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February 8, 2016 / carlispina

Create And Share Lists With The List App

The List AppIf you like creating lists, The List App is the perfect app for you. This app has a single purpose, but it does it very well. With it, you can follow other members to read their lists or create your own. When you first create an account in the app, you will be prompted to follow people you already know, as found from your Facebook, Twitter, or address book, or other popular accounts such as PBS or the New York Times. Once you have followed accounts, you will see all of the lists that they have shared and you can also search through lists by keyword or username.

You can, of course, also create your own lists as well. Each list must have a title and can, but does not have to, have a description. Once you have entered these, you can add as few or many items to your list as you would like. Each item can have a further description, an image, a link, or a location associated with it. If you are having a tough time coming up with a list idea, you can check out the starter ideas that the app provides, such as “To me happiness is…” or “Movies I’ll always watch if they’re on TV.” Completed lists can be saved for later or published immediately. Even after you have published your list, you can edit or add to it if you want, and you can even delete it if you would prefer. After you have perfected your list, you can share it via Facebook, Twitter, text message, email, or URL from within the app. Published lists can be commented on by other app users and they can also share your list through the same services. This is a fun app and I can definitely see how it could fit into the social media strategy of many libraries. It would be a nice way of sharing lists of recommended books on specific topics or lists of new purchases. Since it works well with other social media platforms, you can use it to reach patrons both who use the app and those who don’t. If these sound like functions that could be of use to your library, it is well worth checking out.

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