15 Best People to Follow on Twitter: A Guide for 2021
**Originally published February 3rd, 2020. Updated April 7th, 2021**
Twitter is one platform with all kinds of content – Politics, social commentary, comedy, and sometimes controversy. With so many of us stuck at home last year, Twitter’s user base has grown significantly: 192 million users login regularly as of 2021. When it comes down to it, there’s no right or wrong way to Twitter. But Twitter is only as good as the people you follow. To get the best value out of Twitter, it really helps to follow the right people. Now, the “right” people may vary depending on your interests or intent. However, we’ve put together a starter’s guide of some great accounts to follow.
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. Naval Ravikanth (@naval)
If you are active on social media in any capacity, chances are that you have heard about him already. Naval Ravikanth is the founder of AngelList and an angel investor. If you want contrarian viewpoints and actionable opinions and insights on business, or if you just want to see life from another person’s perspective, he is the go-to guy.
Naval has invested in over 100 companies including successes like Uber, Twitter, Wish, and Opendoor. If it’s business and finance you are interested in, Naval’s account is the one to follow.
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.
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.
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. Kamala Harris (@kamalaharris)
The first woman of African-American and Indian origin to become Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris is more than meets the eye: She has 17.7 million followers on her Twitter account. She is an inspiration to everyone, single-handedly showcasing what anyone can achieve through planning and hard work.
Kamala mostly posts about the ongoing pandemic, her administrative initiatives and about bringing the world back to order and sanity. If you’re looking for a powerful voice of hope, follow Kamala’s Twitter handle.
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.
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 GIFs. 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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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 Guardian (@guardian)
There is no better place for independent journalism other than Guardian. It’s been around since the 1800s. It is owned by a trust which makes it free from all the commercials and political interference. They have over 9.5 million followers and they have historically been praised for their investigative journalism, their dispassionate discussion of issues, their literary and artistic coverage and criticism, and their foreign correspondence.
A publication of great legacy and reliability, the Guardian is a great resource for staying up to date on top news stories and is considered to have a more liberal approach than its counterparts.
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.
Although she’s a celebrity, she comes across as 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.
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 its 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.
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.
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.