I was rather disappointed by The Herald’s choices for their list, The Scottish Twitter 100. Their selections foreground traditional celebrity and doesn’t appear to discriminate based on quality of content. Robbie Coltrane (@RobbieColtrane_) manages to make the Top 10 of Acting despite only having tweeted once, nearly two years ago.
Rather than using sticking rigidly to a formula of follower ratio and Klout score, a little editorial tweaking would give greater weight to their ranking. Who do the writers of The Herald view as the most influential Tweeters? The article trumps Twitter as “today’s most powerful social medium” but does an update like David Tennant’s (@David_Tennant) “UK PREMIERE terrestrial television broadcast of St Trinian’s 2 The Legend of Fritton’s Gold starring David Tennant is on Channel Four NOW!!!” really reflect that claim.
The Herald’s list does a poor job representing the burgeoning arts community on Twitter. The list ignores visual art completely and the Top 10 of Acting does little to reflect the rich culture of theatre makers and commentators we have in Scotland.
Most unsettling, the list acknowledges our great Scottish exports but ignores the top notch talent we attract from our neighbours down south and beyond who help make our creative industries so vibrant and sucessful.
The paper invites challenge to their ranking, so here I go.
Here is my Scottish Theatre Twitter Top 10. I’ve taken follower ratio and influence into consideration in my ranking along with how much users make me smile or think on a daily basis. I have also used the best indicator of Twitter prowess, Klouchebag, the anti-Klout which measures a users bad tweeting habits and places them on a scale of “ass hattery”. They are listed here in order of lowest (least ass hattish) Klouchbag score. I would have loved to included non-Scots working within Scotland on my list but decided to keep to a similar selection process as The Herald.
Your friendly neighbourhood Falkirk novelist/playwright/performer.
Followers 1,334 Following 499 Tweets 1,334
Okay, so Alan Bissett was included on The Herald’s Top 10 for Literature but as one of these frustratingly skilled people who can turn their hand to different forms, he deserves to be my list for contributions to theatre too. Lots of personal promotion (which accounts for the incredibly low “ass hat” Klouchebag score of 3. Very few RTs on his feed) alongside independence debate and superhero movies.
So I've got a Facebook page for you to Like, with info on my new Fringe show and pics of me, um, staring at spiders facebook.com/Bissettism— Alan Bissett (@alanbissett) July 9, 2012
23. Brand new English teacher, WhatsOnStage Glasgow editor and Pokémon Master 1999.
Followers 402 Following 282 Tweets 7,257
Scottish editor for WhatsonStage (so he needs to update his bio) with a genuine enjoyment for and excellent knowledge oftheatre. Daft, witty responses to everything he sees.
Andrew just mentioned his "interfering hands". Terrible turn of phrase, ALW. Thank God someone else always wrote his lyrics... #superstar— Scott P (@Scott_P_) July 17, 2012
playwright, composer, director
Followers 276 Following 253 Tweets 211
Does brilliant things like share the entire score for a show on SoundCloud.
theatre maker writer performer an that
Followers 1,334 Following 499 Tweets 1,334
Able to put across good arguments and pithy comments in well under 140 characters.
My goodness. My plan for using spambots for naming characters in plays just jumped up a level. New plan: spambot biogs as character outlines— Kieran Hurley (@kieran_hurley) July 17, 2012
Playwright, hill runner, ukulele player, amateur mycologist.
Followers 3,121 Following 314 Tweets 3,189
One of our greatest playwrights and source of many a great hashtag game. A vocal champion for Scottish theatre and an ace on Twitter.
Spanky Lanark #fiftyshadesofalasdairgray— David Greig (@DavieGreig) July 13, 2012
So collating a list might not be as easy as it looks (props, Herald) but I like to think my short list creates a better reflection of a Scottish theatre industry, what concerns them and how they work.
Other top theatre tweeters from or working in Scotland include
- playwright, performer and champion against Public Entertainment Liscences, Kris Haddow (@oorkris)
- director Joe Douglas (@utterjoe) who gives great behind the scenes tweets on projects he’s working on
- director and lecturer John Naples-Campbell (@JNaplesCampbell) who has an opinion on everything (and a taste for doomed musicals)
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