Browsing a well-curated Twitter account is like being plugged directly into an outlet of Internet awesome. Next time you need a break, a chuckle, or a quick jolt of wonderful, start with our list of who to follow on Twitter.
To make this list, we went looking for feeds that offer a pick-me-up, a laugh, or an inspiring message.
Feeds that made the cut have at least a couple thousand followers and tweet on the regular. They contribute mostly light, safe-for-work fodder. Here’s hoping they give you a happiness boost!
1. Steve Martin, @SteveMartinToGo
Longtime funnyman Steve Martin also knows how to compose a joke in tweet form — or just give us the warm fuzzies. Recently, he made us jealous over his family’s Christmas dinner.
2. Tim Siedell, @badbanana
Tim Siedell is a Nebraska based creative director and blogger who tweets funny (and punny) things like “Just downloaded dinner from PDF Chang’s.”
3. Kat Dennings, @OfficialKat
The actress and star of Two Broke Girls was once a prolific blogger, so it’s no surprise that she shines in 140 characters (or even less).
Dennings’ feed is a regular stream of funny observations about movies, pop culture, and her life, with both earnest and heartwarming-but-still-goofy tweets thrown in every once in a while for good measure.
4. Al Yankovic, @AlYankovic
You know him as Weird Al, and his tweets are as goofy-smart as his song parodies. Take this one for example: “I’ve memorized all the digits of pi. Just not in the right order.”
5. Conan O’Brien, @ConanOBrien
The late-night host and television funnyman is often topical. He once wrote, “When the phone rings at Meryl Streep’s house, do you think she says, ‘Don’t answer it, it’s just another one of those Oscar nominations?’“
And sometimes he’s a bit more random: “When someone calls me pretentious, the white gloves come off.” Either way, he’s always funny.
6. Pour Me Coffee, @pourmecoffee
Pour Me Coffee’s goal is to be “Funny and/or interesting.” And that’s just what he delivers — in the form of political satire, interesting facts, images, and wry takes on current events and sports.
Despite his popularity, no one knows who is behind the account.
7. Stephen Colbert, @StephenAtHome
It’s difficult not to be amused by Stephen Colbert’s goofy, throwaway takes on just about anything.
His humor is mostly topical, so when you’re burned out on current events, pop over to his timeline for a humorous spin on the news.
8. Ken Jennings, @KenJennings
The holder of the longest-everwinning streak and the title of Greatest of All Time (GOAT) Jeopardy contestant also happens to be darn hilarious on Twitter.
Jennings’ tweets are almost exclusively jokes — punny dad humor: “I don’t know anything about dogs but someday I want to own a whippet named Devo.”
9. Donni Saphire, @Donni
Follow Donni, a Chicago based comedian and writer, for funny, often absurdist tidbits like “‘Hop in the shower.’ -Kangaroo shower advice” and “Armed to the teeth with tiny tooth arms.”
10. Mindy Kaling, @mindykaling
Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director known for The Mindy Project as well as her work on The Office. She provides followers with goofy observations about everyday life.
11. God, @TheTweetOfGod
As long as you don’t mind satire, tweets like “I’m damning things. Any requests?” and “To all the people praying to Me for world peace: you are ADORABLE” prove that social media really can be divine(ly) funny.
12. Big Ben, @big_ben_clock
More than 400,000 people follow this account, which simply tweets on the hour every hour one “BONG” for the time of day.
13. Bronx Zoo Cobra, @BronxZooCobra
If a cobra snake could tweet, he’d make wry observations about living the zoo life. For example, “The polar bears won’t shut up about this polar vortex.”
14. Feminist Taylor Swift, @feministtswift
Take a line or two from a Taylor Swift song, and throw in some much-needed feminist perspective.
You’ve got yourself a runaway pop sensation that isn’t afraid to call out the patriarchy: “This is me swallowing my pride / Standing in front of you / Saying I’m sorry for marginalizing your gender identity.”
15. Your Away Message, @YourAwayMessage
Back when AOL Instant Messenger was a thing, your “away” message almost functioned like a Facebook status update.
If you were an AIM user, you either posted away messages like these or knew people who did: For example, “Literally everyone is rude and I couldn’t be more over it.”
16. Bored Elon Musk, @BoredElonMusk
We all have that friend who gets drunk and tells us their latest invention concept. Well, @BoredElonMusk becomes that friend in this parody account that posts absurd (fake) ideas the entrepreneur comes up with in his downtime.
Inventions range from “Pumpkin Spice White Claw” to a “Cleaning service that preps your house before your cleaning person comes over.”
17. Fact Retriever, @factretriever
Whether you like to know weird things to impress your friends on trivia night, or you just like to fill your noggin with facts, @factretriever brings you the tidbits you covet, like “A group of stingrays is called a fever.“
18. Willy Shakes, @IAM_Shakespeare
The creator of @IAM_Shakespeare started the account with the modest goal of tweeting the complete works of William Shakespeare, line by line. The account has tweeted all 112,000-plus lines not once, but multiple times.
19. Maria Popova, @brainpicker
Maria Popova is an “interestingness hunter-gatherer” and the creator of Brain Pickings, a blog that showcases curious cultural tidbits. Her Twitter links to the content with just enough of a tease to pique your curiosity.
For example, “How coffee conquered the world” and “Only the best thing ever: Vintage illustrations for the fairy tales E. E. Cummings wrote for his only daughter.”
20. Brilliant Ads, @Brilliant_Ads
Brilliant Ads shares interesting signs, advertisements, and marketing campaigns from around the world. The feed features a variety of content from the thought-provoking to the cool-to-look-at.
21. Merriam-Webster, @MerriamWebster
Are you a logophile? That means you love words. If you want to boost your vocabulary or learn the etymology of your favorites, the official Twitter feed of Merriam-Webster Dictionary will fill you with knowledge.
For example, “‘Odd’ was at first used as a compliment . . .” Not to be confused with complement.
22. NASA, @NASA
It’s kind of sci-fi that our government has a space agency, right? If you’re even a little curious about space exploration or the feats of engineering that go into each mission, follow NASA.
23. Letters of Note, @LettersOfNote
Letters of Note is a blog that features correspondence of celebrities and historical figures — often a scan of the original document and a transcription.
The Twitter account shares a link to each one. Don’t miss the letter from Conan O’Brien to a fan who asked him to be her prom date.
24. Preschool Gems, @Preschoolgems
A preschool teacher shares delightful tidbits she overhears throughout the day. This feed is as likely to be hilarious, weird, and nonsensical (“The mailman brings texts.”) as it is to be strangely touching (“When you die you take your body off.”).
25. Distractify, @Distractify
Follow this account to discover the best in cool online miscellany, like a black-and-yellow lab, what might be the best selfie ever, and an epic photo bomb.
26. Charmin, @Charmin
Charmin — yep, the toilet paper company — is great at Twitter. As if the hashtag #tweetfromtheseat weren’t awesome enough, the account shares a constant stream of funnies.
27. ThinkGeek, @ThinkGeek
This online purveyor of geeky toys, gadgets, and games tweets milestones in geek history and assorted geek-related fun.
28. The Times is On It, @NYTOnIt
This parody account pokes fun at the New York Times’ tendency to cover trends that are more obvious than they are newsworthy, like the return of logos to clothing: “GUYS, some pieces of clothing have logos on them, and The Times is ON IT.” Follow along for top-shelf tongue-in-cheek snark.
29. Night Vale Podcast, @NightValeRadio
Even if you’re not a regular listener of the sublimely awesome podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, which broadcasts from a fictitious city overrun by paranormal phenomena, lovers of the darkly absurd will dig this feed.
It often tweets familiar sayings or sentiment and bends them in surprisingly strange and wonderful ways.
30. The Onion, @TheOnion
The Onion’s headlines (and tweets) are so relatable and hilarious because they’re not just parodying newspapers; they’re parodying all of us all the time.
31. Mental Floss, @mental_floss
For top-notch edutainment, follow the online magazine Mental Floss, which bills itself as “an intelligent read, but not too intelligent.”
Its Twitter feed links followers to articles on a diverse array of interesting stuff, like odd town welcome signs, why Hollywood movies cost a lot to make, whether blowing in Nintendo cartridges actually makes them work better, and the like.
32. Tweets of Old, @TweetsOfOld
Every tweet from this feed is an actual line from a newspaper of yesteryear. Follow along for some bizarre gems.
33. Pundamentalism, @Pundamentalism
Love puns so much you’d be content if one punned you down in broad daylight? Then do we have a Twitter account for you!
34. National Geographic Photography, @NatGeoPhotos
Follow @NatGeoPhotgos for breathtaking visuals of owls, snow cats, beautiful landscapes, and people doing incredible things.
35. Emergency kittens, @EmrgencyKittens
Sometimes you need an infusion of cute to get through the day. Emergency Kittens, which simply tweets photos of the tiniest, furriest, sweetest baby cats imaginable, is like an IV drip of adorable.
36. Baby Animal, @BabyAnimal
Think of @BabyAnimal as a curator of the cute. This account simply retweets others’ photos of baby animals, to adorable effect.
37. FacesPics, @FacesPics
Balboa in a bell pepper and baskets with an underbite: All in a day’s work for this Twitter account, which shares photos of faces hidden in plain sight all around us.
38. Sports Illustrated Vault, @SI_Vault
You don’t have to be a super fan to appreciate funny, moving, exciting moments from sports history. Who doesn’t love a toothless grin or a killer dunk?
Humor, fun trivia, and quick escapes are just a click away. Use these feeds to start curating your personalized feel-good list. Refer to it whenever you need a quick boost.