But… dare I say it… I think I’ve gone off Instagram. I’ve run full-pelt back into the arms of Twitter (who I think has forgiven me for my indiscretion), ready for witty tweets, pithy points of view, clever wordplay, inside jokes, links to fascinating/enlightening/mindlessly hilarious articles, and the occasional celebrity meltdown.
Once upon a time, Twitter was my only source of the news in the outside world. We didn’t have a TV (and when we did, I couldn’t be assed watching it), so I learned of Kevin Rudd’s downfall, kept informed with the various earthquake/flood/cyclone goings-on, watched news break, and people react. It was unrivalled in its information, and the quick wit of the people reading it. Instagram has lost its lustre (and I lost everyone who posted incessant selfies or 55 photos a day, that “unfollow” button has saved my sanity on more than one occasion) a little bit, I think. But it’s not you, it’s me.
I’ve been asked lately if people should bother with twitter, because all they seem to see is bloggers tweeting links to their stuff, or people navel-gazing about their mental health. I think if you follow people who interest you, and you participate as part of the community, Twitter can be invaluable. As a blogger, I can’t even begin to tell you how useful it’s been for me. It’s usually one of my biggest tips for beginner bloggers, and it’s the one they all ignore the most. But it all comes down to the people you follow… so without further ado, here are people I love:
— Dr Karl (@DoctorKarl) July 20, 2014
Dr Karl is an absolute legend. Tweets super-interesting studies, science stories, and answers your science questions (he gets to most of them, too!). I’ve asked him everything about whether anti-perspirant deodorant is toxic (no) and if sugar really is that bad (no).
Was just psychoanalysed by a store person. I only came in to get a belt. — Rick Morton (@SquigglyRick) July 19, 2014
Rick Morton is one of my most favourite people on Earth. He consistently has one of the most interesting Twitter feeds I’ve ever come across. He always shares interesting articles, long-form journalism pieces, LOLcats, breaking news, insider political/news info (he works at The Australian), gay issues, amusing musings, and the most entertaining #qanda tweets.
People who store potato crisps in the fridge and then consume the cold crisps like what the fuck do you think you are doing
— Cook Suck (@CookSuck) July 13, 2014
and presented without comment, good shit:
Crikey, Mark Colvin (he should be filed under “interesting”, too), Vice News, QandA, New York Times, The Converstaion, Guardian Australia, Time Magazine, This could go on all day, (maybe just go here and see my list) I follow all the news outlets, although some make me want to punch people.
Kevin Rudd 2000, Michael Beveridge, Rob Delaney, First Dog on Moon, God, Brocklesnitch, Mr Roberts DTD, Jo Thornely, Lexi T, Doctor Triple J, Emma’s Brain, Ricky Gervais, Helen Razer, Hannah Gadsby, Wil Anderson, LOLGOP, bolt comments, Toady From the 90s, Seinfeld Tweets, David Brent, Nick Lucas, Tony Martin, Bill Bailey, Charlie Pickering, Not A Cop, Benjamin Law, Bitches Gotta Eat
Stephen Fry, Asher Wolf, Clementine Ford, Daily Life, Amy Remeikis, Stephen King, Insatiable Booksluts, Anna Spargo-Ryan, John Safran, Mike Carlton, Bernard Keane, NASA, Cate Bolt, SawHole, Star Talk Radio, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Aaaaand I’ve just seen a whole bunch of waffle I think I will be unfollowing. I think everyone’s stopped obsessively checking “Who Unfollowed Me”, so I should be safe.
Who do you love? What’s on your list?