15 Twitter Accounts Every Austinite Should Follow

Austin introduced the world to Twitter. Here are 15 accounts Austinites might find handy.

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Love it, hate it or simply don't understand it, Twitter has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to social media. Celebrities use it to make announcements or public apologies. News spreads across the "Twitterverse" faster than it could ever do on television. And, if you want the entire world to know that you're buying pants at J.C. Penny, well, this is the place to do it.

Seeing as how Twitter was unveiled to the world right here in Austin during South By Southwest Interactive 2007 (although it was launched a year earlier), Austinites have made good - or, at the very least, interesting - use of the microblogging service. With that in mind, we'd like to share fifteen of our favorite local Twitter accounts. Of course, there are many more than these, but we only have so much space.

To narrow it down, we've avoided accounts run by businesses. These are accounts for either individuals or publications. You'll see what we mean as we go along.

If you're fans of Texas sports...


Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls are two sports writers for the Austin American-Statesman. They know their stuff and they're also quite interactive with their readers online.

Need something to do?

Well, if you're not looking at (and shame on you if you're not!), try these out:

(note: this has been corrected from a previous version) is a great resource to find when great bands and other acts are in town. They also, every once in a while, offer contests for free tickets both on their site and their Twitter accounts.

Looking to network with other professionals?


Lani Rosales isn't just a social media wizard and a brilliant real estate blogger. She and her husband Benn are also the driving force behind Austin's monthly #BASHH ("Big Ass Social Happy Hour") parties, where folks from all walks of life can meet up, connect, have a drink and relax. It's one of Austin's finest uses of social media to bring professional people together without it feeling overly professional.

Love music on television?


Leslie Nichols (who was the "other" Leslie in Austin for years until Leslie Cochran passed away) is the producer for Austin institution and PBS's long running "Austin City Limits".

Do you enjoy alcoholic beverages?

(Evan Sanders)

Whether you enjoy wine, craft beer or booze, these three accounts are run by Austin natives who know what they're talking about.

Want to make sure you eat healthier?


While Austin is hardly Southern California (and thank goodness), we are a city that takes pride in being healthy. If that describes you then you may want to give this account a follow.

Want to follow the mayor? Or the city government?


Like any other politician not stuck between the 1950s and the 1970s, Austin's mayor, Lee Leffingwell, has a Twitter account. Follow this and the official account of the city government to find out what else besides single use bags they plan on banning.

How do you like your news?


Stephen C. Webster was formerly an Austin-based editor for The Raw Story who recently took a position with Progressive Magazine in Madison, WI. He's still an Austinite at heart and regularly posts links and stories of interest to Austin residents. Omar Gallaga is a technology writer for the Statesman who also has an amazing sense of humor. A must follow. Andrea Grimes is a firebrand, a true journalist and a hilarious comedian.

Who did we miss? Share your favorite Austin-based Twitter accounts in the comments below and let everyone know!


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No worries, it's all good in the hood :)

by Kevin Sullivan - 5 months, 11 days ago

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Greg your post most have been "pending for approval" whilst I wrote mine :) sorry for the redundant message Kevin!

by livehappy8 - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Great list! I'd add: @hipstercrite @corrinrenee @atxhipsters @atxfoodnews @atxsessions @atxfoodblogs @wheninaustin @crafttaste @andylanger @jeffamador2 and @melissaklombard. And maybe even myself, @MadBettyATX. :)

by Kristin Sheppard - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Jodi Bart of Tasty Touring -- Austin and Texas film news at Slackerwood --

by cerda.debbie - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Honored Lani! Here we are on Twitter: [HTML_REMOVED][HTML_REMOVED] Except for myself because I can't add myself to my own list; so here's me [HTML_REMOVED][HTML_REMOVED]

by paul - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Also - since twitter "launched" (sort of) at SXSW - it would be good to include SXSW people. Some of my personal (official) sxsw favs are: @sxsw @TXrocks75 @kelljokrause @hugh_w_forrest @tammylynn

by livehappy8 - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Thanks for the correction! I apologize for the error. I'll correct it asap.

by Kevin Sullivan - 5 months, 12 days ago

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I wasn't done...You CAN find Kristin on twitter @dostuffkristin

by livehappy8 - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Um.... Kristian hasn't worked at Do512 in quite a while...the twitter account is even valid anymore.

by livehappy8 - 5 months, 12 days ago

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Do512_Kristin is now at Thanks for the props Lani!

by ackerman.g - 5 months, 12 days ago

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I HAVE A LOT TO ADD! :) These are just SOME of the people that enrich my life:

@amberdemure @BennRosales @JohnJEgan @snackmantis @heyrachelll @tehdago @NickBachan @BigMikeinAustin @writerlulu @tollym @seobrien @myignition @crismueller @richP @Jessica_Effect @dblanchard @chrismissal @shahargurvitz @theKyleBailey @baconator @jasoncrouch @amberausten @understandblue @ulovei @katmandelstein @lindsaymetter @stuperb @heytrace @jenkcunningham @jacquelineslife @misasongbird @g_ack @noahgk

by lani.rosales - 5 months, 13 days ago

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