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Ten local women to follow on Twitter by Rene Smith

Originally posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 12:01 a.m., Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 2:36 p.m. in the Post & Courier

Social networking and online media are changing the way the world works, the way people interact with one another and the way they send and receive information.

On the forefront of that change is Twitter, a social networking site that allows users to send 140-character bits of information into the world to be consumed by any and all who happen upon it.

Karen Briggs

Amanda Bunting Comen

Leah England

Holly Fisher

Kinsey Gidick

Carly Messmer

Jane Perdue

Heather Solos

Marion Sullivan

Doretha Walker

Twitter is used by people of all ages, backgrounds and interests — all with something to say. Its users praise the ease in which they can disseminate and receive news and information, expand their social and professional network and cure the boredom that comes with waiting at the doctor’s office or in line at the supermarket. Location-based applications for Twitter, such as Foursquare, which encourages users to “check-in” at local businesses for tips, discounts, badges and titles such as “Mayor of Starbucks,” can offer a fun way to explore a new city or interact with friends.

“Twitter is a remarkable resource for meeting people, building relationships and expanding my network,” says Jane Perdue, a Charleston user with almost 20,000 followers.

The service also provides “instant gratification,” according to Leah England, a user with nearly 4,000 followers. “For a work-at-home entrepreneur, Twitter can be your water cooler and provide you with a fix of office camaraderie.”

Moxie decided to take a look at some of the local women contributing to the flow of information on Twitter and highlight 10 who we thought were posting a range of interesting and informative “tweets.” These women are all avid Twitter users who represent many different communities in the Charleston area.

Join the conversation and see what they have to say at Don’t have a Twitter account? You can view their profiles at You also can check some of their favorite users to follow at


Bio: 29-year-old graduate student, blogger and freelance writer with a heart for style.

Stats: 618 followers, 3,538 tweets.

What she has to say: Briggs uses Twitter to “get the word out about interesting local events, stay up to date on news and connect socially.”

Recent tweets:

“We just got pulled over. With a trunk full of cow bones from the farm. Mike’s wallet is in the trunk.” 9:32 p.m. July 6.

” ‘Do you want a dog?’ I say to the three yr old. ‘No way! I want a unicorn,’ ” he says. Indeed.” 5:05 p.m. June 20.

Who she follows: @WomensWearDaily, Women’s Wear Daily, a national newspaper covering the worlds of fashion, beauty and retail; @nytimes: The New York Times; @cutblog: The Cut, New York Magazine’s humorous fashion blog


Bio: 30-year-old program coordinator for the Center for Women, new mom, pet lover and social media maven

Stats: 1,128 followers, 2,676 tweets.

What she has to say: Comen keeps followers posted with news and events from the Center for Women, makes us laugh now and again and is great at engaging in online conversations.

Recent tweets:

“Whoa — ‘It is better to lose a lover … than to love a loser.’ ” About 23 hours ago. 1:04 p.m. July 19.

“Happy Social Media Day! How has social media changed your life?” 11:13 a.m. June 30.

Who she follows: @webprgirl: PR professional and social media consultant living in Charleston; @angiemizzell: Freelance writer, columnist and mom in Charleston; @c4womenchas: Center for Women in Charleston, helping women succeed.


Bio: Founder and publisher of Lowcountry Dog magazine, freelance graphic designer, wife, new mom and thrift junkie.

Stats: 3,736 followers, 1,488 tweets.

What she has to say: England keeps followers up to date on “cool dog-friendly events that benefit local shelters and rescues,” gives pet ownership tips and shares deals and discounts from local service providers.

Recent tweets:

“Favorite sight today? A jack russell poking his head out the window of a purple semi at a stop light. How many big rig drivers have dogs?” 2:23 p.m. July 19.

“RT @tjeffrey Watching a dog training session at Petco. Trainer just asked, ‘Who farted?’ Of course someone blamed a dog.” 7:46 p.m. July 16.

Who she follows: @dogtipper: Tips for dog lovers from; @designsponge: Grace Bonney, a design blogger based in Brooklyn, NY.


Bio: 34-year-old account executive for Step Ahead Inc., freelance writer, editor, PR and social media gal.

Stats: 868 followers, 1,677 tweets.

What she has to say: In addition to posting local news and events, Fisher “checks in” on Foursquare. Compete with her to become the mayor of Target, Starbucks and other local businesses.

Recent tweets:

“I just ousted @webprgirl as the mayor of EatFit LiveFit + CrossFit Mt. Pleasant on @foursquare!” 8:00 a.m. July 16.

“I actually cooked three nights in a row. That’s huge for me b/c I hate cooking. Must eat out tomorrow.” 7:47 p.m. July 14.

Who she follows: @IncMagazine: Entrepreneurial magazine based in New York; @GregSurratt: Pastor at Seacoast Church.


Bio: 27-year-old publicity manager at Arcadia Publishing, freelance writer, traveler and movie buff.

Stats: 221 followers, 2,342 tweets

What she has to say: Gidick converses with local Twitter users about food, events and other news in the Lowcountry.

Recent tweets:

“#chs I had the best dirty martini last night at High Cotton and tried their new duck confit pizza too. Check it out #chseats.” 11:50 a.m. July 14.

“So Nosh Mob and Bastille Day are tomorrow. Some times I just can’t handle all the fun.” 12:06 p.m. July 13.

Who she follows: @CPHeadlines: Stories and news from the Charleston City Paper; @RuthBourdain: “Quasi mock tweets of a cross between Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl;” @StephenAtHome: Comedian Stephen Colbert’s tweets.


Bio: 25-year-old search engine optimization manager at Visiture, Charleston transplant and Kentucky Wildcats enthusiast.

Stats: 869 followers, 3,526 tweets.

What she has to say: Messmer offers up personal anecdotes, sports news and search engine optimization tips.

Recent tweets:

“Successful day at the farmers market. Got some heirloom tomatoes, baby red potatoes, corn, baby plums, and fresh pasta!” 1:39 p.m. July 17.

“I think my Americano might have had an extra shot today. I am out of control on caffeine right now. Minutes away from frothing at the mouth.” 11:51 a.m. July 16.

Who she follows: @thedigitel: Charleston news, entertainment, food and travel online newspaper; @dannysullivan: Editor of, covering all aspects of search engines and search marketing; @kysportsradio: Kentucky Sports Radio, University of Kentucky basketball, football, and recruiting news.


Bio: 56-year-old creative leadership consultant and principal/CEO of the Braithewaite Group, who enjoys cooking, reading and collecting black-and-white photography.

Stats: 19,917 followers, 10,284 tweets.

What she has to say: Perdue sends inspirational quotes, articles and blogs on leadership and businesswomen’s issues to her ever-growing Twitter network.

Recent tweets:

“Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. — Lawrence Kasdan.” 8:25 p.m. July 16.

“Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment. — Catherine Aitken.” 3:45 p.m. July 15.

Who she follows: @HarvardBiz: Harvard Business Review blog posts, tips, stats and more; @Mashable: Pete Cashmore, Twitter news, tips and help. Plus social media tips and resources; @85Broads: Global network of 25,000 women, “a tremendous resource for women who want to change the game for women everywhere.”


Bio: 31-year-old writer, web developer and author of the blog Home Ec 101.

Stats: 3,100 followers, 17,814 tweets.

What she has to say: This mother of four serves up recipes, household tips and notes on daily life.

Recent tweets:

“Why yes, Googlers, it IS a cinnamon roll morning:” 8:27 a.m. July 18.

“Drawback of hardwood? Children running in the house sounds like a herd of stampeding buffalo with infinite energy.” 7:25 a.m. July 18.

Who she follows: @AndyParas: Morning crime reporter for The Post and Courier; @MyDwynter: Artist, blogger, bellydancer and musician.


Bio: The “eternally 59-year-old” Sullivan is a program specialist at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, food editor at Charleston Magazine and columnist for The Post and Courier with two Boston terriers and a passion for food, traveling and reading.

Stats: 269 followers, 1,342 tweets.

What she has to say: Sullivan posts tasty recipes, mouthwatering food photos and culinary-event information from around the Lowcountry.

Recent tweets:

“Sliced black mission figs and South Carolina peaches for supper. Sweet summer dish. #chaseats.” 9:13 p.m. July 19.

“WOW! RT @figrestaurant: On the dessert menu tonight: Almond Semifreddo served with a rainier cherry compote and basil. #chaseats.” 10:12 p.m. July 15.

Who she follows: @ExploreCHS: Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; @Eatocracy: CNN’s food blog; @Johntedge: Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and New York Times writer.


Bio: 49-year-old marathoner who, in addition to her full-time job, is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute of Charleston.

Stats: 156 followers, 2,608 tweets.

What she has to say: This athlete shares her latest exercise triumphs (and pitfalls), funny quips and provides inspiration to fellow runners.

Recent tweets:

“family reunions require strength, courage & major attitude adjustments. Singing 2 myself: I will survive!” 7:54 a.m. July 17.

“I need clothes 4 tomorrow. Where is my stylist? Probably w/the limo & personal chef.” 9:26 p.m. July 5.

Who she follows: @llcoolj: Rapper and actor LL Cool J; @tourdefrancenow: News from the Tour de France.

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