Top 50 Twitterers Every Grad Student Should Follow

by Linda on March 08, 2010

Most graduate students already know how to get into college, and they already understand that studies are more important than dorm life. This Twitter list, therefore, is geared toward the mature student who wants to make connections and gain a foothold in realms outside the college classroom. You can discover Twitterers who teach, Twitter users who offer job resources, research help, scholarships and more — this list is filled with Twitterers that every grad student should follow, no matter your major.

The following list is categorized, and each link represents the Twitter user’s name, listed alphabetically within those categories. Follow the link to learn more about that user, including links to Web sites and lists that user may have developed to help you meet more people.


Research helping the torch of knowledge.

  1. ALALibrary: The Library of the American Library Association makes itself available to people outside its membership with this Twitter account.
  2. AmericanAnthro: The American Anthropological Association is the world’s largest organization of individuals who are interested in anthropology.
  3. archivesnews: The National Archives preserves and makes accessible the more than 9 billion permanently valuable records of the Federal government.
  4. CarterLibrary: This is the Twitter account for the only presidential library in the Southeast, the Jimmy Carter Library in Atlanta, Georgia.
  5. HarvardResearch: Advances in research and scholarship from across Harvard University.
  6. internetarchive: You may already be familiar with the Internet Archive. Now, you can follow their tweets to learn more about their growing digital library.
  7. JSTOR: As a graduate student, you may know that you cannot survive some courses without this resource. The JSTOR Twitter account provides updates on new materials and more.
  8. LawLibCongress: Get news and information from the Law Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
  9. librarycongress: This is the Twitter account for the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  10. mitlibraries: The MIT Libraries provide research help and support learning and discovery among the MIT community, but you can gain access to their links and discoveries through this MIT Twitter account.
  11. MITOCW: Follow up with the Twitter account for MIT OpenCourseWare, where you can find a wide range of free course materials on hundreds of topics.
  12. National_Ag_Lib: This is the Twitter account for the world’s largest library devoted to agriculture.
  13. NewberryLibrary: This Chicago library maintains a massive collection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials (including many unarchived shelves filled with sheet music).
  14. nihlib: The National Institutes of Health Library supports the NIH and selected US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies.
  15. nsflibrary: If you are interested in science research, follow the tweets from the National Science Foundation Library out of Arlington, Virginia.
  16. pewresearch: Stay on top of the numbers, facts and trends that shape the world from the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC.
  17. PLoS: The Public Library of Science operates between the US and the UK. This Twitter account is filled with daily news about their “research made public.”
  18. researchlive: Keep track of the latest news on the market research and consumer insight industry from London.
  19. resourceshelf: Follow this Twitter account to stay in touch with resources of interest to information professionals, educators and journalists.
  20. SILibraries: The Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC are the world’s largest museum libraries.


Scholar and his books by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

  1. CornelWest: Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, Dr. Cornel West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy.
  2. courosa: Alec Couros is a professor of education technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina.
  3. cshirky: Clay Shirky is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He teaches New Media as an associate teacher at New York University’s (NYU) graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
  4. jamesfk: James Forbes Keir is an online learning specialist for International Baccalaureate web developer & techie interests such as iPhone, Google, Moodle, Drupal, Coldfusion, Flex, Flash and AIR.
  5. jayrosen_nyu: Jay Rosen teaches journalism at NYU, directs the Studio 20 program there and critiques the press and tries to “grok” new media. He uses Twitter for “mindcasting.”
  6. jeffjarvis: Jeff Jarvis is an associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program and the new business models for news project at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
  7. kinggary: Gary King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, based in the Department of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  8. lessig: Lawrence Lessig is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
  9. Richard_Florida: Professor Florida’s focus is on social and economic theory. He is currently a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto.
  10. WayneMarr: Wayne Marr is professor of business, found of SSRN (Social Science Research Network) with Michael Jensen, Harvard University and Eugene Fama, University of Chicago.

Writing, Coaches, Tutors, Online Collaboration

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  1. askthefounders: Ready to build a business, write a business plan or even a thesis about a potential business? Follow AskTheFounders to learn more about startups and small businesses.
  2. Coachforyou: There are many coaches on Twitter, and impulse3 is one example of a coach who can help you train for social media, networking and more.
  3. DissertationRX: Don’t let the “dissertation” part throw you…Dr. Coach can help you with a thesis as well.
  4. educationwrite: Get writing help on term papers, essays, dissertations and thesis with Educational Writing.
  5. LindaAragoni: Linda Aragoni is an expository writing advocate who is into traditional and online college teaching.
  6. presentationski: If you’ve experienced difficulty with presentations, you might want to follow this Twitterer. Learn free tips, help and advice on how to improve your presentation skills.
  7. shawnrobinson: If you want to learn more about social media, online learning, collaboriation and performance, just ask Shawn Robinson. Despite over 130,000 followers, he’ll make time for you.
  8. studentsfortune: You can get online tutoring as well as a job as a tutor with this resource.
  9. tutordotcom: Available directly to students, as well as schools, libraries, community colleges and military families to help K-12 through adult learners succeed.

Job Search and Financial Help

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  1. Alumwire: Alumwire provides a reliable platform for current students as well as graduates to jumpstart their careers.
  2. BeyondGrad: Vance Aloupis is a career counselor who offers advice to college students.
  3. CBforJobSeekers: Kate and Anthony, CareerBuilder’s job search experts, offer job advice, the news and whatever else they think you should know.
  4. College_Mogul: This account is the voice of College Mogul, a base for college startups, entrepreneurs and tech opportunists.
  5. JobConcierge: Real people search through 300 job boards to find you the right job and submit your apps. Learn more at this Twitter page.
  6. jobsearch: This is AOL’s’s Twitter account, where you can get notices about resume creation, job hunts and career tips.
  7. johndrew25: John is an author, trainer and consultant on grant writing.
  8. LinkedIn: If you aren’t “Linked In” yet, you might give it a shot to stay in touch with peers and to network for the future. Learn more from this official LinkedIn Twitter account.
  9. onlineresume: ResumeBear helps users to overcome issues with resume-building goals.
  10. QuintCareers: Enjoy the Tweets from one of the most comprehensive career sites on the Web, empowering people to career and job success.
  11. TheCollegeGrad: This is your entry-level job board for the collegiate community.

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