Welcome to the 2013 list of top Twitter follows in the little societal bubble that is the University of York campus. Social media has exploded at York with more and more joining Twitter every term. Union hustings even trended in the UK last year. From the outset this list was never meant to be comprehensive, but it does try to cover a range of personalities across campus from drama, student politics, student journalism, sports and JCRCs, as well as people who just keep you amused on a wet Sunday afternoon in the library. I certainly haven’t got everyone so please feel free to add your favourites in the comment section below.
Number one. Top of the list. It’s DOTD. One duck every week day direct from the campus lake, and a bit of weekend waterfowl (to keep it fresh).
11 Aug 2013 – weekend waterfowl http://t.co/wy6DTflEjz
— Duck of the day (@duckoftheday) August 11, 2013
One for the exam term, when shit gets a little bit cray in the lib. Beyond its utility the girl who runs it is really lovely – a voice of calm in the stress of exams.
The library is quite busy today. I just saw a couple drinking a bottle of wine and eating buns. Go home.
— Library Seats (@LibrarySeats) August 11, 2013
Wannabe fashion journo India tweets the latest trends, showbiz (Cara Delavigne gets a lot of attention) and the odd bit of light-hearted feminism… @nousefashion also one for fashion fans
Seriously, what happened before the Internet? Did men just send sketches of their dicks in letters to women? Painted miniatures? I must know
— India Block (@indiablock) August 6, 2013
Hey we’re biased. And unashamedly so. Nouse covers news, sport and arts on campus and beyond, with opinion and analysis tweeted instantly to a smartphone near you.
— Nouse (@yorknouse) September 1, 2013
Top follow for controversy. Fantastic spat with some of York’s feminists on Twitter watched by many amused (and notably unamused) onlookers – “enough of this feminist nonsense please”. Also one for international students and student issues.
A mixture of dry wit, absurdisms and a spattering of intelligent thoughts on current affairs.
Did all the MPs just say "A-ha"? What the fuck is this?! Knowing Me Knowing You with David Cameron?
— Oliver Butler (@notoliverbutler) August 29, 2013
Serial tweeter Luke Bradley heads up one of campus’s biggest sports teams.
Sorry guys my twitter has been a pain in the arse! Sorry if I sent you a DM about my amazing weight loss! #itsnottrue
— Luke Bradley (@lbradley31) August 23, 2013
The Lemon Press editor turns the everyday and the mundane into witticisms to put a smile on your face. She also tweets a lot, so the entertainment pool never runs dry.
Film contains "Very mild language". No words. Just caveman grunting.
— Sophie Gadd (@sophie_gadd) August 11, 2013
Tron is a favourite of the Nouse office. He works tirelessly in his role as YUSU Disabilities officer (read his welcome piece here) and tweets about student politics and the Labour party, as well as dabbling in cooking and sci-fi.
Mum and Dad are getting sick of me talking about Mental Health Awareness Week and Freshers Drop-Ins, well, they raised me politically active
— Thomas Ron (@Tron1993) August 26, 2013
As well as running the Library seats account, Lucy has her own endlessly entertaining feed. According to her bio the Observer once called her ‘witty, stylish and ferociously absorbing.’ You’ll have to ask her what the context was…
Getting so good at travelling by myself. I'm such an adult.
— Lucy Watson (@shesgonestella) August 29, 2013
The University’s music magazine comes out once a term, and has its own stage at York’s main music festival YO1. ‘Launch parties’ accompany every edition as well. Worth a follow for quality articles and YO1 gossip and info. @Music_Nouse also one for music fans.
Crowds gettin rowdy and we're gettin bruises #timeofourlives
— Circulation Magazine (@circulationmag) May 5, 2013
No secret who ran this account last year, but we wait with baited breath to see whom the mantle is passed to. Usually targets campus journos and political types, but in holiday time spreads his wings. Also a Nouse columnist.
— YUSU Bastard (@YUSUBastard) July 22, 2013
Spoofy take on the ups and downs of the UK Independence Party. Expect idol worship of leader Nigel Farage, and blame for the world’s woes lying with our reptilian friends.
— Uni of York UKIP (@UniOfYorkUKIP) August 7, 2013
On occasion an irritating follow, starting tweets and blogs with ‘Now then York!’ or using hashtags that shouldn’t go any further than a teenage girl’s Instagram account, but mostly useful information about what the Union’s up to.
Bio reads: ‘Literary dilettante. Student. All round top bird.’ All true.
16. Willow Student
Keeps the spirit of the Big W flowing through you out of hours. Also particularly amusing when the WS is actually in the Willow as incessant typos hint at the mystery tweeters love of tequila.
— Willow Student (@willowstudent) July 2, 2013
The relentless voice of student activism keeps YUSU and the NUS in check. A big voice who, even after she’s graduated, holds an important voice in student politics.
Good of Dawkins to recognise that prizes awarded by white guys are a microcosm of structural racism. That's what he meant, right? /s
— Emma Brownbill (@embrownbill) August 8, 2013
Another YUSU sabb, another user of annoying hashtags… This time it’s #funANDproductive (is that meant to be ironic?), but again a great follow for information on sports and the scores on a Wednesday.
The rugby club have toned their account down after hitting the front pages for bad behaviour. It’s now an entertaining read, offering up-to-date info on the club and its games.
Town news, arts and culture brought to you in style by the magazine and website of One and Other. Working out of a converted warehouse in Hes Road, they produce a mag every quarter and update their website regularly. What even is art punk?
Who's up for a free art punk party this Saturday? http://t.co/KacZJTHDyW
— One&Other [York] (@OneAndOtherYork) August 9, 2013
Tweets from the heart of York drama.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilson1992) August 10, 2013
One of the few tutors in our list, David Smith specialises in Supramolecular and Nanoscale Chemistry, but tweets about science, education and politics. He’s often got something to say on happenings on campus and beyond.
To be fair, last time I tweeted criticism of Leeds Bradford it got fully redeveloped. Not sure about cause & effect on that though.
— David K Smith (@professor_dave) August 21, 2013
We run a number of events through the year, inviting figures from politics and education to come and lecture at the university. Last year’s guests included Galloway, Paxman and Lord Adonis. Tickets go fast so get ahead with Nouse Events’ Twitter handle.
Best feed on campus for the latest sports news, whether uni, college, national or international. Particular interest in football, but most major sports from athletics and tennis to cricket and cycling get a look in. Also tweets news from his home region the North East.
Watched a lot of College Cup in the last 2 years and I can't think of a match better than today's. Great to report on http://t.co/C2SKFtgt2M
— Dan Holland (@DanHolland93) June 20, 2013
OK so ‘concept account’ is a stupid name, but it’s actually quite a cool idea. They try and get loads of people to get on Twitter at a certain time each week to have a huge online discussion about all things York. Check it out and get involved…
A voice of calm in the fury of Twitter societal commentary. Also edits Vibe Online, a magazine which aimed at ‘the digital generation’ (that’s you, I guess).
In the recent deluge of opinion pieces on Syria, I noticed a number of common misconceptions and made a list of them http://t.co/cGetAktDjP
— Alex Bryan (@ABryan1993) August 28, 2013
Presents at Chat Politics but tweets all sorts, including campus news.
Now graduated, Hussein tweets snippets of analysis on the days news stories, as well as picks of the day’s stories.
That the whole Miley Cyrus #vma thing is trending higher than prospective war = why we should lose faith in humanity.
— Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) August 26, 2013
Morenike does all sorts of things on campus from PantSoc and ComSoc to writing for campus papers, but like many of the best feeds it’s her amusing take on everyday events that has put her on the list.
Is it normal for a child, while sleeping, to bite your boob then laugh maniacally? The gene for craziness is potent in this family.
— Morenike Adebayo. (@applepiechart) August 11, 2013
The national magazine is based in York, and runs the prestigious Aesthetica Arts prize, as well as prizes for students.
Tweets (serially) about the college, sport and events, as well as about the mundanities of every day life.
Yet to show any form in the micro-blogging arena, we’re looking for a little more banter, and a little less retweets of NUS consultation…
— George Offer (@YUSU_Welfare) July 23, 2013
Local news and reviews of theatre, music and film make this a useful account to follow. Just don’t read the letters page, you’ll only be upset by the latest complaints about student noise…
New to the York Twitter scene, great things are expected from Rebecca, a postgrad in women’s studies.
Diet ideas: Eat anything you want, and any time someone gives you crap about your weight eat them too.
— Becca-Jane (@VelcroShoes) August 29, 2013
Management student Josh Lee tweets about the latest from the college with info about Freshers’ Week and beyond, as well as tweeting JCRC updates.
I narrowly missed a defecating bird.
— Josh Lee (@joshjlee) June 14, 2013
A newly revamped account, it’s generally just quite amusing. Hots up in the summer, tweeting at matches but one to watch until then anyway.
We'd like to extend a formal invitation to Monty Panesar to join us on any Wednesday social… http://t.co/b68OF5ftO3
— UYCC (@TheUYCC) August 7, 2013
Sporadic holiday tweets, but hots up in term time to bring you amusing titbits from inside the URY studio, or wherever they’re set up. Also, we’re sad at the graduation of ex-co-host Chalky.
If this radio career doesn't work out I could always be a railway station announcer. Woman at Peterborough sounds like she's having fun
— Tom C Edwards (@TomCEdwards) June 6, 2013
Boring but an absolute must. The Uni has started paying for all its intern positions making them competitive and lucrative. They also run professional connect events, where alumni are invited to talk about their respective industries, and more traditional careers fairs.
Tweets about all things Derwent, and news from the JCRC.
Irksome as she is, Helena is worth a follow just to read the absurd spats she’s unfortunate enough to get involved in.
So far my morning conversation has been 'death to the west' 'no helena go away'
— Helena Horton (@helenashead) August 31, 2013
41. Thomas Fennelly
One of the top second year follows. Tweets sports news and dry quips on everyday life. Likes trains (apparently).
Ooo that was a tough one. Like shitting out a sizable piece of flint #TwitterOnTheShitter
— Thomas Fennelly (@ThomasFennelly) August 14, 2013
Light-hearted account from the University’s Conservative and Unionist Association. Made a lot of noise about the #Haguethon, which came out after the Foreign Secretary said he could sink 14 pints in a sitting…
— York Tories (@YorkTories) August 15, 2013
Last year’s biggest student-run club night is expected to return in the new uni year… Follow for latest dates and news on their latest house, garage and electro headliners.
The Uni holds a number of lectures throughout the year with speakers, many of whom are alumni, from the fields of politics, education, media and civil rights.
Despite her prominent role in York student party politics, Alex’s twitter is filled with the latest music news, her views on everything that’s going on, and endless streams of love for Green Man Festival.
Plagiarised joke of the day: Crime in multi-story car parks – it's wrong on so many levels #Mosbornelolz
— Alex Morden Osborne (@Mosborne93) July 19, 2013
Tweets on sport, inanity and her latest labs. Recently espoused a lot of love for Mo Farah – we respect that.
— Rachel Heap (@Rachel_Hx) July 31, 2013
The York Green Party secretary takes a dim view on British politics, but he does provide insightful opinion, which unusually often comes in the form of songs… Intrigued? Here’s Darker things rise up which warns of the direction British politics is taking.
This government is weak, as last night proved. We can stop them selling off the student loan book (at the very least) http://t.co/M4NpLi2bpr
— Josiah Mortimer (@josiahmortimer) August 30, 2013
Witty comments on TV, culture and politics. And a severe dislike of Instagram…
— Agatha Torrance (@agathatorrance) July 28, 2013
Some interesting news about town developments, but mostly puerile arguments with opposition councillors. More annoying hashtags (what is it with politicians?)
The Looking Glass is a collection of student written creative writing pieces compiled once a year into a bound volume. Elisabeth tweets about publishing, media and her daily life.
More quotes from @WheresRadi: "I don't have enough toothpaste for a massive toothpaste party, but there's a bit…"
— Elisabeth Shuker (@ElisabethShuker) August 29, 2013