By Sydia Bell

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.

Atlanta Events (@ATL_Events) aggregates daily events including arts, culture, food, film and much more. This one is a must! Another one is (@365Atlanta), which provides 365 things to do in Atlanta for newcomers and natives. Or, get all the information on openings and closing on Atlanta’s restaurant and retail scene (@WhatNowAtlanta).

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.

Top Chef fans can follow champ Richard Blais (@RichardBlais), the owner of Flip Burger Boutique (@flipburger), as he gives followers insight into his life and his love of food. Popsicle purveyor The King of Pops (@theKingofPops) tweets where his cart will be set up and what flavors are available, while Atlanta Street Food (@ATLStreetFood) gives you up-to-date locations of all the popular  food trucks like Yum Yum Cupcake (@yumyumcupcake), Yumbii (@Yumbii) and The Fry Guy (@ATLFRYGUY).

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.

If you follow Hub Atlanta (@HubATL), a member-inspired place for meeting, working and connecting with other entrepreneurs, you will find some local events that could help you grow your business. You could even follow local business like The Sound Table (@theSoundTable) an Old Forth Ward restaurant and music lounge, Poor little Rich Girl (@Shop_PLRG), a vintage store located in the historic College Park area, or Urban Cannibals (@urbancannibals), a true mini-gourmet market disguised as a corner store.

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!

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.