Attention @ChrisCaliffExaminerReaders! (not a real Twitter account).
It's time to overcome the misconceptions about Twitter being used by teenagers to post useless status updates about what they are having for dinner, and start realizing the four year old social media marvel is one of the largest, most widely used sources of information distribution ever created.
Twitter gives you the ability to follow the latest happenings with health conscious President @BarackObama, scope out cheap travel deals and information by @traveldeals, and receive real-time news updates from the Athens Banner-Herald @onlineathens.
And because I am a firm believer in Twitter and its capability to supply users with mass amounts of information, as well as promote local businesses, I have compiled a Best of Athens Twitter List for all you readers out there in hopes one day you will become what I like to call a true "Nit-Twit."
DePalma's Downtown: @DePalmasDT - To bring out the fancy Italian in all of us, @DePalmasDT reserves you the best seats in town by showcasing almost daily updates about food and happy hour drink specials. I guarantee you'll be saying Grazie by the end of this follow.
Your Pie: @YourPie - Express Your Inner Pizza by tossing @YourPie on your Twitter list. Sprinkling your Twitter feed with daily events, specials, and even free pizza giveaways to those who come up with the craziest topping combinations, @YourPie is fun and exciting addition for any Nit-Twit.
Allen's Hamburgers: @AllensBurger - Get in touch with your true American and follow good ol' @AllensBurger. Claiming to offer the best burgers in Athens, @AllensBurger reminds us to come on out for live music, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon every day, and of course live viewing of major sports events.
Terrapin Beer Co: @TerrapinBeerCo - Brewing up some much needed information for any beer geek, @TerrapinBeerCo reminds us about weekly tours, promotes beer powered food recipes, and grants VIP access to information about newly experimented brews - like the recent Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA.
Trappeze Pub: @TrappezePub - Tapping any interest about trying imported, domestic, and local brews, @TrappezePub informs beer aficionado's about freshly tapped kegs, beer tasting specials and events, and the chance to receive free pours on holidays - like St. Patrick's Day's "First 100 Lucky Leprechauns" promotion.
40 Watt: @40WattAthens - The world famous fabulous @40WattAthens music venue will light up any music junkie’s day. @40WattAthens feeds your live music needs with daily updates about who's playing the club, where to get tickets for upcoming shows, and when your favorite band is coming to the Classic City.
GA Theatre: @GaTheatre - Although a year has passed since the tragic burning of Athens' historic theatre, the @GaTheatre remains alive and well and will be sure to fire up your Twitter list. Offering followers information about local concerts, Athens music news, and events which help the rebuilding efforts, @GaTheatre is a must follow for any old, as well as new Athenian who is counting down the days until the theatre's rockin' return.
New Earth Music Hall: @NewEarthMusic - Captivating social media music lovers, the new music venue in town, @NewEarthMusic, consistently provides followers with insights into current music, photos from live concerts at the hall, and offers an occasional Twitter Ticket Trivia Challenge for the chance to win free concert tickets.
Melting Point: @MeltingPointAth – Athens’ most intimate music venue, @MeltingPointAth, regularly reminds you about upcoming shows, who's playing that night, and frequent venue specials such as free admission with an instrument for Terrapin Bluegrass Tuesday's offering $2 pints of Terrapin brew.
Oh, and in case you were wanting to follow my latest Twit-ventures, feel free to add @chriscaliff to your list. Happy Tweeting!