The #Twitter101: My Favorite Follows in 2015

I love Twitter.

I always need to be informed and Twitter is like information crack…always updating, always different, and always interesting.

The beauty of this social media entity, is that YOU can shape your experience by following the outlets and people YOU want to hear from. If you don’t like what they have to say, simply hit the unfollow button. It’s that easy.

I wouldn’t say I have given up on newspapers and magazines. I still love the feel of print in my hands and supporting my favorite media companies. However, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t getting most of my information scrolling through my Twitter timeline. 

Similar to how I manage my blog, I follow reporters, commentators, journalists, comedians, entertainers and publications that talk about sports, movies, music, TV, food…and more sports. 

Of the 1,200 accounts I follow, here are 101 I recommend you checkout. 

Note: THESE ARE NOT RANKINGS. JUST RECOMMENDATIONS

Sports

1. Richard Deitsch

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Nobody does a better job reporting and commenting on Sports Media. 

2. Matt Miller

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Excellent scouting of college football players for the NFL draft, and keeps an eye on their development in the NFL. 

3. Chris Kamka

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Incredible with Chicago and National sports statistics and history. 

4. Jimmy Traina

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Combo of Sports, Pop Culture, and Seinfeld…It’s fun. Like sports are supposed to be. 

5. Lana Berry

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“I like sports more than people” is really all you need. Excellent podcast too. 

6. Sports Illustrated Vault

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Managed by SI Hot Clicks and Swimsuit rockstar Andy Gray, it’s an excellent resource for sports photos. And SI has been tops in sports photography forever.

7. Ian Rapoport

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Many rely on ESPN’s Adam Schefter for breaking NFL news. I go to Ian Rapoport. Great info especially when you get your lineup set for Fantasy Football each Sunday morning.

8. Adrian Wojnarowski

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The BEST for NBA breaking news aka #WojBombs.

9. Zach Harper

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Come for the basketball talk…stay for everything else…and an awesome Rasheed Wallace background.

10. Andy Isaac

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Yes. Just. Yes. 

11. Amanda Kaschube

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Great photos with even better humor…and a killer Josh McCown Twitter impression. 

12. Eric Edholm

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All things football with reporting, commentary, and strong Fantasy advice as well. 

13. Scott Phillips

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He’s a pro covering prep and college buckets. A must follow for recruiting news too. 

14. Will Carroll

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Will’s handle says it all, which is CLUTCH for Fantasy season. 

15. Jessica Kleinschmidt

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Excellent coverage across multiple sports and even better sense of humor. Appreciation for Space Jam is also a huge plus. 

16. Josh Norris

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College football and NFL draft things you probably want to read. 

17. Dan Wetzel

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Dan Wetzel is one of the best sports columnists in the country, period. His work during the Penn State scandal was extraordinary.  

18. Laurence Holmes

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One of the hardest working people in sports media. Like his radio show, he implements much more than sports in his social media interaction and it makes for a fun experience. 

19. Timothy Burke

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Providing ALL of the screen grabs, videos and GIFs you need in your life. 

20. Mike Freeman

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Honest and smart NFL commentary. And way more Trekkie than you. 

21. Julie DiCaro

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Great blend of all Chicago and national sports with a dash of the other football. I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t look forward to her random Val Kilmer film ranking discussions. 

22. Ryan Sudol

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Speaking of the other football…Ryan hasn’t converted me yet but he fights the good fight for a sport many like him love, and does other cool stuff. 

23. Joel Qunneville’s Mustache

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Tweets as strong as Joel Quenneville’s crotch grab

24. Spencer Hall

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“Ever Day Should Be Saturday”, but seriously…might be the most unique account you ever follow. 

25. Chris Mannix

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The NBA and Boxing should never mix, but Chris seems to pull off covering both sports pretty well. 

26. Matt Bowen

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The best in the business when it comes to discussing X’s and O’s. You come away significantly smarter after hearing him talk football. 

27. Len Kasper

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Len is my favorite broadcaster in Chicago (and I’m a White Sox fan). Fun mix of baseball, hockey and music. 

28. Bob McKenzie

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Bob McKenzie to hockey is what Woj is to basketball…now we have to brainstorm a sweet hashtag whenever he breaks news.

29. Chris Long

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I don’t really follow many pro athletes because they tend to be…not interesting…Chris Long is a serious exception to that. 

30. Kyle Long

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Also an exception to the rule…and an avid Game of Thrones fan. 

31. Jason Concepcion

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He’s a weird cat…but very entertaining when discussing NBA, Video Games and whatever else he does for Grantland. 

32. Herb Lawrence

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The Realness…and #BruceWeber.

33. The Cauldron

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They should put on a clinic for producing great sports GIFs and Vines. I’m not even being sarcastic. 

34. Field Yates

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One of ESPN’s best NFL reporters with Fantasy Football advice that you can trust more than Matthew Berry’s. 

35. Joe Ostrowski

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Has you covered for point spreads, Fantasy Football, and really anything relevant in sports. 

36. Cee Angi

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The right amount of snark to go with quality baseball talk. 

37. Greg Wyshynski

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Despite what his Twitter bio leads to believe, he’s not that drunk…I don’t think. 

38. John Buccigross

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He’s rocking the suburbs…just like Quiet Riot did. 

39. JJ Watt

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I’m convinced he and The Rock are having a secret battle for most interesting guy on social media. 

40. Susannah Collins

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Fellow hater of Jim Belushi…which is a HUGE plus. 

41. Robert Flores

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RoFlo is very fun on SportsCenter…and WAY more fun on Twitter. Very appreciative of his WWE stuff too. 

42. Ben Rosen

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A victim of that jerk that steals people’s work to post on Instagram and shan’t be named…and deserves way more credit.

43. Paul Charchian

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If there was a Hunger Games for Fantasy Gurus, I think Paul would pick the best lineup of allies to help him survive till the end. 

44. AJ Francis

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AJ has been a favorite follow of mine since his college days at Maryland, and the dude does NOT slow down. It’s fantastic. 

45. Jeff Mangurten

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When the Chicago Bulls are on the floor, this is the best person to follow. Especially if you love stats. 

46. Michelle Beadle

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I’m sure she’s joking but I’d like for her to be right^…But she usually is about most stuff. 

47. Brandon McCarthy

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It’s tough to top this gem, but he’s still pretty good. 

48. Chris Kluwe

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Former NFL Punter, Gamer, Rocker, and unafraid to apparently refer to the NFL as a dumpster fire.

49. Ken Rosenthal

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Like Woj for the NBA and McKenzie for the NHL, this man in a bow tie is the one who knocks…for MLB.

50. Awful Announcing

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We begin the list of 50 sports accounts with a sports media journalist, and close it with another…a very necessary one for many of us, based on the name.

Music

51. Greg Kot

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Concert and album reviews, breaking news, and festival act recommendations that have all proven to be more than right.

52. Josh Terry

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I want to buy this guy a beer sometime and maybe talk about music with him.

53. Tom Mantzouranis

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The bio says it all and it’s never too anything for me. 

54. Riot Fest

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My favorite is the daily sassing the manager executes on unsuspecting followers, who may need better parenting…and the John Stamos obsession mixed with punk appreciation. 

55. Jason Thomas

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He is the modern rock DJ on the modernist rocking station in Chicago…And he’s got great taste.

56. Consequence of Sound

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My kind of music coverage. 

58. Josh Radnor

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This should come as no shock, but Ted Mosby promotes good music and recommends some excellent listening almost daily. 

59. Ernest Wilkins

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His pinned tweet is all you need.^

60. O.A.R.

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You didn’t think I’d leave my favorite band off my favorite follows list, did you? 

Movies

61. Erik Childress

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Amazing critic with a keen sense for calling others out on their bullshit. 

62. Brian Chimino

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The truth is that I try to keep pace watching new releases with this guy. Oscars season is coming. 

63. Empire Magazine

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Excellent resource out of the UK with a specialty in sci-fi and action. 

64. Hollywood Reporter

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While THR handles just about everything in entertainment, I go to them the most when it comes to film and casting news. 

65. Matt Pais

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He was dead on about my favorite movie of the year so far, “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl”…so I trust him. 

66. Michael Phillips

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One of the best in the biz…and one of the harsher, which I enjoy greatly. 

67. Aaron Couch

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He covers the important things in this world, like the Tweet above. 

68. Zimbio

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Awesome resource for Pop Culture news, and that includes movies too. 

69. AV Club

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Their cover photo is from “Theodore Rex”, so there’s that…

70. Death Star PR

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A necessary evil for Star Wars fans…Especially with the new episodes coming. 

TV

71. Jill Slattery

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One of my favorite people to talk TV with…and I have her to blame for my Stephen Amell “Guy Love“.

72. Patton Oswalt

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Besides taking down joke thieves, great social commentary, and comedy…he also shows up in all your favorite TV shows. I also know what’s going on in Downton Abbey without ever seeing after his live-tweet sessions. 

73. John Stamos

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Because “Whatever happened to predictability…?”

74. Stephen Colbert

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Week 1 of his rendition of “The Late Show” has been a hit. The extra stuff he shares from the share are also worth checking out. 

75. Ken Levine

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He’s got a neat blog too. 

76. This Guy, Manu…

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Unbelievably good “Game of Thrones” commentary, and open to a lot of fun TV/anything discussions.

77. The Simpsons

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This really goes for ANY account Simpsons related because it’s always the best. 

78. Fargo (FX)

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Good TV shows understand the power of Twitter and connecting with it’s audience. The Fargo account is particularly good at it, while also making you read their tweets like you’re from Minnesota or whatever. 

79. The Muppets

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If you don’t like The Muppets, then burn your television…and whatever device it is you’re reading this on. 

80. Kumail Nanjiani

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Much like Patton Oswalt before, you’re seeing Kumail on A LOT of your favorite TV shows these days…and he’s hilarious. 

Food

81. Epic Meal Time

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These folks take your wildest dreams, crank them to 11, and make them into reality. 

82. Chicagoist

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You really don’t have an excuse “not knowing” where to go to eat in Chicago when you can refer to this site for ideas. 

83. Food Truck Finder

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Great resource for an awesome dining experience.

84. Daily Meal

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Love their lists and recommendations. 

85. Dan Salmassian

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*Homer Simpson drooling noises*

86. DudeLetsEat

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87. Chicago Pizza Tours

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As a fellow pizza enthusiast, I endorse their work. 

88. Chicago’s Best

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If there was a food porn channel, this show would be in prime time.

89. Piece

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Mine and Dave Grohl’s favorite hangout in Chicago. 

90. RedEye Eat & Drink

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Again…you have no excuse for not having plans tonight. 

Best of the Rest

91. Elliott Serano

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King of Geeks…and also one of the coolest. 

92. Rex Hupke

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Rex Huppke wins way more than Donald Trump does. 

93. The Onion

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You know exactly why you should follow this account…Otherwise you’ll likely end up being pointed out as being one of those people take Onion headlines/articles seriously. 

94. Billy Eichner

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I read all of his tweets as if he’s yelling at me…and I like it. 

95. Michael Beschloss

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Incredible historical photos everyday.  

96. Pete Souza

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More outstanding photography. 

97. Saved You A Click

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My social media spirit animal. 

98. Cute Emergency

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Killing you with cuteness. 

99. Mayhem

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AllState isn’t paying me for this (they should), but Mayhem is the best TV spokesman today. 

100. Snoopy

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There’s a piece of all of us that just can’t get enough of Snoopy. 

101. Tig Notaro

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Tig Notaro doesn’t actually do any tweeting, but all her sorta famous friends do for her…and sometimes it’s magic. 

Have some of your own favorite Twitter accounts that I left out? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter

Mad that I left you out? Don’t take it personally…There’s always next year. 

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