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Twitter handles to follow to stay updated

mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2012 14:39 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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Mumbai is often referred to as the city that never sleeps. So by that definition, there is a lot going on in a span of 24 hours across the length and breadth of the city. Here are seven Twitter handles that can help you keep tabs on what’s what and stay updated on all the major happenings in the city.

1. @CSIAMumbai
The Twitter handle for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport made its social media debut in 2011. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the most popular online initiatives in the city.

Updated frequently to dish out information about the latest happenings within the airport’s premises, the Twitter handle promptly deals with queries such as ‘Hey folks! I can get an auto at Bom airport at arrivals right?’ to even ‘Hi, are foldable umbrellas allowed in cabin luggage on domestic flights? There isn’t any luggage to check in.’ Also, watch out for regular contests held on the handle that offer winners free air tickets.

2. @TrendsMumbai
Want to know what Mumbaikars are discussing this very minute? Or whether #Euro2012 is more popular than the #Presidential #Elections? Then @TrendsMumbai is the handle you must follow. Offering real-time Twitter trends, it is best suited for those wanting to stay updated on all the major news that’s being discussed by the local Twitterati. Incidentally, Mumbai was the first Indian city to get localised trends in April 2011. Prior to that, trends were only available for India as a whole.

3. @ccrsdmp (Disaster management)
The latest debutants on the social media circuit are the BMC’s website, Facebook page and Twitter handle that aim to keep citizens updated about rainfall and traffic conditions in the city. Offering information in English and Marathi, the Twitter handle provides continuous updates, ensuring that scarred Mumbaikars never face a 26/7-type situation ever again.

4. @thebluefrog
With nearly 6,000 followers, the city’s popular live music venue is the Twitter handle for getting all the dope on upcoming gigs and the artistes they recommend, aside from regular music news. Music lovers can also get their questions answered. The handle is a great way to keep tabs on the city’s music and nightlife circuit, especially since a certain Mr Dhoble seems to raiding every other place.

5. @Just_Dial
How many times has this happened? You’ve stepped out, only to realise that you haven’t yet made reservations at your favourite restaurant or checked the timings of a film at the multiplex you’re headed to. It is at these times that Just Dial comes to the rescue.

But even as the phone number and website remain synonymous with this leading search engine for services in the city, the Twitter handle has gained much popularity and has over 8,000 followers. You can also check it for the best deals on offer around town.

6. @BombilTimes
From posts on Gentlemen’s Nights to film and documentary screenings, every interesting gala in the city finds a mention here. And the best part about the handle is its concept of hash-tagging the days of the week. So by clicking on #BombilMonday, every activity scheduled to take place on that day comes to you with just a click.

7. @PartyHarDrivers
The Twitter handle of an agency that offers drivers to get you home safely after a night around town doesn’t sound like fun? You may be wrong. On offer is info on new songs, updates on accidents in the city (yes!), contests and a very vocal party community that works hard to keep the city nightlife going. Their only request: Don’t drink and drive.