Get Stoked on Social: Santa Cruz’s Best Twitter Accounts

Twitter Santa CruzDepending on whether you’re on Twitter or not, you’ve either heard the phrase or said it yourself in regard to the simple, yet somehow befuddling, social media platform:

“I don’t know what I would say.”

Believe it or not, you can just listen … and you probably should. Twitter is a real-time circus of information where there are perpetual conversations happening around every topic you can imagine, including Santa Cruz.

Every “best of” list is imperfect and this one is no exception. I encourage readers to add their favorite local accounts (or your own) in the comments section below.

For the quick and dirty version of Santa Cruz’s best Tweeters, I’ve added these accounts to a Twitter list for easy following.

Who To Follow On Twitter In Santa Cruz

Bloggers

The Aums Mama@theaumsmama – Video correspondent and writer for iVillage/NBC, mom blogger and writer for the Santa Cruz Visitor’s Council.

Motherhood: A Descent into Madness@MotherhoodADIM – Hilariously R-rated insight and musings from a Santa Cruz mom raising three boys. You can find her blog here.

Santa Cruz Life@SantaCruzLife – Fantastic local website covering local events, happenings and general life in Santa Cruz, which you probably already know since you’re reading this. 🙂

Positively Santa Cruz@PositivelySC – Good insight into Santa Cruz life and culture (full disclosure: this is the Twitter handle for a blog that I run).

Sandy Toes Mom@SandyToesMom – An artsy, homeschooling mom blogger that made a name for herself very quickly on the local blogging scene. Her blog is called Sandy Toes Creations.

Angus McMahanAngus McMahan – Entertaining local blogger that dabbles in a wide range of topics. It’s always fun to take a visit to Angus Land.

Santa Cruz CML@SantaCruzCML – The Community Media Lab, an organized collection of local bloggers from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

News

slvnews@slvnews – San Lorenzo Valley News Network is a great follow even if you don’t live in SLV. The best use of social media by a local news organization in my opinion.

scnewsmom@SCNewsMom – Follow this Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter to stay up to date on the latest news around town.

Santa Cruz News@Santa_Cruz_News – Independent Santa Cruz news source.

scnewsdude@scnewsdude – Jason Hoppin of the Sentinel, general person in the know regarding Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Patch@SantaCruzPatch – Local online news source for Santa Cruz.

SCSentinel@SCSentinel – Santa Cruz’s local newspaper since 1856.

JondiGumz@JondiGumz – Business, housing and healthcare reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Community

CTV santa cruz@CTVSantaCruz – Community Television of Santa Cruz County, an independent community media resource.

Civinomics@Civinomics – Crowdsourced discussion fostering engagement and solutions around local issues.

Santa Cruz Public Libraries@SantaCruzPL – The Santa Cruz Public Libraries tweets about local library events.

CFSantaCruzCo@CFSantaCruzCo – The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County helps local nonprofits with fundraising and other resources.

Visit Santa Cruz@VisitSantaCruz – The official twitter account for the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council.

Technology

Santa Cruz Tech Beat@SCTechBeat – News digest that serves as your one stop shop for keeping up with the Santa Cruz tech scene.

cruzio@Cruzio – Santa Cruz’s local high speed internet service provider, co-working space and tech hub.

next space santa cruz@NextSpaceSC – Provider of local co-working and collaborative workspace.

TechRaising@TechRaising – A good account to follow if you want to keep up on the local tech scene.

Sports

santa cruz warriors@DLeagueWarriors – The Santa Cruz Warriors D League basketball team.

santa cruz derby girls@SCDerbyGirls – The Twitter account for the always entertaining Santa Cruz Derby Girls. If you’re unfamiliar, this post will clue you in.

Santa Cruz Parks and Rec@CitySCParksRec – Stay up to date on local rec. leagues and outdoor activities in Santa Cruz.

Outdoors

cyclelicious@cyclelicious – Richard Masoner, local bike advocate and transportation guru. May pull the occasional online prank 🙂 Great blog for the biking community at Cycleicious.

hilltromper@HilltromperSC – The hiking, biking and general outdoor greatness that is Santa Cruz.

CA Landscape Art@CALandscapeArt – As the Twitter handle implies, Larry Darnell takes some great outdoor photos. I’m also a fan of his Tweets about world news.

Art

Artists On Art@ArtistOnArt – “Artists on Art” is a radio program on KZSC, hosted by Nada Miljkovic, which features artists discussing their work and processes. You can watch and listen to her interviews here.

Santa Cruz MAH@SantaCruzMAH – Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History – The MAH is constantly having interesting events, particularly since Nina Simon took over as Executive Director.

Schools

UCSC@ucsc – Get news and information about UC Santa Cruz straight from the source.

Cabrillo Bookstore@cabrillobooks – Yes, the Cabrillo Bookstore has the best Twitter account related to the Cabrillo College.

 Local

PsiChic@PsiChic – Elizabeth Good, local psychic, artist, and awesome Twitter person.

Native Santa Cruz@NativeSantaCruz – Great local photos and always on top of the local police and fire scanners. The first account I look to when there’s breaking local news.

Mr Toad SC@mrtoadsc – Local mountain bike advocate.

Chris Neklason@CNeklason – Chief Technology Officer and co-owner of Cruzio.

Nina K Simon@NinaKSimon –  Executive Director of the Museum of Art and History.

SantaCruzLocal@SantaCruzLocal – Another great local account to follow to keep up with events and happenings.

Santa Cruz Waves@santacruzwaves – Great follow for local surf news and photos.

Business

2thai4@2Thai4 – Capitola’s little thai food house maintains an active Twitter account and posts some great photos of the area.

SCPhotoTours@SCPhotoTours – Terrific photos and vine videos from around Santa Cruz.

Truck Stop Santa Cruz@TheTruckStopSC – Find out where the portable, affordable food truck will be in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Farmers Market@SCFarmersMkts – News and information about local farmers’ markets.

New Leaf@NewLeafCMarket – The Twitter feed for New Leaf Markets, a local natural and organic food grocer.

Staff of Life@StaffofLife – Another local natural food option in Santa Cruz.

Downtown Santa Cruz@SCdowntown – Information, updates and how to navigate Santa Cruz.

Bookshop Santa Cruz@BookshopSC – Santa Cruz’s favorite local independent book seller.

Roaring Camp@RoaringCamp – The historic Roaring Camp Railroad.

Santa Cruz Chamber@SantaCruzBiz – The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce .

Verve Coffee@VerveCoffee – A favorite local coffee shop with an engaging twitter feed.

Add your favorites Santa Cruz accounts in the comments or submit your own!

About Joshua Vincent

Joshua Vincent is a freelance writer who has lived in Santa Cruz for 12 years. Follow his tweets at @VincentChirps.

  • what an awesome idea! Thanks for including me. I feel like a celebrity!

  • Thank you so much for this! I love the description of me! 🙂

  • Jim Coffis says:

    Great list! Thanks for including @slvnews. Here are a few more among the literally thousands of local accounts to consider: @sctechbeat for all things tech in the county; @AsmMarkStone our State Assembyman; @InsideTheCreek window into happenings in Boulder Creek; @ThatsMyPark and @MountainParksFDN Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks and the Mountain Parks Foundation respectively both with great news and info on our parks. I’m missing a bunch but your list would be a great group to follow for someone just getting on to Twitter who wants local news and views.

    • Great additions Jim! Thanks for the input. I plan on updating this post periodically, but I haven’t decided how frequently yet. You’re right about the thousands of local accounts. Seems like Santa Cruz is picking up steam in the Twittersphere lately too!

  • “May pull the occasional online prank,” he writes. I’m sure I have *no* idea what you’re talking about!

  • @WABCollision We are a collision center with locations in both Watsonville, CA and Salinas, CA. Our twitter is dedicated to community news, industry news, and industry safety. We are certified I-CAR Gold Class Professionals and provide exceptional service for both you & your car. Offering lifetime warranty on repairs/free estimates/etc.

  • @SCTechBeat!! Santa Cruz Tech Beat is a free, weekly news digest for folks who want to know and share what’s up in the Santa Cruz tech community. Not just for geeks, the digest provides a convenient way for business, community leaders, educators, and the general public to stay informed about tech activities and business developments in Santa Cruz County. http://santacruztechbeat.com

  • Jono Wells says:

    @vervecoffee has a pretty active and interesting Twitter account.

    • That is a good account & I’ll keep them on the radar for when I update the post. Your account is pretty entertaining in its own right!

  • Nice list! We love following many from this list; just added a few too! Follow us at @visitsantacruz!

  • Hi SC Life,

    I posted this list as a news item in yesterday’s Santa Cruz Tech Beat. Check it out in Digest #12 in the archive here: http://santacruztechbeat.com/archives/.

    As well, it’s on our News page here: http://santacruztechbeat.com/news/ (Sept 30).

    Thanks,
    Sara
    Santa Cruz Tech Beat
    http://santacruztechbeat.com

  • This is a great list – I’m already following a bunch of these accounts!

    I’m also a local blogger and would love to be included in your list. @nurturedmama

  • LOOLA says:

    Great list!
    Please submit our Twitter page too:

    http://twitter.com/LOOLAorg

    LOOLA (Live Oak Off Leash Advocates) is a collective of local Live Oak community dog owners who support an off leash initiative for the 20th avenue beach area in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz CA.

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