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Published November 18th 2014
Stay in the know wherever you go
10 of the best social media accounts to stay updated with everything happening around town
Staying up-to-date with everything that's happening in and around the great city of Brisbane has fortunately become a lot easier in the digital age - especially with social media accounts which are often updated several times a day.
Still, it doesn't mean it's not sometimes difficult to drown out all the online noise to find the most relevant events, news, traffic, weather and interesting information for those living in the community. To stay abreast of everything going on in the city of Brisbane, it's worth hitting 'like' or 'follow' to the 10 Brisbane-based social media accounts. This is in addition to subscribing to the WeekendNotes Brisbane email newsletter of course.
If there are any others worth checking out please share them with our readers with a comment below.
Social media can be one of the best ways to stay informed during times of storm activity, severe weather warnings and emergencies. During the 2011 Brisbane floods, social media proved to be a fast and effective way to broadcast the latest information with Brisbane SES and other emergency services leading the way. The SES twitter feed does exactly that, and can be a vital source of information about emergency services on people's mobile devices should there be a loss of power.
The Translink twitter account can keep you abreast of everything happening on the public transport networks around Brisbane. From service interruptions, cancellations, or weekend changes to networks as well as other announcements regarding train, bus and ferry services. If you rely on catching public transport around the south east, the Translink twitter feed is one to follow to stay in the loop and to help plan your journey.
Nobody likes to be stuck in traffic, and apart from just listening to the radio, the Get Traffic site is updated around every 15 minutes in peak times, with traffic light outages, congestion, accidents and other road hazards. If you're someone who likes to avoid traffic snarls (and really who doesn't?) follow this Twitter account to stay sane while on the move in Brisbane.
With more than 75,000 Facebook likes, this is a social media page keeping users up-to-date with insider knowledge of Brisbane. Discover the newest places popping up in the city, including where to eat, drink, shop, play and stay. There are also free tickets and other giveaways regularly up for grabs, not to mention some pretty spectacular pictures shared of our colourful river city.
Even though it's partly a publicity vehicle for Brisbane marketing and tourism, regular user content keeps is feeling local, and brings a community vibe to the page, as users submit their own pictures and join in the conversation.
You might resent rates, but there are a lot of free events and things happening around Australia's largest local government area that are worth knowing about. The BCC Facebook page is part of a well thought out social media strategy which includes news on events hosted by the council, including the Valley Fiesta, recent reopening of the river walk and much more.
There is also relevant advice regarding the day-to-day aspects affecting Brisbane residents including weather warnings, community information sessions, kerbside collection dates and much more. No matter what your thoughts are on the council, it's one big online community worth staying engaged with to keep up with what's going on.
For arts, culture and literary lovers, the Arts Queensland Facebook page is another government run page keeping Brisbane and south east Queensland followers in the loop regarding arts, music, theatre and other cultural performances. As well as sharing their own content, links to interesting interviews with renowned performers coming to Brisbane are regularly posted, as well how creatives can access funding and other government based arts opportunities.
If you've ever wandered what life was like in Brisbane in decades (and centuries) past, the Lost Brisbane Facebook page regularly shares historic photos of well known areas around the city and what life used to be like - think trams running through the Gabba!
Older residents also share their experiences of life in the city, and what has now often been forgotten or is unknown to the next generation of residents. The fascinating pictures, and insights into understanding how Brisbane of today was born are definitely worth checking out for those interested in the history of our city.
8. Brisbane Food Theory Instagram Accountinstagram.com/brisbanefoodtheory
If you want the hot tips on some of the most in vogue places to eat around town, the Brisbane Food Theory Instagram page boasts stunning pictures of what easily look like some of most mouth watering dishes from around the city. Including breakfasts, latte art, desserts and fine dining experiences, this visual food guide is one you'll want to follow, and will inspire you to hashtag your own #foodporn pictures if you aren't already doing so.
Sometimes it's easy to forget how many interesting architectural styles we have in Brissie, and the Brisbane Buildings Instagram account posts pictures of well-known and lesser-known buildings in the CBD and surrounding suburbs. Not only are the pictures carefully curated, the cool shots and stunning angles will have you appreciating the 'architectural artistry' of Brisbane's buildings in a whole new light.
If you haven't headed to the Weekend Notes Brisbane Facebook page yet, make sure you do, as each week the top reviews that have been published of places to go, and things to do are posted to the page. Read real life experiences, as well as unbiased reviews from our diverse team of writers to get a detailed account 'straight from the horses mouth' of what you can expect.
Note: no Brisbane Weekend Notes writers (at least that we know of) have a horse-like mouth.
Have any other local social media pages, or any other sites that document the latest happenings in the river city? Share the hottest accounts below!