I often find myself in the predicament of not having a tool that I need — it either doesn’t exist or it doesn’t exist in the exact way I need it to work.
Ever happened to you? If you’ve spent much time working with social tools, you hear what I’m screaming!
Today, I saw a tweet from fellow community manager Jenna Langer:
Does anyone know of a tool that creates a Twitter list of users that tweet with a specific hashtag? Would be great for #cmgrchat
I offered up BlastFollow (which allows you to follow users of a certain hashtag)*** and we also tossed out Formulists, an application with a robust suite of List functions (which blows the Conversationlist app way outta the water!) that I am VERY excited about!
Of course, while we’re on the subject of twitter lists, how could we forget TweepML?
You’d think with all of these solutions, there’d be at least ONE that collected users of a particular hashtag and converted them to a twitter list, right? WRONG!
This is about the time I had a thought and went to work to see if I could make it happen! Here’s how I did it (and for the record, it worked!):
1) I went to What The Hashtag and searched for #cmgrchat http://wthashtag.com/Cmgrchat
2) Click View Transcript, and Export as HTML
3) Created a new list on TweepML, and in the “Find users on this link” field, I entered the URL from the What the Hashtag transcript.
Still following me right? It was about now that I was getting ready to give up, and almost tweeted that, but after having done that much work, how could I?
4) a. Because I was doing this as a test, and didn’t want to use my twitter account, I created new twitter account for the cmgrchat test.
4) b. I followed everyone on the TweepML list from the new twitter account.
5) I created the cmgrchat list and added each person to that list.
(This last step, was the only manual part, but was still fairly quick.)
For other chats looking to do this – and in particular to keep it up from week-to-week, I think someone would need to repeat steps 1-3. Obviously, you can skip 4a.
In step 4b, you will still follow all in the list (of course, TweepML will skip anyone you are already following). When the following is done, you just need to go back and add each new person to the list. The first time this was time intensive, but in future updates, it should be quick to just add the new folks to the list.
The only real issues I see here are for larger chats the initial set up could be time consuming (this took me about 10 minutes for a chat of 115) and when the chat list reaches 500 people, you won’t be able to add anyone else to the twitter list. However, I’m thinking that creating the new twitter account to “host” the lists is a great solution to this problem because then you could simply create a new list (like cmgrchat2) and take up too many of your available lists on your personal account for your chat list.
That outta tide you over until someone fixes this problem… and STAT!
***UPDATE 9/9/10: Blastfollow.com no longer works.