So you think you’re all set up on Twitter. You scrounged up a great icon photo where your hair looks good and you don’t look that drunk. You blocked most of your exes. You’re following @barackobama and @pizzahut. But you’re not done yet.
No matter who you are, you could benefit from a healthy dose of geeks on your Twitter feed. A geek is a versatile resource: they’ll entertain and educate you with an infinite stream of self-deprecating humor and absolutely random nerd-knowledge. Recycle their jokes and you’ll look funnier. Remember their factoids and you’ll look smarter. Geeks are here to help!
And because we’re in the business of ladies, may we suggest 41 lady-geeks to get you going? If women are underrepresented in the geek world, the amassed Twitter nerd-quotient we’re dealing with here should score some major nerdcred.
Main Entry: nerd·cred
1 : analogous to street cred; displays a positive correlation with knowledge of the periodic table of elements, episodes of Star Trek: Voyager
So no matter what type of geekery might strike your fancy, I guarantee there’s a Tweetress on this list for you.
I’ll just start with the most obvious, The Geek Queen Herself:
Felicia Day [@feliciaday]: “Actress, New Media Geek, Gamer, Misanthrope. I like to keep my Tweets real and not waste people’s time.” She’s the writer and star of ‘The Guild,’ she was in Joss Whedon’s ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,’ and she’s had spots in other, lesser-known webseries as well as bit spots in other Whedon projects. She plays geeks, she is a geek. Huzzah.
And there are plenty of other
Whedon-ladies to follow on Twitter:
Alyson Hannigan [@alydenisof] (Willow from ‘Buffy‘, obvs) tweets mostly about ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and her one-year-old Satyana, but she interacts quite a bit with other geeks/Whedonites.
Emma Caulfield [@emmacaulfield] may not be everyone’s favorite reformed vengeance demon anymore, but you can still get your fill of her wit via her webcomic, Contropussy. Can’t say I’ve really seen her tweet anything Buffy/Whedon related, sadly, but she will tell you about signings and other appearances so you can get the scoop in person.
Amber Benson [@amber_benson] is another ‘Buffy’ alum (poor Tara!) who has moved onto directing/producing, and she also writes science fiction and comics. She tweets a lot about her book signings, and other things like charity work and appearances.
Julie Benz [@juliebenz], the despicable vamp Darla from ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’ (and also the recently deceased wife of Dexter and lover of a Desperate Housewife) tweets about new projects and random, geeky, silly things:
Maurissa Tancharoen [@motancharoen] is a “writer of written stuff, thesp in things you’ve never seen, the asian whedon.” You may have actually seen her as one of the Captain Hammer stalkers in Dr. Horrible, or one of the backup dancers in the Do You Want To Date My Avatar video from ‘The Guild.’
There are also ample non-Whedon
Lady-Geeks on Twitter, I promise!
Here’s some political nerds:
Ana Marie Cox [@anamariecox] is the best Maddow guest/political tweeter ever. She posts a lot of #puppyporn, silly twitpics from inside serious political happenings, and bedhead shots of her #alternativelifestylehaircut (even though she is straight.) Plus she knows/wears Threadless!
Rachel Maddow [@maddow] doesn’t need further explanation, does she? She is adorkable. And gay. And smart. And funny. And she can make a mean cocktail. I would follow her anywhere, not just on the interwebs. Even though she isn’t actually running against Scott Brown, I’m going to vote for her. And I don’t even live in Massachusetts. It’s just how we do things in Chicago.
Sarah Haskins [@sarah_haskins]: “Sarah is a lady from Chicago. She likes jokes, reading and food. She writes and performs for infoMania on Current TV.” Although I think she needs to update her bio just a bit because she’s sadly no longer doing her infoMania show Target Women; she remains a fount of feminist information and general nerdery.
Enough with the political, I bet you want to know where the
funny/gamer/tech/comic-loving lady-geeks are on twitter, amirite?
Granted that’s a really big ‘category’ of ladies all lumped together, but so many of them are more than one kind of geek, what’s a girl to do? You’re going to want to follow them all anyway.
Veronica Belmont [@veronica]: “Host of Tekzilla on Revision3.com and Qore on the PlayStation Network.” If you follow both her and Felicia Day, you can follow along with their technology/gaming related conversations.
Bonnie Burton [@bonniegrrl]: “Author, sci-fi/horror geek, Editor/Writer at Starwars.com – Lucasfilm, see also @Starwars.“ Bonnie often writes for Geek magazine and collects her web nerdery on her website and twitter.
Justine Izarik [@ijustine]: “I am the internet! Apple fan, Youtuber, technology lover and avid twitter! Be my friend!“ Justine does a lot of Q&A and geek-themed videos on her YouTube channel. Right now all of her videos and tweets seem to be about the iPad.
Mindy Kaling [@mindykaling] is best known for her role on ‘The Office” (which she also often writes and produces), but she also has a spin-off webseries called ‘Subtle Sexuality.’ And in general she is just a comedian who is also kind of a geek.
Elizabeth Banks [@elizabethbanks] is amazing because her Twitter location is ‘pineapple at the bottom of the sea’ and she got super excited about being retweeted by @NASA. That’s about as geeky as you can get. Except for being in a movie about making a Star-Wars-themed porno.
Michele Boyd [@micheleboyd] plays Stupid Tall Hot Girl Riley, the scary neighbor with sapphic tendancies from ‘The Guild’, and she is a real-life gamer geek. Felicia Day knows how to pick ‘em.