For anyone out there thinking about getting a Twitter account, or has one and doesn’t know what to do with it, here is a quick guide to some of the better accounts to follow.
For any news junkies, Twitter is a dream come true. Most media outlets these days have accounts that tweet the latest stories. @BreakingNews is an account that tweets the latest headlines from various news sources like AP, Reuters, CNN, etc. @BBCWorld is ideal for anyone who wants to know what’s going on outside of the United States. @AJEnglish is the official account of Al Jazeera English, a must-follow for anyone interested in the Middle East.
Those interested in U.S. politics may find @HouseFloor, @SenateFloor and @USSupremeCourt interesting. Each of these accounts will post updates on the proceedings of the day. @TheHill, the Congressional newspaper, also has a very good account.
Twitter is great for people who like sports. Every major athletic league has an account, as do most individual teams and many players. These accounts are not only useful for sports news, but also tweet score updates as games progress. @SportsCenter frequently features tweets from fans on the show.
Science has found a home on Twitter. @NASA and many astronaunts have fascinating accounts. The coolest of these is @CassiniSaturn, which tweets the photos that the Cassini satellite takes while orbiting Saturn and its moons. The @Smithsonian and @NatGeoSociety are two of the best accounts to follow for constant intellectual stimulation.
Everyone knows many celebrities are on Twitter, but many may be surprised that the @DalaiLama has an account, too. @StephenAtHome, the account
belonging to Stephen Colbert, claims the title of Most Retweeted. @God_Damn_Batman keeps the streets of Gotham City safe in order to avoid anger management classes, @Lord_Voldemort7 is recruiting for a cause and the complete works of William Shakespeare are being tweeted line-by-line by @IAM_SHAKESPEARE.
@FoodNetwork and @CHOW tweet recipes daily for those who may be stuck for dinner ideas. @WorldHistory101 explains why this day was important in history.
@OMGFacts tweets some of the most random pieces of information about things one might never have thought about.
Some individuals have created Twitter accounts to share daily encounters with the ridiculous. @CharlieMcDowell created “Dear Girls Above Me” as a means to cope with thin walls and loud neighbors. The @shitmydadsays account was given a book deal, as well as a canceled television show.
One can follow the U.S. @NationalDebt on Twitter as well as see what the characters of @SesameStreet have been up to. @FunnyOrDie posts updates to its site, as well as one-liners. @TIME has put its entire magazine online for everyone’s reading pleasure. Frank of @PostSecret fame tweets additional secrets he receives but doesn’t post on his site.
Reach contributor Betsey Horton at Elizabeth.Horton@usd.edu.