SAY CHEESE!!

I was going to call this “Northern Ireland Election Trends Volume 1”, but then I realised that would put me under pressure to do a Volume 2.

You’ve got Social Media to thank for this bizarre trend, as it now seems to be a constitutional rule that you must post a picture of yourself outside an Electoral Office just after handing in your Nomination Forms.

If you don’t, you’re automatically disqualified.

Don’t forget, there are bonus points on offer if you #use a #slogan in a #hashtag when #posting your #tweet

You may noticed a lack of selfies. That is because Selfie Sticks were decommissioned as part of the Fresh Start agreement in 2015.

Pat Catney of SDLP didn’t get the memo and decided to post his election poster instead.

Independent candidate Corey French went against the trend by having a video of him outside his local Electoral Office.

You may notice that Clare Bailey is the only Belfast candidate to actually stand in front of the door of the Belfast office. Minus points for DUP and Sinn Fein for using St Anne’s Cathedra as a background.

I’ve tried to be fair and include all parties, but I couldn’t find anything for People Before Profit. They’re obviously too Socialist for any such nonsense.

So, what’s next for Northern Ireland Election Trends? I’m guessing it will be the “Canvass Selfies” where they smile after getting a “Positive response on the doorsteps”.

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THE TWITTER LIST 2017

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.

BBCNI

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

BELFAST

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

DANNY BAKER

So good, he deserves his own category @prodnose

ENGLISH FOOTBALL

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

FOOTBALL

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

FOOTBALL BLOGGERS/GROUNDHOPPERS

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

FOOTBALL JOURNALISTS

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

FOOTBALL MEDIA STAFF

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

IRISH LEAGUE

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.

JUST DIED

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

JUST FOR FUN

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

JOBS

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

LEAGUE OF IRELAND

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.

MEDIA

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

MUSIC

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

MUSIC IN BELFAST

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

NORTHERN IRELAND ELECTION

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

NORTHERN IRELAND FOOTBALL

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.

NORTHERN IRELAND JOURNALISTS

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

NORTHERN IRELAND JOURNALISTS ABROAD

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

NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA

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

Magazines – @Ulstertatlermag @CultureHUB1

Publishers – @Blackstaffni

Websites – @cultureni

NORTHERN IRELAND PUBLIC SERVICES

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

NOSTALGIA

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

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

PR/ADVERTISING

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

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

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

STREET ART

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.

TRAVEL

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

TV

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

UK BASED MEDIA

Other journalists to follow include :

Broadcast @Sophyridgesky @lucrezianews @kimberleyeleo @alstewitn

Print @earlsjohn @rgray_87 @suffragentleman @martindaubney

UTV

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

THE TWITTER LIST 2016

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

TV

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

TRAVEL

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.

MUSIC

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.

STREET ART

For Street Art in Belfast, follow @viswaste @extramuralactiv @seedheadarts @faigyartist

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

JOURNALISTS

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

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

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

JOBS

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

RUGGER

If you lean towards the oval ball, these accounts might be of interest to you.

@pro12rugby @ulsterrugby

FOOTBALL JOURNALISTS

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.

ALTERNATIVE FOOTBALL

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.

FOOTBALL NOSTALIGA

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.

ENGLISH FOOTBALL

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

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

For those interested in Scottish football, @bbcjsutherland is worth a follow.

Competition account to follow @spfl

GENERAL FOOTBALL

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

IRISH LEAGUE

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

EURO 2016

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.

THE TWITTER LIST 2015

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 ……

LOCAL MUSIC

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

PHOTOGRAPHY

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

MARKETING/PR

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

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

PUBLIC SERVICES

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

FUN

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

FOOTBALL

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

NATIONAL MEDIA

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

JOBS

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

BELFAST

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

THE TWITTER LIST 2014

Hello, and welcome to The Twitter List 2014. The concept is simple – a list of people I enjoy following on Twitter, aimed for a Northern Ireland audience.

The first Twitter List, in 2012, was inspired by The Independent’s “Twitter 100”, which I enjoyed, but there wasn’t anything really for a Northern Ireland audience.

So, I decided to do one for myself.

Although, it isn’t an exclusively Northern Ireland list.

Unlike other Twitter lists, I won’t be putting people in rank order, because it’s mean, and there’ll be more than 100 people on the list, because life is no fun with limits.

Anyway, here’s the people I enjoy following on Twitter.

PR/MARKETING/ADVERTISING

Northern Ireland’s PR/Advertising/Marketing community (apologies for lumping you all together) is well represented on Twitter, often to be found tweeting news and updates on behalf of their clients. The best ones to follow are :

@peoplepowerni @rumourmill_pr @pulseprni @oureventsni @jagocomms @rnncomms @avbbrand @joannemcneill1 @piercecomms @cipr_ni @ardmoreadv @informcomms @mammothbelfast @massivepr @chrislove1 @carltonbaxter @wearebluecube @lighthouseni @mcenewsfeed @morrowcomms @freshwaterniroi @asitisconsult @lkcomms @avbgroup @aikenpr @duffyrafferty @smartscomm @jprnewswire @levymccallum @cathy_martin @asg_pr

And a person, worth following @sineaddoyle

Meanwhile, for industry news, @prweekuknews is worth a follow.

JUST FOR FUN

What’s the point of being on Twitter if you can’t have fun?

There are some great accounts on Twitter whose sole purpose is to make us laugh. Let’s pay tribute to them.

@jimllpaintit is a guy called Jim who paints whatever you want, on MS Paint. You ask for it, he’ll paint it. The more random and disturbing, the better.

@bestofthemail is a round-up of the best comments on the Daily Mail website. Lots of angry, angry people.

@simpsonsqotd is a celebration of The Simpsons, with a classic quote (and accompanying screenshot) each day, which never fails to raise a laugh.

@accidentalp is a celebration of the moments when a celebrity posts something that sounds like an Alan Partridge quote, hashtagged with #accidentalpartridge

Since @sleepycommuters joined Twitter, i’ll never sleep on Public Transport again, for fear of being featured on it.

@postitplayers if you enjoy portraits of footballers on post-it notes.

FOOTBALL

We all (well, most of us) love football, and we all (well, most of us) love tweeting about it.

As Twitter has grown, so has football’s presence, as more players, clubs and journalists jump on board.

So here, are the football accounts I enjoy following :

For nostalgia, photos, and scans from old magazines @antiquefootball @theskystrikers @scotsfootycards @footballattic

Official competition accounts worth following include : @fifaworldcup @europaleague @championsleague @premierleague @football_league @uefacom

Photographers worth following include @stuart_photoafc (Arsenal) and @tomjenkinspix (The Guardian)

When he’s not reading bad jokes from an autocue, @garylineker is worth a follow. Alongside him, @bbcmotd is worth following when watching Match Of The Day. Other former players now working in the media worth a follow are @janaagefjortoft @gnev2

2014 is going to be a big year for @gibraltarfa as they look forward to the Euro 2016 draw, where they will discover who they face in their first competitive internationals.

For Manchester United news and opinion @manutdmen and @doronsalomon are worth following

News outlets worth following are @indyfootball and @teamtalk

For stats, you should follow @optajoe

Journalist I enjoy following are @alanbiggs1 (Daily Mail and BBC, Yorkshire based) @marcwebber (reports for Final Score, and covers the off-field business side of the game for @fcbusiness) @ivangaskell1 (BBC) @brynlaw (Sky, Yorkshire based but also covers Wales national team) @patmurphybbc (BBC’s Midlands reporter) @chrisskudder (Sky News main Sports reporter) @tim_vickery (South American based journalist, worth a follow in this World Cup year) @timcaple (Eurosport) @robbopalmer (Sky) @andymitten (Mostly, but not exclusively, Manchester United) @james_dart (for his random Youtube links) @janineself (Midlands base freelancer) @willdowningcomm (Setanta) @dtguardian (Guardian, based in North-West of England) @blogdroed (Welsh football)

If you’re visiting London and want to see a game, @ldnfootyguide is worth a follow.

If you love GIFs and Man United, you should follow @beautifullyred

Football isn’t immune from parody accounts. There are very few worth following, unsurprisingly. @howalanseesit is very funny, a running commentary of Alan Shearer’s amazing ability to state the bleeding obvious. You’d think they were parodies, but @mufc_facebook (a selection of the, um, best comments on Manchester United’s Facebook page) and @rawk_meltdown (A selection of comments on a Liverpool supporters messageboard)

For an insight into what a football club PR does, you should follow @efc_helenmayo (Everton) and @_Andywalker_ (Birmingham City)

For randomness and miscellany, @mirkobolesan and @seidodge worth following.

If you enjoy football themed Photoshops, you should get following @beardedgenius

Scourge of journalists and not for the easily offended, @redissue is worth a follow.

IRISH LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Irish League football is increasingly represented on Twitter. Journalists worth following include : @mclarkeshow @taggartjoel @liam_beckett @garethfullerton @markjmcintosh @nialfoster @keithjbailie @egrantcameron @ourlogie @ericwhite80

A website that launched in 2013 is @nifootballdaily which, as the name suggests, is a daily news site, featuring match reports, and occasional blogs from contributors.

A podcast worth following is @thesocialclubni

Competition and organisational accounts worth following are @officialnifl and @officialirishfa

@darrangilpin does photography for Bangor and is worth a follow

@linfield_fc is a fan run Linfield news account, which predates the official account, and now runs alongside it to give Linfield supporters two differing news feeds on Twitter.

Official top flight clubs : @officialblues @portadownfc @cliftonvillefc @crusadersfc @glentoran @thepointfc @ardsfc1900 @ballymenaunited @ballinamallard @colerainefc @Glenavon_fc @dgnswifts

NORTHERN IRELAND

@kscott_94 is a Belfast based photographer, and is worth following. Another photographer worth following is @carriedavenport

@extramuralactivity is a look at murals and plaques in Belfast. Basically, anything on a wall.

Government based newsfeeds to follow include @niopressoffice @niassembly and @niexecutive @nidirect

For Library news @librariesni

Other public newsfeeds worth following include : @metofficeni @nitouristboard

An account worth following for news and events in Belfast @love_belfast

To be in a BBC audience : @bbcaudiencetix

Police news account worth following include : @psnibelfast @psnitraffic @policeserviceni

If you want to know what Belfast folk are tweeting about : @trendsbelfast

For music and gig news, you should follow @alcoholirony @the_thin_air @puresavagemusic @chordblossom @mcd_Productions @odysseyarena @grandoperahouse @acrosstheline

Events in Belfast with Twitter accounts worth following are : @culturenightbel @tennentsvital @belsonicbelfast @cqaf @belfastfestival

The biggest event in Belfast this year is Giro D’Italia (Looking forward to going to this) and it’s official Twitter account for the Belfast (and Armagh) event is @girostart2014

NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA

BBC and UTV will have their own section. Below is a list of other Northern Ireland journalists/writers worth following :

@stu_bailie @claire_mccollum @R_mulligan1 @alexkane221b @darwintempleton @nevinfarrell (mainly for Court Case Corner) @bigivanlittle @saragirvan @newslettersport @maureencoleman1 @mrsghenderson @citybeatsara @rblackbt @kimkellykk @rudedoodle @unrealitytv @skyvichawthorne

Publications worth following include : @nitravelnews @thesundaylife @gomagazine @news_letter @beltel @irish_news

BBC

BBC NI accounts and journalists worth following include : @collettasmith @taramillstv @mlchealth @bbcnitravel @bbcsportni @bbconeni @bbcnewsline @jolong03 (recently back after a spell at Radio 2, where she spent most of her time telling the mailroom to spot sending her Janice Long’s fanmail) @markdevenport @newslineweather @micjfitz @lylejacko @bbcni @fermanaghjulian

UTV

UTV accounts and journalists worth following include : @utvsport @utvonair @utvlivetonight @judith_utv @markmcfadden (beware : he does bad jokes as well as news) @jamie_utv @kenreid_utv @aideen_utv @pamballantine @sarahclarke_utv @colmcal_utv @ruthgorman_utv @alifleming_utv @marcmallett_utv @utvnews @hagan_utv @paulclark_utv @paul_utv @utv

NI ABROAD

There are plenty of Northern Ireland journalists working outside Northern Ireland on Twitter. Ones worth following are : @holtchris @colinmurray @sabrinasweeney @sarahrainey4 @billneelyitv @paul_gilmour @claireglancy @skyorla @ianwoodssky @jenofcroths @noseforthenews6 @kellyallen01 @eamonnholmes @zoe_salmon

OTHER MEDIA

Other journalists worth following include : @simoncalder (Travel journalist, often found on Breakfast TV) @suttonnick (BBC journalist who posts front and back pages of the following day’s newspapers) @alstewitn @afneil @hwallop (consumer journalist)

Music journalists worth following are @prodnose @simon_price01 @davidhepworth @popjustice @rockingbob (well, he started off as a music journalist)

News outlets worth following include : @insideireland @metrouk (wish we had Metro in Northern Ireland) @itvnews @theipaper @guideguardian @telegraphsport @skynewsbreak @channel4news @bbcquestiontime (tweeting during Question Time)

TV

The world of TV is well represented on Twitter, with plenty tweeting about it’s curiousities, oddities and brilliance, in the past, present and future. Those worth following include : @radiotimes @putthetellyon @nornironknight @transdiffusion @tvlive @brokentv

JOBS

We all need one unfortunately. Northern Ireland based accounts worth following include : @qubjobs @corvus_jobs @brightwaterni @kennedyrec @coolfmjobs @rehutchinson @nijobfinder @diamondjobs @graftonrec @recruitni @abacusjobs @lynnrecruitment @nijobscom

Also worth following for career advice is @guardiancareers

The Twitter List 2013

The Twitter List 2012

THE TWITTER LIST 2013

You may remember last year, I did a Twitter List. Well, this year, i’ve done an updated version.

It started off because The Independent did a Twitter List, i’d read it, and thought to myself that somebody should do a Northern Ireland version. So I did one myself.

It must be pointed out, that this isn’t an exclusively Northern Ireland list, but mostly.

I’ve updated it for a couple of reasons.

The 2012 was a bit of a rush job, done reactively rather than proactively, I missed some people out who should have went on.

Not only that, but new people worth following have joined Twitter this past year.

Rather embarrassingly, there are some people on the list who have since been unfollowed. The one thing that pisses me off on Twitter is this culture of asking celebs for RTs. I now have a policy of instantly unfollowing anyone who does this. I find it makes my Twitter experience a whole lot better.

(NOTE : There’s a difference between this, and somebody RTing something which has no interest to me. Twitter is a mixed bag, and sometimes people you follow post stuff that means nothing to you. What I object to, is 3rd party spam appearing in my timeline, adverts and cyberchuggers)

It is one of the ‘Fifteen Sins Of Twitter

Anyway, enough about what annoys me on Twitter, time to look at the accounts which make Twitter worthwhile.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Twitter has been utilised by government departments to get information to the public. The recent disturbances and severe weather in Belfast have really emphasised the importance of the role Twitter plays in sharing information

@tanslink_ni is an account detailing any delays or cancellations of buses and/or trains. It’s a manned account, so can respond to queries from members of the public

PSNI have embraced Twitter, with a main account, and a traffic account @psnitraffic @policeserviceni

They also have accounts for each DCU with @psnibelfast covering Belfast. A full list of Twitter accounts for each DCU can be found on here on their website.

BBC NI also have Public Information accounts cover Weather and Traffic @newslineweather @bbcnitravel

Their weather account is manned, responding to the public if needs be, and RTing weather pictures submitted (Angie or Cecilia usually ‘sign off’ at the end of each tweet)

Met Office can be found @metofficeni while Belfast City Council can be found @belfastcc

BBCNI

BBC NI are well represented on Twitter with @bbconeni and @bbctwoni providing online continuity announcements of what’s on now/next, scheduling changes, etc

A similar account @bbcradioulster covers Radio Ulster

Their main news website can be found @bbcnireland

Meanwhile, @bbcnievents keeps you up to date with events and recordings coming up, and how to apply for tickets.

Journalists and Broadcasters worth following on Twitter include :

@traves91 @jimfitzbiz @jolong03 @markdevenport @emilytbelfast @taramillstv @alansimpsonbbc @ciarariddell @fermanaghjulian @jacqmci @mckenp @collettasmith @sabrinasweeney @mlchealth @tv_natasha

UTV

UTV were the first of the two local broadcasters to really use Twitter, and are unsurprisingly, well represented.

@utvonair is their online continuity, keeping viewers up to date with scheduled programming.

@utv @utvnews and @utvsport are the best accounts to follow for news stories on their website, while @utvlivetonight covers their late night news programme.

Disappointly, Frank Mitchell (@franku105) doesn’t use the Twitpic feature to do ‘Weatherwatchers’ *sigh*

Other Journalists and Broadcasters worth following include :

@pamballantine @sarahclarke_utv @kenreid_utv @dt_utv @judith_utv @jamie_utv @paul_utv @ruthgorman_utv @saraneill_utv @markmcfadden @paulclark_utv @colmmcal_utv @alifleming_utv @marcmallett_utv @hagan_utv

OTHER NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA

Print Journalists and Media are well represented on Twitter

@beltel and @thesundaylife are active Twitter accounts, but disappointingly, don’t post front covers.

@news_letter does post front page covers on the evening before publication, mainly thanks to @hackedoffhack

@nitravelnews and @gomagonline are the Twitter presence of two local publications and well worth following

To find out what is trending in Belfast, @trendsbelfast is worth a follow.

For press photography, mostly (but not exclusively) music, follow @Shoottothrill and @carriedavenport

A mate of mine helps run @insideireland – so get following

Journalists worth following include :

@connollymaeve @bigivanlittle @worldinaglass @janeveitchtv @mrsghenderson @saragirvan @maureencoleman1 @kimsshowbizlife @edwinmcfee

NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA FURTHER AFIELD

There are also Northern Ireland journalists, now living outside Northern Ireland, on Twitter.

Those worth following include :

@sarahrainey4 @billneelyitv @paul_gilmour @skyorla @claireglancy @ianwoodssky @jenofcroths @kellyallen01 @eamonnholmes

FABB/NI BLOGGERS

@rudedoodle deserves a category of her own. If you love Pop Culture jokes/references and have a dark sense of humour, get following. She’s also Ulster’s Queen of Kitsch.

FABB (Fashion and Beauty Bloggers) is a network of bloggers promoted by @sugahgal

A full list of blogs can be found here

@love_belfast is a listings site for all things Belfast and worth a follow.

NORTHERN IRELAND PR/ADVERTISING/MARKETING

PR/Advertising/Marketing in Northern Ireland is well represented. A list of organisations on Twitter include :

@aikenpr @avbgroup @mcenewsfeed @morrowcomms @goodandbadpr @freshwaterniroi @katiewaddell1 @asitisconsult @ljkcomms @levymccallum @lighthouseni @ambitiondigital @nlbothwell @duffyrafferty @jprnewswire @chambrepa @seriouspr @stakeholderlive @shamelesspr @cathy_martin

New to this category is @sineaddoyle having been listed under ‘Journalism’ last year

MUSIC

Northern Ireland’s two big summer gigs @tennentsvital and @belsonicbelfast have a Twitter presence but are currently dormant, but will be active once headliners are announced.

@ticketmasterire and @mcd_productions will have gig news in Belfast and beyond, while @odysseyarena @limelightni and @ohyeahcentre all promote their own events.

In media terms, @acrosstheline and @aumagazine are worth following

POLITICS

I don’t actually follow many politicians on Twitter, but in journalism terms, @alexkane221b and @afneil are worth a follow.

For interactivity, @bbcquestiontime is worth following. Just a pity it’s never on in Northern Ireland at the same time as the rest of the UK.

JOBS

We all need one unfortunately, and they often get in the way of Tweeting. Agencies and websites on Twitter worth following include :

@nijobfinder @diamond jobs @graftonrec @nijobs @abacusjobs @lynnrecruitment @nijobscom

IRISH LEAGUE

The top flight clubs :

@Ballinamallard @BallymenaUnited @cliftonvillefc @ColeraineFC @CrusadersFC @donegalcelticfc @DgnSwifts @Glenavon_FC @Glentoran @OfficialBlues @distilleryworld @Portadownfc

You may have noticed that Linfield now have an official Twitter presence, after I had complained about there not being one last year (I don’t think they set one up because I complained though)

Thankfully, this hasn’t meant the end of the excellent (unofficial) @linfield_fc account, which is worth following

Clubs outside the top flight worth a follow include :

@larnefc @bangorfc @ardsfc1900 @carrickrangers

News outlets worth following include :

@bbcsportni @danskebankprem @newslettersport @talkinballs @officialirishfa @thesocialclubni

Journalists worth following include :

@markmcintosh @egrantcameron @nikkigregg27 @nialfoster @andrewgillan @keithjbailie @holtchris @laurejames @taggartjoel @liam_beckett @grahamluneybt @garethfullerton @ourlogie

FOOTBALL

For photography the following are worth a follow :

@homesoffootball @goingtothematch

Journalists/Commentators/Pundits worth following include :

@gnev2 @benhibbs @willdowningcomm @andymitten @henrywinter @nickcoppack @talkdants @talksportgeoff @patmurphybbc @jasonmbbc @johncrossmirror @janaagefjortoft @sammatterface

Official competition accounts to follow include :

@premierleague @europaleague @championsleague

Two good accounts for Manchester United related stats are @mufcinfodotcom and @rednewsstats

For Welsh football (club and national team) follow @ffwtbol and @blogdroed

Looking at the fun side of football are @stick_football @oldschoolpanini @footballattic @howalanseesit @mufc_facebook @rawk_meltdown @footballcliches @beardedgenius

League Of Ireland stats and trivia are covered by @seidodge while @mirkobolesan covers general stats, trivia and randomness, whilst also writing about African football.

@beautifullyred is for lovers of Gifs and Man United

@bbcmotd gives goal updates and running orders of Match Of The Day

If you’re looking for information on stadiums, then @stadiumguide is worth a follow.

TV

Blogging and writing about TV, and well worth following :

@brokentv @nowtro @unrealitytv @nornironyorkie @tvlive

@tv_am is an online archive of clips from the TV show of the same name

@tvratingsuk produces updates on viewing figures of UK TV shows

@bbcaudiencetix is worth following for news on BBC recordings and how to apply for tickets

@putthetellyon is a fantastic online archive of TV from the good ole days, while @totp1978 posts facts and trivia during the current series of Top Of The Pops on BBC Four, from 1978

MAINLAND UK MEDIA

@suttonnick is worth a follow as he posts the front pages of the following day’s newspapers in the evenings, while @skynewsbreak posts breaking news, as the name suggests

Danny Baker (@prodnose) is worth joining Twitter for, he’s that funny.

Other journalists/writers worth following include :

@paolohewitt1 @rocking_bob @davidhepworth @danwootton @chrisskudder @timcaple @simon_price01

@heatworld is worth following for showbiz news.

JUST FOR FUN

@lamebook – The funniest Facebook status updates and replies

@rocknrolltedium – Boring stories about Rock stars

@sleepycommuters – People sleeping on public transport

@paintissogood – Bad drawings that are so brilliant

So, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed that and have discovered some new Twitter accounts worth following.

To end, he’s some self-publicity, don’t forget to follow me @andrewastewart

THE FIFTEEN SINS OF TWITTER

I love Twitter, but there is one thing that gets on my wick about it. Two little letters …… R and T, and more, the abuse of this function.

What is an RT? It’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t on Twitter, as it is pure Twitter jargon.

It stands for Retweet, basically, it’s like forwarding on an e-mail or passing on information. If something is informative or funny, people can RT it, basically to say “This is something i’ll share with you, but I didn’t say it. It was said by ……”

It’s worth pointing out that people may RT something to highlight it, rather than endorsing it.

Don’t get me wrong, the RT function when used rightly, can be such a good thing, as recently seen during the recent Belfast Floods, where MLAs and Councillors posted advice on how to claim assistance and who to contact, and people forwarded it on.

Politicians and members of the public were regularly posting bulletins on where to avoid. This was Twitter at it’s best. I have benefitted from RTs and forwarding of information, as I have found out about events happening in Belfast from people I don’t follow, and even discovered accounts worth following via this way.

Over the past 18 months, a new trend has emerged where people ask celebs/journalists/organisations for RTs, often spamming peoples timelines with drivel.

So here, are the 15 types of offender. I’m not wanting to come across as the Twitter Police, but it would be bloody great if we could deport these people to Menschn.

1. GRIEF TWEETS

The biggest offenders on Twitter. The term is Dianafication, though it must be stated, somebody can be Dianafied if they’re still alive.

2012 has given Grief Junkies many opportunities to infest Twitter, such as the on pitch heart attack of Fabrice Muamba, Tweeters flocked to their computers to ask celebs for RTs.

Pls RT so that #prayformuamba can trend

Please explain to me how a hashtag is going to make someone better?

Or am I a Luddite living in the best for believing in stuff such as Doctors, Medicine and the NHS?

People tried to outdo each other in a rather grotesque manner to ask celebs to endorse their grief.

Seemingly, posting that they wish for him to make a recovery isn’t enough.

When Stilyan Petrov was diagnosed with Lukemia, the Grief Junkies were out in force to ask for RTs to get #prayforpetrov trending.

The captain of a Premier League club from a major city being seriously ill is hardly going to struggle to trend. But again, how is a trending topic going to make someone better?

There was even a Twitter account set up in his name, it’s only posts being RT requests to Aston Villa players, and hasn’t been updated for three months. Whoever set it up obviously found a new bandwagon to jump on.

Claire Squires tragic death during the London Marathon is one other such example, as Twitter was full of people asking for RTs to link her JustGiving page.

That wasn’t in any way morbid.

2. I HAVE A BLOG

A scourge amongst football journalists, who seem to believe in some unwritten rule about helping others on the way up.

It seems that every 17 year old boy in Britain is busy asking football journalists for RTs for their blog about wether ABC or RPM is the better manager? Should England adopt Spains Tricky Tapas style of play? Is Spain’s False Eyeliner formation the future of football?

I really couldn’t care. If I did, I would be following you. Go out and discover girls and Blue WKd. It’s a lot more fun than asking football journalists for RTs.

3. CHARITY REQUESTS

I’M DOING A CHARITY FUNRUN OR SOMETHING, PLEASE RT!!!!!!!!

Worst thing is, celebs RT this sort of thing because some PR advisor is telling them to do so.

Sob stories are optional.

4. MY MATE’S SHOP

A spin-off of Point 3, as people ask celebs for RTs to give publicity for some new business venture.

The hilarious thing is, celebs advertise crap for free on Twitter they wouldn’t do in person if they were paid.

5. EVERYONE’S A POIROT

A spin-off of Point 1, Missing Person stories seem to bring out the worst in Twitter Grief Junkies.

Despite being highlighted in the media and being handled by trained professionals, people on Twitter feel as if it is their duty to find them.

Do they go out and help with the search? Erm, no, they fire off RT requests to celebs. And this helps how?

6. GOOD LUCK TWEETS

Got an exam coming up? Don’t bother revising, just ask a celeb for a Good Luck RT and you’ll definately pass.

If Point 1 s the Dianafication of Twitter, then this is the HugoDuncanification of Twitter.

7. SATURDAY MORNING FOOTBALL TWEETS

Quiet at the moment, but just wait until August, as every Saturday morning, footballers will be RTing RT requests from people who are on a bus en route to a football match.

I’m going to the game today, pls RT

Now, I go and watch Linfield most weeks, but do I need to get Michael Gault to share this with Twitter? Erm, no.

So footballers, please stop RTing this drivel and just concentrate on the game.

8. COMIC RELIEF

A seasonal one this, only arising when one of the BBC’s charity galas are on TV.

Instead of lying in a bath of baked beans, people now ask celebs for RTs, using Comic Relief as a front.

For every RT I get, i’ll give £1 to charity. Pls RT.

Just give £20 to charity and get the fuck off my timeline.

9. AWARENESS

Please RT to raise awareness of something.

Yeah, cheers for that, what am I supposed to do with this new found awareness?

10. SICK KIDS

Another spin-off of Point 1, where people adopt sick kids as a cause celebre, come up with a catchy hashtag and ask celebs for RTs.

Worst ones are the “Bucket list” ones, where seemingly every sick kid dreams of trending on Twitter before they die. I trended on Twitter once (In London, after doing a joke about Delia Smith which got RTed so many times) and it was OK, nothing special.

11. BIRTHDAY RTs

Please RT it’s my birthday.

Congratulations, you’ve managed to wake up and not die on 365 successive occasions. Well done, you truly are a giant amongst humanity.

Worst ones are “An RT would make my day”

If getting an RT off a celeb is “The highlight of my day” I think you need a pretty serious life re-evaluation.

12. BIG FAN

I’m a big fan, please RT.

Erm, yeah. Thanks for sharing that with us.

13. CAUSES

Pls RT to get signatures for this petition, or some hashtag urging us to boycott products, brands or countries, or even Alan Davies (Especially stuff I don’t buy or countries I don’t visit)

Now, I follow politicians on Twitter, and if people want to tweet about politics, that’s no problem, but I don’t want people ramming their political ideas down my throat if I don’t follow them.

If a message needs an RT from a celeb, it’s clearly not a strong message.

14. STAN TWEETS

You know the song ‘Stan‘ by Eminem, about an obsessed fan wanting to be friends with a celebrity? Yeah, that.

People who begin RT requests with “How come you never RT me?”

That is in no way sinister or threatening.

15. MORE FOLLOWERS

Pls RT so I can get more followers.

You know, you would probably get more followers if you didn’t spam Twitter with RT requests to get more followers. Just saying.

On the other side of the fence, celebs who do “I’ll follow someone at random of everyone who RTs this” tweets.

If Gary Barlow wants to follow me on Twitter, he’s more than welcome. I sure ain’t going to beg for it Gary.

THE TWITTER LIST

This week, has seen The Independent newspaper reveal their Twitter 100 list, using a calculated formula to determine who Britain’s most influential Tweeters are.

Inevitably, this has provoked a reaction. I wouldn’t get too worked up about it, it’s just a bit of harmless fun. (Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m gutted I wasn’t included on it)

So, to commemorate this, I’m going to do my own alternative Twitter list of who to follow, and the best and worst aspects of Twitter.

I signed up for Twitter in February 2009 after hearing about it in the media and was a bit slow on the uptake. My sole purpose for using it was to plug my Flickr site everytime I uploaded something, and to plug my blog, which was then hosted on Bebo.

Gradually, I got more and more into it, after discovering the various news and information sites using it, and began to become more interactive, and moved away from using it as a tool to promote “Brandrew”

Twitter, like any other social media site is a hard sell to those not on it. You really need to use it to see the benefits.

THE TWITTER GOAL

Like a lot of people, I use Twitter for getting football scores. It would be fair to say, that watching football on Twitter is the new watching football on Ceefax, which is handy, as I will mourn Ceefax when it ceases to exist later in the year.

My first “Twitter goal” came during the Manchester Derby in April 2010.

I was at The Oval that day for the Irish Cup Semi-Final between Linfield and Coleraine. That match kicked-off 15 minutes before the game at the City Of Manchester Stadium.

As I left The Oval, I checked the score and it was 0-0. As it approached what would be 93 minutes, I checked again, still 0-0.

I then hit refresh on my phone, and there was a flurry of tweets alluding to the fact there had been a goal, but not actually saying who to.

Tweets such as “1-0”, “What a dramatic finish”, “Knew there would be a goal” flashed up, as well as one saying “This could be a definitive goal in the title race”

That made me think City had won 1-0 and finished off United’s fading title hopes. I hit refresh again, just to put me out of my misery, and a tweet flashed up “LATEST : Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United (Scholes 90)”

The Twitter goal. A 21st century method of loading up Ceefax and hitting refresh on the latest scores page in the hope that your team have scored.

GOOD POINTS

As you will have guessed, I love having instant access is one of my favourite things. I do have other uses for it. I have instant access to news sites, as well as events listings, and finding out info about TV recordings or free events in Belfast which I may not have been previously aware of.

Also, any question or query I may have, usually can get answered instantly, which is bloody great.

BAD POINTS

Twitter isn’t perfect and has some negative points. One of my main gripes is RT Phishers, who pester celebs for an RT. Worse than that, celebs usually grant these requests, thus filling up my timeline with a list of people who are celebrating their birthday or need cheering up because their cat has just died, when frankly, I couldn’t give a flying fuck.

Birthday requests and shout-outs are for local radio, not for Twitter.

As well as that, there is usually some sob story followed by “worth an RT?” – Ugh, just fuck off.

“Or, I need followers, please RT” – You could always try being interesting, funny, witty or informative. I’ve never followed anyone on the basis of a celebrity RT.

Also taking the biscuit is “Can I get an RT in memory of (Dead Celebrity) so we can get #ripdeadcelebrity trending?” – As sad as a celebrity death is, a hashtag isn’t going to make things better.

If I was a celebrity, I’d have a strict “No RTs” policy on Twitter.

One day, all marketing campaigns and strategies will simply be “Let’s ask Dermot O’Leary for an RT”

PIERS MORGAN

As much as I loathe to give him a chapter, it is quite funny to see him getting owned on Twitter. Though, it should be pointed out, it’s the intellectual equivalent of beating San Marino at football.

I don’t follow him, but people in my timeline RT him. He wrote a double page spread in the Mail On Sunday about being “Twitter pals” with Wayne Rooney.

Usually, he Tweets a “Joke” about Rooney looking like Shrek. Rooney then usually ignores him or replies “Fuck off” – Ahhh, what pals.

Morgan manages the impressive feat of making me feel sorry for Arsenal and their supporters. Some of his classics as self-appointed Gooner Spokesman include boasting about Arsenal demolishing Newcastle (they ended up drawing 4-4) and mocking Swansea just after Arsenal went 1-0 up (Swansea cam back to win 3-2)

NORTHERN IRELAND MEDIA ON TWITTER

Of the two main broadcasters in Northern Ireland, UTV were the first to really “Get” and embrace Twitter. So much so, that the opening credits to UTV Live now feature the show’s hashtag (#utvlive) and profile names appear on captions when reporters appear on screen.

Most of their reporters are on the site, and manage to strike the balance of forwarding on stories (local and national/international of interest) that have just come in through the newswire, as well as tweeting from the scene of stories they are covering, and from court cases (judge permitting)

They also have an automated account posting up stories added to their website and a “What’s on now?” account, like a cyber continuity announcer, announcing what’s on now, and other programming news. BBCNI have since launched a similar account to do BBC 1 NI and BBC 2 NI.

BBCNI were a bit slow off the mark but have come to embrace Twitter with most of their journalists and shows having an account, now signing off Newsline bulletins with a link to their Twitter account (as well as Facebook)

News Letter, mainly through Rebecca Black (@hackedoffhack) have begun to use Twitter to preview the following day’s front page from 10pm onwards. Belfast Telegraph doesn’t do this and have become very defensive in their content, trying to urge people to wait to buy the paper edition in the morning before posting links to stories on their website.

For UK wide newspapers, Sky News now posts the following days covers each night.

Belfast Telegraph, News Letter and Irish News are well represented on Twitter in terms of personnel, and most local papers within Northern Ireland are now starting to embrace Twitter.

NORTHERN IRELAND FOOTBALL

Irish League football has embraced Twitter. So much so, that Leon Knight got a ban (which was later rescinded) for comments made on the site.

A podcast, The Social Club (@thesocialclubni) has proved so successful, it has now moved to UTV’s website. It’s four contributors @holtchris @keith192 @markjmcintosh and @laurejames all have an active Twitter presence.

My own club, Linfield, doesn’t have an official Twitter account, but the unofficial account @linfield_fc offers fans an excellent service on matchdays if you can’t get to the game.

Linfield supporters site South Stand Says @southstandsays is also worth a follow.

Of the dedicated sports departments of print and television, worth a follow are @beltelsportsdes @utvsport @newslettersport and @bbcsportni

Of journalists, Graham Luney (@grahamluneybt) has been described as “Influential” by Joe Brolly. Not sure if that’s an endorsement or not. It’s unknown what Joe Brolly’s opinion of @garethfullerton is, but mine is that he’s worth a follow.

Liam Beckett (@liam_beckett) is worth a follow for his rants on the price of coffee in Belfast. His commentary partner on Radio Ulster Joel Taggart is a recent convert to Twitter (@taggartjoel)

Other journalists worth following include @ourlogie @ulsterrobbo @andrewgillan

As part of their sponsorship with the national team @vauxhallni is an official account with news and competitions for supporters. The IFA’s official account can be found @officialirishfa

Players and clubs worth a follow include @colerainefc @matthew_tipton @distilleryworld @ballymenaunited

Also worth a follow is @talkinballs and @theirishlegue

FOOTBALL

Match Of The Day @bbcmotd now has it’s own official account with goal updates and a running order for the show, which is always handy. For Premier League updates, it’s worth following @premierleague

There are numerous football parody accounts on Twitter, two of the best are Jamie Redknapp @literallyjamie and @thebig_sam

For statistics, trivia and oddities, @mirkobolesan is a must follow. For in-game statistics, it’s hard to look past @optajoe

Journalists and Broadcasters worth following include @stancollymore @iainmacintosh @danwalkerbbc and @henrywinter

Four Four Two (@fourfourtwo) is the best to follow of the football magazines out there.

NI MUSIC

Northern Ireland music is well represented on Twitter with alternative ulster (@aumagazine) and it’s editor (@_chrisjones_) both frequent tweeters.

Northern Ireland’s two biggest outdoor concerts, Belsonic (@belsonicbelfast) and Tennen’t Vital (@tennentsvital) are both on Twitter, keeping fans up to date of line-ups and ticket details.

For concert news, @mcd_productions is worth following.

For local music writing, @edwinmcfee is worth following

Local bands that tweet regularly and are worth a follow include @wondervillains @timwheeler1977 @ktcarnival and @tdcinemaclub

MUSIC

If you love the repeats of the 1977 Top Of The Pops currently running on BBC Four, then @yesitsnumberone and @totp1977 are a must follow.

For general music news @qmagazine and @popjustice are worth a follow.

Journalists worth following include @paulreesq @eve_barlow @petepaphides and @alexispetridis

UTV

As previously stated, UTV have really embraced Twitter.

@utvonair does what it says, and is an online continuity announce for what’s on now, and coming up later on the channel.

UTV journalists that are regular Tweeters and worth a follow are

@dt_utv @markmcfadden @judith_utv @jamie_utv @kenreid_utv @aideen_utv @pamballantine @sharon_utv @ruthgorman_utv @saraneill_utv @alifleming_utv @marcmallett_utv @hagan_utv and @paulclark_utv

BBC NI

Not to be outdone, BBCNI are also represented on Twitter.

@bbcnievents keeps people up to date with recordings and events, and how they can apply for tickets while @bbconeni is their online continuity announcer.

Journalists and presenters worth following are

@jimfitzbiz @lindseyha @mlchealth @jolong03 @tv_natasha @alansimpsonbbc @nialfoster @markdevenport

NORTHERN IRELAND JOURNALISTS/NEWSPAPERS

Northern Ireland journalists now in England and further afield that are worth a follow include @illneelyitv @yolympicorla @skyman64 @jenofcroths @kellyallen01@Eamonn_forde @eamonnholmes and @mrgordonburns

Special mention to @paul_gilmour who is set to join Sky Sports News

Ivan Little (@bigivanlittle) is a phem, phenon, phe, femon, phenomenon.

Unreality TV (@unrealitytv) is a TV blog based in Belfast and well worth folowing.

Journalists and publications based in Northern Ireland include @bmoney_times @janedaybreak @saragirvin @connollymaeve @maureencoleman1 @mrsghenderson @nicolarice82 @news_letter @hackedoffhack @sineaddoyle @kimsshowbizlife @weemcg @thesundaylife @banbridgechron and @gomagonline

UK NEWSPAPERS

Of UK papers, @theipaper is worth a follow, as are @gracedent and @caitlinmoran

For showbiz and celebrity, @deanpiper is worth a follow.

If you enjoy your news light-hearted and ripping the piss, you should follow @newsthump

TV/RADIO

Danny Baker (@prodnose) was made for Twitter, and never fails to entertain. Classic gags include breaking the news that busty girls in your local area waiting to chat were considering withdrawing their advertising from News Of The World due to the phonehacking scandal and breaking the news that a riotous mob had tried to set a barbecue store ablaze during the Tottenham Riots, but it just wouldn’t go up in flames. A must follow. Justin Moorhouse (justinmoorhouse) is also worth following

For news (@itvnews) while Gay Times Magazine (gaytimesmag) is also worth following for TV commentaries. They come into their own during X-Factor.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United are well represented on Twitter with players (past and present) and many journalists on the site.

Of players, @fizzer18 @themichaelowen and @gnev2 are worth following

From the media side of the fence, @andymitten and @nickcoppack are worth following.

For a supporter’s view @redissue @bbcredwednesday and @unitedrant are worth following

In you love topical and hilarious jpegs, then @beardedgenius is your man

LINFIELD

The Gods in Blue.

Get following @aburnsey14 @geoff20man @kris_lindsay @billyjoe_12 @carvill88 @spidermonkey888 @mulgrew22 @gaulty5

POLITICS

The world of politics has embraced Twitter, with the vast majority of Northern Ireland politicians using Twitter.

These are complimented with party accounts as well. Most Northern Ireland politicians usually engage with followers in debates, or if they have a query.

That said, if I needed to contact a politician about a business matter, I’d prefer to go through an official channel such as a phone call or e-mail.

Last October, Martina Anderson tweeted that she getting ready to appear as a panellist on the BBC TV show ‘Questions and Answers’

If you haven’t worked it out yet, it was Question Time she was booked to appear on.

Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) has become a massive Twitter success story, you often wonder how people watched Question Time without Twitter. It is commonplace for the Trending Topics during the show’s broadcast to be exclusively QT related.

It is always a joy to hear David Dimbleby speak about Hashtags and Tweets, as if he knows what he’s talking about.

The show has inspired a parody Twitter account (@dimblebot), a robotic version of David Dimbleby who frequently “Defeats” and “Eliminates” his panellists.

Andrew Neil (@afneil) is worth a follow

Many of the local journalists and news organisations previously mentioned RT local politicians as part of their work.

NORTHERN IRELAND

If you want to know what Christine Bleakley is up to but can’t be bothered buying Sunday Life, then you should follow the woman herself (@clbleakley)

Former Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy (@gerard_mccarthy) is very funny and worth a follow, though he is currently taking a Twitter sabbatical for lent. The Blame Game’s Jake O’Kane is well worth a follow (@jakeokane)

There are many public service on Twitter, with BBCNI providing Travel (@bbcnitravel) and Weather (@newslineweather)

Other public services include Peelers (@policeserviceni) and Met Office (@metofficeni)

If you love information about delayed buses and trains, then (@translink_ni) is the Twitter account for you.

To find out what people in Northern Ireland are Tweeting about, then Trendsmap (@trendsbelfast) is a must follow. Be warned, it’s usually Harry Styles and Justin Bieber.

Happy Tweeting, hope this has helped you find some accounts you previously didn’t know existed.

And I shall end on a shameless plug. You can follow me on @andrewastewart

SO BEBO HAS GONE ……

Seemingly so, or not, depending on who you believe. The site is seemingly offline at the moment due to a “temporary hitch”

There is an irony to it all. I found out about it on Twitter, the main social media I use in place of Bebo, and I am blogging about it on WordPress, the main blogging interface I use instead of Bebo.

It’s quite trendy to knock the site, but it was great in it’s heyday, back in 2006 and 2007.

The site was so big during it’s heyday, it was subject to weekly reports on Newsline about how it was corrupting the youth of the nation.

It seemed there were only two types of people using Bebo : Paramilitaries recruiting people and Paedos grooming people.

No paramilitary ever tried to recruit me and no Paedo ever tried to groom me. Feel quite left out.

Nowadays, the Newsline and UTV Live scare stories focus on Facebook and Twitter, with poor Bebo feeling left out.

It was an innocent text message that started it all for me. I’d been asked about a party that night. It was the first I knew about it, as it had all been organised via Bebo.

So, the next day, I signed up and got hooked. After adding my main circle of friends, people who worked at The Globe, I then sussed out people from school, and the period between school and The Globe, and found myself getting back in touch with old friends I hadn’t seen in ages.

I couldn’t help but think what life working at The Globe would have been like if the social media boom had happened while I worked there. I think every shift would have begun with “Andrew, a quick word about a recent status update”

It is thanks to Bebo that I fell back in love with photography. As per ettiquette, I needed to have a profile photo.

I hate getting my photo taken, so I uploaded some photos of graffiti and murals from my phone. The quality was rubbish, so I went and took better ones with a digital camera.

And thus, I got the bug, and now take photos of everything and anything.

To be honest, photos are the only reason I used Bebo the past three years, as there was very little interaction, but it was great for having a photo archive and for getting jpeg properties for putting onto WordPress.

Unfortunately, it looks like i’ll have to edit two years worth of blog posts containing photos. Thankfully, I made back-ups on Myspace (Yes, I know)

A social media site is only as good as it’s content. Facebook has friend updates, Twitter has news updates, Myspace has music uploads. Bebo …… well?

Also, I got the blog bug as well as I started writing a weekly update on what five songs I was enjoying the previous week, and my thoughts on the previous week’s football.

As well as this, I did concert reviews whenever I went to a concert.

I know that people were reading it, as songs I listed were appearing on people’s flashboxes soon after.

I’d been thinking about leaving for a while, and I took the plunge into WordPress in late 2009. There were so many better features, such as categrosiing and the ability to have more than three previous posts on a page.

Such was my Bebo inactivity, that I would get e-mails reminding me that it was a friend’s birthday, so I would log onto Facebook to wish them a Happy Birthday.

It will always remind me of the last year of my degree, as that’s when I signed up and got the most use out of it.

If this is the end of Bebo, it would have been nice if the pages were kept as an archive rather than being wiped totally.

LOL M8 XOXOXOXOXO BF4LYFE