Hello and welcome to The Twitter List for 2015. It’s the 4th successive year i’ve done such a thing. The concept is simple, it’s a breakdown of people and organisations I think are worth following on Twitter, but from a Northern Ireland perspective.
Not everybody on the list is from Northern Ireland, or even reside there, but most do.
This list was ‘inspired’ by The Independent doing a Twitter List in 2012, but most of them were of no interest to me. Instead of waiting for a Northern Ireland version, I decided to do my own one. So here, is the list ……
There are plenty of promoters involved in bringing concerts to Belfast. These include @davidhullpromo @magillpromoni @aei_2011 @rollinspromo @aikenpromotions @mcd_productions @noelmchale
Some of those work on an All Ireland basis, so are worth following if you fancy a road trip.
Of course, for actually buying CDs (yes, they exist) and DVDs, as well as instore events @headbelfast @hmvbelfast
For news and reviews @alcoholirony @chordblossom @acrosstheline
Belfast’s two big events are on Twitter. Expect their accounts to get busier over the coming months @tennentsvital @belsonicbelfast
Not a music festival, but it does feature some music, and talking about music, taking place in Bangor every September @aspectsfestival
In terms of journalists, there is of course, the legend that is @stu_bailie
Two concert venues worth following for news, and set times (so you can make you plans for that night) @odysseyarena @limelightni
If you enjoy live music, you might want to know where to get a ticket. You could always try @ticketmasterire
Many photographers use Twitter to showcase their work. The best of which isn’t with us any more, as it is an account set up by his relatives, keeping his work alive. @photosallan is a fascinating archive of Belfast photos from the 1970s onwards, of the work of press photographer Allan McCullough.
On a UK wide basis, @gettysport @stuart_photoafc @tomjenkinspix and @bluemcardle are worth following, especially if you like football.
If you love football photography, you should follow @homesoffootball
If you like your football photography to be of an Irish League variety, you should follow @cwood_95 and @darrangilpin
Press photographers worth folowing include @photomcq @kscott_04 and @snappercherry
Other photographers worth following include @emgornall and @azoraphoto
Northern Ireland’s Marketing community is well represented on Twitter, with many organisations and people present on Twitter, often tweeting on behalf of their clients, including @rlagroup @dcpstrategicom @naked_pr @pmlgroupni @image_zoo @mcgilliemediapr @asg_pr @powerpeopleni @rumourmill_pr @grainnemcgarvey @jagocomms @acupoflee @hamillbosket @rnncomms @avbbrand @joannemcneill1 @thetomorrowlab @cipr_ni @ardmoreadv @informcomms @mammothbelfast @massivepr @chrislove1 @baxter_pr @mcenewsfeed @wearebluecuve @morrowcomms @freshwaterniroi @lkcomms @avbgroup @nlbothwell @aikenpr @lighthouseni @duffyrafferty @smartscomm @sineaddoyle @jprnewswire @cathy_martin @john_meg
For UK wide industry news, follow @marketinguk and @prweeknews
Irish League football keeps growing and growing on Twitter. Journalists worth following include @garethhanna11 @ge_lurganmail (as the name suggests, works for the Lurgan Mail, obviously focusing on Glenavon) @mclarkeshow @egrantcameron @taggartjoel @liam_beckett @grahamluneybt @ourlogie @garethfullerton @markjmcintosh @laurejames @nialfoster @holtchris (and covering Yorkshire as a bonus)
Blogs and media outlets which cover Irish League football worth following include @sundaylifesport @nifootballdaily @bbcsportni @utvsport @thesocialclubni
Official accounts covering domestic football in Northern Ireland include @officialnifl @officialirishfa
If you like your news Linfield based an unofficial, follow @southstandsays and @linfield_fc
Official accounts of top flight clubs – @ballinamallard @ballymenaunited @cliftonvillefc @colerainefc @crusadersfc @dgnswifts @institute_fc @glenavon_fc @glentoran @officialblues @portadownfc @thepointfc
Challenging for promotion to the top flight – @ardsfc1900 @bangorfc @carrickrangers
Also worth following, working for Carrick Rangers – @bobocrfc
@vauxhallni is a account dedicated to the Narthern Ireland national team, run by their sponsors
Many Public Services in Northern Ireland are now on Twitter, and using it as a way of getting information to the public.
Government run Twitter accounts include @pressofficedrd @nidirect @niopressoffice @niexecutive
Other public body Twitter accounts worth following include @investni @consumercouncil @librariesni @hscboard @publichealthni
UK wide public accounts worth following include @ukcivilservice @guardianpublic
Police information (unmanned, so won’t reply if you tweet it) @psnibelfast
For travel and weather – @bbcnitravel @metofficeni
Twitter is mostly about fun, and there are plenty of accounts which bring you nothing but fun.
If you want to know about flags – @flagfacts
If you want to pitch TV ideas for shows starring footballers – @footballtvshows
Irish based satire – @whispersltd
UK based satire – @newsthump
A celebration of music artwork gone bad. Or good – @badalbumcovers
Remember, the customer is always right – @callprobs
Portraits of footballers, done on post-it notes @postitplayers
The adventures of Alan Curbishley trying to get another job in football management – @alansavailable
A guy called Jim who will paint anything you want. Anything. @jimllpaintit
A daily dose of Peep Show @peepshowqotd
A daily does of The Simpsons @simpsonsqotd
Internet comment boards. They attract the strangest people. @bestofthemail@mufc_facebook @rawk_meltdown
For the moments when life resembles Alan Partridge @accidentalp
Public Transport shenanigans @sleepycommuters @translinkpr
Seen a football shirt? Call @shirtspotter
For 90s nostalgia, follow @we_luv_the_90s
Each year, football gets bigger on Twitter, with more accounts to follow.
@groundtastic is the account of a magazine dedicated to football grounds, posting old pictures of football grounds from yesteryear
With qualification to Euro 2016 to be decided this year, @euroqualifiers is the official Twitter account of the competition.
@ronaldkoeman is rather entertaining, one of the few Premier League managers on Twitter, good for train and plane pictures going to and from matches.
If you want to know if there is a game on TV soon, follow @footieontv
For news, @skysportsnewshq is worth a follow.
Journalists worth following include @janineself @jacquioatley @samuelluckhurst @danielharris @marcwebber @brynlaw @stumathiesonmen @patmurphybbc @_manishbhasin @tim_vickery @robbopalmer @andymitten @dtguardian @blogdroed @sarahmufc93
If you like Spanish football, worth following is @english_as @ligabbva_eng @revistadelaliga
If you like old and retro football pictures @theskystrikers @scotsfootycards
Also worth following, is @footy40yearsago – tweeting football from 40 years ago, as live
Official governing bodies to follow @fifacom @uefaeuro
A club (Everton) PR person worth following is @efc_helenmayo
If you want to see football moments recreated in classic video game form – @8bitfootball
Bloggers worth following include @yicetor @unitedite @mirkobolesan @beardedgenius @seidodge
Going to London and want to see a game? @ldnfootyguide will give you the lowdown
A magazine account worth following, looking at the off-field issues of the game is @fcbusiness
The final is coming up soon, so you should probably follow @capitalone_cup
Another Twitter account of an English club competition that might interest you – @premierleague
Or possibly, @football_league
For latest news from League Of Ireland football, @sseairtricitylg
Official competition accounts of the two European club competitions @europaleague @championsleague
If you like to mock bad punditry – @howalanseesit @footballcliches
And if you want to complain about your team always being on last on Match Of The Day – @bbcmotd
For Man United related GIFs @beautifullyred
NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA
Northern Ireland’s media is well represented on Twitter
Newspaper/Magazine accounts worth following include @beltel_business @irish_news @thesun_ni @nitravelnews @thesundaylife
TV news accounts to follow include @bbcnewsline @utvlivetonight @utvnews
TV continuity accounts to follow – @utvonair @@bbconeni
Journalists worth following include @skydavidblevins @alexkane221b @collettasmith @taramillstv @nevinfarrell @jolong03 @bigivanlitte @_chrisjones_ @sarahgirvin @markmcfadden @jamie_utv @kenreid_utv @citybeatsara @mlchealth @markdevenport @rblackbt @kimkellykk
@electionni covers election related news. It might get a bit busy this year.
If you enjoy random stories from the courts, your should follow @nevinfarrell
There are also media outlets and journalists outside Northern Ireland worth following.
Especially worth following, is @suttonnick for posting front and back pages from national newspapers late at night.
He is complimented by accounts looking at the media such as @ukpapers and @themediatweets
For TV news, follow @telegraph_tv and @radiotimes
Journalists worth following include @michaellcrick @chrisskuddersky @simon_price01 @eve_barlow @prodnose
We all need one, and there are plenty of Twitter accounts to help you get or find one.
If you want to see the latest job listings in the UK Civil Service – @ukcsjobs
For advice on jobhunting – @guardiancareers @concisecv
Reruitment Agencies operating in Northern Ireland – @premiereni @corvus_jobs @brightwaterni @kennedyrec @diamondjobs @graftonrec @abacusjobs @lynnrecruitment
For jobs listings in Northern Ireland – @qubjobs @coolfmjobs @niwork @nijobfinder @recruitni @nijobscom
There are quite a few accounts worth following for events/news in Belfast.
@belfastbookfest is the official account of the Belfast Book Festival, unsurprisingly. It usually takes place in June.
Another event account worth following is @cqaf
@ulsterrugby for all the latest news from Ravenhill.
@culturenightbel is one of the highlights of the year in Belfast. It usually takes place in the middle Friday in September.
If you want to know what Belfast folk are Tweeting about, follow @trendsbelfast
@extramuralactiv is a good account to follow for Street Art/Murals in Belfast.
If you want to go to a show at the BBC, @bbcaudiencetix and @bbcnievents are the accounts to follow.
NI JOURNALISTS/WRITERS ABROAD
There are plenty of Northern Ireland journalists living and working far afield. Ones to follow are @nornironknight @sarahrainey4 @billneelynbc @skysportspaulg @skyorla @ianwoods @jenofcroths @kellyallen01
…….. AND FINALLY
I hope you enjoyed that, and discovered some new accounts worth following. It would be rude not to do some self promotion, you can follow me on @andrewastewart