Today I finally joined the Twittering world (follow me!).  I always thought Twitter was pretty useless.  To me, it seemed like a Facebook wannabe but with fewer features.  However, after doing some exploring today, I discovered that Twitter is full of useful information.  Here were are a few accounts I thought journalists would find useful:

1.  @jayrosen_nyu – tweets breaking news and offers thoughts on where journalism is headed.

Bio: “I teach journalism at NYU, direct the Studio 20 program there, critique the press and try to grok new media. I don’t do lifecasting but mindcasting on Twitter.”

2.  @writing_tips – the copy-editor in me was thrilled to find this account.  We all need to be reminded of the basics every now and then.

Bio: “Daily tips on grammar, spelling, punctuations, freelance writing and more!”

3. @WeeklyEvents – some of the best story ideas come from attending local events.  This site lets us know which events Seattle Weekly writers are recommending.

Bio:  “Follow our tweets to keep up to date on Seattle Weekly sponsored events, contests, and promotions!”

4.  @SeattleMet – Updates on Seattle’s restaurants, benefits, fashion, general happenings etc.

Bio: “Seattle Metropolitan is our city’s indispensable news, culture, and lifestyle magazine.”

5.  @mjironside – Matt Ironside is one of The Seattle Times’ online news producers and project managers.  He is a technological guru.

Bio: “Producer, project manager for seattletimes.com.”

6.  @Wordpress – tips and tricks for our beloved blogging site.

Bio: “Updates and other fun stuff related to WordPress.org (that’s the self-hosted version).”

7.  @Flickr – Be the first to know about Flickr’s new image arrivals.

Bio: “The official Flickr Twitter page.”

8.  @BreakingNews – Just that.  Breaking news from all over the world.

Bio: “Live breaking news and developing stories nonstop from America and every corner of the world.”

9.  @blpro – General blogging tips for a variety of platforms.

Bio:  BloggingPro is one of the oldest news sites around blogs, WordPress and other blogging platforms.”

10.  @_chuck_taylor_ – Journalist extraordinaire.  Chuck Taylor has worked as a reporter, designer and editor.

Bio: “Journalist, Web consultant”

11.  @journalismjobs – Jobs … in journalism?!

Bio: “Journalism, editorial, PR, and media sales vacancies. DM us to advertise.”

12.  @seattlepi – Local news blurbs.

Bio: “News from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest available at seattlepi.com.”

13.  @seattletimes – More local news headlines.

Bio: “Breaking news alerts, local, national, business and sports headlines.”

14. @myballard – Great example of a localized blog taking advantage of tweets.

Bio: “Ballard neighborhood news and events.”

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