We all know people – or have seen them at airports, shopping malls, movie theaters and in cars – who constantly check their phones for updates, texts and emails. Since the inception of Twitter, those “phone addicts” have become even more noticeable. A few years ago, no one knew what Twitter was except for the tech geeks. Then tweens, teens and adults realized the social capabilities and it instantly became a way to interact, promote business, events and make connections. And in Atlanta there are some great people tweeting away. Here are some of the people I follow and check up on regular basis.
Filling your day with activities found on Twitter is just one part of this platform’s appeal. It also provides links to local personalities, such as outspoken Chef Ron Eyester (@theangrychef), who runs Rosebud and the newly opened Morningside eatery, The Family Dog (@thefamilydogatl). He’s no stranger to controversy and his Twitter feed is a “love/hate” thing, but he’s truly committed to the local food movement.
Literature lovers can also interact with their favorite local authors. Susan Rebecca White (@susanrebwhite), an Atlanta native and author of the acclaimed novel Bound South, and Isabel Wilkerson (@Isabelwilkerson), author of the New York Times best seller The Warmth of Other Suns, both use Twitter as a way to keep their fans informed on upcoming events. Sure, following people that are already famous is great, but following people on the brink of discovery is even better. Local writer David Lee Simmons (@davidleesimmons), the communications director of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and self-proclaimed Twitter enthusiast, provides his followers with worthy topics of discussion, links to his events and even engages in conversations. Gray Chapman (@Grayhchapman) – SCAD alum, reader of books, cooker of edibles, editor for Scoutmob (@scoutmob) – tweets about great local articles and unlikely happenings around Atlanta.
At the end of the day, Twitter is not about what you know, but who you follow. Tell us in the comments below who our readers should be following on Twitter!