It’s that time of year again, when my annual Twitter List is published.
You may remember that this began in 2012 as a protest piece because The Independent ran an article about people to follow on Twitter, and none of them were of interest to me, as the vast majority were in the “Westminster Bubble”. So, I wrote about who I enjoy following on Twitter, and then kept doing it every year.
This is mostly from a Northern Ireland viewpoint but not exclusively. It would be a bit boring if it was all people from Northern Ireland.
So behold, the Twitter List for 2017. If you’re not on it, don’t take it personally.
BBC NI journalists to follow include :
@Fermanaghjulian @Micjfitz @warblingwatson @jaynemccormack @journoclaire @ClodaghLRice @Markdevenport @Imsaraneill @AnnMarieCFoster @Mckenp @Saragirvan @Jolong03 @NikkiGregg27 @mlchealth @taramillstv @thompsonkerry10 @bbcmarksimpson
Their main news account @Bbcnewsni
Twitter account for their flagship TV news programme @bbcnewsline
Want to go to an event? @Bbcnievents
For weather news @Newslineweather
Online continuity @Bbconeni
Radio Ulster’s account @bbcradioulster
Some useful accounts for those living in Belfast
The council @belfastcc
Events in Belfast @culturenightbel @belfastbookfest @belfastfestival @Cqaf @eastsideartsbel @Belnash @feilebelfast @Openhousefest (Well, ok, that’s Bangor) @aspectsfestival (Yes, that’s Bangor as well. Don’t get mad at me Bangorians)
Venues in Belfast @Qftbelfast @eikoncomplex @Thelinenhall @Themacbelfast @Lyricbelfast
For news and information relating to Belfast City Centre @belfastcentre
Want to laugh? @queenscomedy @Fireworks_mash
Want to cycle? @connsgreenway
Official Tourism bodies @Visitbelfast @Visitbelfastorg
Information of Festivals in Belfast @belfastfests
Want to know what the weather will be like? @Belfast_weather
What everybody else in Belfast is tweeting about now @trendsbelfast
So good, he deserves his own category @prodnose
English football’s governing body @Fa
English football’s main competitions @Premierleague @Efl @emiratesfacup @eflcup @thenationallge
Manchester United dedicated radio show on Radio Manchester @Bbcredwednesday
Want to go to a game in London? @Ldnfootyguide
Official account of Channel 5’s coverage of the EFL @footballon5
European football’s governing body @Uefacom @uefa
World football’s governing body @Fifacom
The two main European club competitions @Championsleague @Europaleague
For the build up to the Euro 2020 Qualifying draw, and the progress of the host cities @Uefaeuro
Italian football @footballitalia
Spanish football @laligaen
German football @bundesliga_en
Dutch football @football_oranje
Magazines to follow @Wsc_magazine @worldsoccermag
Newspaper to follow @theleaguepaper
For news relating to the European Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup which will be happening this year @euroqualifiers
And for the entire World Cup tournament @Fifaworldcup
Holding clubs to account for unnecessary use of away kit @Awaykitwatch
The world of football blogging and groundhopping (visiting as many football grounds as possible, if you don’t know)
Groundhoppers @mirkobolesan @peterrmiles @manchopperblog
Blogs/Fanzine Contributors @footygrounds (Football grounds, unsurprisingly) @djgabyg (Hungarian football) @FatEck (Scottish football)
Want to watch a match in London? Follow @ldnfootyguide
There are a lot of football journalists on Twitter. Not all of them are whoppers. Some of them are worth following.
Broadcast @Skysportsdavid @skysports_bryan @willdowningcomm @robbopalmer @lynseyhipgrave1 @alistairmann01 @brynlaw @billrice23 @marcwebber @jacquioatley @jasonmohammad @simonbrotherton @chrisskuddersky @patmurphy @stevewilson1967 @alanbiggs1
Print @dtguardian @janineself @groundtastic (writes for a magazine specialising in football grounds) @iainmacintosh @vikkiorvice @chloejberesford @danielharris @samuelluckhurst
FOOTBALL MEDIA STAFF
A couple of football Media Officers on Twitter worth following include @_andywalker_ (England) @Efc_helenmayo (Everton) and @LeighanneCoyle_ (Rochdale)
The twelve top flight clubs @crusadersfc @dgnswifts @portadownfc @carrickrangers @ardsfc1900 @colerainefc @glenavon_fc @officialblues @ballymenaunited @ballinamallard @glentoran @cliftonvillefc
And as a bonus, an unofficial Linfield account @Linfield_fc
And for more bonus Linfield related accounts, @eosblues is a recently published book chronicling the club’s history between 1986 and 2016, tweeting on this day pieces uncovered during the research of the book.
Media organisations that cover Irish League football @beltel_sport @sundaylifesport @utvsport @bbcsportni
Journalists that cover Irish League football to follow include @garethhanna11@mclarkeshow @egrantcameron @lylejacko @ericwhite80 @liam_beckett @taggartjoel @nialfoster @keithjbailie @ourlogie @grahamluneybt @markjmcintosh @laurejames @ge_sportsnews @lyds_campbell
@thesocialclubni is an Irish League podcast while @nifootballdaily is a website dedicated to football in Northern Ireland.
@nistats is a good account for stats.
@slfantasy is the account for those who are playing Fantasy Football.
And finally, @officialnifl is the official account for the NIFL.
Never again not know if someone of importance has died thanks to @Justdiedbot
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
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.
News organisations to follow include @Skynews @skysportsnewshq @Channel4news @skynewsbreak
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
Peelers (Not for reporting crimes on) @policeserviceni
Want to know how late your bus or train is? @translink_ni
For weather information @metofficeni
For traffic information @bbcnitravel @psnitraffic
Twitter might be a modern phenomenon, but there are great accounts looking at the post.
From the BBC archives @Bbcarchive
One of the best accounts on Twitter, a legacy project by relatives of a former press photographer based in Northern Ireland focusing mostly on the 1970s and 1980s @photosallan
Live tweeting football as it happened, but 40 years ago @Footy40yearsago
Want to know what happened in the 1990s? @The90sdiary
Old Manchester United programmes @unitedreviewacc @iainmccartney
England football team archive @englandmemories
Rangers pictures @oldrangerspics
Irish society through the years @brandnewretro
Football mgazines and programme articles from the past @theskystrikers @Scotsfootycards
Images from the past @pulplibrarian
An ex peeler tweeting their diary about the werid things that happened in South Belfast in the 1980s and 1990s @rucdiary
Sport in the 1970s @super70ssports
Brighton and Hove Albion programmes @seagullsprog
Smash Hits from the 1980s @smashhits1980s
90s Football podcast @ak90s
Every chart act from the 1990s @ukchartacts
The host of Forgotten 80s on Absolute 80s @matthewjrudd
Look-In archives @look_in_mag
There are many photographers on Twitter.
Northern Ireland based photographers on Twitter worth following include @Carriedavenport @Emgornall @Graemekerrni @snappercherry @sbrydenphoto @kscott_94 @maginnisdave @matt_presseye @photomcq
For football photos – @Wsc_Photos
Football photographers focusing on specific clubs worth following include @roy_smiljanic (Birmingham City) @Bluemcardle (Everton) @Stuartphoto_AFC (Arsenal) @willievass (Rangers) @claireepton (Bradford City) @dickiepelham (West Ham United)
Photo agencies to follow include @Actionimages @gettysport
Other photographers to follow include @Ramseycardy @Timothycochrane @Tomjenkinspix @Shirlainephoto @Sal_gigjunkie @cwellingsuk @stuartroyclarke
There are no boring pictures of Diego Maradona. @maradonapics shows the best of them.
Unsurprisingly, Northern Ireland’s PR and Advertising industries are well represented on Twitter.
Accounts to follow include @Aikenpr @Cathymartin @Shamelesspr @Avbgroup @jagocomms @massivepr @mammothbelfast @ASG_PR @Rlagroup @Clearboxpr @inkbotdesign @ardmoreadv @chrislove1 @gatekeeper_pr @MGMPR_LTD @thetomorrowlab @joannemcneill1 @duffyrafferty @lanyoncomms @pmlgroupni @Image_zoo @Stkeholderlive @lighthouseni @smartscomm @Seriouspr @wearepbd @Levymccallum @J_comms @Pulseprni @rnncomms @Lkcomms @Nav_Blue @dcpstrategiccom @chrislove1 @Naked_PR @Rumourmill_pr @Morrowcomms @mcenewsfeed
And the Chartered Institute @cipr_NI
If Scottish football is your thing, you should follow @irnbrufootball and @spfl
If you love Street Art, here are some accounts for you to follow.
Belfast based artists @KVLR1 @Faigyartist @Viswaste @thisisfriz
Dublin based artist @emmaleneblake
@Akse_p19 is based in Manchester.
@waterfordwalls is an annual Street Art Festival taking place in Waterford.
@extramuralactiv @Belfast_beyond are accounts which report on murals which appear in Belfast and further afield.
Who doesn’t like travelling? Here are accounts to help you out on your travels.
If you’re travelling not too far (ie – UK/Ireland) these accounts will be useful
@NItouristboard @Nitravelnews @Discoverireland @Failte_ireland @Wildatlantic @Tourismireland @discoverirl @visitbritain @visitwales @visitscotland @visitengland @visitdublin
Northern Ireland’s three main airports @belfastcity_air @belfastairport @coderryairport
And if you are travelling from Dublin @dublinairport
Travel related publications to follow @lptraveller @thehotelegraph @lonelyplanetuk @natgeotravel @cntraveler @telegraphtravel @st_travel @guardiantravel @st_travelmag @wanderlustmag @mirrortravel
The authorative voice on all things travel related @simoncalder
If you’re interested in TV and TV history, follow @TVnewsroom and @tvlive
UK BASED MEDIA
Other journalists to follow include :
Broadcast @Sophyridgesky @lucrezianews @kimberleyeleo @alstewitn
Print @earlsjohn @rgray_87 @suffragentleman @martindaubney
UTV journalists to follow @Paul_UTV @Hagan_utv @Vicki_hawthorne @Paulclark_utv @Louiseinni @Ruthgorman_UTV @Marcmallett_UTV @Colmcal_UTV @Sarahclarke_UTV @Louise_UTV @Kenreid_UTV @Pamballantine @Markmcfadden @Aideen_UTV @Judehill_UTV @sportyneesy
UTV’s flagship news programme @UTVnews and their main politics programme @viewfrmstormont