Top Ten Facebook Accounts You Need to Follow

I mentioned in an earlier post that grabbing social media by the horns is an A+ way to deal with life in a new city (it also aids in wrestling homesickness to the ground). But, if you don’t want a constant stream of Facebook page updates from random attractions and businesses around Vienna, why not trust this little curated list of mine? I tried to cover all of the bases, but don’t hesitate to fill up the comment section with all of your suggestions — we are in this together, after all.

Screen Shot 2016-03-13 at 9.42.20 AMThe Vienna Expats group has a pretty good reputation for reaching out to immigrants that are here from around the world. They offer information and relevant news bulletins, with a focus on building a diverse community. If you’re the kind of person who likes to connect with others and explore a city through the experience of human relationships, than this Facebook page is for you.

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Cafe Central is merely a place holder for your favourite place to sit, drink coffee (or tea, or beer – this is Vienna after all) and whittle away the hours. Most of the city’s popular coffee houses have a presence on Facebook serving as a great digital reminder that you need to get out of the house, order an apple strudel and hang out with some locals.

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The Vienna Tourist Board has a great Facebook account that adds new posts on the regular, sprinkling cultural events with helpful resources and tips for navigating the city. They draw most of their Facebook content from their own site, but it’s never stale and is always topical. For those new to the city, this Facebook account is invaluable.

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Always a great destination when friends and family come to visit, the 250 year old Prater offers so much more than its wax museum and roller coaster. Stay up to date with happenings in this easily accessed park, and you will never again say that you have nothing to do on Sundays.

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These guys do a great job of sharing the city, especially if you are into restaurant, cafe, bar and venue reviews. Their Facebook presence is pretty cheeky and fun and worth a follow just for the giggles and memes.

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This might seem like an odd one, but with so many expats not quite up to reading the German-language dailies, this account will help you stay abreast of concerts and events that are making their way to Vienna.

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Vienna’s municipal library has an excellent English language collection, and occasionally invites English-speaking experts to lecture at their main campus. The library’s Facebook page is a good spot to find out which locations are open at what time (it’s unexpectedly complicated) and they often share library related events that are taking place around the city.

Screen Shot 2016-03-13 at 9.59.18 AMIt doesn’t have to be the Albertina, but you need to follow some of the city’s remarkable galleries and museums. For example, feeds from The Natural History Museum, MAK and ZOOM are all great for letting their followers know about up and coming exhibitions, lectures and pop-up events.

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We all need to know what’s going on with Wiener Linien, whether we are transit users or committed to our cars. They also post local events and share city news.

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Obviously you need to be following this gem of an account. Curated by yours truly, I do my level best to offer our followers a good balance of news, events and dialogue.

Did you know that you can get sneaky and work around Facebook’s algorithms to ensure that you see all the posts from your favorite Facebook pages? Here’s a little tutorial in one picture:

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Lyndsay Kirkham
Lyndsay Kirkham is a writer, social media maverick and educator. You can find her words at The Mary Sue, The Frisky, Broken Pencil, The Daily Beast, The Establishment, The Daily Dot, and a stack of other print and digital publications. She tweets at @Lyndsay_Kirkham about unicorns, tattoos and feminism. She's fierce, so watch out.

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