50 people who should tweet

Suggestions have flooded in, so quickly that I might have to hold a ballot. So far we have:

1. Robert Winston
2. Gordon Ramsay
3. Neil Tennant
4. Shami Chakrabati
5. Tony Benn
6. Boris Johnson
7. Danny Baker
8. Mark Steel
9. Prince Charles
10. Kelly Holmes
11. John Humphrys
12. The Chuckle brothers
13. Billy Bragg
14. Tim Berners-Lee
15. Richard Holloway
16. Richard Dawkins
17. Jonathan Coe
18. Lord Norton
19. Robert Peston
20. Sebastian Coe
21. Paul Deighton
22. Terry Wogan
23. The Queen
24. Jeremy Clarkson
25. Amy Winehouse
26. Robert Kilroy-Silk
27. Anne Widdecombe


#1 Jim Jay on 11.29.08 at 6:19 pm

Jeremy Hardy
Mark Thomas
Caroline Lucas
Bill Bailey
Bob Crow

#2 Jonathan Rothwell on 11.29.08 at 7:01 pm

Steve Jobs.
Bruce Forsyth.

(whoops… God is on twitter.)

#3 Richard on 11.29.08 at 7:23 pm


Threw up a quick voting site for you here:


#4 Dave Harte on 11.30.08 at 1:18 am

If Fry is on there then so should Laurie be.

I vote for Hugh Laurie

#5 MJ Ray on 11.30.08 at 7:48 pm

No-one should use Twitter any more. The cool kids have moved onto OpenMicroblogging.org platforms like http://identi.ca/

#6 Hoover on 11.30.08 at 10:15 pm

Damian Green

#7 Bill on 12.01.08 at 6:02 pm

Boris does tweet, or at least he did during the Olympics. I’m not sure he’s the sort of chap who finds it easy to express himself in 140 characters or fewer, though.

#8 Nick Booth on 12.02.08 at 12:18 pm

Simon Cowell – ‘cos if anyone can figure out a new business model for this stuff he will.

#9 tim f on 12.03.08 at 1:51 am

Ozzy Osbourne
Wayne Rooney
Rowan Williams
Tommy Boyd
Michelle Obama
Katie Price
Simon Amstell
Saul Williams

#10 eddie thor on 12.03.08 at 3:15 pm

Steve Zacharanda

#11 Neil Williams on 12.03.08 at 8:33 pm

Oh, God, please NOT Katie Price. Although Peter Andre is good value.

#12 Labour Matters on 12.04.08 at 1:57 am

So is the real Tony Benn Twittering or not now? Can we have the full story?

#13 Chris on 12.04.08 at 10:45 am

Our hopes were raised with Tony Benn recently but it seems it was a fraud!

#14 Andy Mabbett on 06.26.11 at 10:29 am

Hat-tip to Anke Holst for reminding me of this discussion in her post: http://theanke.posterous.com/50-people-who-should-tweet-tomwatson-mp-nov-2

Three years on, my vote is for Iain (M) Banks, for reasons explained in my open letter to him: http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/iain-m-banks-please-try-twitter/

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