Here’s a quick guide to which Twitter accounts all students should be following
By Emily Frost
Friends – this may sound like a really obvious thing to put on the list but there are two reasons for it. Firstly, by following new university friends it is an easy and quick way of communicating with them, especially if they’re not big on texting. They may also talk about university events or deadlines you should probably know about. Secondly, follow friends from back home. Starting university can be hectic and it’s quite easy to get swept along and forget to contact your friends from back home. By following them on Twitter you get regular, short updates about what they’re up to which you can reply to within a matter of seconds.
Your university – most universities have their own Twitter accounts now, and often their tweets will consist of events that are going around the university, such as guest lecturers, charity events and general university news. This might sound dull, but actually it’s quite useful as they may tweet about local or university news students should be aware of, such an exam being delayed by an hour.
Your societies – some university societies can be found on Twitter as well now. This may be sports teams tweeting about sports fixtures or scores, writing societies looking for writers, or the comedy society’s charity event. Whether you’re part of the society or not it can be fun to follow them just to see if there’s anything you can go along and support them at.
Businesses – if you have a general idea as to what career path you are interested in it is worth following people in that industry. For example, if you are interested in journalism you may want to follow magazines, newspapers, journalists or publishers. This is a great way to get your name out there, plus some people will tweet about work experience or placement opportunities within their companies so this is a great way to keep up to date without having to constantly check their website.
A news station – this may sound like a boring one, but at university it is quite easy to get caught up in your own little bubble. You probably won’t have live television if you can’t afford the license and, let’s be honest, you are unlikely to buy a newspaper. By following a news station you receive daily headlines rather than trawling through articles, which is enough to keep you in touch with the real world.
Student Problems (@problemsatuni) – their tagline is ‘turning student hardship into humour’ … what more could you want from a Twitter account!