Take a look at the number of people you follow on Twitter. If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself following upwards of 100 or even 200 people, wishing it was possible to kick someone in the groin over the internet. Aside from the spectacular and witty content delivered by @tuffgnarlblog and the entire TuffGnarl.com staff, what are you getting from the social media platform that has helped aid revolutions and given Gwyneth Paltrow a platform to tout the virtues of kale chips? Recently, I did a social media purge. Trimming down my Facebook friends list was very satisfying but un-following almost 150 people on Twitter was even better because now my Twitter feed entertains rather than upsets me. I want you to have a happier, more entertaining 2015 and the below list of five people worth following will bring insight, humor, and even some good feelings from a site where Chris Brown has more followers than Human Rights Watch.
1 – Terry Moore – @terrymooreart
The author and artist behind Strangers in Paradise, Echo, and Rachel Rising is one of the coolest (and nicest) people you’ll ever meet. His twitter feed often features candid drawings of some of his most iconic characters, previews up upcoming issues for the ongoing Rachel Rising, and updates as to when and where he’ll be appearing. Moore, much like me, is also a guitar freak and every once in a while he’ll post pictures of gorgeous-looking amps and instruments.
Yep, that Natalie Maines. Though she’s best known as the lead singer for the Dixie Chicks, Maines makes some pretty damn good music of her own. She’s a Howard Stern superfan and what makes her completely worth following (aside from the fact that she’s an all-around cool person) is that her tweets are almost entirely composed of interactions with her fans. She’ll answer just about any question, respond levelly to any criticism, and she often engage in multi-tweet dialogue–until people get creepy, which they almost always do.
3 – Mary Beth Williams – @embeedub
A writer for salon.com and hardcore New Yorker, Mary Beth is one of the most insightful, humorous and opinionated people on Twitter. It helps that she backs up her opinions with intellect and abstract thought (sorry, 99% of Twitter). Mary Beth tackles serious social issues, lampoons celebrity culture, makes us feel smarter by reading her columns, advocates medical research for cancer, and can somehow make us laugh while we think. As a mother, stage 4 cancer survivor (melanomaniac, as she calls herself), and author, Mary Beth (do not call her “Mary”) offers one hell of a great perspective on our bizarre country.
4 – Jenny Johnson – @jennyjohnsonhi5
You know how some people become famous as a result of social media? Most of those people are nitwits, but Houston native and
former local news producer, Jenny Johnson, has become the Twitter comic. With a sharp wit and even sharper tongue, Jenny has a penchant for dick jokes, taking pot shots at Kim Kardashian, humiliating Chris Brown and has parlayed a strong Twitter presence into a career as a comedy writer. She has a book coming out and has been a guest on countless podcasts and TV shows, killing it with her un-PC brand of humor. When she’s not making you laugh out loud, tweeting about her favorite teams (she is a die-hard Texans and Rockets fan), or showing off her collection of Jordan sneakers, she will surprise you with some incredibly touching insight just before killing you with gems like “If your parents named you Crystal, they didn’t want you to amount to shit” or “I’d always call my stepson a ‘bitch’ and my stepdaughter a ‘dick’ to teach them the importance of gender equality #hero.”
5 – Rob Zombie – @robzombie
The metal singer, director, artist, and horror aficianado’s Twitter account is as varied as his interests. Yet, like his music, films, and art, there is a distinct horror theme to almost all his subject matter. Zombie regularly interacts with fans, gives glimpses of his upcoming work and posts a never-ending stream of fans who have tattooed his film-characters on their skin. His upcoming film, 31, is largely funded by fans and heavily promoted on Twitter because Zombie is absolute when it comes to giving his fans what they want. If you’ve attended one of his concerts, you’ll know that he plays long, high-energy sets, playing all of his hits as well as a few pretty badass covers. Zombie’s approach to Twitter, like everything else, is based on a philosophy wherein he doesn’t take himself too seriously but never underestimates or under-appreciates his large fanbase.
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