Twitter is the social networking service where anything goes. Whether you’re a journalist tweeting the news in real time, a politician communicating with the public, or an everyday Joe Blow tweeting sweet nothings into the digital ether, Twitter is shaped by our politics and culture.
Compared to other cities, I’d say Canberra isn’t too mad about Twitter. If you’ve managed to attract 100 followers as an individual, I think you’re doing quite well. If you’ve smashed the 500 mark, you’re doing really well.
At the time of publication, the average number of followers attracted by Canberra’s MLAs is about 1,700.
This calculation excludes Andrew Barr, who is social media mad and has a relatively high number of followers at 8,157. At the other end of the spectrum we have the Canberra Liberal Party’s Andrew Wall on 577, and the inimitable Giulia Jones on 156.
The following is a list of twelve of Canberra’s most notable Twitter accounts. Some are noted for their social significance while others have been included for their unique style and sheer prolificacy.
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) July 1, 2015
12. Latika Bourke (@latikambourke)
Latika Bourke is one of the most prolific tweeters in Australia. Latika can quote a politician at a press conference verbatim almost before the politician has finished speaking. With about 90K followers, she appears telepathically connected to her Twitter account.
Bio: Fairfax Political Reporter at Parliament House Canberra. Author – From India with Love.
11. In the Taratory (@In_The_Taratory)
In The Taratory is a play on words of the tweeter’s name, Tara. Tara is well-known as a great advocate for Canberra. Her tweets explore all thing Canberra and perhaps one even senses the aspiration to be an MLA?
Bio: Reviewing everything and anything Canberra, ACT and surrounds have to offer. Views are my own.
— Kylie Travers (@KylieTravers_au) July 1, 2015
10. Kylie Travers (@KylieTravers_au)
Kylie Travers is a remarkable Canberran. You name it, she’s done it. After experiencing violence and homelessness with her two young daughters, Travers is an unrelenting and inspiring advocate for her community.
Bio: Finalist Young Australian Of The Year ACT 2015. Author. Speaker. Writer. Blogger. CEO. Survivor of #DomesticViolence #Homelessness and more.
9. Rudi Lammers (@CPOACT)
Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers has lived in Canberra for over 20 years. Lammers is a strong advocate against domestic violence, and he is always at the ready to keep Canberra up-to-date with the latest drug busts and burglaries via the twittersphere.
Bio: Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Australian Federal Police
— ThePolitical ACT (@ThePoliticalACT) July 10, 2015
8. Richard Fox (@ThePoliticalACT)
ThePolitical ACT is run by journalist Richard Fox. Richard’s adroit political observations serve the community as a thorough one-stop-shop for all your political curiosities.
Bio: Everything ACT politics. Geeky I know.
Snow and the Aussie bush. Tidbinbilla just south of Canberra pic.twitter.com/mqAJb6AqVZ
— Mark Parton (@markparton) July 12, 2015
7. Mark Parton (@markparton)
Canberra’s dulcet voice of the morning, Mark Parton speaks with measure and experience.
Bio: Australian radio announcer. 2CC Canberra, father, columnist for City News, bike rider, kitchen head y estoy aprendiendo español.
6. Marcus Paul (@CanberraLive2CC)
Canberra’s colourful voice of the afternoon. Marcus Paul sticks it to the man and gives his fellow Canberrans a fair go.
Bio: Canberra Live with Marcus Paul | 3-6pm weekdays on @2CC
Fact. My guilty pleasure is listening to American country music. Love Carrie Underwood & Hunter Hayes . Retweet if your like me haha.
— Jason Roses (@RosesJason) July 12, 2015
5. Jason Roses (@RosesJason)
Canberra identity Jason Roses is an inexhaustible source of commentary on popular culture. Somewhat of a scallywag; always entertaining.
Bio: TV Presenter, Talk Show Host, Travel Blogger, Real Estate Agent, Auctioneer. Followers: 8372
4. Alexandra Craig (@alexandracraig)
Alexandra Craig campaigns tirelessly for the welfare of animals in the ACT. As a self-confessed crazy cat lady, Alexandra is well-known for her kind heart and ingenuity when it comes to looking after neglected animals. She’s also a RiotACT contributor.
Bio: Collects vintage teacups. Stevie Nicks enthusiast. Crazy cat lady. Raises $ for feline health. @The_RiotACT contributor. Opinions are mine & therefore awesome.
— Anna Johnston (@AnnaJ31) July 11, 2015
3. Anna Johnston (@AnnaJ31)
With 17.3K followers, Anna Johnston is a well-known food and hospitality buff. She connects people through good food, booze, travel and hospitality.
Bio: Australian Food Blogger | Events Architect | Chef | Globetrotter | Beer Connoisseur | Coffee Blooded | Guru of Grub | Living the Dream!
2. Kate Lundy (@KateLundy)
Former ACT Labor senator Kate Lundy recently posted an anti-Labor tweet: “Disappointing budget for motorists as ACT rego fees and pay parking increase.” If only our politicians would be so forthcoming with the truth when they were in office.
1. David Pocock (@pocockdavid)
Popular Brumbies player David Pocock speaks his mind on Twitter. Pocock has a lot to say about issues of social justice and the environment.
Bio: Play a bit of rugby for the ACT Brumbies and Wallabies. Gweru, Zimbabwe to Brisbane to Perth to Canberra.
Which local Twitter users would you add to this list?