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The social networking and microblogging service Twitter is five years old today.

The social networking and microblogging service Twitter is five years old today.

Since launching in 2006 it gradually exploded in popularity and now has an estimated 190 million users around the world who generate millions of tweets a day.

Like Facebook and YouTube it has become a massive extension of the web as people exchange all kinds of information

This presentation by co-founder Jack Dorsey is a fascinating insight into what inspired the site and how it began:

Like any other area of life, the film world has its share of people using the service ranging from filmmakers to automated services.

Obviously a lot of users are talking about their lives or plugging projects, but here are a few I like:

DIRECTORS / WRITERS

  • Errol Morris: The famed documentarian seems to enjoy the brevity of Twitter and regularly posts his thoughts on life.
  • David Lynch: He started by posting weather reports but his feed is now as¬†unpredictable¬†and wonderful as his films.
  • Armando Iannucci: The director of In the Loop regularly posts sharp insights on politics and culture.
  • John August: The screenwriter runs a very useful website and runs an active twitter feed.

USEFUL

  • The Daily Mubi: Absolutely essential feed that curates the best film links online.
  • Review Intel: Amazingly comprehensive feed with regular quotes and updates from film critics.
  • Nikki Finke: Widely read feed of Deadline Hollywood site which regularly breaks stories from the film and TV industry.
  • Metacritic: The best movie review aggregating site posts update on what the critics think of films.
  • Roger Ebert: The venerable Chicago film critic posts all manner of interesting links on a daily basis.
  • Anne Thompson: Experienced film journalist who regularly tweets and retweets stories of interest.
  • DVD Beaver: Get regular updates from one of the best DVD and Blu-ray sites.
  • Criterion: Regular links of interest from the vintage US film label.
  • Box Office: Regular updates on the US charts from BoxOffice.com
  • Charles Gant: Detailed analysis of the UK box office from the film editor of Heat.
  • IMDb 250: See updates of what’s in and out of the IMDb’s list of the top 250 films of all time.

> Find out more about Twitter at Wikipedia
> Links to film related people on Twitter at Listorious

By Ambrose Heron

Editor of FILMdetail