Bay Area Twitter feeds of note
August 13, 2010 12:42 AM   Subscribe

I just moved to Oakland from LA. I find Twitter to be really useful. Please recommend Bay Area-ish Twitter feeds (for Oakland, San Francisco and Marin, since I'll be spending lots of time time in all three regions) I should be following.

I unfollowed a lot of LA-specific tweeps today, and it sort of brought home how much I rely on Twitter for local news, traffic and public transit stuff, info about my city's cultural life and a sense of local color. I'd like to refill my Twitter stream with tweets from/in/around/about my new home. I live in downtown Oakland, work in Marin, play in SF and use my car, my bike and the BART to get around.

I'm primarily interested in:

* Local news (I already follow SFist, but that's about it)
* Transit (I already follow bartdiaries and munidiaries)
* History and geography
* Twitter feeds specifically having to do with the East Bay and Marin, because it seems like the SF ones are somewhat easier to find
* Education-related feeds
* Bay Area cultural institutions (museums, opera companies, galleries, symphonies, choruses... and if anyone has recommendations for experimental/avant-garde musical ensembles I should be aware of, I will heart you forever)
* Live music (esp. indie and world music)
* Queer-related twitter feeds (small and large organizations, spaces and scenes; queer activists)
* Alternative scene stuff (to be interpreted however you like, because I'm not comfy being more specific in public). Feel free to MeMail me these if you prefer.
* Local color

I'm not personally as interested in the following subjects (unless they're especially iconic, relevant and/or entertaining), but feel free to post about them anyway in case someone else is interested:

Tech companies; tech personalities; personal twitter feeds in general (although I won't know the exceptions unless I see 'em); restaurants and bars.

posted by the_bone to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Transit + culture + ticket giveaways: myBART
Local news: sfappeal
stuff to do: funcheap
a list of bay area feeds in multiple categories: laughingsquid/SF Bay Area Info
alternative + education + East Bay: oaksterdam
traffic: 511SFBay/sfbaytransportation

Good question. I'd like to find out about more area feeds too. :)
posted by PY at 2:21 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Some museums: SFMOMA, deyoungmuseum, asianartmuseum, cartoonart, exploratorium, oaklandmuseumca
posted by jeri at 6:52 AM on August 13, 2010

Best answer: CalTrain is updated by riders and often useful.
posted by chairface at 11:54 AM on August 13, 2010

I live in LA and never thought twitter could be used in such interesting ways. Can you please let us know your tweet feeds for LA? Thanks in advance!
posted by tvjoshi at 1:57 PM on August 13, 2010

Response by poster: I deleted a lot of my LA feeds yesterday, but here are a few to get you started:

LAist, latimescitydesk, LANow, metrolosangeles, LACMA, LosAngelesCM (bike stuff), earthquakesLA, LAasSubject, CalArtsREDCAT, barnsdall, LASHP, guerriLAdrivein. Most of the foodtrucks have twitter accounts now, and I especially recommend @COOLHAUS.
posted by the_bone at 4:45 PM on August 13, 2010

Best answer: Oaklandish: hip local arts and culture boosters.
Oakland Local: Pretty much what it says.
Only in Oakland: a photo a day of cool stuff in Oakland.
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland: bike and pedestrian advocacy group.
510 Menus: "Taking the mystery out of East Bay takeout"
TransForm: Bay Area transit advocacy.
Oakland Underground Film Festival
posted by oneirodynia at 8:32 PM on August 13, 2010

Best answer: I think you have most of mine already, but here are a few more:

East Bay Express
Oakland Events
secret Oakland
posted by gingerbeer at 10:49 PM on August 13, 2010

Best answer: I see we haven't listed any for Marin yet. How about marinij?

Two others in the "news" realm: sfbg and sfgate.

And someone has compiled a huge list of Twitter accounts.
posted by jeri at 11:33 PM on August 14, 2010

Best answer: I will second:
Only in Oakland as a great way to see armchair explore the city

Secret Oakland for local events

and add:
Good News in Oakland


510 Families

posted by RobotCat at 8:54 AM on August 18, 2010

Best answer: For arts & queer-friendly experimental performance, etc. you might like @CounterPULSE (disclosure: I'm on the board!). While we do Twitter, there's a lot more info on our site. Also seconding the recommendation for @OaklandLocal, which is a great source for news, cultural & political information & events.
posted by judith at 2:01 PM on August 21, 2010

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