Three of The Nation’s leading writers are also making an impact on Twitter. A feature today from AOL/Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis, The Top 25 Progressive Twitterers, featured DC Editor Christopher Hayes, Net Movement Correspondent Ari Melber and Editor & Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. "If you’re a political junkie," Lewis writes, "keep reading."
The list had vanden Heuvel (@KatrinaNation) at #25, Melber (@AriMelber) at #14 and Hayes (@chrislhayes) at #5. Former Nation DC Editor David Corn was #2, just behind Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos. While "top twenty-five" type lists may be part vanity, the piece speaks to the increasing role of Twitter in the political debate, and to the efforts that established print media like The Nation are taking to embrace new platforms.
Last Fall, Melber wrote about the democratizing impact that Twitters "lists" feature could have on the platform. He recommends several lists that, like the top 25 at AOL/Politics Daily, are good tip sheets if you’re looking for essential progressive voices to follow on Twitter. If you just want to start with one, you could always follow the mothership: The Nation’s own Twitter feed, @thenation, now has almost 50,000 followers, and provides breaking news and analysis 24-7.