Twitter has made a huge impact on the global social media sphere since its launch in March 2006. Some folks might call this microblogging service utterly useless, but I tend to disagree. Well, put it to you this way, Twitter is my main source for breaking news, rugby and cricket score updates (when I’m nowhere near a television), an excellent platform for networking, a great crowd-sourcing tool and also a great platform to meet new friends.
Twitter has basically been changing the way I interact with folks online and offline since I started using it religiously in middle 2009. I prefer Twitter over Facebook simply because I find it way more interesting. Folks tend to be more direct, open and honest on Twitter. According to the latest online statistics, there are more than 300 million Twitter users globally (and more than 1 million in South Africa). Still think it’s useless?
Running Wolf’s Rant will be highlighting some noteworthy users on Twitter in various South African cities over the next few weeks, so watch this space. Today’s list of users hail from my hometown, Pretoria (the capital city of South Africa). Follow these Twitter accounts if you want to know what’s going down in P-Town
|Twitter Handle||Profile Name||Twitter Bio||Followers|
|@Aandklas_Pta||Aandklas Pretoria||None Listed||641|
|@ABDevilliers17||AB De Villiers||None Listed||166,789|
|@ajaxrap||Jaco Van Der Merwe||Bittereinder? Twittereinder.||419|
|@AlexCaige||Alex Caige||THAT Guy on radio! Club DJ, MC, and loving life! Keep Smiling! #NextGen||970|
|@ArcadeEmpire||Arcade Empire||Brought to you by the people that brought you I Love P-Town and Hotbox Studios. BE
|@BaasDeBeer||Christo De Beer||Music-loving opinionist. Slightly proud member of the human race. Loves to RT.
Occasionally funny. #iAmAwesomeLikeThat
|@Bittereinder7||Bittereinder||Bittereinder is Jaco van der Merwe (rympies), Louis Minnaar (visuals/musiek) ,Peach van Pletzen (musiek/sing). Debut album ‘n Ware Verhaal released October 2010.||1,304|
|@BlueBullsRugby||Official Blue Bulls||None Listed||7,464|
|@BraaiBoy||BraaiBoy||I love to braai, I love to party and I love to have a good time… If you do too, feel free to say Hi or tag me in your Braai twitpics – Happy Braaing!||1,628|
|@DapperTrapper||Heinrich Van Der Worm||Went barefoot for a year to help others. Still helping others. Believer. Follower. Struggling musician. Realist/Dreamer. Blogger.||715|
|@WasARebel||Bernard Rebel Bester||Rock ‘n roll is not just a genre to me, it’s a lifestyle. I like Johnny Cash and hate Kurt Darren. Atheistic hedonist not looking for love just RT’s & mentions.||432|
|@DecemberStreets||December Streets||The feet stomping, skirt lifting, shoulder popping musical bliss by Pretoria based
band, December Streets, have been caressing the ears of many since 2009.
|@EenJaco||Jaco Smit||Ek’s nie ‘n linguistic purist nie, maar eke try om te wees…||800|
|@EdwinMoses84||Edwin Token Moses||Guitar, Studio, Gigs, DJ, Sound Engineering, Photography, Touring, Traveling, Art, Music, Production||559|
|@gevaaalikdotcom||Gevaaalik.com||An Afrikaans Music, Entertainment and humor site. Bringing you the latest news
and reviews from a South African point of view.
|@GigiGumDrop||Gum Drop||So I’ve been here a while, taken my time, had a good look around and found that…||446|
|@hallojanus||Janus De Villiers||Online content editor. Live gig reviewer. @mktv_ ‘s podcast host. Former radio
presenter. Overthinker. Underachiever. Moshpitlover.
|@iKnowPta||Pretoria||We RT your Pretoria related tweets. Mention us and either #Event #Special or #ForSale||351|
|@ILovePtown||I Love P town||Events, reviews, interviews, music, party, clubs, bars and for the love of Pretoria South
|@IlzeMarie1||Ilze-Marie||Radio personality, facts fanatic and just living life!||324|
|@JolyFox||Yolande Van Aswegen||I’m an Advocate for Justice,dedicated working Mom of 3 & Wife. Arrogance,
bad service & pathetic people anger me. I enjoy good humour, good rugby & good food!
|@LiamLynchPhoto||Liam Lynch||I am a photographer; it’s that simple. I am an artist; it’s that complicated.||4,216|
|@LoutjievdMerwe||Loutjie Van Der Merwe||Has the coolest job in the WORLD! Supporter of SA Music,Desktop Activist, Twitter /
Facebook Junkie, Rock Music Addict, Ad Agent, Works at Tuks FM 107.2
|@marialet37||Mari-Alet||Optimist. Adventurer. Always striving to be grateful, mindful and present!||1,435|
|@MzansiGirl||Meruschka||Traveller, experience seeker & tourism thinker. Interested in responsible tourism,
social media & development. Afrophile- love African travel+music+festivals
|@parkacoustics||Park Acoustics||Live music shows at the Voortrekker Monument picnic area. All ages, family’s and
friends are welcome to spend a day with Park Acoustics. Once a month.
|@PierreSpies8||Pierre Spies||Husband 2 a superwife, recent-dad to a future planetshaker, Thankful for God’s
|@pjvanrooyen||PJ Van Rooyen||Sports Journalist||653|
|@PretoriaRSA||Pretoria City||Pretoria, home to rich culture, night life, restaurants, attractions and great
people. Here is where you can find out what’s buzzing in the capital city!
|@RianVanHeerden||Rian Van Heerden||None Listed||9,624|
|@RobForbesDJ||Rob Forbes||Radio guy. Voice artist. Nominee: Best Breakfast Show Presenter (MTN Radio Awards 2011). Views are my own.||3,708|
|@RuanHaha||Ruan Liebenberg||Happy guy, enjoying life, making the best with what I’ve got. Comedian MC and general entertainer||826|
|@SA_meisiekiekie||Done Van Heerden||Strand, Bosveld, Stadsmeisie. Loves beer, steak & milkshakes. Has way too many shoes. Cares about people & animals. Aspiring advocate.||1,020|
|@RyanBrunyee||Ryan Brunyee||Marketer, Salesman, Music Lover, Work at rock radio station @TuksFM1072 #sayoftheday||477|
|@Sarinatjie||Sarina Johnson||Radio junkie. Broadcaster at @TuksFM1072. Aspiring Journalist. Loves Jesus. Music addict.
MC Grammar nazi. Stay Classy. Views are my own
|@ShazPhoto||Sharon||Mom to 1, photographer of many, cat slave, addicted to chocolate love my God. I have
my own opinion on everything.
|@SnorCity||Snor City||The ramblings of our lovely Snor City (Pretoria)||493|
|@tatibble||Taryn Ann Tibble||Workaholic, control freak, student, travel agent, owner of property in Denial and
resident of the digital world. #BrilliantbutNuts
|@TheMandibleClaw||Louis Van Der Merwe||Party animal, lover of life and live SA music, brewer of craft beer, piper, Linux fiend
and geek extraordinaire
|@TuksFM1072||Tuks FM||The best Rock radio station in South Africa||6,816|
|@TuksFMNews||Tuks FM 107.2 News||Keeping the capital city current on @TuksFM1072||2,618|
|@TyronLSA||Tyron Long||Ferrari, Chelsea, Entrepreneurship, Wine, Vodka, Philanthropy, Music. Eccentric. Can tongue tie cherry stem knots. Drops pants,
and does propeller
|@vanderliefde||Retief Van Der Liefde||Actor, Radio Presenter, Artist, Musician, M.C, and a Voice-over artist. Studied Drama, Psychology, Media and Film at the U.P. BA(Hons)! Views are my own 🙂||1,174|
|@WhisperdScream||Henno Gous||Introverted Extrovert. Marketing, Music, Art, #LFC, #PhotoOfTheDay, People, Sarcasm. a Good Soul or Two. Imagine your timeline on
|@wrestlerish||Werner Olckers||Country enthusiast. Seinfeld obsessed. Comic book reader. Broke ass musician.||3,405|
|@XavierLoubser||Xavier Loubser||Music lover. Paramedic. Party animal. Random at times. Loving life. Believe in positive thinking. I own life. True story.||433|
There you have it, some noteworthy Twitter users from Pretoria. If you feel that someone is missing from this list, please comment on this post and mention their Twitter handle. Feel free to spread the word about this to your friends by RTing this on Twitter and sharing this post with your friends on Facebook.
Remember that you can follow Running Wolf’s Rant via @rwrant or my personal profile via @hennokruger on Twitter. Watch this space for regular updates in the Technology category and Social Media section on Running Wolf’s Rant.
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf’s Rant