Must-Follow Twitter Accounts
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I think Twitter is the best thing that ever happened to the Internet. As a writer who enjoys comedy, film, television, and memes galore, Twitter has been an incredible source of inspiration and, surprisingly, community.
I do, however, understand the hesitation many people have when it comes to Twitter. Though the platform can be an entertaining and inspiring place to spend time on the Internet, it can also be overwhelming and exhausting. As with any social media app, I’ve found that following people on Twitter whose content energizes me makes all the difference.
So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Twitter accounts that make me think that the Internet’s not so bad after all. On this list, you’ll find writers, comedians, critics, and poets who will add some meaningful content to your daily scrolls. Feel free to link some of your favorite Twitter accounts in the comments below!
1. Hunter Harris | @hunteryharris
Hunter Harris, a staff writer for Vulture, is undoubtedly one of my favorite voices in entertainment news right now. Aside from being an excellent writer and astute observer of culture, Hunter is absolutely hilarious. Hunter’s tweets and work, as a whole, have proven that even stan culture has a place in journalism and film critique. She gives me hope that having a strong, emotional attachment to certain types of media doesn’t disqualify you from engaging in thoughtful discourse surrounding arts and culture. If you’re looking for engaging content on film and television that will also have you crying with laughter, give Hunter a follow.
2. Astro Poets | @poetastrologers
Astro Poets is an astrology Twitter account run by best friends, Dorthea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov. The Aries/Sagittarius duo serves up the perfect comedic-to-deep ratio for your daily Twitter scrolls. Most known for their poetic Sunday night horoscopes released on a weekly basis, these poets have become somewhat of a household name in the Twittersphere. As someone who has only recently become interested in astrology, following Astro Poets has been a playful intro into the world of the stars.
3. Jaboukie Young-White | @jaboukie
Jaboukie Young-White is one of the many young and talented writers/comedians bringing Twitter culture into the mainstream. His tweets, often surrounding pop culture and politics, are the kind that never take themselves too seriously. And yet, Jaboukie has earned a place in the spotlight as the newest correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and as a writer on Netflix’s Big Mouth and American Vandal. (He also had a small role in the new Netflix original movie, Someone Great, in which he was my favorite character by far.) If you’re interested in hearing from one of the freshest and most exciting voices in comedy right now, be sure to give Jaboukie a follow.
4. Rian Phin | @rianphin
Rian Phin is one of my favorite people to follow for thoughtful insights on design and ethical fashion. I first stumbled upon Rian on YouTube, and was drawn to their nuanced thoughts on ethical fashion and conscious consumerism. Rian’s tweets about design, eco-feminism, and neurodivergence are incredibly refreshing and insightful, often offering perspectives I hadn’t before considered. Be sure to check out their Twitter feed as well as their YouTube channel where they discuss these topics in depth!
5. Writers of Color | @WritersofColor
Writers of Color is a Twitter account run by writers Durga Chew-Bose, Jazmine Hughes, Vijith Assar, and Buster Bylander. The collective aims to create more visibility for writers of color by sharing job openings and calls for submissions to their community. Writers of Color has been an incredible resource for me (as a writer of color!) to be aware of what opportunities are out there. If you too are a writer of color, or are interested in extending more opportunities to writers of color, give this account a follow!
6. Nancy Wang Yuen | @nancywyuen
Nancy Yuen is a sociologist and author, whose background in sociology offers an important look on film criticism. Her book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism examines the barriers actors of color face in the film and television industry. Nancy is one of my favorite people to follow for thoughtful, research-based media criticism. (Not to mention, she is a professor at my alma mater!) Follow Nancy for sociological updates on all things film and culture.
7. Hanif Abdurraqib | @NifMuhammad
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet and writer whose music critique will make you a fan of just about anyone. Hanif is the kind of person who unapologetically loves what he loves, which is incredibly refreshing to encounter. Hanif’s Twitter feed is a bit of a hodgepodge of his interests, which include politics, music, sports, and poetry—with thoughtful, witty commentary in Hanif’s unique, yet familiar voice. Give Hanif a follow and, while you’re at it, check out one of the three books he’s authored.