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Jim Roberts, executive editor of Reuters (@nycjim). The best retweeter in the business, Roberts is an equal-opportunity link-sharer--whether it’s breaking news from Egypt or jabs at mayoral candidates.
Sample tweet: Impressive WashPost piece on its new owner: Clever, tenacious, curious, ruthless Jeff Bezos. http://wapo.st/1bmmcco
Alexa Chung, host of Fuse News (@alexa_chung). She’s cool. She’s British. And she’s in the NYC social elite. But rather than @-ing her fabulous friends, she tweets about awkward outfit choices and pizza-delivery-guy judgment.
Sample tweet: Thinking a paper bag would be a sufficient laptop case is hopefully the last bad decision I make today.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History (@neiltyson). For a healthy dose of science, history, curiosities and run-of-the-mill nerd-outs.
Sample tweet: .@Humans1Dodo0: Is this meteor shower going to be catastrophic? // Rarely is anything that happens annually a catastrophe.
Michael Carl, fashion market director of Vanity Fair (@carlscrush). If snarky fashion commentary and astute social observations had a baby...and that baby made you uncontrollably cackle at your desk.
Sample tweet: I saw a girl sliding around in her flip flops in the rain this morning and I wished for her to fall, I am sorry, but I did. (she didn't)
Anil Dash, tech entrepreneur (@anildash). Spot-on industry insights--once you get past the sarcasm.
Sample tweet: Blackberry's marketing team finally completes its Harlem Shake video: "Well, this should put the company back in the game!"
Michael Ian Black, comedian and writer (@michaelianblack). Possibly the most famous satirical insulter to come out of the Connecticut burbs. Oh, and he was Bradley Cooper’s husband from Wet Hot American Summer.
Sample tweet: Instead of seizing the day, I think I'm going to give it a tentative pat on the shoulder and some awkward eye contact.
Modern Seinfeld, parody account (@seinfeldtoday). Because imagining hypothetical Seinfeld plot points (if the show were still on the air today) will never get old.
Sample tweet: George is briefly implicated in the latest Anthony Weiner scandal because his OKCupid handle is Carlos Danger.
Brevity is the soul of wit. And nowhere is there a greater concentration of funny, smart folks than right here in NYC. Upgrade your Twitter feed with a few locals who’ve mastered the art of the 140-character comment.
Who: Laura Brown, executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar (@laurabrown99)
Why: Not just for her access to the latest Céline situation (well, that helps) but because she’s genuinely hilarious.
Sample tweet: Oh no, someone docked their Citi Bike wrong and it’s still flashing and they’re bankrupt.
Who: Alex Baze, writer at Saturday Night Live (@bazecraze)
Why: Before there was Twitter, there was “Weekend Update.” So naturally, the dude knows his way around a punch line.
Sample tweet: I feel like we’re about three years out from hearing “I’m Guy Fieri and this is CNN.”
Who: Ruth Bourdain, parody mash-up of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain (@ruthbourdain)
Why: Because pitting Ruth’s poetic musings against Anthony’s crass ’tude is just, well, perfect.
Sample tweet: Gray. Cold. Wearing a nightgown made of crisp bacon, bread and lace-edged fried eggs. Outside the window, bobcat prowling. Such proud booty.
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