Twitter Lists for Parents: Find Great Parenting Resources -- and Other Parents -- on Twitter
Twitter recently introduced Twitter lists – a fun new feature that allows you to create lists of people or organizations you follow. Naturally, people on Twitter, who tend to be a rather obsessive bunch, are going a little crazy with the new feature. The net result? There's a fabulous new Twitter list being born every minute.
Here's a roundup of some of the best Twitter lists for parents I've spotted so far. (As always, if I've missed some of your favorites, you can add them in the comments section below.)
Parenting and parent education resources
As you'd expect, there are plenty of lists about parenting and parent education.
Nancy Prisby (CoachNancyP) has created a list of parenting education resources.
PBS (pbs) has created a list of the top resources for parents.
The LATimes' social media guy Andrew Nystrom (latimesnystrom) has created an umbrella list -- moms - dads - kids - parenting -- consisting of both people and resources.
Sweetmama.ca (Sweetmamadotca) is just starting to create some lists, and it looks like those lists are going to be fun, so you may want to check back to see how those lists come together.
I have also created some other parenting-related lists.
Parents with the write stuff
A number of lists for parents have something to do with writing or blogging.
Beth Blecherman (TechMama) has created a list of mombloggers groups.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi's (InkyElbows) has created a list of Toronto kid-lit authors.
Rachel Jameson (RachelJJameson) has created a list of young adult authors.
And I created a list of parents who love to write because a surprising number of the people who follow me on Twitter love to write.
Find that (Canadian) parent
Maria (BOREDmommy) has created a list of Canadian moms.
Emma Willer (ewiller) has created a list of Canadian parents.
John James (JustAnOttawaDad) has created a list of Ottawa parents.
phdinparenting (phdinparenting) has created another list of Ottawa parents.
Gwendolyn Floyd (LeftCoastMama) has created a list of Vancouver parents.The closest thing I've found to a list of Toronto parents is Catherine Connors' (herbadmother) list t-dot-com featuring all things Toronto.
Parents just want to have fun
Some of the most creative lists I've discovered are the ones that Gabrielle Blair (designmom) has been putting together. I particularly enjoyed these lists of hers:
Two parting comments
So there you have it -- my list of Twitter lists for parents. I hope you'll share some of your own current faves (or some of your own Twitter lists-in-progress) in the comments section below. But first, I have two parting comments.
1. It will be interesting to watch how Twitter lists evolve over time -- how people find new uses for them; eliminate some of their lists that aren't particularly useful (because someone has created a better version of the same list) and replace those lists with something even more innovative, creative, and useful to the Twitter community.
2. My Twitter lists (@themotherofall) are still very much lists-in-progress. (These things are surprisingly time-consuming to put together.) So if you know you should be one one of my lists but you aren't there yet, help me out by following the appropriate list so that I'll find you when I'm doing list maintenance. I'll still use my discretion, of course, but you'll make my job a whole lot easier. And I'll be able to lose some of my Twitter list guilt. (Like any parent needs more guilt.)