Anybody can post a photo online—but not every social-media user has something unique to say. Still, why is it that we get sucked into sunset shots, photos of food that make you drool and images of sweet-looking kittens?
Whether you want to be clued into news about fashion, #HappyStreak, recipes, human rights, beer or simply gorgeous shots of our fair city, here’s who to follow:
Dubbed “the photo-journal of how Milwaukee spiced up my life,” the high-quality photos posted here (by an unknown user) document not only Cream City but travels beyond. In the past few weeks alone, there have been photos of the “bug hotels” at Lakeshore State Park created by UW-Milwaukee students and a moody, gorgeous image of North Point Water Tower on the East Side.
If only you could pen a letter to your hometown via one image—oh wait, you now can. That’s exactly what Dear MKE is striving to do with its Instagram page. And with nearly 24,000 followers, it’s clearly striking a (good) nerve, with fellow ‘grammers using #lovemke, then seeing their photos show up in the feed. One recent image shared by Andy Fabitz, a real-estate photographer with Biz Productions, showed boats at Pier Milwaukee Yacht Storage from an aerial point of view, an angle not often seen.
Krista Ledbetter’s Instagram page is currently on a #HappyStreak. She recently hit day #1000 of posting photos of what makes her happy, in an attempt to see life’s silver linings as one works through the daily grind. These range from little things like doughnuts and frozen yogurt to gorgeous nature shots of our fair city. An avid runner, soon-to-be mom and wife and recent first-home-buyer, she also just completed the Boston Marathon (and announced her pregnancy with a very-cool “Baby’s First Race” black tank worn during the race).
With an eye for artful plating, and proving she knows the color wheel in and out, the photos Erin Clarke takes of the food she makes in her kitchen are awe-inspiring. Others adore her feed, too, because she’s now at 44,400 followers (translation: not too shabby). Erin recently celebrated her 31st birthday by posting a picture of an apropos treat she made (this chocolate-chip-cookie cake) for herself. Thankfully, Clarke doesn’t leave aspiring home chefs high and dry: recipes like the Naan Pizza with Strawberry Balsamic Chicken are posted on her website.
Milwaukee often gets the rub as a city that doesn’t know how to dress well, but Drew Westphal throws that theory out completely. Just a peek at his feed and you can see this guy knows how to don men’s apparel like a pro. But this is more than mirror selfies or candid shots he’s uploading. By arranging an outfit flat on the floor with fashion accessories—and sometimes lifestyle icons like a book or a patterned rug—and then snapping the photo, he’s created a series of artful vignettes. Check out this recent one that curates fun, luxury products for hommes like cologne, high-top sneakers, khaki pants and dress shirts. Milwaukee scenes pop into his feed, too, like this one of him in front of the Milwaukee Public Market on Milwaukee Day (April 14).
— VISIT Milwaukee (@visitmilwaukee) May 11, 2017
Visit Milwaukee (the city’s tourism board)’s Twitter feed is an awesome repository of what’s going on around town culture-wise or what you need to sign up for before it sells out. Another cool reason to follow Visit Milwaukee are the very on-point retweets, like #TBT (Throwback Thursday, for all you non-Twitter users) from Potawatomi Casino (where you’re asked to guess the year that photo was taken) and an announcement from the Milwaukee Ballet about tickets going on sale for “Mirror Mirror.”
— Local First MKE (@localfirstmke) May 10, 2017
If you abhor chain and big-box stores, then you need to follow Local First Milwaukee’s Twitter feed so you’re in the know whenever a cool, indie shop opens or there’s an event focused on strengthening Milwaukee’s ability to support independent businesses. Just this past week alone, the tweets let people know about Royal Road, a wellness clinic on the East Side; and a panel discussion at Hotel Metro called “How Indie Bizs Are Beating the Chain Stores.”
Do you ever wish there was a way to know what beers are on tap at certain bars—before you walk in the door? Milwaukee Beer Radar is kind of like that. The Twitter feed keeps its pulse on what new beer releases are available in Milwaukee—and where to drink them, or which local retailers stock them. News of beer dinners and events (like The Brass Tap’s recent 1st annual Barrel Aged Beer Night), plus sales at retailers, are also featured through a series of retweets. There’s also a healthy amount of information about the slew of new craft breweries opening up in Milwaukee, which could probably use its own feed given the pace…
— Metroparent MKE (@metroparentMKE) May 11, 2017
If you’re a parent and you’re on the hunt for fun, affordable things to do with your kids, then Metroparent’s Twitter feed is here to help. Whether it’s a day trip or the deets about the area’s best playgrounds, there’s a tweet about it.
Leaving LGBTQ data out of the Census means excluding us from the American family.
— Tony Snell Rodriguez (@TonyEquality) May 11, 2017
Some Twitter users rely on social media to broadwast a message: Tony Snell Rodriguez is one of those people. Passionate about human rights, the South Carolina native and Spanish citizen now lives in Milwaukee with his husband and is an equal rights commissioner for the city of Milwaukee. If you want to know about the latest bills in Congress that threaten human rights for the LGBT community, immigrants or the uninsured, or read inspiring quotes about a world in which there is mutual respect, follow Tony.