First of all, an apology for not doing a Twitter List in 2018 and 2019. I was busy and never got around to it.
Like a lot of other people, I’ve had a lot of spare time over the last few weeks, so I decided to do an updated Twitter List for 2020.
In true Twitter fashion, this blog series began in a fit of outrage.
Once upon a time, a newspaper did a pull-out feature of Twitter accounts you must follow. To be honest, they weren’t really worth following – mostly Influencers and Political Bloggers.
So, I decided to do my own version, tailored from a mostly but not exclusively Northern Ireland point of view, and then update it every year.
I’ve even been nice enough to put them into categories for you.
JUST FOR FUN
Fun? Remember that? You’re allowed to have it on Twitter. You don’t have to spend all day arguing about Politics. Here are some fun accounts to follow.
Roy Keane doesn’t like posing for photos. @Canihaveaphoto1 is an account dedicated those brave enough to ask him for a photo.
@Fesshole is an account where people submit their absolute worst confessions. Alongside it, @Anon_Opin lets people express those thoughts they dare not say out loud.
Now that football is back, @Arsenalagain lets us know when Arsenal are being Arsenal.
On a football theme, a bit mean, but @80sAging is dedicated to footballers from the 1980s who aged prematurely.
@Bigheadsontour is an account dedicate to Corinthian figures being spotted in locations, while @Glastofooty is dedicated to flags and shirts being spotted at Glastonbury, although don’t expect any updates until 2021.
Ever went on Wikipedia and sang a page title to the theme tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? @Wiki_Tmnt is the account for you.
@Visualsatire lets us know what Politicians would look like if they have hair transplants from footballers.
Ever tried to take a picture of a mirror and not appear in shot? @Sellingamirror shows us people’s attempts not to appear in shot when selling a mirror.
@Mascotsilence lets us enjoy football mascots (grown men in costume, not kids in kits) engaging in moments of remembrance.
Have you ever wondered when Ted Danson’s birthday is? @Teddansonbday gives you a daily update if it is Ted Danson’s birthday or not. He turns 73 on 29th December, if you care.
Have you spotted Paul Young albums in a charity shop? Then @Noparlezclub is the account for you.
Do you like bad drawings of footballers? Then you should follow @Dreadfullydrawn and @Cheappanini
@Takeashite highlights all the useless advice and ideas you can find in Take A Break.
Donald Trump doesn’t like fake news, but you should follow @Fakeshowbiznews
@Wofanswers gives answers on Wheel Of Fortune that you would love to see. Talking of answers you’d like to give, @Customercaring responds to customer complaints how you would love to answer them.
Never forget an annual day with @Daysoftheyear
@Darkstockphotos is self explanatory.
You when you see a post that goes viral and you know it’s a lie? @_DHOTYA calls out the bullshitters.
@Facespics is an account dedicated to spotting faces in inanimate objects.
@Daytimesnaps delves into the wonderful world of Daytime TV through the medium of out of context screenshots.
@ftbllrswanimals is a surprisingly high content account dedicated to pictures of footballers in the company of animals. Talking of football, now that it is back @Desmond_twotwo lets us know when a match is level at 2-2.
@Angrypiln delves into the wonderful world of angry people in local newspapers.
@Mumsnet_Madness is a downright disturbing delve into the madness that is posted on Mumsnet. Equally disturbing is the images painted by @Jimllpaintit
@AccidentalP highlights when real life mirrors Alan Partridge.
If you want to listen to DJs complaining, then you should follow @DJScomplaining. Talking of listening, @ohnewsroom compiles the gems overheard in newsrooms.
I can’t explain why @Coldwar_steve is hilarious, but it is. If you love pictures of Steve McFadden in bizarre situations, then this is for you.
And finally, @TwopTwips gives some absolutely awful lifestyle advice.
JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES
Do you like judging other people’s houses? Of course you do. As a lot of people are now broadcasting from home, @Bcredibility and @Ratemyskyperoom judge their interior design skills, so you don’t have to.
Nostaliga ain’t what it used to be, but there are Twitter accounts dedicated to it.
Not specifically a nostalgia account, but @Davidmccreery has been rummaging through his archive during lockdown and posting up mementos from his career.
Football programmes of yesteryear are well represented, the best accounts to follow are: @Saintsprogs (Southampton) @Lufcprog (Leeds United) and @Seagullsprog (Brighton and Hove Albion)
As well as programmes, @Abacus_2000 posts weird and wonderful memorabilia relating to Northern Ireland and Irish League football.
Also worth a follow for old football magazines and publications is @Scotsfootycards
Some good accounts dedicated to old football photos are @Oldrangerspics (Rangers) @D98red @Manutdsnapshot (Manchester United) @Maradonapics (Diego Maradona), @WSC_Photos and @Oldschoolfooty.
If you like 90s football, follow @90sfootball bit @Crap90sfootball
Other football based nostalgia accounts to follow include @Englandmemories and @OTD_PL.
Irish based nostalgia accounts to follow include @Brandnewretro @Killianm2 and @ITlostleads.
If you want to remember Smash Hits, you should follow @Giddypoppod @Randomsmashhits @Smashhitsrememb
Other nostalgia accounts to follow include @Landofthe80s @Channelarchive @Retronewsnow @Curiousuktelly @Peoplearchive @1980sheaven @Putthetellyon and @bbcarchive
CLASSIC TV CLIPS
On a nostalgia theme, there are accounts dedicated to classic TV shows with quotes, screenshots and classic clips. Ones worth following include @Kennethwilliams @Bottomstuff @FNDreacts @Fawltytowers_ @Eric_Ernie_Col @Thefastshow1 @Stan_and_ollie @PeepshowQOTD
There are plenty of photographers on Twitter who are happy to show case their work.
Local photographers to follow include @Theirishleague @Colmor_SL_BT @Belfastpics @LMphotographyNI @Malmccann @Pitchsidephoto @Mclaughlinpress @Bernmcallister @Dan08Kowalczyk @Matt_Presseye @Photomcq @Kscott_94 @Emgornall @snappercherry @belfastexposed @Pollymcc71
@Photosallan is an account dedicated to the archive of Allan McCulllough.
Photo Agencies to follow include @Inphosports @Actionimages @Gettysport
Other photography accounts to follow include @Imageswycombe @Claremccahill @Manc_Pictures @MSJ_Photo @Mdarlington_ @CBTphotography @tphoto2005 @AMPhotographyNI @Simongillphoto @Snapperkev @Nigelcleggphoto @Hymoney @Simonstacpoole @Thesportsnapper @Anglewise1 @Welloffside @Catherineivill @Bekah_Blue @Onesteviebacon @Andythephotodr @Stuartroyclarke @Len_Scap @Adamfradgley @Michaelregan @roy_smiljanic @Willievass @74FRankfurt @Sal_Gigjunkie @Shirlainephoto @CwellingsUK @Dickiepelham @Stuart_Photoafc @Tomjenkinspix @Bluemcardle @Steffanbow @Homesoffootball @0161manchester_ @Marcsatkins @andrewvarley
Long-term readers will know that i’m a fan of Street Art, and like photographing it. Unsurprisingly, I follow some accounts that do this, either fan accounts or artists showcasing their work.
Northern Ireland/NI Based Artists to follow include @Francgotbuffed @Emicartist @Viswaste @Extramuralactiv @Seedheadarts @Faigyartist @Thisisfriz @kvlr1 @Belfast_Beyond
Accounts covering specific cities/countries to follow include @Graffitipool (Liverpool) @MuralsS (Scotland) @Subsetdublin (Dublin) @StreetartNQ (Manchester) @Streetartlyon (Lyon) @Streetartsheff (Sheffield) @Dublincanvas (Dublin) @Waterfordwalls (Waterford)
Other accounts to follow include @Nomad_Clan @Lovestreetart22 @Paulcurtisart @Gnashermurals @Dankitchener @Joecaslin @Emmaleneblake @Akse_P19
Various Cartoonists and Illustrators have accounts to showcase and promote their work. Ones to follow include @Mortenmorland @Jonesycartoons @Mattcartoonist @Banxcartoons @Adamstoon1 @Petemckee @Stevemcgarry @Daveflanagan @sophierobbart
Not a subject area you would expect to see on Twitter, but it is.
@Communistbops mixes Soviet Soldiers dancing to current songs while @Sovietvisuals showcases the best adverts, films and photographs from that era.
Belfast is well represented on Twitter with various libraries, shops and environmental agencies represented.
@Belfasthourni @thelinenhall @Belfastcentlib @NIclassicshirt @Sustransni @NIgreenways @Connsgreenway @cultureni
Remember going to things?
Various events and festivals in Northern Ireland (mostly but not exclusively Belfast) are well represented on Twitter.
Please note that some of these events might have already happened, or won’t be happening in 2020, so there might not be a lot of content until 2021.
@Belfastpodfest @Finedandymarket @Docsireland @Belcityblues @Letsrockbelfast @Belfastfilmfes1 @AtlanticSess @Eastsidevc @Stendahlireland @HarmonyliveNI @Belfastvital @Eastsidepship @Eastsideartsbel @Aspectsfestival @chsqbelfast @belfastfestival @openhousefest @cqaf @foylefilmfest @belnash @belsonicbelfast @Belfastbookfest @Belfringe @Culturenightbel
Given how effective Twitter is to get messages into the public domain, it is no surprise that PR/Advertising/Communications Agencies based in Northern Ireland are on Twitter.
Agencies that are worth a follow include @Brown_Oconnor @Adhausmedia @Bespoke_Comms @MWadvocate @PulsePRNI @Loudmouth_Media @ClearboxPR @Naked_PR @PMLGroupNI @Image_Zoo @MGMPR_Ltd @Rumourmillcomms @Jagocomms @RNNComms @AVBbrand @Weirevents @CIPR_NI @Thetomorrowlab @ArdmoreAdv @Mammothbelfast @Chrislovepr @MCEnewsfeed @Morrowcomms @Nav_Blue @LKComms @cathymartin @beattie_ireland @Smartsagency @Duffyrafferty @Lighthouseni @Aikenpr @AVBgroup @Jingerevents @Noisyprni @Libra_Events @NDEventsuk @Excaliburpress @Mccormickcomms @Lanyongroup @J_Comms @Big_Motive @Genesisbelfast
Remember going to concerts? When we are finally able to, might as well get yourself prepared.
Venues to follow @Crescentarts @TECbelfast @Ulsterhall @Belwaterfront @Belfastempire @mandelahall @ohyeahcentre @blackboxbelfast @gohbelfast @islandartsbiz @ssebelfastarena @Eikonexhibition @lyricbelfast @themacbelfast @limelightni
Promoters to follow include @Shinebelfast @Davidhullpromo @Noelmchale @Rollinspromo @Aikenpromotions @Jeffrobinsonpr @MCD_Productions @Shizznighpr @SDentire @Fireworks_Mash @AMAmusicagency @queenscomedy
For news of announcements of upcoming concerts @OntourNI @Ticketmasterire
Music shops to follow (and they sometimes have instore events which they advertise) @HMVBelfast @strangevictory
For news and reviews @acrosstheline @Chordblossom
For recommendations @Shiner_Sam
A Dublin based account posting memories of concerts attended (the username suggests a lot) in Dublin and beyond @1000gigguy
I’m not that fussed on Tim Burgess Listening Parties, but if that’s your thing @tim_burgess
TOP OF THE POPS
If you enjoy watching the repeats of Top Of The Pops on BBC Four, then you should probably follow @Sue_Charles and @TOTPfacts
For TV news and interviews, you should probably follow @TeleTVradio and @Radiotimes
@FootieonTV is self-explanatory, letting you know when a football match is on TV.
Remember travel? I mean, proper travel. Not with restrictions and all that.
You may have to stay at home for a bit. UK and Republic of Ireland tourism accounts to follow include @Tourismireland @Gotoireland @DiscoverIreland @Failte_Ireland @Visitdublin @visitscotland @Visitengland @Visitbritain @Visitwales @totallydublin @visitbelfast @NItouristboard @DiscoverNI
If you fancy a trip in a North-West direction @Visit_Donegal @Derryvisitor @Visitderry
The two above paragraphs aren’t exhaustive. If you didn’t see what you want, Google’s yer pal and all that.
For the more mundane travel within Northern Ireland and Belfast, @NIrailways @Gliderbelfast @BBCNITravel @Trafficwatchni @Translink_NI will keep you updated with offers (yay) and delays (not so yay) while @Buseirann will be handy if you’re bussing it to Dublin.
If you are flying, you should probably follow @Belfastcity_air and @Belfastairport
Of course, some people fly from @Dublinairport who also run competitions as well. I’m going to be the bigger man and include them on this list even though I never win any of their competitions for flights.
@Holworldshow is a showcase event in January every year taking place in Belfast and Dublin, and will be worth a follow in the build-up to it.
Travel related media and journalists and media to follow include @Indo_Travel_ @Clarwood @BBCTravelshow @Natgeotravel @CNtraveler @Telegraphtravel @Wanderlustmag @Guardiantravel @ST_Travel @Simoncalder @NItravelnews @bbc_Travel @NItraveltrade
Public Bodies in Northern Ireland are regular users of Twitter. Ones to follow include @NISRA @BrusselsNI @ArtscouncilNI @Dptfinance @CommunitiesNI @EONI_Official @Economy_NI @Publichealthni @HSCBoard @InvestNI @Nationaltrustni @NIDirect @Consumercouncil @NIOGov @NIexecutive @LibrariesNI @Niroadpolicing @PSNIBelfast @belfastcc @niscreen @niassembly @policeserviceni @Metofficeni @nibusinessinfo
BBCNI are active on Twitter. Organisational accounts to follow include @BBConeni and @BBCtwoni for online continuity announcements, @BBCshowstours and @BBCnievents for tickets to recordings when that is allowed to happen again, @bbcnewsni and @BBCnewsline for news and @newslineweather for weather.
If you want to follow actual people, i’d recommend @Emmavardytv @CackyMo @BBCMarksimpson @Clodaghlrice @WarblingWatson @BBCJaynemcc @Mckenp @Taramillstv @MLCHealth @Jolong03 @fermanaghjulian @Markdevenport @Imsaraneill @Saragirvan @darwintempleton @Nialfoster
Well, if i’m doing BBC, I might as well do UTV
Corporate accounts @UTVpress @utv and @UTVnews
If you want to follow actual people @Eden_UTV @Emmap_UTV @Natasha_UTV @Sarah_UTV @Michelle_UTV @Sarahclarke_UTV @Pamballantine @Kenreid_UTV @Ruthgorman_UTV @Judehill_utv @MarkMcfadden @paul_utv @vicki_hawthorne @Paulclark_UTV @Louiseinni @Ali_Fleming1
Well, if i’m doing BBC and UTV, might as well do RTE.
@RTE_Guide for listings @Othervoiceslive for music @RTEnews for news @RTE for general RTEness and @soccrepublic now that football is back soon.
A lot of Journalists originally from Northern Ireland but now working elsewhere are on Twitter. Decent ones to follow include @Lyds_Campbell @Annita_McVeigh @Skydavidblevins @Hollyhnews @johnirvineitv @Colinmurray @sirowbotham @Millar_Colin @kellyallen01 @eamonn_forde @jenofcroths @Kathrynbwilson @Ianwoodsmedia @Skysportspaulg @BillneelyNBC
OTHER NI JOURNALISTS
And the journalists who neither work for BBC, UTV, RTE or work abroad but are still worth a follow @Sportyneesy @Stu_Bailie @Journotara @Bigivanlittle @edwinmcfee @kimkellykk @Rblackpa @Littleburch22
That doesn’t really work as a category title.
The world of media doesn’t revolve around BBC, UTV and RTE, so here’s a collection of radio stations, media organisations and newspapers worth following @GoQradio @Beltel_Business @Thesun_NI @Irish_News @beltel @irishtimes @skynews @hotpress @ulstertatlermag @UKpapers @Metrouknews @Reach_NI @qmagazine @thesundaylife @thegownqub @News_Letter @Metrosporthq @RTS_NI @Newsbrandsirl
And finally, with regards to media, some Journalists that are worth a follow @Chris_Skudder @davidhepworth
We all need one. If you’re looking for one, the following Recruitment Agencies are on Twitter @mcsgroupbelfast @Corvus_Jobs @BrightwaterNI @Kennedyrec @Lynnrecruitment @Abacus_Careers @staffline
For job listings @Guardiancareers @QUBcareers @Recruitni @NIjobfinder @nijobscom
Imagine not liking Irish League football? I might be preaching to the converted, but if you want to follow the twelve* (*court case from Institute pending) top flight clubs @Ballymenaunited @Skyblueslive @carrickrangers @Cliftonvillefc @colerainefc @crusadersfc @dgnswifts @glenavon_fc @glentoran @larnefc @Officialblues @portadownfc @thepointfc
Good Linfield accounts to follow are @Eosblues @Roymcgivern and @Southstandsays
Competitions and governing bodies to follow @CoAntrimFA @OfficialNIFL and @officialirishfa
Journalists to follow @Mccarthy_Nic_ @Ericwhite80 @MClarkeshow @egrantcameron @Taggartjoel @Liam_Beckett @Grahamluney @Ourlogie @GE_Sportsnews @Markjmcintosh @lylejacko
Media accounts to follow @Sundaylifesport @NIFootballdaily @BBCRadioulster @beltel_sport @UTVsport @Bellivesport @BBCSportNI
For info on grounds @Ground_NI
Michael O, sorry, Ian Baraclough’s Green And White Army @NorthernIreland
And finally, the man who knows everything about Irish League football and isn’t afraid to share his knowledge @NIstats
If English football is your thing, here’s the competition accounts to follow @PLcomms @premierleague @EFL_Comms @Skybetchamp @Skybetleagueone @Skybetleaguetwo @Thevanaramanl @EmiratesFACup @carabaocup
Those in charge @fa
If you want to complain about your team being on last @BBCMOTD
Newspaper to follow @Theleaguepaper
If you’re planning on going to London and take in a game (be positive, those days will return) @LDNfootyguide
If Scottish Football is your thing, you should follow @Theterracetv and it’s stars @craiggtelfer
@Sked21 @Craigfowler86 @Shaughanm @Duncmckay
For national team and competitions @Scottishfa @spfl @Scottishcup
If you enjoy the UEFA 100 Club (I post annual updates) for those who want to see all 100 clubs who have played in a European club final in the flesh @The100club2 and the account owner @Fateck
UEFA’s accounts @UEFA @UEFAcom
Their club competitions @europaleague @championsleague
And of course, next Summer’s European Championship @Euro2020
FIFA’s accounts @FIFAmedia @FIFAworldcup @FIFAcom
Media accounts to follow @itvfootball @wsc_magazine @Worldsoccermag
League Of Ireland, restarting at the end of the month @SSEairtricitylg
Harmless fun, if you like the idea of an alternative World Cup @ufwc_football
Spanish football, with a Northern Ireland twist @viajesenfutbol
Everything you ever wanted to know about football stadiums @StadiumDB
If you really want to do some moral crusading, get outraged about football teams wearing their away kit when there is no need @Kitcrimes @Awaykitwatch
And remember, the team that Bruno Fernandes played for at the start of the season is called Sporting Club De Portugal, not Sporting Lisbon @ItssportingCP
If you like Subbuteo, you should probably follow @Subbuteo_NI @Subbuteoart @Watsthebull
Good cats all over the shop @Thecatreviewer
They are all good dogs @Dog_rates
If you must follow Political accounts on Twitter, I would recommend @Bydonkeys
Journalists and writers to follow @MichaelLcrick @Alexkane221b
UTV’s main political programme @Viewfrmstormont
For latest election news in Northern Ireland (UK, Council, Stormont), and would you be surprised if there was one in the next twelve months. If there is, follow @ElectionNI
There are entertaining bot accounts on Twitter.
@Doctor_whobot makes up episodes of Doctor Who.
@Flagsmashupbot mashes up flags into new flags.
@Smashhitsbot makes you feel like you are being interviewed in Smash Hits.
@Louistherouxbot makes up episodes of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend.
@Transfersbot satisfies your lust for transfers.
People die. If anyone of note dies, @In__memoriam and @deadpeoplecom will let you know.
Want to know what episode of The Simpsons is coming up on Channel 4, @C4simpsons will let you know.
Want Scottish Football through the medium of The Simpsons? @SimpsonsSPFL is for you.
Clasic Simpsons moments? Well, follow @Simpsons_Vids @SimpsonsQOTD @Simpsonsgreats and @Simpsons_Tweets
Who doesn’t love getting stuff for free? @Freesamplescouk lets you know about companies giving away sample packs of things.
It would be rude not to promote myself at the finish. You can follow me @andrewastewart
I do promise to do an updated list in 2021, hopefully it won’t need a global pandemic to motivate me.