#FF: Who to follow on Twitter
Twitter can either be a handy business and networking tool or a waste of professional productivity, depending on your standpoint.
Whichever view you take, the social media website is here to stay and will play an increasing part of whatever industry you're in.
AccountingWEB member mikesole recently embraced Twitter and set up an account for his practice. "Any suggestions on who to follow?" he asked, seeking informative tweets that would be interesting to him and his clients.
While some members set to work recommending beneficial tweeters and their own accounts, Twitter appeared to be a point of contention for later adopters.
carnmores was not in favour of the social media site. "In the grand scheme of things nobody cares about what we tweet and why should they? It is and always will be a social gossip site or a big business site. Use your time elsewhere to better effect," he argued.
Paul Scholes however saw the benefit of Twitter. "With Twitter I am in control of who I follow for information. I already know that far more clients use Twitter more than ever to refer to my website on a regular basis and so this really is the future for me to keep my clients up-to-date," he said.
Hudsonco recommended following a mixture of business, personal and general business accounts to prove you are human and not a marketing machine.
Twitter is also a good way to chat to clients and arrange meet ups.
By Twitter tradition, Friday is "follow Friday", when users look around for new people to suggest and follow, indicated by the hashtag "#ff". The following #ff suggestions from members include practice and personal accounts, industry movers and shakers and accountancy news sources. Try looking through their follow/followers and any Twitter lists they belong to for more possibilities.
@rbeccabeneworth - Tax editor Rebecca Benneyworth
@cheapaccounting - Elaine Clark
@john_endacott - tax partner at Francis Clark
@hudsonaccountan - accountant Della Hudson
@iptax - tax barrister Anne Fairpo
@bookmarklee - Tax Advice Network chairman Mark Lee
@heathertowns - "joined up networker" and author Heather Townsend
@alexw_cf - corporate finance adviser Alex Wilson
@jonmartingale - IRIS product manager
@newbycastleman - partner at Newby Castleman John Griffin
@jonstow - tax practitioner
@fcablog - Christie Malry
@taxbod - tax adviser
@GaryMcC - accountant working in software
@richardjmurphy - tax researcher Richard Murphy
@TheHughesPship - chartered accountants
@ataccounting - accountants
@curtisplumstone - John Plumridge
@sageuk - Sage
@DigitaTRTA - Thompson Reuters Digita
@xero - Xero
@keytimetweets - Keytime
@advbusiness - Advanced Business Solutions
@the_vat_people - The Vat People
@abnamro - ABN AMR
@Practice_Web - PracticeWEB
@Smeebi - Smeebi
@irisaccountants - IRIS
@datatracksiXBRL - DataTracks
@accataxation - ACCA
@icaew - ICAEW
@cipp_uk - CIPP
@cima_news - CIMA
@youraat - AAT
@cipfa - CIPFA
@accountingwebuk - our official Twitter feed
@accountingweb - our American sister website Accountingweb.com
@hmrcgovuk - HMRC
@govuk - new governmental website Gov.uk
@hmtreasury - HM Treasury
For other AccountingWEB resources on social media, see: