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San Francisco Twitter accounts to follow for news, events, alerts, and more

by David Spark on July 5, 2009

San Francisco as you probably know is often on the cutting edge of Web 2.0 technologies being that we give birth to so many popular ones, such as Twitter. Luckily, our community has seen the advantage as well and many major outlets are taking advantage of Twitter. I’ve seen tons of different San Francisco-specific Twitter accounts offering up a bevy of great information. So I spent some time aggregating what I could find, but I know there’s no way I could find everything. So if you find another really good account, let me know by leaving a comment.

NOTE: My criteria for including a feed is number one if it actually provided valuable information specific to the San Francisco community.

Take a look at the list. All provided valuable San Francisco information as do I (sometimes) at @dspark.

@abc7NewsBayArea, @Kron4News, @SFChron_Alert@Green960, @SFist, @KTVU, @SF_Weekly, @SFBG, @KCBS_Morning, @KRON4News, @KCBSNews, @KGORadio, @ActionNewsSF, @NBCBayArea, @SFBusinessTimes (SF business news), @SFCityInsider@ThePublicPress (non-profit and non-commercial), @ucsfnews (health news from UCSF)

News outside of SF, but in Bay Area
@MercuryNews, @Oakland_News, @InsideBayArea

Extremely local news
@94110Now (Mission and Castro district) @NoeValleySF, @CurbedSF (real estate news)

News aggregators
@BreakingSFNews, @CaliforniaBeat, @SanFranNews, @SFnews, @topix_sf, @TheSFNews, @SFTips, @SFMetBlogs

@sf311 (Access San Francisco’s 311 services through this account), @SanFran_Weather , @CAQuake, @Emergency_In_SF, @sanfranfeed

@realBARTworkers, @streetblogSF (Street level news alerts, with a lot covering local transit), @SF_Flyer (Alerts on cheap flights out of SF), @MuniDiaries, @SFMuniRy, @Caltrain, @SFBART, @NJudah, @BayBridgeInfo

@GoldenGatePark (Events going on at Golden Gate Park), @7x7Magazine, @Lovings (SF escorts), @BayAreaCheap, @BayAreaTreks, @FamilyEvents_SF, @BayAreaGetaways, @TheFillmore_SF, @SFhappenings, @IgnighterSF (group dating for Gen Y community), @SFupDates, @AmoebaMusic, @FillmoreSF, @Flavorpill_SF, @CitysearchSF, @freesanfran, @SFshows, @EventSanFran, @SFparty, @MyOpenBar_SF (alerts you about open bar events in San Francisco), @SF_FilmSociety, @SanFranMag, @sfstation, @106KMEL, @LIVE105, @SFStandUp (news on the SF stand up comedy scene), @SFZoo, @GoldstarSF, @CheapandEasySF, @GhiradelliSQ, @SFBravoClub

@bayareabites, @SFoodie, @crembruleecart (Food cart that roves in SF. Where’s the next location?), @SanFranPicks (restaurants recommended by Twitter users. See site which follows trends and lets you filter by district or category)

@SFGiants_News, @CSNBayArea, @OaklandAs, @NinersNation

@SFgov, @sfprotest (SF protest news), @Schwarzenegger, @GavinNewsom, California State Association of Counties

Religious Groups
Jewish: @JewishBayArea, @sfJbay, @JewishSF (News from the J magazine)
NOTE: I’m having a difficult time finding other San Francisco religious groups on Twitter. If you can recommend any, please let me know.

San Francisco weather, @GrouponSF (One coupon every day for SF that you can purchase for deep discounts), @happn_in_sfbay (tracks Twitter trends only in San Francisco), @coffeetalksf (let everyone know what coffeehouse you’re hanging out at). And here’s the Cournal feed of people twittering about San Francisco.

As a reminder, if you have any more recommendations for San Francisco-specific Twitter accounts to follow, let me know.

In other news, since I’m such a big San Francisco fan, I sometimes give walking tours of the city through my friend’s business FOOT! Tours. These are comedian-led walking tours. I’m a former stand up comic myself. My specific tour is entitled, “Nude, Lewd, and Crude: The Rise of Strippers, Beats, and Comedians in North Beach from the 1950s to 1970s.” If you’re interested in taking my tour or any others, contact FOOT! Tours through their site.

Photo credit: Creative Commons Darwin Bell.

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