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


#1 bobcatrock on 11.29.08 at 2:25 pm

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 Richard Davidson-Houston on 11.29.08 at 2:27 pm

Great idea Tom. My suggestions:

Shami Chakrabarti
Tony Benn

#3 Lloyd Davis on 11.29.08 at 2:31 pm

Boris Johnson. Give him enough rope….

Although the success of @stephenfry is not simply down to his presence on twitter, it’s because he groks

#4 Lloyd Davis on 11.29.08 at 2:32 pm

…how to use it. unlike me – I seem unable to wait until I’ve finished filling in a form before I press submit.

#5 Jon Bounds on 11.29.08 at 2:38 pm

Danny Baker

#6 Clare White on 11.29.08 at 2:43 pm

@billybragg. More often.

#7 Helen Milner on 11.29.08 at 3:08 pm

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.

#8 Dave Briggs on 11.29.08 at 3:31 pm

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

#9 Who would you like to see on Twitter? | DavePress on 11.29.08 at 3:34 pm

[…] Watson is making a list of people who aren’t yet on Twitter, but who ought to be for all our benefit. Stephen Fry (if […]

#10 Alx Klive on 11.29.08 at 3:50 pm

Jack Dee
Prince Philip
Max Clifford
Jose Mourinho
Jeremy Clarkson
Steve Jobs
Sacha Baron Cohen
Wily Coyote

#11 Dave Cole on 11.29.08 at 3:53 pm

How about the Clerk to the Commons – I think that’s the job description for the people who sit in front of the speaker.

#12 Shane McCracken on 11.29.08 at 4:30 pm

Seb Coe and Paul Deighton (CEO of London Organising Committee). You can tell them they only need to do it for 3 and a half years.

#13 martyn on 11.29.08 at 5:12 pm

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

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

The Ugly;
Anne Widdicombe

#14 Elaine Johnston on 11.29.08 at 6:10 pm

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

#15 50 people who should tweet | Tom Watson MP on 11.29.08 at 6:13 pm

[…] ← 50 people who should use Twitter […]

#16 Lee Kemp on 11.29.08 at 6:15 pm

Mark Kermode
John Scarlett
Sarah Brown (of prime ministerial wife fame)
Jeremy Clarkson
Rachel Stevens
Andrew Marr
Richard Dawkins

#17 Paul Clarke on 11.29.08 at 7:21 pm

Jim Davidson. I’d like to see how poison is brewed, the better to understand how to counter it.

#18 Ben Ayers on 11.29.08 at 8:30 pm

Lance Armstrong!

#19 Neil Williams on 11.29.08 at 8:43 pm

Harry Hill

I’ll second the Mark Kermode vote.

#20 Frankie Ward on 11.29.08 at 10:15 pm

Mark Kermode for sure

Alex James on cheese

Cancer Research for stats and developments.

#21 Mark Hill on 11.29.08 at 10:24 pm

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?)

#22 Deirdre Molloy on 11.29.08 at 10:54 pm

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)

#23 moominlounge on 11.29.08 at 11:08 pm

Professor Brian Cox
Simon Hoggart
Mark Thomas
Michael Palin
Alexis Cleveland
Met Office

#24 Alx Klive on 11.30.08 at 2:38 am

oh yes, one more…..

Conrad Black

#25 Deirdre Molloy on 11.30.08 at 7:52 pm

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)

#26 Jon Bounds on 12.01.08 at 8:36 pm

Bill Drummond
Charlie Brooker
Ian Hislop

#27 Richard Davidson-Houston on 12.02.08 at 10:27 am

As if by magic, @tonybenn is now tweeting! Anything to do with this … ?

#28 Top 5 Twitter lists « Clicking and Screaming on 12.02.08 at 11:51 am

[…] 50 People Who Should Use Twitter – Tom Watson MP has turned his blog’s comment function into an interactive list of people who should use Twitter but don’t. […]

#29 Richard Goodwin on 12.03.08 at 8:20 am

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

Leave a Comment