Twitter seems like it was made for nerds. Yes, there’s that sect of it that involves really annoying trends and endless status updates about how OMG AWESOME Justin Bieber is. But that’s a dark place, a place where we don’t go. The rest of Twitter is all the playground, a place for nerds to show off their wares, start their own quirky trends and pass links to cool shit back and forth late into the night.
Because of this, there are thousands of promising geeky Twitter handles out there ripe for following, but where do you begin? We’ve got you covered with these 10 Twitter accounts, some featuring real nerds, some not-so-real, but all full of awesome in 140 characters or less.
Stan Lee, @TheRealStanLee
Yes, The Man himself is on Twitter. The creator of Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and much else that is good in the world is a regular updater on Twitter, where he uses his trademark lofty language and catch phrases to implore his beloved “Brigadiers” (his pet term for his followers) to seek out good causes, pet projects and his favorite things, all while taking plenty of time to be lovable, goofy old Stan the Man
Neil Gaiman, @neilhimself
Gaiman is among the most successful nerd writers of the last 25 years. His credits include Sandman, American Gods, the awesome Good Omens and an upcoming episode of Doctor Who. He’s also prolific on Twitter, where he spends him time promoting literacy and other causes, engaging in ribbing with Kevin Smith and flirting with his wife, Amanda Palmer, all delivered in his characteristic charming and witty tone. His Twitter account is an entertaining glimpse into the life and imagination of one of our finest writers.
Wil Wheaton, @wilw
He’s come a long way since being Captain Picard’s young (and obnoxious) ward all those years ago. Wil Wheaton is a writer, star of Eureka, guest star on things like The Big Bang Theory and general traveling nerd. Follow him for lots of snark, plenty of guidance to the coolest nerdy stuff out there, or just nostalgia for the days of Star Trek: TNG.
The Batman, @God_Damn_Batman
There are several Twitter accounts claiming to belong to Batman, but this is by far the funniest (and most strangely accurate). His updates include plenty of jokes about beating up supervillains, making Alfred do humiliating things, mocking other superheroes and picking on Robin. You know, vigilante stuff.
Chris Hardwick, @nerdist
The host and star of Web Soup, founder of Nerdist.com and general geek extraordinaire’s Twitter feed is just like everything else he does. Funny, energetic and filled with nerd glee. Follow him for news, commentary, jokes and general silliness on everything nerd, from Doctor Who to viral videos.
Patton Oswalt, @pattonoswalt
A lot of nerds want to be Batman, or Han Solo, or James Tiberius Kirk. Other nerds, whether they’ll admit it or not, would be perfectly happy being Patton Oswalt. From his jokes about killing George Lucas with a shovel for the Star Wars prequels to his book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Oswalt has set himself apart as a comic not afraid to let his geek flag fly, and his Twitter account is no different. His updates range from simple points to interesting links to entire nights of watching The Mechanic and making homoerotic comments about Jason Statham.
Felicia Day, @feliciaday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Guild and now Twitter. We all love Felicia Day. How can you not love a saucy redhead who digs gaming and elf-ears? Her feed is full of updates on her new projects (as well as the projects of her many equally nerdy friends), along with cool bits of geek wisdom and general silliness…like this:
Death Star PR, @DeathStarPR
There are enough Star Wars parody accounts on Twitter to fill a galaxy. Death Star PR is one of the gems. The premise is that it serves as the publicity department of the Galactic Empire, complete with passive-aggressive comments on just how easy it would be to blow your damn planet up.
Edward James Olmos, @edwardjolmos
The star of Battlestar Galactica has made it to Twitter, where he spends time fundraising for good causes, following and replying to fans (which he does quite a lot of), and keeping the Twelve Colonies of Kobol alive. Plus, he’s the Admiral, and you must follow the Admiral. So Say We All!
Warren Ellis, @warrenellis
Ellis has always been at the forefront of all things technological. From message boards to email lists, and now Twitter, the creator of legendary comic works like Transmetropolitan and Planetary is a frequent traveler of cyberspace. Follow him for a very eclectic mixture of cool links, cursing, the occasional recipes, cool photos he takes with his phone and lots of trademark cranky English writer updates.
Please keep in mind that with all the awesome nerds tweeting out there, it was almost impossible to come up with a list of 10 people to mention above all others. And if we forgot anyone…Hey, we’re nerds. We love sequels.
But wait, there’s more…
You had to know we weren’t going to get through this thing without giving ourselves a plug. Be sure to follow Nerd Bastards on Twitter, @nerdbastards. And while you’re at it, give all of our contributors a follow as well. We’ll be glad to get new minions…um, friends. And as an added bonus, some of us are quite foul-mouthed.
Nick Bungay: @NickBungay
Christine Foley: @xtinebloodlust
Rachel Hill: @thatsabigwhatev
Matthew Jackson: @awalrusdarkly
Thomas Landry: @ZaSentaMan
David Manly: @davidmanly
Sarah Moran: @SarahThisIs
Blake Stevenson: @blakestevenson