100 Association Twitter Handles You Should Follow

by Glen Justice // Dec 11, 2014 Digital

100 Twitter Association Handles You Should Follow

In association management, as in literature and film and just about every other endeavor, sometimes the best ideas are stolen.

Call it inspiration. Call it the highest form of flattery. Sometimes, seeing what the other guys are doing and making it your own — ethically, of course — is simply the best way to go.

And so, with an eye toward helping to improve your social media program, the Connectivity blog offers 100 association Twitter handles worthy of a follow and some surveillance.

Why You Need to Look Around

When assessing your social media strategy, you can buy benchmarking studies and hire consultants. They are available in abundance. Money will be your only limitation.

But there’s also something to be said for getting out there and seeing what other organizations are doing. And you can do that for free.

For example, by poking around, you might discover that the American Public Health Association punches far above its weight on Twitter. With 360,000 followers, it reaches more people than many organizations that are far larger.

You might also learn that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (133,000 followers), which supports Republicans, is extremely vocal politically. One recent tweet: “President admits regulations are a mess, but fact is his administration is making things worse.” By contrast, the American Association for Justice (4,180 followers), which represents trial lawyers and leans Democratic, is far less so.

You might also find some fun stuff, like the fact that JoAnn Jenkins, the CEO of AARP, and Jay Timmons, the CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, each have their own Twitter page, separate from their organization.

100 Top Twitter Handles

So, to facilitate some of this fun and inspection, below is a table of 100 association Twitter handles to follow (you can download it here). All are followed by more than 10,000 people, with totals current as of this week, and you can see how they rank — and how your organization compares.

Think we left an organization off? Drop us a note in the comments and we’ll include them next time.

AssociationFollowersHandle
AIGAdesignProfessional Association for Design451K@AIGAdesign
AmerMedicalAssnAmerican Medical Association451K@AmerMedicalAssn
PublicHealthAmerican Public Health Association360K@PublicHealth
NRANational Rifle Association252K@NRA
AMAnetAmerican Management Association247K@AMAnet
NARealtorsNational Association of Realtors174K@REALTORS
USChamberU.S. Chamber of Commerce133K@USChamber
CFAinstituteCFA Institute129K@CFAinstitute
NEANational Education Association115K@NEAToday
ASCDAssociation for Supervision and Curriculum Development112K@ASCD
National Parks Conservation AssociationNational Parks Conservation Association102K@NPCA
NFIBNFIB99.9K@NFIB
SHRMSociety for Human Resource Management90.1K@SHRM
AARPAARP83.1K@AARP
AmDiabetesAssnAmerican Diabetes Association80.4K@AmDiabetesAssn
SoilAssociationSoil Association67.7K@SoilAssociation
TheStrokeAssocStroke Association63.5K@TheStrokeAssoc
AIANationalAmerican Institute of Architects62.9K@AIANational
BDPABDPA60.8K@BDPA
ALALibraryAmerican Library Association57.2K@ALALibrary
AMA_MarketingAmerican Marketing Association50.5K@AMA_Marketing
CEAConsumer Electronics Association48.1K@CEA
BrewersAssocBrewers Association47.6K@BrewersAssoc
aweaAmerican Wind Energy Association42K@awea
ASIDAmerican Society of Interior Designers41.8K@ASID
ABAesqAmerican Bar Association42.3K@ABAesq
SpecialtyCoffeeSpecialty Coffee Association of America39.4K@SpecialtyCoffee
organictradeOrganic Trade37.1K@organictrade
mssocietyNational Multiple Sclerosis Society36.5K@mssociety
APAPsychiatricAmerican Psychiatric Association35.6K@APAPsychiatric
apaAmerican Psychological Association34.7k@apa
AQHAAmerican Quarter Horse Association33.2K@AQHA
AAMersAmerican Alliance of Museums33.2K@AAMers
IEEESAIEEE Standards Association32.4K@IEEESA
ASCOAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology32.3K@ASCO
ANANursingWorldAmerican Nurses Association32.4K@ANANursingWorld
ShopFloorNAMNational Association of Manufacturers31.1K@ShopFloorNAM
APTAtweetsAmerican Physical Therapy Association30.1K@APTAtweets
NAHBhomeNational Association of Home Builders30.1K@NAHBhome
TheBwayLeagueThe Broadway League29.6K@TheBwayLeague
museum_newsMuseums Association29.2K@MuseumsAssoc
APA_PlanningAmerican Planning Association28.5K@APA_Planning
NRFnewsNational Retail Federation28.3K@NRFnews
AVMAvetsAmerican Veterinary Medical Association28.2K@AVMAvets
AAAS_NewsAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science28.2K@AAAS_News
NSTANational Science Teachers Association27.9K@NSTA
APSphysicsAmerican Physical Society28K@APSphysics
theAGUAmerican Geophysical Union27.1K@theAGU
LungAssociationAmerican Lung Association26.6K@LungAssociation
AmerDentalAssnAmerican Dental Association26.4K@AmerDentalAssn
WeRRestaurantsNational Restaurant Association26.3K@WeRRestaurants
AAMCtodayAssociation of American Medical Colleges25.8K@AAMCtoday
naswNational Association of Social Workers24.7K@nasw
PhRMAPharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America24.2K@PhRMA
AFSCMEAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees22.9K@AFSCME
alsassociationThe ALS Association22.6K@alsassociation
siggraphAssociation for Computing Machinery22.4K@siggraph
ahahospitalsAmerican Hospital Association20.2K@ahahospitals
NABtweetsNational Association of Broadcasters21.8K@NABtweets
NASSPNational Association of Secondary School Prinicipals19.3K@NASSP
Comm_CollegeAmerican Association of Community Colleges19.1K@Comm_College
ASAgingAmerican Society on Aging19K@ASAging
ACEducationAmerican Council on Education18.7K@ACEducation
BizRoundtableBusiness Roundtable18.9K@BizRoundtable
NAESPNational Association of Elementary School Principals18.8K@NAESP
NATPTAXNational Association of Tax Professionals17.9K@NATPTAX
AAnthroAsscAmerican Anthropological Association17.7K@AmericanAnthro
MFGexecutiveManufacturing Leadership Council & Manufacturing Leadership Summit17.4K@MfgExecutive
geosocietyGeological Society of America17.3K@geosociety
NAfMENational Association of Music Education16.6K@NAfME
AOTAIncAmerican Occupational Therapy Association16.5K@AOTAInc
ScienceWritersNational Association of Science Writers15.7K@ScienceWriters
RadiologyACRAmerican College of Radiology15.6K@RadiologyACR
UFCWIUUnited Food & Commercial Workers International Union15.4K@UFCW
LeadingAgeLeading Age15.4K@LeadingAge
AmHeartAdvocacyAmerican Heart Association15.3K@AmHeartAdvocacy
MBAMortgageMortgage Bankers Association15.3K@MBAMortgage
TJCommissionThe Joint Commission15.3K@TJCommission
AHAhistoriansAmerican Historical Association14.8K@AHAhistorians
ESA_orgEcological Society of America14.6K@ESA_org
ASAnewsAmerican Sociological Association14.5K@ASAnews
CTIACTIA – The Wireless Association13.5K@CTIA
NationalNursesNational Nurses United13.5K@NationalNurses
NABJNational Association of Black Journalists13.4K@NABJ
CounselingViewsAmerican Counseling Association13K@CounselingViews
NSASpeakersNational Speakers Association12.9K@NSASpeaker
NALEONational Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials12.9K@NALEO
NatMFamANational Military Family Association12.8K@military_family
AAPGAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists11.7K@AAPG
NWANational Weather Association11.5K@nwas
ASISInternationalASIS International11.4K@ASIS_Intl
ASHPOfficialAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists11.3K@ASHPOfficial
NACCHONational Association of County and City Health Officials11K@NACCHOalerts
AASHTOAmerican Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials10.8K@aashtospeaks
pharmacistsAmerican Pharmacists Association10.8K@pharmacists
IAAPAhqIAAPA10.6K@IAAPAhq
AmeriBevAmerican Beverage Association10.6K@AmeriBev
NAWBONationalNational Association of Women Business Owners10.6K@NAWBONational
ans_orgAmerican Nuclear Society10.3K@ans_org
ASA_CSSA_SSSAAmerican Society of Agronomy10.1K@ASA_CSSA_SSSA

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the table in this post contained inaccurate information for the National Association of Broadcasters. It has been updated with the correct information.

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