More students are using Twitter as their major source of news and information. Stories break on Twitter before anywhere else and everyone views the platform as a barometer of the public mood.
As a student, social media is an opportunity to further your studies, broaden your horizons, and establish an online brand that may help with your job search. But it’s okay to have a laugh sometimes, too. Here are 20 Twitter accounts you should follow to make your online world more interesting — and a bit more fun.
1. BBC World – @BBCWorld
Twitter Bio: World News, features and analysis (http://bbc.in/worldnews). For UK news, follow @BBCNews. For breaking news, follow @BBCBreaking. Latest sport news @BBCSport.
BBC World is the number one source for news. Keeping up to date will help you see how your studies relate to what’s going on around the world.
2. CNN Breaking News – @cnnbrk
Twitter Bio: Breaking news from reporters and editors on the CNN Digital news team. Now 21M strong. Check @cnn for all things CNN, breaking and more.
CNN Breaking News brings you the fastest news on Twitter. News breaks here more quickly than on other CNN sources, which could be great when you need a highly relevant source for a paper.
3. U.S. News Health – @USNewsHealth
Twitter Bio: We do Best rankings. Hospitals, diets, health plans. Section of @usnews. A follow doesn’t imply endorsement.
Students in health or medical programs should reference U.S. News Health for an expert health news resource.
4. TechCrunch – @TechCrunch
Twitter Bio: Breaking technology news, analysis, and opinions from TechCrunch. The number one guide for all things tech.
This is a great resource for students looking to keep up with information technology and innovation in the U.S. and around the world.
5. Museum Nerd – @museumnerd
Twitter Bio: Museums. Art. History. Art History. Education. Museology. Historiography. Logophilia. Punnery. I often post as I explore museum exhibits. I am a museum nerd.
View tweets about history to help you put your studies in context.
6. ClassicPics @History_Pics
Twitter Bio: ClassicPics tweets historical photos of the good and bad, fun and sad moments from bygone times. #History
These tweets feature gorgeous, fascinating pictures of important historical moments.
7. Paul Krugman – @NYTimesKrugman
Twitter Bio: Nobel laureate. Op-Ed columnist, @nytopinion. Author, “The Return of Depression Economics,” “The Great Unraveling,” “The Age of Diminished Expectations” + more.
Paul Krugman is a Nobel-Prize-winning economist and a New York Times columnist who writes on politics and economics — students admire his intellect and can learn a lot just by viewing his tweets.
8. Tavi Gevinson – @tavitulle
Twitter Bio: This is Our Youth on Broadway/Rookie Yearbook Three in bookstores/all your furniture you noticed was moved just an inch or so.
Gevinson is a writer and editor focused on youth culture and political and social issues facing young people today. Her tweets are relevant for students in a variety of programs.
9. Jack Dorsey – @Jack
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Who better for aspiring entrepreneurs and business students to follow than the co-founder of Twitter? Dorsey also founded Square, the mobile payment company. He tweets about politics and business with a personal touch.
10. Conan O’Brien – @conanobrien
Twitter Bio: The voice of the people. Sorry, people.
A little humor mixed in with your studies won’t kill you. O’Brien is one of the funniest people on Twitter.
11. Kim Keirkegaardashian – @KimKierkegaard
Twitter Bio: The philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard mashed with the tweets and observations of Kim Kardashian.
Philosophy mixed with a bit of fun, Kim Keirkegaardashian will keep your existential sense honed while making sure you’re up-to-date on handbags and celebrity culture.
12. NASA – @NASA
Twitter Bio: Explore the universe and discover our home planet with @NASA. We usually post in EST (UTC-5).
The U.S. space agency’s Twitter account will keep you informed on scientific advancements that affect us all, and you’ll stay up-to-date on everything happening above the atmosphere.
13. The Onion – @TheOnion
Twitter Bio: America’s Finest News Source. Subscribe on YouTube: http://bitly.com/xzrBUA
The Onion will keep students pretty well-informed on recent news, but mostly it will keep you laughing.
14. Wise Bread – @wisebread
Twitter Bio: Personal Finance and Frugal Living Portal. Tweets by Ashley Jacobs (@CollegeCents).
Wise Bread tweets personal finance advice and tips on how to save money. It’s the perfect resource for students on a budget and people who want to know more about finance.
15. Gear Patrol – @gearpatrol
Twitter Bio: Spirit of Adventure ~ Passion for Gear.
Gear Patrol tweets about all the newest gear and gadgets to make sure you’re following the latest technology and trends. Some of the tweets may even offer suggestions on how to incorporate technology into your studies.
16. Mental Floss – @mental_floss
Twitter Bio: Amazing facts from the good people at mental_floss magazine.
Mental Floss tweets quirky, surprising, and inspiring facts to keep you on your toes. Stay sharp and get some amazing knowledge here.
17. Errol Morris – @errolmorris
Twitter Bio: writer, filmmaker, something else maybe…
Errol Morris is an academy award winning documentary filmmaker and public intellectual who writes frequently for the New York Times.
18. Adam Liptak – @adamliptak
Twitter Bio: Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times
Liptak used to be a first amendment lawyer and now covers the Supreme Court for the New York Times. He has had extensive involvement with many aspects of the nation’s courts and is an excellent source of legal news for students.
19. Artist A Day – @artistaday
Twitter Bio: Curated contemporary art… every day.
Browse their Twitter account, and learn about one major contemporary artist per day. These tweets give you an easy way to discover new art and keep up with developments in the art world.
20. Yoko Ono – @yokoono
Twitter Bio: IMAGINE PEACE: Think PEACE, Act PEACE, Spread PEACE.
Most famous as John Lennon’s wife, Ono is also a legendary artist in her own right. Her Twitter feed is full of political observations and small instructions for art projects.
Twitter can be an excellent resource for students looking to keep up with and learn more about their field. Many leaders and reporters involved with healthcare, business, technology, and law post links, thoughts, and updates to Twitter. Start with these and then use Google or the Twitter sidebar to find people trending in your field. Let their daily updates keep you connected to your field as you continue your studies.