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Straight in at 43: Simon Binns

Twitterland makes Confidential’s news editor highest ranked regional writer

Published on February 21st 2011.

Straight in at 43: Simon Binns

We like lists. We especially liked one released last week, from London PR firm 10 Yetis, which had compiled the ‘top 100 journalists on Twitter’.

We liked it because our own Simon Binns (@simonbinns), news editor of all the Confidential sites and editor in Leeds, was ranked at number 43 – the highest regional scribe, even finishing above the legendary Gordon Burns.

The list was put together after asking the UK’s PR professionals who they absolutely have to follow on Twitter.

Simon says he’s now going to try to be the 43rd best at everything he does.

“It’s lovely to know that you’re not quite as good as 42 other people at something,” he told us. “I’m put in mind of Stewart Lee’s DVD, 41st Best Stand-Up Comedian, which I really enjoyed. And he got his own show on the BBC. I’m even being followed by someone who knows Eva Longoria, which pretty much means that I know her too.

“I presume my tweets from the 33 bus through Salford have been the driving factor in being voted to such a prestigious position. It does go to show that Confidential does have a little bit of influence out there, which is nice.”

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

BanesFebruary 21st 2011.

I note that Mr Binns is sporting a patterned shirt ranked 43rd best choice for wearing in a small photo image on a website.

With that level of attention to detail I wouldn't be surprised if he crashes into the top 42 next time this list comes around.

Simon BinnsFebruary 21st 2011.

It's actually a magic eye pattern. If you squint you should be able to see a number 43.

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2011.

Simon is equal top in my Twitter following list. And equal bottom.

I still manage to run my life and keep informed without Twitter.

BanesFebruary 21st 2011.

Oh, so may layers to this story! I see you are actually practicing said "magic eye" squint in the picture itself?

Unless that's simply a (happy?) byproduct of whatever it is that you appear to be squeezing in your pockets?

Hmmm... Where's my parental filter...

BaggyFebruary 22nd 2011.

So, not quite good enough for ' Insider's' 42 under 42, then?.
You must be gutted.......

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