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Twitter amps up lists feature, lets users create 1,000 lists

Before today, users could only make 20 lists on the social network. But now, they can create up to 1,000 lists that each include 5,000 accounts.

Aiming to please those power tweeters, Twitter announced Thursday that it's expanding its list feature. Now users can make up to 1,000 lists that can each include 5,000 accounts.

This is a significant increase. Before today people could only have 20 lists, each with up to 500 accounts.

Twitter launched its lists feature in 2009 amid much fanfare. The long-awaited feature let users group Twitter accounts together for easy filtration. For example, people could create lists of all of news organizations they follow or tech gurus or quirky ones like food trucks. Without lists, streams of tweets were sometimes impossible to keep up with.

By default, lists are public -- although private ones can be created -- so they can be shared with anyone on Twitter. Other users can then subscribe directly to any public list if they are interested.

When contacted by CNET, a Twitter spokesperson said the reason the company expanded the lists feature was because people get a lot of value out of lists and it wanted to give them a chance to use them more. The spokesperson also noted that the expansion was being rolled out to all users on the social network.

Via The Next Web.

Updated at 5:35 p.m. PT with comment from Twitter spokesperson.