15 Best People to Follow on Twitter: A Guide for 2020
**Originally published January 4th, 2019, updated February 3rd, 2020**
When it comes down to it, there’s no right or wrong way to Twitter. The platform is a fantastic way to find entertainment and stay informed on a variety of topics and interests. But Twitter is only as good as the people you follow. To get the best value out of Twitter, it helps to follow the right people. Now, the ‘right’ people may vary depending on your interests or intent. However, there are certainly a few noteworthy personalities and pages who many would consider some of the best people to follow on Twitter.
For the sake of spared redundancy, we’ve tried to avoid the larger, more obvious accounts in some instances, simply because they are already easy to find on the platform. Yet it seems necessary to incorporate some of the bigger accounts in some cases due to their popularity and value. We have compiled a handful of accounts to follow who we think deliver great Tweets in your timeline on a daily basis. So without further ado, here are the 15 best people to follow on Twitter.
1. Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
Everybody knows Ellen, but for those who may have been living under a rock for the past two decades, let’s bring you up to speed. DeGeneres is the host of the massively popular Ellen show, and her massive fanbase has followed her to Twitter as well, where she is equally popular.
Her now-famous Oscars tweet was (at one point) the most retweeted tweet of all time, and likely has a lot to do with her astronomical follower count on the platform.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
It should be noted that technically, her account is for her talk show (her handle is @TheEllenShow), so nearly all of the tweets are pictures and clips that help promote the show. However, she throws a few personal tweets in there from time to time too.
2. Buzzfeed (@BuzzFeed)
The irreverent US news and entertainment website took social media by storm when it was founded in 2006. Known to be a bit cheeky and off the cuff, BuzzFeed is the same media outlet that once published the dossier containing the rumor that Trump once paid Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed where the Obamas once slept.
20 Reasons Why Millennials Are A Complete And Total Disgrace To The Worldhttps://t.co/xZZMIxuKhV
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 4, 2019
While their content isn’t always for the faint of heart, they continually entertain and produce viral video lists the likes of ’20 Reasons Why Millennials Are A Complete And Total Disgrace To The World’.
3. The Economist (@TheEconomist)
Looking for a source of genuine news on politics, entertainment, and technology? The Economist is a go-to resource for that. They have most everything covered, and you will find it easy to stay up to date with everything that matters to you simply from following their Twitter feed.
Will humans wipe out humanity? https://t.co/dclQ4xGclb
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) January 4, 2019
The Economist reports on some of the world’s most popular topics. An additional bonus to following their feed is that by sharing their tweets, you in turn also boost your own Twitter profile. So follow them, share their tweets, and stay informed!
4. Barack Obama (@BarackObama)
Just because the man is no longer in office, doesn’t mean that he isn’t still ridiculously popular. In fact, four of the top 10 most-retweeted posts from 2017 were from the former President of the United States.
Enjoy the holiday season with the ones you love. Michelle and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/LKLqlYfFUw
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 25, 2018
Obama is consistent on Twitter, staying active on the platform even after leaving office. Together with his wife, Michelle Obama, the couple regularly use the site to write heartfelt public messages to each other, which only endears them to the American people even further #relationshipgoals
5. Funny Or Die (@funnyordie)
Funny or Die is the brainchild of A-List comedian Will Ferrell, and is an absolute must-follow page on Twitter. The site has some of the funniest memes craziest celebrity news on the web. They also specialize in creating humorous parodies of everyday encounters and water cooler conversations.
How far into 2019 will it be socially acceptable to stop saying, “Happy New Year!” pic.twitter.com/FwDHgvicix
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) January 3, 2019
You can also participate in their hilarious polls and engage in their side busting tweets. Doing so will ensure your 2019 is filled with laughs.
6. Darth (@darth)
This is another account that will garner laughs from its followers. Darth is a Twitter user most famous for his impeccably timed memes and GIF’s. Usually connected to breaking news stories, his tweets are typically published with the speed of a major media outlet. And his execution is equally as clever as it is hilarious in most cases.
when u think u see an old fren so u run up to them to say hello and then u realize u do not know this person and then try to play it cool pic.twitter.com/Tj11xjG7UE
— darth™ (@darth) July 6, 2018
Every once in a while he takes a Twitter hiatus (as he just did again as of this past November), but this guy always comes back with adorable animal pictures and timely GIFs.
7. Elon Musk (@ElonMusk)
Elon Musk is certainly eccentric. The CEO of Tesla can at times be a weird follow, but he’s always a good one. Outside of company updates for his innovative brand, he posts what’s on his mind. Musk is also clearly not lacking in the sense of humor department.
There are no coincidences pic.twitter.com/9AEbbuXZGn
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 3, 2019
He notably got into a Twitter spat with the Flat Earth Society and sold more than $500,000 in hats as a result. He also recently went on the Joe Rogan podcast and found himself under criticism for smoking marijuana on the live show.
8. Kinda Funny Vids (@KindaFunnyVids)
This is a unique Twitter profile that features videos of friends talking about games, movies, and all the pop culture talking points that teens and young adults are in the know with! The hosts of the channel are self-described ‘best friends talking video games and all things nerd culture’.
The next episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast looks a little something like this. pic.twitter.com/X0GkVeD3UI
— Kinda Funny (@KindaFunnyVids) December 11, 2016
For those interested in all things gaming related with a hefty dose of infused humor, the profile is quite interesting and definitely worth a follow.
9. Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki)
Guy Kawasaki is the keynote speaker of Audi, Apple, Nike, and Microsoft, among others. He also doubles as the brand ambassador of Mercedes Benz and is a New York Times bestselling author. Accomplished should be Guy Kawasaki’s middle name.
— Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki) December 28, 2018
Kawasaki’s Twitter profile has invaluable podcasts, business tweets, and professional marketing tips. His relentless work ethic and powerful ideas make him an appealing personality to follow on the platform.
10. Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay)
Another brash yet noteworthy follow on the platform. The British celebrity chef will tell you what he thinks of your home-cooked meals. But he likely won’t be kind in his critique. Some of his comments have included “grilled diaper,” and “I’ve seen better food in prisons.” Just to name a few.
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) January 3, 2019
Ramsay is a social media staple. So if you aren’t already following him on Twitter, we highly suggest you add him to your feed.
11. The Washington Post (@WashingtonPost)
For those seeking reliable sources, you should certainly incorporate the Washington Post into your news feed consumption. The newspaper company may be best known for its coverage of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. Today, they are likely more relevant to the general public for breaking stories about Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape, and the sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore.
“He said it”: Billy Bush reiterates that Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape is real https://t.co/JuIsykUA3l
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 4, 2017
A publication of great legacy and reliability, the Washington Post is a great resource for staying up to date on top news stories, plain and simple.
12. Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen)
Those who possess an affinity for adorable baby photos, look no further than Chrissy Teigen. The model and wife of Grammy-winning singer John Legend is a social star all around. Her Twitter feed is a collection of everyday moments and humorous social commentary on her husband’s resemblance to the cartoon character Arthur.
John when you tell him he looks like Arthur pic.twitter.com/0NW3NDtAb1
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 21, 2017
Although she’s a celebrity, she comes across very down to earth and relatable, and her Twitter feed is a follow-worthy account.
13. Kale Salad (@kalesalad)
Don’t let the name fool you. This is not a health and lifestyle account by any means. The sole purpose of this account is to retweet the sources behind the best Twitter memes. And as a culture obsessed with expressing ourselves through memes, we couldn’t be happier that an account like this one exists.
When you tried all the angles and lighting is amazing but the selfies still come out ugly pic.twitter.com/L2lXbnUcGQ
— Aqib (@Tumharaabbu) December 31, 2018
If you are like us, and memes are essentially a part of your everyday vocabulary, this account is a must follow.
14. The New York Times (@nytimes)
The Times doubles as both the Post‘s rival, as well as it’s partner-in-crime. They publish hugely impressive and in-depth stories. They broke the story that revealed Hillary Clinton had used a private email account while Secretary of State and the October 2017 story that exposed Harvey Weinstein had been paying off sexual misconduct accusers for years. Even today, they bring news of superstar R.Kelly’s growing controversy around sexual abuse allegations.
For more than 2 decades, R. Kelly has faced allegations of sexually abusing minors. Here is a timeline of the accusations. https://t.co/UqjCYVFDJA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 4, 2019
Another reliable news source to add to the list, particularly for those readers seeking in-depth looks at the biggest news stories from around the world.
15. Mental Floss (@mental_floss)
For those who seek to use Twitter as a platform for learning, we suggest checking out Mental Floss. They share everyday life hacks, like the secret to perfect cookies, articles about holiday traditions like ugly sweaters, and sometimes even random information about pigeons. Now before you jump to conclusions, it should be noted that they do actually share a lot of informative and intriguing content on their feed. Does anyone really know what bologna is made of? We’re glad you asked.
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) January 4, 2019
Though admittedly laughable, the everyday topics this account follows make it a universally appealing page to follow. Who knows, you might even just learn something.