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Ten accountants to follow on Twitter

3rd Sep 2009
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Many accountants and professional bodies use social networking website Twitter to share their words of wisdom, so we've rounded up a selection of accounting tweeters you may wish to follow.

Dennis Howlett
Twitter name: @dahowlett
Followers: 4,279

A full time blogger on innovation for professional accountants, some might know him as AccMan. Howlett has 30 years experience in the world of IT related finance, ten of which were spent as a partner in a UK firm of chartered accountants. According to his blog page, he’s ‘never knowingly under opinionated’.

John Pointon
Twitter name: @jpointon
Followers: 2,324

Pointon is an accountant, as well as a tax and business consultant, and writes a blog for entrepreneurs and SMEs about how to grow your business. His motto is ‘in business to grow your business’.

Mark Lee
Twitter name: @BookMarkLee
Followers: 961

As chairman of the Tax Advice Network and a regular speaker and blogger on the accounting circuit (not to mention consultant practice editor for AccountingWEB), Mark Lee offers practical tips and guidance to help practices flourish.

Emily Coltman
Twitter name: @Ask_M
Followers: 831

Coltman is a chartered accountant who focuses on helping home based businesses. She also makes bespoke screencasts for the accounting and finance markets.

Alan Young
Twitter name: @AlanRYoung
Followers: 565

Young is managing director of 1st Addition Accountancy Limited and also writes and blogs regularly for various magazines and online titles. He writes about all aspects of accounts, bookkeeping and tax, as well as covering general business topics.

Toni Hunter
Twitter name: @ToniHunter
Followers: 548

Hunter is a partner at George Hay Chartered Accountants and describes herself as a 'networking junkie'. She specialises in dealing with small and start up businesses, and is an auditor of companies in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing and financial services.

Richard Murphy
Twitter name: @RichardJMurphy
Followers:  164

Murphy is founder of the Tax Justice Network and director of Tax Research LLP and a prolific writer and blogger on taxation and accounting issues. In parallel with his practice career, Murphy has been a chairman, chief executive and finance director of more than ten SMEs.

Chris Maslin

Twitter name: @Chris_Maslin
Followers: 112

Maslin is a self employed chartered accountant and tax adviser and specialises in helping entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.

Jason Dormer
Twitter name: @JasonDormer
Followers: 94

Dormer is an active member of the AccountingWEB community and owner of Seahorse (UK) Ltd, a firm offering support and consultancy services for accountants and bookkeepers. He describes himself as an ‘accountant, tax adviser and all round good guy’.

Richard Messik
Twitter name: @Richard_Messik
Followers: 55

Looking for tech buddy? Messik specialises in internet based accounting systems and regularly blogs on SaaS and internet accounting related issues. He’s also a practising chartered accountant and partner in a UK top 20 firm, and founder of Easycounting Limited.

Professional bodies
It’s not just individuals on Twitter, you can also follow professional accounting bodies and get the latest updates from their newsrooms and other relevant departments.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Twitter names: @ACCANews, @ACCA_SME, @ACCAGreen, @ACCA_Taxation, @ACCA_Research

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Twitter name: @CIMA_News

You can also follow CIMA’s president, Aubrey Joachim: @CIMA_President

Chartered Institute of Taxation
Twitter name: @CIOTNews

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
Twitter names: @ICAEW_Tax, @ICAEW newsroom, @ICAEW_SME, @ICAEWevents, @ICAEW_CORP_FIN,

Follower figures correct as of 3 September 2009.

Have we missed off your favourite accounting tweeters? Please post your recommendations below.

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By kenfrost
04th Sep 2009 14:59
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04th Sep 2009 18:26

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06th Sep 2009 13:33

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By Jon Stow
10th Sep 2009 11:14

There are many more!

An illustrious group of ten. There are some notable omissions, though, I am sure. I suggest:

@taxhelpukcom James McBrearty 8,204 followers

@FraukeGolding Frauke Golding 60 followers

and me @JonStow Jon Stow 1798 followers

with apologies to many accountants and tax advisers I follow but do not have the time to look up for you.

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By Mark Lee
17th Sep 2009 11:40

Accountants' guide to twitter

Thanks for including me on the list above Gina. I note that you've included follower numbers in each case. I tend to think that typical frequency of tweets is a more relevant factor than number of followers - firstly because follower numbers change daily. Secondly, and more importantly, because it's possible to game the system and gain more followers simply by following loads of marketing and social media people who automatically then follow you back. They aren't reading your tweets and aren't ReTweeting your posts so having them as followers is of no value to you - beyond increasing the number of your 'followers'.  Also, you can have loads of followers and be pretty inactive such that there's little point in anyone following you. 

It's in twitter's interests to focus on follower numbers so that's the stat that is easiest to obtain and it's the one most often quoted.

Since the above list was compiled I have started a short series on AccountingWeb to help accountants who want to experiment with twitter. This should link to part one: The Accountants' guide to twitter

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