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#FF: Who to follow on Twitter

8th Nov 2012
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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.

Personal/AccountingWEB members:

@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 

Industry/suppliers 

@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

Accountancy bodies

@accataxation - ACCA

@icaew - ICAEW

@cipp_uk - CIPP

@cima_news - CIMA

@youraat - AAT

@cipfa - CIPFA

Accounting news: 

@accountingwebuk - our official Twitter feed

@accountingweb - our American sister website Accountingweb.com

Government 

@hmrcgovuk - HMRC

@govuk  - new governmental website Gov.uk

@hmtreasury - HM Treasury

For other AccountingWEB resources on social media, see: 

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By Richard_Carey
08th Nov 2012 13:04

shameless self promotion..

we're at @MoneysoftUK

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By GaryMc
08th Nov 2012 14:28

Some others to follow
Others to follow are @fcablog @taxbod and ahem ... @GaryMcC @DigitaTRTA

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By GarethHughesFCCA
08th Nov 2012 20:14

Some more....
Hi Garry, fancy seeing you here....some more... @unslugged @jwgn @pbulpitt @adrianpear5on . @taxbod is brilliant. For controversial tweets on tax avoidance @richardmurphy #cough

Gareth (@TheHughesPship)

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Replying to Kent accountant:
By plummy1
09th Nov 2012 07:23

Your off my Christmas Card List

Not even a mention of @curtisplumstone Gareth! I thought we had created something beautiful between us on twitter!

 

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By Rebecca Benneyworth
08th Nov 2012 20:28

:(

I'm history!

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By aggy91
08th Nov 2012 22:01

:)
I'd recommend a lady called @rbeccabeneworth you may recognise her although she apparently never learned how to spell her name ;)

Andrew (@ataccounting)

Better Rebecca?

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By Rebecca Benneyworth
08th Nov 2012 22:21

thanks honey
Had to change spelling to fit it in. Feel sorry for daughter Elizabeth Mary Jane Benneyworth! Thanks anyway!

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By Tim Robinson
09th Nov 2012 09:34

@AbbeyTax for tax news

Is there something better than the official Twitter iPad app?

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By Rachael White
09th Nov 2012 09:52

Alternative Twitter apps

Tim Robinson wrote:

Is there something better than the official Twitter iPad app?

Hi Tim, 

I like TweetDeck, Hootsuite and Echofon (all are free). 

Hope this helps. 

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Mark Lee 2017
By Mark Lee
09th Nov 2012 10:14

Lists

I curate some relevant lists on twitter, you can either follow them en masse or pick those on the list you want to follow individually. The first two lists each contain 400-500 names.

Accountants and tax bods - Tweeting UK accountants and tax advisers. (Tweeting firms are listed separately)

Accountancy firms - UK - UK accounting, tax and bookkeeping firms that tweet in the firm's name vs a real person's name

Accounting and tax bodies - UK only

Top UK tax views - Respected commentators who regularly post views re UK tax issues and policy

  If you think you should be added to one or other of the lists please TWEET me and I'll add you the next time I update them.   Despite my own enthusiastic use of twitter I do sympathise with @Carnmores view to a degree as those who have read my articles on the topic will understand. However much of the value and benefit accountants CAN get from twitter will depend upon who you choose to follow and how you choose to use it yourself.  More here>>>  Mark

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