The Journal has launched a search for the North East’s Most Influential People on Social Media in an exclusive attempt to find out who in the region is using the world wide web to shape the future of the North East.
We want to know who has the greatest impact on social media channels like Twitter and as a result who has the capacity to influence, not just the decision makers in the region, but the men and women with their mobiles phones and iPads on the street.
Our search is not just about the number of Twitter followers or Facebook likes an individual or organisation has, but is about recommendation and quality of content.
The Journal’s editor Brian Aitken said: “This is an exciting project to find the North East’s most influential on social media, or as we are calling it, the North East’s Twitterati.
“Traditionally The Journal has collated a list of the North’s most influential people - and we will continue to do that across all sectors. But with the rise and rise of social media we wanted to take a look at how this is impacting on who we are listening to.
“We expect our search will come up with some surprising results but hope by opening up nominations to people across the region we will be able to create an overview of the North East’s use of social media in a way that has never been done before.”
We are asking people to provide us with the top five people they recommend to follow on social media. This could be on Twitter, Facebook, instagram and other social media networks.
Already we have started collating nominations and among the people to be mentioned on a regular basis are MP Chi Onwurah, PR guru Stephen Waddington, Ross Smith of NECC, The Journal’s regional affairs correspondent Adrian Pearson and planner Philip Barnes.
All recommendations will be added to our database and will contribute to our final list. When our search is over we will have created a directory of social media ‘must follows’ which will act as a guide for our readers.
During our search we’ll provide you with regular updates on our findings in the paper, online and on The Journal’s twitter accounts under the hashtag #NEtwitterati.
We’ll also introduce you to some of the characters who are contributing to the North East’s online community with regular profiles on those who have been nominated.
So, get on your phone or andriod tablet and let us know who you think should be on our social media directory.
To give us your top five recommendations or to find out more about our search you can tweet us using #NEtwitterati, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.thejournal.co.uk/NEtwitterati to submit your own recommendations for inclusion on the list.