50 people who should use Twitter

Stephen Fry (if it be he) has become an instant success using micro-blogging platfrom, Twitter. Life would be enriched if more of Britain’s treasured characters were sharing their daily thoughts with social networkers. So I’m compiling a list of the 50 well known people who should tweet. Good, bad, charming, rude, the rogues and the pious, you name them and I’ll write to them over Christmas to urge them to join Twitter.

My first pitch to start the ball rolling: Robert Winston

29 thoughts on “50 people who should use Twitter”

  1. Great idea. Thanks for doing this. Can I put Neil Tennant’s name forward? He always seems to be up to something exciting, if not pioneering, in the music/arts field, with one eye on political issues. And he seems to have a lovely chilled, quietly observant disposition.

  2. My top three:
    Prince Charles; Kelly Holmes; and John Humphries.

    My son suggested the Chuckle Brothers, who I think could do a training vid for inter Government department communication.

  3. This is like a social web version of the classic ‘who would you invite to a dinner party?’ interview question, isn’t it?

    TIm Berners-Lee
    Richard Holloway
    Richard Dawkins
    Jonathan Coe
    Lord Norton
    Robert Peston

  4. The Good;
    Terry Wogan, Shami Chakrabarti, The Queen and Stephen Hawking.

    The Bad;
    Clarkson, Amy Winehouse, Gordon Ramsay and Kilroy.

    The Ugly;
    Anne Widdicombe

  5. Wannabe tweeters:
    Barack Obama – has stopped tweeting since he won the election; we miss him!
    Vladimir Putin
    Boris Johnson
    John Updike
    Philip Roth
    Russell Hoban
    David Attenborough
    Stephen Hawking
    CERN – what happened there?
    Gary Larson
    Ross Noble

  6. Boris J certainly, just been watching his “After Rome” documentary

    Shami Chakrabarti

    Tony Benn

    re: CERN, they’ve got to change a fuse, but it takes six months or something for the magnets to cool down (or is it warm up?)

  7. Batch 1: featuring some of your current and former colleagues and related folk:

    Mervyn King (Governor of the Bank Of England)
    Alistair Darling (MP & Chancellor)
    George Osborne (MP, shadow Chancellor)
    Keith Hill (MP Streatham)
    Hate Hoey (MP Vauxhall)
    Michael Portillo
    Diane Abbott (MP Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
    Ken Clarke (QC / MP)
    Michael Howard (QC / MP)

  8. Okay here’s batch 2 😉 I take it they need to be based (at least part of the time) in the UK, or my list would be quite different…

    Adam Curtis (writer / broadcaster)
    Susan Greenfield (scientist / House of Lords)
    Jake and Dinos Chapman (artists)
    Janet Street Porter (broadcaster / author)
    Irvine Welsh (writer)
    Camilla Wright (publisher – Popbitch)
    Grant Morrison writer / artist)
    Scott Capurro (comedian)
    Joe Cornish (comedian)

  9. I think almost anyone in politics so that we can hear what they are thinking in between the soundbites and official-prepared speeches

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