Twitter crossed the 100 million active Twitter count this year, and we searched through all of them (okay, it only felt like that) to come up with our 100 favorite Twitter accounts. Our bias towards music and comedy is obvious throughout. Here are the 100 Best Twitter Accounts of 2011:
25. Discographies – @Discographies
Twitter Bio: A definitive guide to an artist’s body of work (studio albums only) in 140 characters.
Best Recent Tweet: Neutral Milk Hotel: 1 “This one time, at band camp…”; 2 ”...I dreamed I hooked up with Anne Frank and Jesus and a tuba. Then we all died.”
Runner-Up: Bjork: 1-3 The ones people liked. 4-6 The ones people pretended to like. 7 An app to kill time with while waiting for an Angry Birds update.
In 140 characters: Summing up iconic musicians in 140 words.
24. Rob Huebel – @robhuebel
Twitter Bio: I give medicinal cocaine to baby animals
Best Recent Tweet: Got a call from a dear friend. He said my cable bill is past due and “we’re not allowed to just chat with lonely people”. Warmed my heart.
Runner-Up: If people lived in gingerbread houses, they would get broken into and murdered all the time.
In 140 characters: Hopefully you know him as T.C. Everwood (F.B.I.) and the host of MILF Island.
23. Pour Me Coffee – @PourMeCoffee
Twitter Bio: Goal: Funny and/or interesting. Complaints? Consult the @pourmecoffee Fine Print: http://j.mp/pmcfineprint
Best Recent Tweet: TIME’s Person of the Year is “The Protester.” Runner-up was ‘The Paid-in-Full Subscriber.”
In 140 characters: “A 45-year-old guy who works in the recruiting industry for a day job and has no formal training in comedy,” according to The Atlantic.
22. Megan Amram – @meganamram
Twitter Bio: it’s this weird, sexual, anti-comedy comedy that’s ‘in’ right now. – my mom
Best Recent Tweet: What’s up with these strippers not taking my singles??? They must not like Kraft
Runner-Up: For all we know, Rosie the Riveter is a quitter who is pulling her sleeve DOWN
In 140 characters: Amram exists on Twitter, Tumblr and this Glee audition video: http://youtu.be/q4uDQHAEASU
21. National Geographic – @NatGeo
Twitter Bio: Since 1888, we’ve traveled the Earth, sharing its amazing stories with new generations. Official Twitter account of National Geographic.
Best Recent Tweet: We’re usually more modest, but here’s a gallery of our top 10 discoveries: http://t.co/b2KE1Ioi
Runner-Up: People can hallucinate color at will: http://t.co/gFhDQqhv
In 140 characters: Worth it for the daily photo alone.
20. Eugene Mirman – @EugeneMirman
Twitter Bio: I am television’s Eugene Mirman. I am very nice and like seafood.
Best Recent Tweet: Does anyone know if the film New Years Eve is like From Dusk Till Dawn, where the second half is fighting vampires?
Runner-Up: People always talk about the negative side of heroin, they never mention that you can dance at a 45 degree angle, right, lady in Central Sq?
In 140 characters: All Tweets should be imagined in the New York comic’s deadpan voice.
19. DrunkHulk – @DrunkHulk
Twitter Bio: DRUNK HULK DRINK SO YOU NO HAS TO! WRITE DRUNK HULK! WWW.DRUNKHULK.COM!
Best Recent Tweet: 2ND DAY OF CHRISTMAS! TRUE LOVE SEND TWO TURTLE DOVE! SERIOUSLY! WHAT DRUNK HULK SUPPOSE DO WITH THIS GENETIC NIGHTMARE?
Runner-Up: SEEM LIKE BRITNEY SPEARS ENGAGE MORE THAN CAPTAIN PICARD!
In 140 characters: The brainchild of Christian A. Dumais, an American writer living in Wrocław, Poland.
18. Norman N. – @OldManSearch
Twitter Bio: My dad is 81 years old. I’m teaching him how to use the internet. I told him twitter was how to search things on Google. These tweets are what he’s searching.
Best Recent Tweet: muslim names that sound like normal ones
Runner-Up: who did joe paterno kiss?
In 140 characters: Like Creed’s blog on a Word document.
17. Roger Ebert – @ebertchicago
Twitter Bio: Film critic since time immemorial. My blog: http://j.mp/51Rkoe
Best Recent Tweet: Time mag essentially honors everybody with its Person of the Year. How do you feel about high popcorn prices? http://lat.ms/t3pfQT
Runner-Up: My film of the day on Netflix Instant is “Best in Show,” cuz it’s Eugene Levy’s birthday. Poster & link to my review:http://on.fb.me/vuFvvM
In 140 characters: Films aren’t all he’s critical of.
16. Voldemort – @Lord_Voldemort7
Twitter Bio: Running around leaving scars, collecting my jar of hearts and tearing love apart… firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Recent Tweet: Yo mum is so fat she was sorted into all four houses… and Durmstrang.
Runner-Up: Bieber’s songs were played on repeat at a school until students paid an amount to charity. Move over cruciatus curse, a new torture is here!
In 140 characters: You’ve made You-Know-Who angry.
15. Steve Martin – @SteveMartinToGo
Twitter Bio: I am Steve Martin, the actor, writer, comedian, and musician. You can find me here and at Stevemartin.com.
Best Recent Tweet: NEWS: Discovery of a black hole the size of nearly 10 billion Suns. Oh, please. Yawn. I’m nominated for a Grammy.
Runner-Up: Trying to get American Airlines to turn off the engine while I finish this game of Angry Birds.
In 140 characters: From a humble start as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour all the way to Twitter Superstar!
14. Julieanne Smolinski – @BoobsRadley
Twitter Bio: Nobody loves a good Dickens joke.
Best Recent Tweet: I bet the worst part about medieval torture racks is how amazing they felt up til that oooooooooone point.
Runner-Up: Whenever guys complain about feeling emasculated by powerful women, I’m like, that’s what you get for filling in our genome with frog DNA.
In 140 characters: Freelance writer for McSweeney’s, National Lampoon and Esquire.
13. Longreads – @Longreads
Twitter Bio: The best long-form stories on the web. Great with @ReadItLater, Flipboard, Instapaper.
Best Recent Tweet: “The Civil Archipelago.” David Remnick, @NewYorker on Vladimir Putin, democracy, and activism in Russia http://lgrd.co/t4FvvG #longreads
Runner-Up: “The Civil Archipelago.” David Remnick, @NewYorker on Vladimir Putin, democracy, and activism in Russia http://lgrd.co/t4FvvG #longreads
In 140 characters: Mark Armstrong and team constantly assure us that longform journalism is alive and well.
12. Jenny Johnson – @JennyJohnsonHi5
Twitter Bio: TV news producer, writer, wife, asshole and owner of 2 dogs.
Best Recent Tweet: Sorry, but your kids don’t look adorable when they lose their teeth, they look like tiny homeless people.
Runner-Up: I think by now we all know Sleeping Beauty was roofied.
In 140 characters: Now we see the advantage of being born without a filter: 122 thousand Twitter followers.
11. Batman – @God_Damn_Batman
Twitter Bio: The hero Twitter deserves, but not the one it needs. So you’ll follow him. Because he can take it. GDB@batcomputer.net
Best Recent Tweet: I never use anesthetic. I just put Kardashians on in the background and the rage drowns out the pain.
In 140 characters: Seeking vengeance against the stains of pop culture.
10. Michael Ian Black – @michaelianblack
Twitter Bio: Glad to have a friend like you.
Followers: 1.6 million
Best Recent Tweet: Now I feel like I’m finally ready to debate Hitch.
Runner-Up: At the current rate of consumption, does anybody know when the world will run out of pictures of naked ladies?
In 140 characters: Children’s author and poker player (oh yeah, and comedian, writer, actor and director).
9. Kelly Oxford – @kellyoxford
Twitter Bio: Designed to make you feel like everything is going well. I am your Perestroika.
Best Recent Tweet: My son just yelled “I LOVE YOU!” and blew me a kiss across the school playground and now everyone thinks I’m dating an 8 year old.
Runner-Up: Women shouldn’t smoke weed while they are pregnant because their baby will never want to come out.
In 140 characters: What started as a blog about child-rearing has blossomed into one of the funniest personalities on the web.
8. Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) – @ColinMeloy
The witty Decemberists frontman (and recent novelist) is great for both book and music recommendations.
Twitter Bio: singster/songstruner for the Decemberists, Orangina shill
Best Recent Tweet: I think this whole Gingrich candidacy might be relying on the ‘hasten-the-endtimes’ bloc a bit too much.
Runner-Up: That film was about as impenetrable as a Pynchon novel. Seriously. RT @TheRock: FAST FIVE named one of TIME’s top ten films of the year.
In 140 characters: The Decemberists frontman is unsurprisingly astute.
7. Humblebrag – @Humblebrag
Twitter Bio: Email Humblebrag@gmail.com with any leads on any humblebrags. (NOTE: Humblebrags are different from brags. Do not send brags.) Thanks!
Best Recent Tweet: RT PiersMorgan So @SHAQ called ME a ‘legend’ tonight. Feel free to be as surprised as I was…and as @MagicJohnson was! #CNN 9pm ET
Runner-Up: RT jimcramer To read some people here, i am the most powerful person in the stock market. I say, i am not even the most powerful person at home!
In 140 characters: The pin that pops the egos of Twitter.
6. John Roderick – @johnroderick
Twitter Bio: Singer of The Long Winters.
Best Recent Tweet: 200k years of human beings, the first 195k years of which no one figured out how to write anything down. Nice one, geniuses.
Runner-Up: My list of the Top Ten Top Ten Lists of 2011 is #4 on the Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten Lists List!
In 140 characters: Roderick tweets with Tiger Blood.
5. Alec Sulkin – @thesulk
Twitter Bio: Breaker of Swift Mustache Hairs
Best Recent Tweet: Been going to therapy in the morning. Trying desperately to work in the phrase “Leggo my ego.”
Runner-Up: Based on Law & Order, I’ll demand that my lawyer speaks last.
In 140 characters: The Family Guy writer has an acerbic wit and a love of puns.
4. Fake AP Stylebook – @FakeAPStylebook
Twitter Bio: Style tips for proper writing. contact: fakeapstylebook at gmail dot com. No submissions, please. All material copyright The Bureau Chiefs, LLC.
Best Recent Tweet: Accept/Except – Except for skilled ninjas, HYDRA is not accepting any new agents.
Runner-Up: As “Mexcellence” is taken by El Pollo Loco, we recommend “Hispaniriffic” and “Chicano-a-go-go” as alternatives.
In 140 characters: One of the best parody accounts of all time, it’s now also a book—Write More Good.
3. Stephen Colbert – @StephenAtHome
Twitter Bio: http://www.ColbertNation.com
Best Recent Tweet: The latest challenge for members of the Occupy movement? Keeping their parents from finding out what they mean by “working on Wall Street.”
Runner-Up:Romney won’t go to Trump debate. Guess he’s afraid Trump will want to see his long-form manufacturer’s warranty.
In 140 characters: Maintaining his trademark voice, Colbert’s humor translates perfectly to Twitter.
2. TheTweetOfGod – @TheTweetOfGod
Twitter Bio: Author of The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, now available in fine bookstores everywhere; yea, and also crappy ones.
Best Recent Tweet: “I like big butts and I cannot tell a lie.” – George Washington (1732-1799), on his thoughts concerning big butts.
Runner-Up: Today is the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the South Pole, and yet the East and West Poles have STILL never been found.
In 140 characters: David Javerbaum, a former executive producer on The Daily Show, may not be God, but he does have a book deal.
1. Tim Siedell – @badbanana
Twitter Bio: Sometimes I just want to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire.
Best Recent Tweet: My favorite holiday drink is the Little Drummer Boy. It’s one part rum, three parts pum.
Runner-Up: Turned my brain off for the weekend and now I can’t stop coming up with ideas for Adam Sandler movies.
In 140 characters: No one could unseat last year’s King of Twitter.
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