Best Accounts to Follow on Twitter

by | Apr 16, 2018 | Articles | 0 comments

Recently I wrote a blog post about how many writers struggle to find interesting topics. It occurred to me that, for those of us who are writers and/or entrepreneurs, one good topic for this blog might be Best Accounts to Follow on Twitter.

Of course, this is totally subjective, and part of the problem is your reason behind following someone. Are you looking for inspiration? Entertainment? Advice on business, marketing, and more? All of these? That might drive you to follow people I don’t follow, or drive you away from people I do follow.

So rather than make this a one-category post, I’m putting it out there as a sort of catchall. I follow these accounts for a variety of reasons, including inspiration, entertainment, and education.

Here are my top ten Best Accounts to Follow On Twitter, in no particular order.

  1. Open Culture – The great thing about Open Culture is that they provide interesting cultural content of all kinds. From a story on a teacher turning Beatles’ songs into Latin to a link to Jorge Luis Borges’ favorite novels, Open Culture is cool…and eminently shareable. No wonder they have over 400K followers.
  2. Maria Popova – Like Open Culture, Maria Popova offers a plethora of cool cultural postings. Much of them are of a literary or philosophical bent, so thinkers and lovers of the arts should really check it out.
  3. Frances Caballo – Social media strategist Frances Caballo found a great niche: authors. I’m a fan of her work as well as a follower, and was more than pleased the day I saw she’d followed me back.
  4. Josh Elledge – When it comes to PR in general, syndicated TV/newspaper expert Josh Elledge provides advice for anyone looking to get more press in a way that journalists will love. He and I follow each other, too, and he’s proved a valuable resource in boosting my profile.
  5. Real Marsha Wright – If you want a lot of eyeballs on a Sunday tweet, check out the #ThinkBIGSundayWithMarsha hashtag as featured by Marsha Wright. I’ve often gotten several THOUSAND impressions from one of these tweets, so it’s a great way to get your name in front of more people who might not be part of your normal audience.
  6. Anne R. Allen – A true writer’s writer, Anne R. Allen is a Top 10 blogger for authors. She’s witty, smart, and retweets great content. Check out my guest post on her blog here.
  7. Joanna Penn – Best-selling British author Joanna Penn has become known as a resource for other authors on publishing, entrepreneurship, and more. She’s also down-to-earth enough to follow you back if you’re putting out great content. So, as in the case with Frances Caballo, I was pleased when she followed me back!
  8. Novelicious – Novelicious posts beautiful images with cool writer quotes. Nothing wrong with that. I like to retweet about once every day or two, both for aesthetic and inspirational reasons.
  9. Gary Wilbers – Gary is a business coach and keynote speaker, with over 4,000 followers on LinkedIn. He’s just building up his Twitter following. He’s got a book out called Positive Cultures Win. Check him out here.
  10. Mixtus Media – Run by Jenn dePaula, Mixtus Media is huge on Instagram and Twitter. If you’re looking for book marketing tips, she’s got great content, too.

There are quite a few other Twitter accounts I follow and frequently retweet – including Kim Garst, Regina Kenney, and fellow author Jay Lemming – so if you’re looking to build up your Twitter, these are all great folks to follow. Some of them might even follow you back!

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