Following the Property Twitterati
August 9, 2011
Twitter is the initial source of all news, comment and opinion that reaches me. It might seem unrealistic to those not on Twitter that such a wealth of information and knowledge can be gleaned from a series of 140 character sentences, but last night while the London Riots were dominating the news I learnt more from Twitter than I did from the BBC, Sky News and the Guardian’s website combined.
I found tweeters in my local area disputing claims that the high street was being rioted, trying to spread the word as best they could to minimise panic and concern. I got to see images and videos documenting events that happened less than a minute before in Croydon, Clapham, Hackney and Lewisham. And this afternoon, 73,000 tweeters are now following the @RiotCleanUp account that is providing information about the most damaged areas and mobilising the London community into a clean-up team.
A few weeks ago I wrote about exploring the property blogosphere, and suggested a few daily reads that I eagerly check each morning at my desk. Today I am going to suggest some tweeters who I consider essential to your daily feed. They don’t pack quite as great a punch as yesterday’s tweeters, but they do provide a constant and steady stream of market news and commentary (with a side serving of hilariosity).
The list is not ranked, and its certainly not exhaustive. Think of it as an introduction – start following these key players and they will lead the way to their favourites! There are plenty of top 50 lists floating around, but if you want the ‘official’ one check out Property Week’s top 100 list, compiled in conjunction with PeerIndex. Rather excitingly, @younglondon made the top 50 – a great compliment, especially as we were surrounded by many of the accounts I interact with and learn from on a daily basis.
Melanie Backe-Hansen – housing historian
Sarah Beeny – you know, the one off the television
Nigel Lewis – property writer
Find a Property – the property portal tweeters are lively
The Negotiator – industry magazine, tweets from the editor
Michael Stephen Day – chartered surveyor who tweets personally and professionally
Graham Norwood – property journalist and blogger
Peter Knight – marketing, training and the EAE awards
Ben Harris – property, technology, social media… and golf
Elizabeth Tagge – director at Edelman with a broad property related stream of tweets
Telegraph Property – latest market statistics and pictures of castles that need renovating