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Need to liven up your twitter feed? I’ve got five accounts you should be following (with a couple bonus accounts thrown in for good measure!), everything from world news to food to squirrels. (Yes, squirrels. Read on.)
Common squirrel is exactly what it sounds like: a twitter account for a squirrel in Tehran. Every few hours, @common_squirrel tweets things like:
“run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run”
— common squirrel (@common_squirrel) July 7, 2014
— common squirrel (@common_squirrel) July 8, 2014
That’s it. That’s all this account is. No diatribes, no twitter rants, no kudos. Just a common squirrel doing its thing (on twitter).
“Al Jazeera America is an American TV news channel that connects you to the human stories at the heart of the news.” @ajam keeps you in touch with the world at large without sacrificing your local news. They’ve even got a dedicated twitter account for breaking news: @ajamlive.
Since the middle of 2009, R.L. Ripples has graced the feeds with “real one-line brevities from old newspapers, as they appeared”—literally. Here’s a recent example, from a newspaper in Ohio in 1899:
Tesla says that sleep is a vitalizer and that if a man could sleep 18 hours a day he might live to be 200 years old. OH1899
— R.L. Ripples (@TweetsofOld) July 7, 2014
(The person referred to here is the famous scientist Nikola Tesla.)
This twitter dedicates its feed to sharing pictures and stories from history, starting with the moment the first camera was invented. This twitter page shares with us rare gems and never before seen archived photos of important times in history like newly discovered images of the Moon Landing in the 1960’s, photos of 1900’s New York during the Great Depression, or even silly cats posed as photographers in 1909?
This must be the first meme of all time! History right before your eyes here folks. Every day you learn something new with every photo posted on @retronaut‘s feed.
The LA Food Trucks twitter account only tweets once a week, so it won’t clutter up your feed with useless information, but you might have to dig for it among all the other goodness you’ve got coming in. If you don’t live in the Los Angeles area, try looking up food trucks in a city near you. Here are @nycfoodtruck and @TXFoodTruckin to get you started!