Twitter lists for New Zealand media and politics
In 2012, I began to curate two Twitter lists related to New Zealand politics.
I would have used someone else’s, but couldn’t find a truly comprehensive list for what I wanted – journalists, bloggers, NGOs, political media outlets and so on, all in one place.
I use these lists in Twitter itself and via the Twitter app on my phone, but they are even more powerful in Flipboard on a tablet.
Which list to use?
Gradually I found that I was using the “NZ politics/society” less and less and it suffered from a signal vs. noise problem as it contained a lot of fairly noisy commentators. So given that Twitter had lifted its 500 member restriction, I decided to integrate the best of the NZ politics/society list into one master list.
My “master list”
I call this master list NZ journalists/media+. It’s still mainly comprised of people who work or comment in the media, but it also includes all current members of parliament (MPs), parliamentary candidates, trade unions, leading academics, bloggers and other civil society commentators – what one might call opinion formers or elite voices.
I still keep the NZ politics/society list going for all other commentators on political/social issues who I find interesting in some way. The NZ politics/society list is also where I put all parody accounts.
Help me update the lists
At time of writing this post the NZ journalists/media+ list has 683 members; NZ politics/society has 516. The lists are not perfect and are always a work in progress. I update them often. If you have suggestions, please just get in touch via Twitter itself (@GeoffMillerNZ) or here via my contact form.
I created the lists simply for my own use, but you may find it useful to use the lists as your main feed for NZ politics and news, or as a source of new people to follow.