Construction isn't always considered the most social-media-savvy industry, but Twitter is full of expert commentary on all aspects of the business, from commercial building, to the housing market, to the global economy. We've compiled a list of what we consider the top-notch Twitter accounts in the construction industry to help you stay up-to-date on the biggest news and hottest topics (aside from our own @constructdive, of course).
Description: CMD, formerly Reed Construction Data provides national, regional and local construction industry project, cost, product & economic information and services
Why you should follow: CMD typically tweets once per hour and aggregates construction, architecture and economic news from a variety of sources, while also promoting its own economic analysis at times. CMD even gives shout outs to other accounts and promotes a sense of community within the industry.
Description: Kris Hudson reports on real estate & U.S. home builders for the Wall Street Journal
Why you should follow: Hudson is a residential industry expert and tweets out Wall Street Journal articles about the housing market, as well as quotes from his exclusive interviews with big builders. For residential analysis, Hudson is your guy.
Why you should follow: Rob McKinney is all about construction apps. Throughout the day, he tweets out his own articles as well as news from others about technology advancements and reviews. With the popularity of job site apps surging, McKinney's account offers expert analysis of the new products on the market.
Description: Construction-related news, resources and information to help you run your business and equipment fleet more efficiently
Why you should follow: The Equipment Today account, connected with forconstructionpros.com, is similar to CMD Group in its frequency of tweets and service of aggregating important industry tweets from other news outlets. The account isn't afraid to have a little fun, either. EquipmentToday was the first one to draw our attention to the Caterpillar dozer rap that we still can't get out of our heads.
Description: The mobile-first platform for construction communication. Every task. Every conversation. Every note. All in one place.
Why you should follow: FieldLens, one of the countless available construction apps, has a Twitter account that stands out from the crowd. The company tweets out articles from its unique blog, as well as articles from other sites across the Internet.
Description: Trade magazine editor turned PR/content manager with expertise in (and mild obsession for) building products.
Why you should follow: Katy Tomasulo's account offers an interesting mix of building industry and marketing tweets. She finds some of the more hidden stories, from building material technologies, to buyer preferences, to marketing trends.
Description: CRE reporter for the Silicon Valley Business Journal
Why you should follow: If you're interested in California commercial real estate, Nate Donato-Weinstein has you covered. Primarily focused in the Silicon Valley area, he tweets about some of the biggest tech and real estate giants in the area. He was one of the first to tweet about the big news that Apple parted ways with contractors Skanska and DPR for its "spaceship" campus headquarters project.
Description: Dodge Data & Analytics provides comprehensive, timely info on construction projects, companies, and people, as well as tools for analysis + collaboration
Why you should follow: Dodge Data offers some of the most in-depth analytics for all sectors of the construction industry. The firm's Twitter account tweets out insight about recent data findings as well as links to articles from other sites. The account also offers some impressive charts and visual aids to accompany the stream of data reports.
Description: Housing and tax economist with the National Association of Home Builders. Former JCT economist
Why you should follow: Robert Dietz, one of the main economist writers for the NAHB's "Eye on Housing" blog, tweets out the latest news about the residential industry and economic factors impacting the housing market. His insights would be beneficial for any residential builder or market analyst.
Description: Contractor Resources Made Simple | Books | Exam Prep | Continuing Ed | Book Bundle PAKs | Contractor News | State Agency Updates | State Exam Changes
Why you should follow: Although this account is from a company selling resources for contractors, it tweets out a wide array of industry news, such as big infrastructure projects and construction legal news. And they're not afraid to show they're excited about construction, as they use a plethora of exclamation points in their tweets.
Would you like to see more construction news like this in your inbox on a daily basis? Subscribe to our Construction Dive email newsletter!