This is a continuation of the post I did the other day (Part 3) of the updated list of people I’m following on Twitter. You can find Part 1 (here) and Part 2 (here).
@mental_floss: The profile claims that they tweet “amazing facts from the people at mental_floss magazine.” I wholeheartedly agree with that claim.
@billmckibben: From the Wikipedia article about him: “In 2010, the Boston Globe called him ‘probably the nation’s leading environmentalist’ and Time magazine described him as ‘the world’s best green journalist.'”
@theyesmen: I first learned of these guys from watching the documentary, “The Yes Men Fix the World.” From the Wikipedia article about them: “The Yes Men primarily aim to raise awareness about what they consider problematic social issues.”
@pourmecoffee: I follow this particular Twitter feed because it usually has some sort of quirky or funny thing to say about politics or the news. If it’s not something “funny,” it’s usually some kind of cool fact (similar to @mental_floss).
@freakonomics: If you haven’t read Freakonomics or SuperFreakonomics, I highly recommend it. My post about Economics contained a video with the authors of these two books. This Twitter accounts posts updates to the Freakonomics Blog.
@The_Infographic: I mentioned the other day my inclination towards statistics (and even more so, statistics represented in a visual format). This Twitter account tweets the #dailyinfographic, which is a pictorial representation of a subject and statistics about said subject (the subject varies with each infographic, of course).
@consumerreports: From their profile on Twitter: “Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union, the worlds largest independent consumer-product testing organization. Our mission: Test, inform, and protect.”
@GreenProgress: This Twitter feed posts updates about green technology and the environment, as well as research and even advice from time-to-time.
@flowingdata: More of the same with regard to data and visual representations of said data. He wrote an excellent book called “Visualize This,” which you can read more about here.
@infobeautiful: Once again, more of the same with regard to data and visual representations of said data. There are some cool things that come from this Twitter feed.
@earthinstitute: This is the Institute that @JeffDSachs is the director of, (whom I mentioned in Part 2). From their Twitter profile: “Mobilizing the sciences, education and public policy to achieve a sustainable earth.”
@JerrySeinfeld: As with Conan, Fallon, and the other comedy-related people I’ve mentioned before, it’s important to laugh. I used to love watching Seinfeld (the show) and now I love following Seinfeld (the Twitter account) because he has some great one-liners.
@twitter: The official Twitter account of Twitter. There are some interesting things about Twitter that are tweeted now and again. For instance, did you know that Twitter is now in Dutch and Indonesian?
@EricStangel: Stangel is the head writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, and according to his profile, he was named one of Time’s 140 Feeds to Follow.
@ResearchBlogs: This feed collects the best blog posts about peer-reviewed research around the internet. Since peer-reviewed research is wide-ranging, there are a variety of subjects that are tweeted about.
@infosthetics: Another data visualization Twitter feed. An interesting fact about this one: the person behind it is an Associate Professor at K.U.Leuven (a University in Belgium).
@GillianDaws: A really smart person who tweets about everything from soccer to food to farmer’s markets and everything in between.
@GeekStats: I love statistics. This particular Twitter account offers up some stats that you probably wouldn’t have otherwise known.
@ThinkTankedWaPo: From its Twitter profile: “Allen McDuffee reports on the world according to think tanks.” I think (ha, no pun intended) that there can be important information gleaned from think tanks.
@lessig: Lawrence Lessig is the the founder of Creative Commons. He’s also a professor at Harvard and is quite the political activist.
@NYTimeskrugman: Paul Krugman is a professor of economics at Princeton University. He also writes for the New York Times. He also won a Nobel Prize in economics in 2008.
@mitchellreports: Andrea Mitchell is the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News. She also has a pulse on the happenings in Washington.
@theneweconomics: The New Economic Foundation is an independent think tank and is one of three biggest firms in the UK. This is the organization that launched the Happy Planet Index.
@fixcongress: Fix Congress is part of the “political activism” from @lessig. While I might not necessarily agree with the “hows,” of this movement, I agree with the premise.
@OpenSecretsDC: Open Secrets is the website for the Center for Responsive Politics. The main thing I like about these guys is they write about who donates to which campaign (and how much).
@JoeTrippi: Joe Trippi has worked on numerous presidential campaigns and is the author of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
@davos: The Twitter feed of the World Economic Forum. There is an annual meeting in (Davos, Switzerland) of business leaders and international leaders, among others, who come together to discuss issues facing the world.
@AlecJRoss: Alec J. Ross is the Secretary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation. He is affectionately known as Clinton’s “tech guru.”
@davidgregory: David Gregory is the former White House Chief Correspondent for NBC News and is now the host of one of the “Sunday morning talk shows.”
@Ed_Miliband: Ed Miliband is the Leader of the Labour Party in the UK. I tend to lean towards liberal/progressive views, so I tend to be interested in parties in other countries who support these same ideologies.
@LukeRussert: Luke Russert is following in the footsteps of his father, Tim Russert. He covers Capital Hill (in Washington) for NBC News.
@chucktodd: Chuck Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News. From his Twitter profile: “And, yes, I tweet about sports too.”
@andrewsorkin: Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for the New York Times and in 2009, he wrote the “tell-all” book about the financial collapse called, “Too Big To Fail.”
@ariannahuff: Arianna Huffington is best known for being the co-founder of The Huffington Post. If you get the chance, I’d highly recommend reading her biography.
And there you have it. You’re up to date on the current list of who I’m following. Maybe in another month or so, I’ll do another post (if I’ve accumulated a bunch more people to follow). As always, feel free to follow @JStanghini!
Note: I wrote this post in advance, so look for @joshrogin and @MHarrisPerry in Part 5 of this series.
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