After initially slagging it off, I've gotten seriously addicted to Twitter in the last few weeks. (Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service. Think of it as somewhere between IM and blogging. Wiki up here.)
In doing so, I've found a whole sort of behind-the-scenes web of foodbloggity goodness going on. There are tons of food bloggers using the service. So recently, I sent out a tweet: "If you are a foodblogger using Twitter, pls reply @seriouseats (And tell us what you use your Twitter for!)"
I wanted to see who was out there and what they were doing with Twitter. My curiosity was two-fold. 1.) I juggle four Twitter accounts—three for Serious Eats and my own personal one—and I use the SE accounts much differently from how I use my personal account. I wanted to see if anyone else made distinctions between personal tweeting and blog tweeting. 2.) I wanted to see if I could learn to tweet better in the service of Serious Eats.
Some answers were expected, others surprising. After the jump, a (by-no-means-complete) list of food bloggers using Twitter. You might want to add some of these folks to spice up your daily tweet feed.
A (By No Means Comprehensive) List of Food Bloggers Using Twitter
Here is a list of food bloggers who either responded to the tweet I put out there or who I follow as I'm Twittering as Serious Eats, Slice, or A Hamburger Today—or who I follow on my personal account. (Yeah, I know. I've got Twitter DID.)
I've tried to include notes about what each Twittering food blogger uses the service for. In cases where there are quotation marks, that's them talking back to my initial question. Italics with no quotation marks are me noting what I've observed them Twitter about. Sometimes I'm not sure, so I've left those blank.
I know I'm following way more food bloggers than are listed here. I just didn't have the time or patience to go through the 800-some people I follow to pluck out food bloggers. If I missed you and you want to get listed on this page, there are instructions at the end of this post.
Addie Broyles Twitter: broylesa URL: http://www.austin360.com/relishaustin Twitters about: "I use twitter to organize food meetups, find sources, share/receive articles, meet other food bloggers. It's a work essential!"
Always Order Dessert Twitter: nandita URL: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com Twitters about: "I use Twitter to keep up w/ other food bloggers on slightly more personal level, share ideas & recipes, and give/get advice"
All Things Chill Twitter: SpecialDark URL: http://allthingschill.com/wordpress Twitters about: "I give some love to my favorite grocers (Cecil @ Joe's produce) and butchers (Don from Don & Joe's Meats) in Pike Place Market. I also use Twitterfeed to automate new blog posts into my timeline & poll the twitterverse for dinner recs when in a new city!"
Brunch and the City Twitter: BrunchGirl URL: http://brunchandthecity.wordpress.com Twitters about: "I have a brunch blog and find twitter useful for finding post ideas and networking and restaurant recs in DC & travelling."
Chinkerfly Has Landed Twitter: Chinkerfly URL: http://www.netvibes.com/chinkerfly Twitters about: "I use twitter to stay on top of what's happening before it's reported in mainstream media, looking for more foodies to follow!"
Cranky and Stinky Twitter: m750 URL: http://www.crankynstinky.com Twitters about: "I blog about my cooking, my farm, and cycling. I twitter as a communication tool; tweet ups, bragging about meals..."
Deb Puchalla Twitter: everydayfooddeb URL: http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/dinnertonight Twitters about: Uses Twitter to talk about what's going on on the Dinner Tonight blog at Martha Stewart. And to coordinate blog events on DT.
The Delicious Life Twitter: thedelicious URL: http://thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com Twitters about: Often makes funny observations about life. Used to talk about what's going on behind the scenes of Tastespotting, but mostly does that @tastespotting now.
The Hungry Hamburger Twitter: zoburger URL: http://thehungryhamburger.com Twitters about: "In the process of starting my food blog, The Hungry Hamburger. URL to follow. Twitter for personal use, always involving food."
Julie's Raw Ambition Twitter: JulieK URL: http://juliesrawambition.com Twitters about: "Twitter's 4 staying in contact w/my foodie & health community & friends, 4 networking, 4 venting, & 4 blog post updates."
Mytrle Beach Restaurant News Twitter: writinggal URL: http://myrtlebeachrestaurantnews.com Twitters about: "I use Twitter to release restaurant news bulletins and to interact with other humans from my home office."
Offbeat Eating Twitter: offbeat_eating URL: http://www.offbeateating.com Twitters about: "I use Twitter to find like-minded foodie peeps and keep track of blog updates as many bloggers post new updates via twitter."
Philly Grub Twitter: phillygrub URL: http://phillygrub.ning.com Twitters about: "I use it to call attention to new blog posts, also my daily activities as it pertains to food, and to converse with other foodies :)"
Rasa Malaysia Twitter: rasamalaysia URL: http://rasamalaysia.com Twitters about: "I use Twitter to inform everyone where I am in the world. I travel almost every month overseas now so this is a real handy feature. :)"
So Many Flavors, So Little Time Twitter: sbarton1220 URL: http://somanyflavors.wordpress.com Twitters about: "I'm a food/life blogger and I use twitter for social and networking purposes."
Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy Twitter: StickyGooeyChef URL: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com Twitters about: "I use it to chat with fellow bloggers, get to know new ones, keep track of updates and send out my own updates. Love it!"
Superficial Burns Twitter: lillyj URL: http://superburns.blogspot.com Twitters about: "I'm a food blogger... twitter's great b/c i've met & gotten to know food bloggers and its so cool being apart of the community."
Sweet, Sweet Wonderland Twitter: sweetiebird URL: http://www.sweetsweetwonderland.blogspot.com Twitters about: "Ha! Twitter is for making the awesome and essential sidecoments I otherwise wouldn't make because there's no one to talk to. :P"
Twig Farm Twitter: twigfarm URL: http://www.twigfarm.com Twitters about: "I use twitter for updating the blog and keeping up w/ the nytimes style section which farmers don't have time for.... Actually maybe we do have time for the style section."
Ugly Food for an Ugly Dude Twitter: Leroy_Pitts URL: http://uglydudefood.com Twitters about: "I am a food blogger, and I primarily use Twitter to write silly things and complain when the work cafeteria is out of salads."
Vegan Vanguard Twitter: RipeTomato URL: http://www.vegan-vanguard.blogspot.com Twitters about: "vegan food blogger, twitter for food updates, keeping in touch with friends/fans/people I'm a fan of, notifying friends of food"
Add Yourself to This List
If you're not here and you want to be, simply copy the following code and paste it into the comments below, filling in your info as you do so.
<strong>BlogName</strong> Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/YOURTWITTERNAME">YourTwitterScreenname</a> URL: <a href="http://www.YOURBLOGURL.com">YourBlogURL</a> Twitters about:
Use '#foodblogger' Tag to Find Other Food Bloggers on Twitter
I might also suggest tweeting out a tweet that simply says #foodblogger, using the hash mark as a way to sort of "tag" yourself as a food blogger. That way, anyone doing a Twitter search for "#foodblogger" will get you in the results and be able to start "following" you.
Update (9/15/2008, 4:34 p.m. ET): After suggesting this morning that people use the #foodblogger hashmark tag to label themselves food bloggers, TONS of people have done so. It's not created a little de facto directory of Twitter-using food bloggers. Do a Twitter Search for the term: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23foodblogger