It’s that time of year again, when my annual Twitter List is published.

You may remember that this began in 2012 as a protest piece because The Independent ran an article about people to follow on Twitter, and none of them were of interest to me, as the vast majority were in the “Westminster Bubble”. So, I wrote about who I enjoy following on Twitter, and then kept doing it every year.

This is mostly from a Northern Ireland viewpoint but not exclusively. It would be a bit boring if it was all people from Northern Ireland.

So behold, the Twitter List for 2017. If you’re not on it, don’t take it personally.


BBC NI journalists to follow include :

@Fermanaghjulian @Micjfitz @warblingwatson @jaynemccormack @journoclaire @ClodaghLRice @Markdevenport @Imsaraneill @AnnMarieCFoster @Mckenp @Saragirvan @Jolong03 @NikkiGregg27 @mlchealth @taramillstv @thompsonkerry10 @bbcmarksimpson

Their main news account @Bbcnewsni

Twitter account for their flagship TV news programme @bbcnewsline

Want to go to an event? @Bbcnievents

For weather news @Newslineweather

Online continuity @Bbconeni

Radio Ulster’s account @bbcradioulster


Some useful accounts for those living in Belfast

The council @belfastcc

Events in Belfast @culturenightbel @belfastbookfest @belfastfestival @Cqaf @eastsideartsbel @Belnash @feilebelfast @Openhousefest (Well, ok, that’s Bangor) @aspectsfestival (Yes, that’s Bangor as well. Don’t get mad at me Bangorians)

Venues in Belfast @Qftbelfast @eikoncomplex @Thelinenhall @Themacbelfast @Lyricbelfast

For news and information relating to Belfast City Centre @belfastcentre

Want to laugh? @queenscomedy @Fireworks_mash

Want to cycle? @connsgreenway

Official Tourism bodies @Visitbelfast @Visitbelfastorg

Information of Festivals in Belfast @belfastfests

Want to know what the weather will be like? @Belfast_weather

What everybody else in Belfast is tweeting about now @trendsbelfast


So good, he deserves his own category @prodnose


English football’s governing body @Fa

English football’s main competitions @Premierleague @Efl @emiratesfacup @eflcup @thenationallge

Manchester United dedicated radio show on Radio Manchester @Bbcredwednesday

Want to go to a game in London? @Ldnfootyguide

Official account of Channel 5’s coverage of the EFL @footballon5


European football’s governing body @Uefacom @uefa

World football’s governing body @Fifacom

The two main European club competitions @Championsleague @Europaleague

For the build up to the Euro 2020 Qualifying draw, and the progress of the host cities @Uefaeuro

Italian football @footballitalia

Spanish football @laligaen

German football @bundesliga_en

Dutch football @football_oranje

Magazines to follow @Wsc_magazine @worldsoccermag

Newspaper to follow @theleaguepaper

For news relating to the European Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup which will be happening this year @euroqualifiers

And for the entire World Cup tournament @Fifaworldcup

Holding clubs to account for unnecessary use of away kit @Awaykitwatch


The world of football blogging and groundhopping (visiting as many football grounds as possible, if you don’t know)
Groundhoppers @mirkobolesan @peterrmiles @manchopperblog

Blogs/Fanzine Contributors @footygrounds (Football grounds, unsurprisingly) @djgabyg (Hungarian football) @FatEck (Scottish football)

Want to watch a match in London? Follow @ldnfootyguide


There are a lot of football journalists on Twitter. Not all of them are whoppers. Some of them are worth following.

Broadcast @Skysportsdavid @skysports_bryan @willdowningcomm @robbopalmer @lynseyhipgrave1 @alistairmann01 @brynlaw @billrice23 @marcwebber @jacquioatley @jasonmohammad @simonbrotherton @chrisskuddersky @patmurphy @stevewilson1967 @alanbiggs1

Print @dtguardian @janineself @groundtastic (writes for a magazine specialising in football grounds) @iainmacintosh @vikkiorvice @chloejberesford @danielharris @samuelluckhurst


A couple of football Media Officers on Twitter worth following include @_andywalker_ (England) @Efc_helenmayo (Everton) and @LeighanneCoyle_ (Rochdale)


The twelve top flight clubs @crusadersfc @dgnswifts @portadownfc @carrickrangers @ardsfc1900 @colerainefc @glenavon_fc @officialblues @ballymenaunited @ballinamallard @glentoran @cliftonvillefc

And as a bonus, an unofficial Linfield account @Linfield_fc

And for more bonus Linfield related accounts, @eosblues is a recently published book chronicling the club’s history between 1986 and 2016, tweeting on this day pieces uncovered during the research of the book.

Media organisations that cover Irish League football @beltel_sport @sundaylifesport @utvsport @bbcsportni

Journalists that cover Irish League football to follow include @garethhanna11@mclarkeshow @egrantcameron @lylejacko @ericwhite80 @liam_beckett @taggartjoel @nialfoster @keithjbailie @ourlogie @grahamluneybt @markjmcintosh @laurejames @ge_sportsnews @lyds_campbell

@thesocialclubni is an Irish League podcast while @nifootballdaily is a website dedicated to football in Northern Ireland.

@nistats is a good account for stats.

@slfantasy is the account for those who are playing Fantasy Football.

And finally, @officialnifl is the official account for the NIFL.


Never again not know if someone of importance has died thanks to @Justdiedbot


There are accounts on Twitter which are purely for fun. Here are the best.

Things that get overheard in a newsroom @Ohnewsroom

Referees craving attention @Celebrityrefs

Sightings of football shirts @Shirtspotter

Classic Simpsons moments @simpsonsqotd

Classic football moments recreated as if they happened on early 90s video games @8bitfootball

Customer Services responses we all want to give, ie – as rudely and sarcastically as possible @customercaring

Footballers with animals @ftbllrswanimals

Hilarious Irish based spoof news website @whispersnewsltd

Angry people in the Daily Mail @bestofthemail

Angry people in local newspapers @angrypiln

Handy life advice @twoptips

Labels of things in the 1960s Batman TV show @batlabels

Embarrassing pictures of MLAs @MLAsAndTheLike

Dogs at Non League football grounds @nonleaguedogs

You’ll never not know when a football match is 2-2 thanks to @desmond_twotwo

Out of context screenshots from TV @daytimesnaps @nocontextlouis

When somebody tries to explain the joke @yesthatsthejoke

The man who paints on request, most of it hilarious @jimllpaintit

Trying to predict who will be in Garth Crooks Team Of The Week @garthcrookstotw

Videos of football fans losing it when their team score @limbs_aots

Pictures recaptioned with hilarious consequences @classic_picx

Football in the 90s wasn’t all great @crap90sfootball

When TV shows sound like Alan Partridge pitches @partridgeideas and when somebody says something that sounds like an Alan Partridge quote @accidentalp

Pictures of goalkeeper’s towels @keepers_towels

Laughing at those who think they’re in The Football Factory @footy_fooligans

A simple joke, but it works so well, Alan Curbishley’s never ending search for a job as a football manager @alansavilable

People sleeping on public transport @sleepycommuters

Want to know what is the same size as Wales? @thesizeofwales

Seen an image of a face in something? @facespics

You know when somebody posts something and you instantly know it’s bullshit? They’ve made something up for RTs and Likes. @dhotya2017 calls them out.

Donald Trump drawing things @trumpdraws


We all need one. Northern Ireland based jobsites to follow include @Nijobscom @qubjobs @Careersatqueens @Nijobfinder @Recruitni @guardiancareers

Recruitment Agencies to follow include @Lynnrecruitment @brightwaterni @Graftonrec @mcsgroupbelfast @Corvus_jobs @Diamondjobs @kennedyrec @abacusjobs


If you like following the League of Ireland, @Soccrepublic is RTEs highlights show, while @sseairtricitylg is the official account for the league

@Seidodge is the man to follow for stats and trivia.


News organisations to follow include @Skynews @skysportsnewshq @Channel4news @skynewsbreak


Music magazines to follow include @Qmagazine @Hotpress @Rollingstone @classicpopmag


Venues which host concerts, giving event info, set times and ticket info @Ohyeahcentre @Limelightni @UlsterHall @mandelahall @Gohbelfast @belwaterfront @belfastempire @Ssebelfastarena

Radio Ulster’s main music programme @Acrosstheline

Music promoters that promote gigs in Belfast @Jeffrobinsonpr @noelmchale @rollinspromo @shinebelfast @aikenpromotions @davidhullpromo @Mcd_Productions

Belfast’s two main music festivals @Belsonicbelfast and @TennentsNI which promotes Tennent’s Vital on Twitter

@Giggingni has news, reviews and set times, while @gigsbelfast is an automated account listing upcoming gigs in Belfast.

For ticket news, follow @Ticketmasterire and @ticketmasteruk


You have unlimited funny football videos at your fingertips. You have unlimited pictures of cats at your fingertips. Yet, for some reason, there are people who go on Twitter to talk about Politics.

As you know by now, Northern Ireland needs some polls because it suffers from Electile Dysfunction. For news relating to the forthcoming election, you should follow


The governing body for football in Northern Ireland @officialirishfa

And in County Antrim @coantrimfa

Sponsors account of the Northern Ireland team @Vauxhllni

Official account for the Northern Ireland team@northernireland

The body who look after the interests of Northern Ireland fans @Aonisc_travel

Northern Ireland will host the Women’s Under 19 European Championship, and Tournament Director @Sazbooth10 is the one to follow in relation to this.


There’s more to Northern Ireland media than BBC and UTV. Here’s the journalists that are worth following

Print @Mark_raineynl @Edwinmcfee @kimkellykk @noseforthenews6 @rblackbt @connollymaeve @bigivanlittle @alexkane221b

Broadcast @Radio_han @journotara @Rebekah_logan @skydavidblevins


Many journalists who have left Northern Ireland for work can be found on Twitter.

Print @Kellyallen01 @Jenofcroths @Holtchris @sirowbotham @mirroranderson @Sarahrainey4

Broadcast @colinmurray @Skyorla @maxinemawhinney @Hollyhnews @Johnirvineitv @Annita_mcveigh @Ianwoodssky @Billneelynbc @Skysportspaulg @arronarmstrong @carldinnen


Newspapers – @Beltel @Beltel_Business @thesundaylife @irish_news @thegown @News_letter @Thesun_NI

Magazines – @Ulstertatlermag @CultureHUB1

Publishers – @Blackstaffni

Websites – @cultureni


Many of Northern Ireland’s Public Services are on Twitter. Some of these might be useful for you.

Government bodies @niassembly @nidirect @bcouncil_NI @hscboard @niexecutive @consumercouncil @nibusinessinfo @publichealthni @niopressoffice @psnibelfast
@librariesni @investni

Peelers (Not for reporting crimes on) @policeserviceni

Want to know how late your bus or train is? @translink_ni

For weather information @metofficeni

For traffic information @bbcnitravel @psnitraffic


Twitter might be a modern phenomenon, but there are great accounts looking at the post.

From the BBC archives @Bbcarchive

One of the best accounts on Twitter, a legacy project by relatives of a former press photographer based in Northern Ireland focusing mostly on the 1970s and 1980s @photosallan

Live tweeting football as it happened, but 40 years ago @Footy40yearsago

Want to know what happened in the 1990s? @The90sdiary

Old Manchester United programmes @unitedreviewacc @iainmccartney

England football team archive @englandmemories

Rangers pictures @oldrangerspics

Irish society through the years @brandnewretro

Football mgazines and programme articles from the past @theskystrikers @Scotsfootycards
Images from the past @pulplibrarian

An ex peeler tweeting their diary about the werid things that happened in South Belfast in the 1980s and 1990s @rucdiary

Sport in the 1970s @super70ssports

Brighton and Hove Albion programmes @seagullsprog

Smash Hits from the 1980s @smashhits1980s

90s Football podcast @ak90s

Every chart act from the 1990s @ukchartacts

The host of Forgotten 80s on Absolute 80s @matthewjrudd

Look-In archives @look_in_mag


There are many photographers on Twitter.

Northern Ireland based photographers on Twitter worth following include @Carriedavenport @Emgornall @Graemekerrni @snappercherry @sbrydenphoto @kscott_94 @maginnisdave @matt_presseye @photomcq

For football photos – @Wsc_Photos

Football photographers focusing on specific clubs worth following include @roy_smiljanic (Birmingham City) @Bluemcardle (Everton) @Stuartphoto_AFC (Arsenal) @willievass (Rangers) @claireepton (Bradford City) @dickiepelham (West Ham United)

Photo agencies to follow include @Actionimages @gettysport

Other photographers to follow include @Ramseycardy @Timothycochrane @Tomjenkinspix @Shirlainephoto @Sal_gigjunkie @cwellingsuk @stuartroyclarke

There are no boring pictures of Diego Maradona. @maradonapics shows the best of them.


Unsurprisingly, Northern Ireland’s PR and Advertising industries are well represented on Twitter.

Accounts to follow include @Aikenpr @Cathymartin @Shamelesspr @Avbgroup @jagocomms @massivepr @mammothbelfast @ASG_PR @Rlagroup @Clearboxpr @inkbotdesign @ardmoreadv @chrislove1 @gatekeeper_pr @MGMPR_LTD @thetomorrowlab @joannemcneill1 @duffyrafferty @lanyoncomms @pmlgroupni @Image_zoo @Stkeholderlive @lighthouseni @smartscomm @Seriouspr @wearepbd @Levymccallum @J_comms @Pulseprni @rnncomms @Lkcomms @Nav_Blue @dcpstrategiccom @chrislove1 @Naked_PR @Rumourmill_pr @Morrowcomms @mcenewsfeed

And the Chartered Institute @cipr_NI


If Scottish football is your thing, you should follow @irnbrufootball and @spfl


If you love Street Art, here are some accounts for you to follow.

Belfast based artists @KVLR1 @Faigyartist @Viswaste @thisisfriz

Dublin based artist @emmaleneblake

@Akse_p19 is based in Manchester.

@waterfordwalls is an annual Street Art Festival taking place in Waterford.

@extramuralactiv @Belfast_beyond are accounts which report on murals which appear in Belfast and further afield.


Who doesn’t like travelling? Here are accounts to help you out on your travels.

If you’re travelling not too far (ie – UK/Ireland) these accounts will be useful

@NItouristboard @Nitravelnews @Discoverireland @Failte_ireland @Wildatlantic @Tourismireland @discoverirl @visitbritain @visitwales @visitscotland @visitengland @visitdublin

Northern Ireland’s three main airports @belfastcity_air @belfastairport @coderryairport

And if you are travelling from Dublin @dublinairport

Travel related publications to follow @lptraveller @thehotelegraph @lonelyplanetuk @natgeotravel @cntraveler @telegraphtravel @st_travel @guardiantravel @st_travelmag @wanderlustmag @mirrortravel

The authorative voice on all things travel related @simoncalder


If you’re interested in TV and TV history, follow @TVnewsroom and @tvlive


Other journalists to follow include :

Broadcast @Sophyridgesky @lucrezianews @kimberleyeleo @alstewitn

Print @earlsjohn @rgray_87 @suffragentleman @martindaubney


UTV journalists to follow @Paul_UTV @Hagan_utv @Vicki_hawthorne @Paulclark_utv @Louiseinni @Ruthgorman_UTV @Marcmallett_UTV @Colmcal_UTV @Sarahclarke_UTV @Louise_UTV @Kenreid_UTV @Pamballantine @Markmcfadden @Aideen_UTV @Judehill_UTV @sportyneesy

UTV’s flagship news programme @UTVnews and their main politics programme @viewfrmstormont

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