Who to Follow on Twitter in NEO

Want to put your finger on the pulse of Northeast Ohio? Your best bet is Twitter only if you know whom to follow.

Want to put your finger on the pulse of Northeast Ohio? Your best bet is Twitter only if you know whom to follow. Recent developments like the RNC coming to Cleveland in 2016 (#RNC2CLE) and Lebron James’s 2nd Decision (#Decision2) broke on Twitter first with commentary all over the country (inspiring this front page USA Today Story). If you want to know what’s happening in real time, you have to be on Twitter.

Who you follow is up to you and what type of content you are looking for but it helps to have a place to start. Consider creating different lists to organize your followers into so you can consolidate the information into categories. With Twitter lists, it’s like you can create a newspaper of your own choosing and determine which writers go to which sections. I’ve picked a few of my favorite NEO accounts including commercial brands as well as personal accounts.

The people at CLE+ and I purposefully left this list brief to encourage community input (just see some twitter responses here!). Our tight-knit CLE+ community offered their suggestions which have since been added to the list (*=community submitted handle).

*Did I miss anyone? Tweet @BeThePlus with recommendations and we’ll keep updating it!


Northeast Ohio Updates:

@BeThePlus – Cleveland Plus (or The Plus) is Northeast ‪#Ohio‬‘s regional marketing campaign. Promoting all the great things going on in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown.
@CityofCleveland – City Hall Announcements
@CityofAkronOhio – All Akron, All the Time.
@Canton_Ohio – Keeping Up with Canton
@DOWNTOWNYTOWN – Everything Youngstown.


@WKYC – Channel 3 (NBC)
@WEWS – Channel 5 (ABC)
@19ActionNews – Channel 19 (CBS)
@Fox8News – Channel 8 (Fox)
@WKBN – New from the Mahoning Valley.
@OhioDotCom – Akron Beacon Journal
@Cleveland_Scene – Cleveland Scene Magazine

Lifestyle & Events:

@FreshWaterCLE – Weekly e-magazine and website that reports on ‘What’s Next’ in and around Cleveland.
@ClevelandMag – What’s happening in Cleveland
@akronlifemag – Enriching the experience of living in or visiting Akron
@CoolCleveland – Cool EVENTS, NEWS, PEOPLE & NEIGHBORHOODS in the Cleveland, Ohio
@aboutstark – Arts, entertainment, food and dining, wellness, style, events in Stark County

Community Hubs: 

@lakecountyoh – Sharing family activities, food & wine, outdoors and culture in NE Ohio’s Lake County.
@TheCLE – Cleveland Tourism
@HappyInCLE – Documenting Cleveland’s Renaissance
‪@FlatsForward‬ – Not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of Cleveland’s first neighborhood.
@AkronNewsNow – News from ‪http://AkronNewsNow.com ‬ all about Akron!


@JumpStartInc – JumpStart is a nationally recognized nonprofit accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs
@GlobalCleveland – Attracting, welcoming and connecting newcomers to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland.
@CrainsCleveland – he leading source for local business news, analysis and commentary
@SMECleveland – Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland
@Launchhouse – Business ‪#accelerator‬ supporting ‪#startup‬ success.

SEE ALSO: Cleveland: A Start-Up Story

Community Boosters:

@DefendYtown – Dedicated to the advancement of Youngstown, Ohio
@WhyCLE – A Cleveland gal, who always gets asked Why Cleveland? and is searching for and blogging about good answers to that question.
@ClevelandChick – Cleveland fan. Follow my journey back to Cle, try to sell my house, move in with my rents & search for the perfect pierogi.
‪@csledzik‬ – PR pro ‪@MarcusThomasCle‬ living DT Cleveland. MiamiOH grad, PRKent MA. Media Relations, Digital Strategy, SM, MarCom. Funk music. Arctic canoeist. Wine. Food.
‪@janetcho‬ – Retail, ‪#SocialMedia‬, Workplace, ‪#Branding‬/Marketing Reporter for ‪@ThePlainDealer‬.
‪@AnneKnows‬ – Started at @BikeCLE, SSM for @Lead2Conversion. I love my job. I love ‪#Cleveland‬.
@PhilTrexler – Reporter, Akron Beacon Journal. Adjunct journalism instructor, Kent St. Author, Ballparks, Yesterday & Today

For even more community boosters… follow my “lists” below!


#PassThePlus – sharing good news about the entire Cleveland+ region
#CLEfood – Read the region’s foodie tweets
#ThisIsCLE – A movement to chance the conversation about what it means to visit Cleveland
#Ytown – All things Youngstown


CLE+/ #SMAC – Cleveland Plus’ Social Media Advisory Committee (pictured above) is a group social media pros in the CLE+ region. We get together every few months to check out cool spaces in the region.
Pulse of Cleveland – Group of my 162 favorite people to follow in Cleveland, where I’m a resident. If you want to find out what’s happening in Cleveland, you have to follow these feeds!


Nick Borelli, Marketing and Communications Director for Rock The House, has been in the event industry for over 15 years. Specializing in Social Media, Blogging, and Search Engine Optimization as well as sales, Nick is networked nationally to the pulse of the event industry. He has won the CBC Connector’s Choice Networking Star Award, ISES Ohio WOW Award for Best Marketing Collateral over $25,000, and is a SBN Interactive SoMe Impact Award Winner. Follow him on Twitter – @NickTheHouse


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