Let’s face it: It’s a big, big Twitter-verse out there, filled with all the best and worst humanity has to offer. For many, the little blue bird and the service it represents are just further proof of the perversity of human nature. Yet amidst the cacophony and confusion, there persists plenty to love. Whether you’re a black belt-toting Twitter master, a dabbler in the social media substrate, or a neophyte looking for someone (or something) to follow, here are a few feeds that will capture the heart of photography lovers, with subjects ranging from super-cute animals to intergalactic supernovas. After all, in a world where tweets are limited to 140 characters, it’s even more powerful to see a picture worth a thousand words.
1. Earth Pics – @EarthPix
Twitter Bio: Amazing pictures of places, people, animals, and nature.
Need for Feed: Exactly as the bio describes: a stunning collection of the beauty that populates the Earth's surface. Part travel catalogue, part nature documentary, Earth Pics offers a peaceful respite from the snark, snipes and sarcasm so often found on Twitter and reminds us that our planet is a pretty amazing place.
2. History in Pictures – @HistoryInPics
Twitter Bio: Historical moments, in pictures.
Need for Feed: History buffs of all ages will relish this collection of photos dating as far back as the 1800s. Running the gamut from landmark events like World War II to more recent milestones like Samuel L. Jackson's high school senior photo, History in Pictures uses the technology of today to transport viewers instantly to the defining moments of the past.
3. LIFE – @LIFE
Twitter Bio: Incredible stories and treasured photographs from the LIFE archive.
Need for Feed: Thematically, this feed pulls from the same bucket as History in Pictures, but with the first-class polish you only get from LIFE magazine. Smartly curated to line up with topical anniversaries and events, this collection captures famous faces as they once were and everyday people whose experiences shaped the world as we know it today.
4. NASA Goddard Images – NASAGoddardPix
Twitter Bio: Determined to increase awesome…this is the official image/video tweeting account for @NASAGoddard
Need for Feed: Get a refresher on the true meaning of the word “awesome” with these spectacular photos of outer space—and the Earth as seen from it. Some images are recognizable landmarks, such as Cape Cod from above, while others from the far reaches of the universe look like abstract creations from Industrial Light & Magic. A stunning (and slightly terrifying) glimpse at just how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things.
5. The Big Picture – @ big_picture
Twitter Bio: The Big Picture is a photo blog created by the photo editors of The Boston Globe Followers: 166K
Need for Feed: This news-focused feed showcases the courageous work of photojournalists from around the world. Quickly catch up on coverage of a broad spectrum of current events, from the tragedy of the recent earthquake in Chile to the cheerful colors of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, all through the eyes of the people on the ground.
6. Brandon Stanton – @humansofny
Twitter Bio: Creator, Humans of New York. I take pictures of people on the street and ask them questions.
Need for Feed: Stanton is a former bond trader who swapped the stock market for the streets, walking up to strangers in New York and asking to take their picture. Just as poignant as the simple portraits are the short interviews Stanton conducts, with excerpts accompanying each photo. An extraordinary glimpse at everyday life for humans on Twitter and beyond.
7. Pete Souza – @petesouza
Twitter Bio: An official WH twitter account.
Need for Feed: The chief official White House photographer gets exclusive, intimate access to the world of President Barack Obama, and through his daily photo tweets, now so do you. Souza captures POTUS in moments both professional and playful, from talking on the phone with Russian president Vladimir Putin to greeting smiling babies of staff members in the Oval Office. For both Obama and Souza, it's all in a day's work.
8. Brilliant Ads – @Brilliant_Ads
Twitter Bio: The most creative, unique, remarkable and powerful advertisements, signs and marketing-related things from around the world.
Need for Feed: The one time you won't mind seeing ads in your Twitter feed. As intrusive, incessant and annoying as commercials can be, this collection reminds us that advertising can still be home to some ingeniously clever ideas. No purchase necessary.
9. Cute Emergency – @CuteEmergency
Twitter Bio: We claim no rights to pictures, we are only sharing them.
Need for Feed: Your requisite adorable animals fix. For all those moments when your boss has just yelled at you, your computer has crashed and someone in your office burned popcorn in the microwave, come here and prescribe yourself at least two cat photos and a picture of a puppy wearing pajamas. Stat!
10. Adobe Photoshop – @Photoshop
Twitter Bio: The industry standard in digital imaging and used by professionals worldwide for design, photography, video editing & more.
Need for Feed: Need some help making your own photos stand out? This official Adobe account offers tips, tricks and tutorials for Photoshoppers of all skill levels. Get advice on essential Photoshop techniques like adding filter effects, merging multiple images and, of course, swapping the head of one animal onto the body of another. It’s a one-stop shop for all your photo editing and/or Internet meme-making needs.
There you have it—a drop from an ocean (or at least a sizable lake) of good Twitter feeds for photography. How about you, Paste readers … what are some other good Twitter feeds for people who love to peruse pics?