There are some social platforms which we use for communication, although it can be seen as a beneficial resource to seek information as well. One of the most interesting examples of how social network can become an academic source for information is Twitter.

It may seem that Twitter is not a serious source, but some profiles are worth paying attention to. If you choose the right people or groups to follow, their Twitter accounts can reveal some secrets about working in Communication’s industry.

For instance, you can follow Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow). Andrew Marr Show is a British television program broadcasted on BBC One, presented by journalist Andrew Marr. The show includes the review of the Sunday newspapers and highlights the current affairs happening all over the world. The show hosts guests such as David Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Corbyn, Richard Brandson or Jamie Oliver. By following the Twitter profile of the show you can be persuaded to follow the most important news of the world and be aware of the negotiations on the sugar taxes, immigration, politics and many others.

You can follow the professors as well. If you are studying communications, it would be useful to know what Roy Greenslade (@GreensladeR), the professor of journalism, media commentator and freelance journalist talks about. People like him can give wise comments about what is hot in the news right now or help you to sort out what is worth being interested in.

Who do you follow on Twitter?


  1. I do partially agree with you, following people on twitter that have succeeded in the industry you aspire to is useful. Social media has become so open you can literally follow their lives. Keeping up to date on your industry is so important as it will in the long run affect you and twitter can help you do this as well as learning what is happening around the world with tweets about the news. However, Twitter along with other social networks is heavily filtered, this means that although you may be under the illusion you have the freedom to say what you want you actually don’t, and so therefore neither do the people you follow. Also how well do you actually trust facts you’ve read on Twitter? Stories are guaranteed to be twisted to manipulate their viewers and you don’t have any rules about having to be honest or unbiased.


  2. I love using twitter, it is of my most used social networking sites, due to it being so accessible on so many different media platforms, allowing me to check my feed when I want. I agree with how twitter can be useful to us media students throughout this module, as we are able to follow and gain knowledge from a variety of media academics, which is extremely useful to us students.


  3. Great example! I think twitter is one of the most important social networks for professional development, particularly in media industry. As a future advertising practitioner, I like checking Twitter accounts of big brands to see their new ads, strategy and how they handle customer service. It is a great source of examples and inspiration and it helps to keep up with the tendencies. Also many agencies post news about themselves or industry, share job openings, etc.

    I also recommend you follow David Spencer, he is a lecturer in University of Westminster and regularly posts work opportunities (@themediamentor)

    I agree with jesshartx that you probably can’t trust Twitter to be a credible news source, but it doesn’t seem to aim to be that. Its main advantage is that the breaking news are likely to first appear on Twitter and then be picked up by other news sources. So I think Twitter can be useful for journalists to find newsworthy stories.


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