able to add myself to a new list. Tweetdeck doesn't seem to have the Toolbar > List button anymore, but by adding my list as a column, I was able to do what you described.


    • Angela
      October 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Glad it's still possible. :)

  16. Joris @ Digital Defense
    July 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Another option is to use Hootsuite. It also allows you to add your own Twitter account to your lists.

  17. Karthick
    May 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    thank you very much!