Hello and welcome to The Twitter List 2016, the 5th time I have done such a list.
The list began in 2012 when The Independent ran a similar feature in their newspaper. However, there was very little people of interest or relevence to me, and nothing related to Northern Ireland in the list.
So, instead of getting angry on the internet, I decided to do something about it, and create my own list.
This list is Northern Ireland centric, but not exclusive. It would be boring if it was. There’s no order and no overall winner, it’s just a list of journalists, writers and organisations I enjoy following on Twitter because they’re either funny or informative, or even both.
Don’t get offended if you’re not on the list, there’s always next year.
So here, is The Twitter List 2016 ……….
JUST FOR FUN
Hate clickbait articles? @savedyouaclick will save you the effort.
When the Guardian becomes such a Guardian cliche – @somuchguardian
@getinthesea is for people who love getting angry at awful things
@brickstand is worth following for football grounds made from lego.
For Satire, @whispersnewsltd is a must follow
@badalbumcovers celebrates awful album covers throughout music history
If you want to hear stories of awful customers, then @callprobs is for you.
@bestofthemail highlights the brilliant, bizarre and disturbing comments that appear on the Daily Mail’s website.
@jimllpaintit will paint anything for you. It is utterly brilliant.
@accidentalp is a joy for highlighting the moment when real life mirrors Alan Partridge.
Seen somebody in a football shirt? Contact @shirtspotter
@djscomplaining shows us all that the life of a DJ isn’t as wonderful as it seems.
@soverybritish became a TV show in Channel 4 during 2015, highlighting all the quaint problems that British people face every day.
@the90sdiary is for those missing the 90s, a day by day diary of the events of that decade.
@8bitfootball recreates footballing moments in 8 bit video game format.
@twoptips is the one to follow for life advice
@bbcarchive as the name suggests, produces gems from the BBC’s archive.
@sleepycommuters will ensure you never fall asleep on public transport again.
TV SHOW QUOTES
Whatever your favourite TV show is, there’s bound to be a Twitter account dedicated to it’s best moments. Here are some of mine.
@quotepeepshow @peepshowqotd @simpsonsqotd @frtedquotes
For the latest TV news – @radiotimes
If you want audience tickets @bbcaudiencetix @tvaudience @bbcnievents
For news on TV ratings @ratingsuk
For look back at TVs archives @tvlive @nornironknight
Royal Television Society NI @rts_ni
Like travelling? The following accounts might be useful if you’re planning a trip away somewhere : @visitscotland @visitbritain @visitwales @discoverireland @visitlondon @visitbelfast @visit_mcr @nitouristboard @visitengland
@nitravelnews will have a lot of travel news relating to people in Northern Ireland.
@simoncalder is also worth a follow for travel news.
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
There are quite a lot of events and festivals in Northern Ireland which have Twitter accounts. Some might be dormant now, but are worth following in the build-up to and during their event.
These include @aspectsfestival @belfastbookfest @culturenightbel @tennentsvital @cqaf @openhousefest @belsonicbelfast @belfastfestival
If you fancy travelling for an event, here are some that might interest you.
@groovefestival is a weekend concert in July worth keeping an eye on.
@latmofficial is a series of concerts in Cork which usually has a decent line-up.
Fancy a trip to Galway? Then @galwayintarts and @galwaycomedy are worth a follow.
For concert news in Belfast, promotion companies and promoters to follow include : @davidhullpromo @noelmchale @magillpromoni @rollinspromo @aikenpromotions @aikenpr @mcdproductions @jeffrobinsonpr
Venues to follow include @ssebelfastarena @limelightni @mandelahall
For news and reviews of concerts in Belfast : @the_thin_air @acrosstheline @giggingni
@ticketmasteruk @ticketmasterire for the latest news on where and how to buy concert tickets
Two music shops with an account with the latest deals – @headbelfast @hmvbelfast
Music bloggers to follow are @gonetodeadlock @popjustice while @totpfacts is worth a follow if you enjoy watching the Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC Four.
For national news and reviews, follow @qmagazine
Meanwhile, @SmashHits1980s is worth a follow, as the name suggests, it delves into Smash Hits 1980s archive.
For Street Art in Belfast, follow @viswaste @extramuralactiv @seedheadarts @faigyartist
Quite a lot of photographers are based on Twitter, both press photos and arty photos.
Worth following are : @matt_presseye @photomcq @kscott_94 @ramseycardy
@wsc_photos posts football photos from the past and present.
On a national level, @gettysport is worth a follow, as are @tomjenkinspix @bluemcardle @stuart_photoafc @homesoffootball
As the name suggests, @IrishLeaguePics posts Irish League pictures from last week to last century.
The best account to follow is @photosallan – keeping the legacy of Allan McCullough alive. Allan was a press photographer until his death in 2003, and this account publishes his work, ranging from the darkest hours of The Troubles, Irish League matches, and minor celebs doing Public Appearances. It’s a mixed bag but an excellent record of Northern Ireland’s history.
Some non Northern Ireland based journalists and writers worth following include : @martindaubney @marke11en @michaellcrick @prodnose (The King of Twitter) @alstewitn @earlsjohn @laoiseneylon @jamieross7 @afneil @alanbiggs1 @simon_price01 @eve_barlow @davidhepworth @georgierogers
@suttonnick is worth a follow as he posts newspaper front pages each night, as does @ukpapers
News outlets to follow include @itvnews @skynews @mediaweek @themediatweets @bbcnews
NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA
Northern Ireland’s three big newspapers are on Twitter – @irish_news @news_letter @beltel
As well as Northern Ireland editions of national newspapers @thesun_ni @dailymirrorni
As well as a Belfast Telegraph spin-off account @beltel_business
And on a Sunday @thesundaylife
@electionni will be worth a follow when the fun and games begin in April/May time.
Also worth following is @insideireland
Journalists to follow include : @naomijholland @connollymaeve @alexkane221b (who is generally right about most things) @mark_raineynl @bigivanlittle @darwintemplton @edwinmcfee @rblackbt @henry_mcdonald @noseforthenews6 @KimKellyKK
@nevinfarrell is worth following for his Court Case Corner tweets.
@rudedoodle is worth following for her World Of Kitsch blog.
Want to know what is trending in Belfast? Then follow @trendsbelfast
BBC NI are well represented. Journalists to follow include : @journoclaire @jaynemccormack @markdevenport @collettasmith @mckemp @taramillstv @imsaraneill @jacqmci @micjfitz @mlchealth @ciarariddell @fionamurray10 @jolong03 @saragirvan @fermanaghjulian
And their channel account @bbconeni
Their flagship TV news show @bbcnewsline
If you’re radio minded @bbcradioulster
And for news stories as they happen @bbcnewsni
UTV are also well represented on Twitter. Journalists to follow include : @aideen_utv @kenreid_utv @pamballantine @sarahclarke_utv @paulclark_utv @colmmcal_utv @ruthgorman_utv @markmcfadden (warning, contains bad jokes) @vicki_hawthorne @Paul_utv @jamie_utv @hagan_utv
@utvonair is their Twitter feed of what is currently on air.
Also worth following is @utvnews @utvlivetonight @utv
NORTHERN IRELAND JOURNALISTS FURTHER AFIELD
There are quite a lot of journalists, writers and broadcasters from Northern Ireland now plying their trade outside Northern Ireland. Here are the ones worth following
@hollyhnews @johnirvineitv @annita_mcveigh @mrgordonburns @colinmurray @maxinemawhinney @skydavidblevins @billneelynbc @skysportspaulg @jenofcroths @ianwoodssky @holtchris @kellyallen01 @eamonn_forde @skyorla @sarahrainey4 @arronarmstrong @jamiecweir
NORTHERN IRELAND PR COMPANIES
A lot of Northern Ireland based PR companies are represented on Twitter, as well as people working in the industry. Quite a lot will tweet on behalf of their clients, so are well worth following for news, events and promotions.
@lanyoncomms @blanketcomms @rlagroup @dcpstrategicco @naked_pr @pmlgroupni @image_zoo @informcomms @mammothbelfast @massivepr @mcenewsfeed @smartscomm @avbgroup @rnncomms @avbbrand @duffyrafferty @acupoflee @grainnemcgarvey @jagocomms @freshwaterniroi @asg_pr @levymccallum @wearebluecube @lighthouseni @supersonicpr @navbluepr @ardmoreadv @lkcomms @morrowcomms @house_pr @rumourmill_pr @jprnewswire @sineaddoyle @cathymartin @stakeholderlive @seriouspr
And the industry body @cipr_ni
Unfortunately, we all need one. Recruitment Agencies on Twitter to follow include @premiereni @brightwaterni @graftonrec @abacusjobs @lynnrecruitment @corvus_jobs @kennedyrec @cfmrecruitment @diamondjobs
Employers worth following include @pwc_ni @ukcivilservice
Job sites to follow include : @recruitni @careersatqueens @nijobscom @nijobfinder @niwork @qubjobs
PUBLIC INFORMATION SERVICES
There a lot of Public Information accounts which are useful for people in Northern Ireland.
If you’re flying somewhere, @belfastcity_air @belfastairport and @coderryairport will be useful to you.
Other accounts to follow include : @publichealthni @investni @nidirect @consumercouncil @psnibelfast @psnitraffic @policeserviceni @bbcnitravel @niassembley @translink_ni @newslineweather @metofficeni @niopressoffice @niexecutive @belfastcc @librariesni
If you lean towards the oval ball, these accounts might be of interest to you.
Football journalists outside Northern Ireland worth following include @amylawrence71 @msmith850 @samuelluckhurst @stumathiesonmen @georgina_turner @danielharris @jimw1 @patmurphybbc @markogden_ @millar_colin @vikkiorvice @alistairmann01 @dtguardian @janineself @henrywinter @andymitten @tonguetweets @stevewilson1967 @robbopalmer @marcwebber @blogdroed @brynlaw @EilidhBarbour
@peterrmiles is worth a follow for his travels around Europe and is @manchopperblog for travels around (mostly) the North-West of England.
I was going to call it “Football Humour”, but that would give the impression that i’m suggesting those awful “Footy Bantz” accounts which steal awful jokes from each other.
@nonleagueraffle celebrates the glorious prizes on offer in Prize Draws at Non League grounds, while @footy_fooligans celebrates those who failed their audition for Green Street.
@kerryfail is for those who enjoy laughing at Celtic fans getting angry, while @mufc_facebook @H_V_Meltdown and @rawk_meltdown celebrate Man United, Aston Villa and Liverpool related internet outbursts.
@footballpapers celebrates the awful football related computer wallpaper that exists.
@celebrityrefs for those moments when the referee thinks he is the star.
@officiallfc features all the latest news on the reigning Screen Sport Super Cup holders.
@alansavailable is a rare parody account that works, because it doesn’t overdo the joke, focusing on Alan Curbishley’s relentless search to find work.
@mirkobolesan is worth a follow for stats and randomness.
@footballcliches as the name suggests, takes pundits to task for their use of cliches.
@redissue is “A truly horrible publication” according to Sir Alex Ferguson’s ghostwriter.
There are quite a lot of Twitter accounts dedicated to miscellany relating to football’s past. Here are some of my favourites
@englandmemories looks back at the England football team
@oldrangerspics as the name suggests, looks at old Rangers pictures.
@groundtastic is an account dedicated to football grounds throughout history, as well as modern grounds.
@9091football Tweets the football news from exactly 25 years ago.
@theskystrikers and @scotsfootycards mostly, but not exclusively, bring you wonderful pictures and articles from Scottish football history.
@iainmccartney and @retrounited are worth a follow if you want to delve into Man United’s history.
As the name suggests, @footy40yearsago live tweets football from 40 years ago.
And finally, @worldcup66live will livetweet the build-up to, and 1966 World Cup 50 years on.
I’d imagine quite a few of you follow English football, so here are the competition accounts to follow :
@premierleague @skybetchamp @emiratesfacup @capitalone_cup @football_league @thenationallge
For those interested in Scottish football, @bbcjsutherland is worth a follow.
Competition account to follow @spfl
I loved @ronaldkoeman as a player, and he is by far the best manager on Twitter.
Want to know when a football match is on TV? Follow @footieontv
Media outlets to follow include : @btsportfootball @english_as @wsc_magazine @fcbusiness
FIFA can be found at @fifacom and for World Cup Qualifiers @fifaworldcup
And of course, UEFA @uefacom
For news relating to the two main European competitions @championsleague @europaleague
@efc_helenmayo is the PR Officer at Everton and is worth a follow.
For African football, then you should follow @caf_online
LEAGUE OF IRELAND
If you’re into the League Of Ireland, the official account of RTEs coverage is @soccrepublic and of the league @sseairtricitylge
For stats and miscellany, follow @seidodge
The official account of the league – @officialnifl
The magic twelve – @ballinamallard @ballymenaunited @carrickrangers @cliftonvillefc @colerainefc @crusadersfc @dgnswifts @glenavon_fc @glentoran @officialblues @portadownfc @thepointfc
The two main contenders looking for promotion to the top flight – @ardsfc1900 @larnefc
Journalists worth following – @ericwhite80 (based in the North-West and also covers Derry City and Finn Harps) @garethhanna11 @ge_sportsnews (for Glenavon based news) @keithjbailie @mclarkeshow @nialfoster @taggartjoel @ourlogie @liam_beckett @markjmcintosh @laurejames @egrantcameron @garethfullerton @sportyneesy
Media outlets to follow for news include @sundaylifesport @utvsport @newslettersport @bbcsportni @beltel_sport @nifootballdaily
As well as the podcast @thesocialclubni
And finally, in case you didn’t know, Northern Ireland have qualified for Euro 2016!!! Accounts worth following include @officialirishfa and @vauxhallni
Also there will be @fawales and @fa
Fronting ITV’s coverage (They have live coverage of Northern Ireland v Ukraine) will be @markpougatch and @jacquioatley (who is also worth following if you follow Women’s Football)
BBC’s coverage (They will be showing Northern Ireland v Poland and Northern Ireland v Germany) will of course be fronted by @garylineker and @mrdanwalker
The official Twitter account of the tournament is @uefaeuro
And the golden boot winner and player of the tournament @laffk
Until next year’s list, enjoy your Tweeting.