If you're into cars, and into social media--but you're clueless where to start on Twitter-- you've come to the right place.
You could poke around forever online, wondering which accounts to follow and which to block, before you tap into the main vein of car talk on Twitter. Don't bother: SocialCarNews has been tracking them all, and the master list comes down to this group--all of which keep us engaged, day after day, tweet after tweet.
Some of these are personal accounts, and others are the primary outlets for other automotive media outlets. We've sworn off listing automakers here for a reason: it's easy enough for you to find them, whether they're @ford, @toyota or @chevrolet.
And we're taking it for granted that you're already following us across the High Gear Media empire: @highgearmedia @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports @allcarselectric @allcartech @socialcarnews for starters, and @martypadgett @ben_gt @johnvoelcker @nireson @joelfeder for our editorial team.
If you're looking for a primer on the auto industry and car mania right now, these 55 accounts will get you started:
@AdamCarolla: Almost hosted TopGearUSA; lived to tell about it, ready to host a real car show with the WSJ's vivacious Dan Neil and TSD's Matt Farah.
@AM_Tingwall: Automobile Magazine engineer, triathlon master.
@Auto123: The Canadian automotive network, for those above the 46th parallel and beyond.
@Auto_Bird: On a mission to save the world from underinflated tires.
@AutoCritic: The Detroit News' formerly erstwhile car guy; won't let anyone else tweet for him.
@AutomobileMag: Official Twitter account of the Automobile Magazine team.
@AutoTrader_com: Billed as The Automotive Marketplace, you know it as the ultimate work time-waster.
@BerryLowman: Avid Corvette enthusiast, obsessed with speed.
@BMWBlog: The most comprehensive BMW site on the web.
@BobbyLlew: UK TV star and big electric-car advocate.
@Bprosperi: Loves F1, Mazdaspeed, and works in IT. Supporting data: drives a MazdaSpeed6.
@BurnOutRadio: Hilarious podcast talking everything automotive. Seem to do lots of burnouts. Even the Twitter page smells like smoke.
@CarandDriver: Official Twitter account of Car and Driver, the best monthly car magazine ever.
@CarCounsel: From automotive engineering to marketing, Daanesh has his finger on the pulse, even though he has no actual medical degree.
@CarGuyDad: Car dork who also happens to be a father. Refuses to be labeled daddy blogger.
@CBaccus: Lover of BMWs; ex-Ford and Lincoln marketer.
@CRCars: Official Twitter account of the Consumer Reports cars team.
@CGAutomotive: Official Twitter account of Consumer Guide Automotive.
@CleanMPG: Extreme hypermiler. Want to know the maximum fuel efficiency of a car? Ask here nicely.
@DanBedore: The personal account for Hyundai's PR/SM guy, who has a sense of humor about Michigan weather.
@DamonLavrinc: Senior editor at Autoblog, gearhead and geek (in the good way).
@DavidShepardson: Chief of the Detroit News' D.C. Bureau.
@DeepSouthMS3: Complete Mazdaspeed nutcase.
@DoctorDiesel: Knows diesels inside and out. There had to be one.
@Edmunds: Official Twitter account of Edmunds.com.
@EVChels: Want to talk electric cars? Follow Chelsea, learn, then live it.
@Frank_Bacon: The automotive journalist that everyone aspires to be, give or take 200 pounds and a free LCD TV.
@FoxCarReport: Official Twitter account of the Fox News automotive team.
@GM_Joe: Founder of Gaywheels.com; now a leader for GM's grassroots PR.