In a pseudo homage to Barbara Walter’s yearly program, which aired just last evening, we’ve comprised our list of the 10 most fascinating, provocative, and entertaining #yeg Twitter accounts we’ve encountered over the past year. Some are NSFW. Some are philanthropic. We’ve included business, media personalities, unknowns and a couple “questionable” accounts to our list. Not a single profile mentioned on our list got here by releasing a sex tape (that we know of), singing about fireworks or being a Special K sister. For those reasons alone, we’d stack our list of fascinating people up against Babs’ any day of the week.
As a special treat to each of you (call it our Christmas gift to our #yeg Twitter community) we’ve embedded a tweet from each of our top 10 honourees and honorable mentions accounts. Just click on “follow” in any of the embedded tweets and you can immediately be entertained by (or subjected to) their Twitter feeds. You’re welcome.
10. The Small Business Typhoon
Man oh man, do we make good dirrrrty martinis! Victoria Gin Martini + Accounting = moderately pleasant night.
— Amanda Rose (@dLishWineBar) December 15, 2011
Amanda Rose of D’lish Urban Wine Bar and Kitchen is no average business owner. As this year’s FIERCE Woman of the Year recipient, Amanda proves that the best aspect of owning your own business is the opportunity it provides to give back to your community. A co-organizer of the Edmonton Movember Sisters and host to it’s gala event; a huge donator to the Terra Centre and the champion of more #yeg causes and charities than one could shake a martini pick at, Amanda is a shining, sparkly, sassy example of all that is good about the new, young, urban face of business in Edmonton. We highly recommend you follow this bubbly, whirling dervish.
Our own #yeg Superhero Duo, @TrevorBoller and @CraigPilgrim for their online bromance that has resulted in the tireless plotting and planning of new and exciting ways to get people involved in giving back to their community.
9. The Morning TV Host
Ahh yes. Christmas card season. The time of year I realize how many friends (and family) have absolutely no idea how to spell Jespersen. — Ryan Jespersen (@ryanjespersen) December 14, 2011
For refusing to back down during the “salon scandal” of 2011, Ryan Jespersen of BT Television Edmonton makes our most fascinating list. There is no denying Jespersen is more than just a jovial morning host and he proved it this past year by going head to head with the owner of “that” salon when she attempted to accuse him of only caring about their offensive ad campaign to pump up his ratings. Jespersen’s response came in the form of a gut wrenching, soul baring personal blog post on the BT Edmonton website. The depth of character behind his sarcasm and wit puts Jespersen on our list.
Prince has not aged a day since the 80′s. And those pants leave nothing to the imagination. #tight
— stacey brotzel (@staceybrotzel) December 14, 2011
@StaceyBrotzel. The pixie like morning news anchor of BT Edmonton who showed us she is one sassy, classy, smart as a whip dame with a delightful sense of humour.
8. The Sarcastic Wit
I think it’s so cute when people on Twitter belittle quantum physicists’ choice of font in an effort to not feel insignificant by comparison
— James Buzz Leask (@Leask) December 13, 2011
@Leask. Never failing to deliver a witty comeback, this account is a personal favorite with our team. Willing to engage, question, joke and shoot out the occasional good natured “burn”, @Leask is a pure delight to follow. Just don’t let him get too popular. We don’t want it to go to his buzzy head.
“You’re right Adam; even though you’re the fattest you’ve been in years, bold horizontal stripes were a valid fashion choice today.” — Adam J. Wilson (@theleanover) December 15, 2011
@TheLeanover. This self deprecating humorist reached near superstar status in #yeg and was greeted with cheers when he was introduced at #yeghelp, his first “public Twitter appearance”. We hope he never leaves Twitter again.
7. The Nice News Guy
On the day of his wedding, Simon Ostler’s feed was flooded with well wishes from Edmontonians he had never met. The reason for this is clear: Ostler engages with those in his feed and isn’t afraid to trade the occasional albeit jovial barb. Nor does he refrain from retweeting news from sources other than CTV. This and his affable Twitter personality keep him a regular on the Edmonton Trend Map “Popular People” section. Follow him for great news and friendly exchange. By the way, he’s always looking for a good tip that will make him look impressive in the newsroom.
apparently… i have a chalazion.Don’t google image that.
— joshclassen (@joshclassen) December 15, 2011
@JoshClassen. CTV Edmonton Weatherman and Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 recipient, #yeg’s favorite meteorologist has an avatar that rocks and shirts that are a veritable “shock and awe” campaign.
6. The Pile of Manure Disturber
It’s because you’re dumb. Fwd: I’m confused
— FACLC (@FACLC) December 15, 2011
Regardless of what you think of him, FACLC never enters the #yeg Twitter feed without leaving some sort of impression. Be it his comments on last summer’s #SlutWalk or his more recent tweets informing everyone of the location of Check Stops around the city, FACLC doesn’t just push the envelope, he rips it to shreds, chews it up, and spits it out all over the #yeg feed. His appearance on our top 10 list should not be mistaken as an homage or honor. FACLC defines the word “fascinating” – he’s the gruesome car accident you can’t avert your eyes from.
@SirThinks. Although he’s been annoying and aggravating people since 2009, he hit an all time high this year with his complete “pwn” of the #OccupyYeg feed.
5. The Informant
@MKyeg. Highly recommended by several members of the local media, a quick peruse of this account proves to be an entertaining foray into information, intellectual enlightenment and the occasion bit of sarcasm. MKyeg comes recommended by three other members of our top ten list. We figured that was more than enough to add him to it.
As a society, we need to make grammar a cooler skill to possess, like safecracking or basketball.
— Ryan Cormier (@el_cormier) December7, 2011
Another favorite amongst the #yeg media crowd, @el_cormier never fails to dazzle with his sarcastic delivery. Every tweet from this account is a veritable treasure trove of wit, dry humour and delight. If you want information delivered with a bit of SHAZAM, follow this “Edmonton Journal Newspaperinkman”.
4. The Protestors
Although the Twitter account itself was less than entertaining, the reaction to it and the ongoing battle between those who claimed to be the 99% and those who didn’t want them to claim representation for the 99% was highly amusing. For not giving up even when we really really wanted them to give up, @OccupyYeg makes our most fascinating list.
@LivingSanctuary This #yeg “urban activist” would probably protest the opening of an envelope, but she’d do it with sincerity, sing a lovely song and take some nice pictures whilst doing so. We adore and applaud her efforts. Sorry, Paula. Unlike Time Magazine, protestors did not make our number one slot. Please don’t picket our offices for that.
3. The Yet to Be Discovered
Dang, you guys comics are just TOO GOOD this week. TOO GOOD. (I defy you not to get weepy reading Uncanny X-Force #18) — Brandon Schatz (@soupytoasterson) December 14, 2011
With a cult following amongst the #yeg Twitter community, we were surprised at how few followers this account actually has. In a highly scientific survey conducted via Twitter, @SoupyToasterson came up as a recommended follow more than any other account. The people have spoken. Follow this guy.
Honorable Mention in this category is a tie:
Just watched them load a coop minivan while some lady screamed. best neighborhood ever. — Karyn (@nothingunsaid) December 11, 2011
@NothingUnsaid No filter, no sense of decorum, no holds barred. If you think you can take it, we highly recommend this (questionable) quality over quantity tweeter. As you may already be aware, the KikkiPlanet team members are her biggest fans.
This just in God Hates Canada christwire.org/2011/12/oh-can… < should be satire but sadly I think this is real
— habanerogal (@habanerogal) December 13, 2011
@habanerogal. We’d be entirely remiss if we didn’t mention the #yeg Twitter feed treasure that is @habanerogal. Everyone’s gal pal, “habs” not only knows all the funniest profiles on Twitter, she’s entirely engaging and funny as hell herself.
2. The Local Politician
2012 YEG property tax hike is 5.4%. I voted against it. We could have brought in one closer to 2012′s 2.7% predicted inflation rate. #yegcc
— KerryDiotte (@KerryDiotte) December 13, 2011
It seemed at times that Councilmen Kerry Diotte was the sole voice of reason on the Edmonton City Council during the past year, and he had no issue with voicing his disagreement on many key issues council faced in 2011. He live tweeted during the arena hearing and budget meetings and made a point of attempting to respond to those who engaged him in discussion via Twitter. For his willingness to speak with “the common man” and take a stand on what he feels is the right direction for the future of the City of Champions, we find him the most fascinating local politician of 2011.
@MayorMandel, but not for getting his Movember moustache shaved live on television. Mandel makes the list for finally getting stuck on the Whitemud during the Quesnel Bridge construction and taking to Twitter to comment on it. Dude, we’d been dealing with it for YEARS! What alternate route were you taking?
1. The Grande Dame (who is way too young for us to call her that).
Best hate mail of the day: “You wearing a niqab would be a big improvement in your appearance.”Ah, the vox populi speaks. #cdnpoli
— Paula Simons (@Paulatics) December 13, 2011
There wasn’t a topic this spicy broad of The Edmonton Journal didn’t take on this year. She live tweeted the #yegarena hearings with such finessse we all felt like we were in Edmonton City Council Chambers with her. Following the hearings and the council vote, @Pauatics blogged about her personal feelings on the decision and she was none too complimentary in her summation. She took on OccupyYeg in an exchange so brilliant, so entertaining that we stood where we were upon reading it and gave her a standing ovation. She withstood the hate mail that came as a result of her recent post on forcing women to remove their niqab before taking the oath of Canadian Citizenship, confronted the “old boys club” of Parliament Hill when they reacted to the slightest hint of cleavage displayed by a female member and @Paualtics did it all in a breathtakingly unflinching manner. She engaged us all via Twitter and when she found a blog post or news story she thought would provoke discussion, she RT’d the links regardless of the source. @Paulatics not only owned the #yeg feed during 2011, she displayed generosity of spirit, astounding intellect, an understanding of the community she lives in and an amazing ability for acerbic wit. Without question, the incomparable @Paulatics is the Most Fascinating #yeg Twitter Account of 2011.
So, who were YOUR favorites on Twitter over the past year? We invite you to comment below with the profile names of the Twitter feeds you’ve most enjoyed, been most informed by, been most annoyed by. Let us know, and we’ll build a follow up list like this one with your favorites embedded for quick follow purposes. And stay tuned for our end of the year “Top Ten Charitable Cause” accounts feature coming next week!
As we close the “#yeg Twitter year that was 2011″, we thank each of you who has taken the time to engage us, read us, respond to us. And we look forward to the discussion and online shenanigans we are certain 2012 will bring to the #yeg Twitter community.
Tally ho, auld lang syne, bottoms up, etc.