Is Twitter Replacing the Void Left By Intute?

I recently came across a tweet which cited a post I’d written:

.. described the limitations of basing an institutional #WebA11y policy purely on conformance with WAI WCAG.. http://tinyurl.com/5sctnut

The tweet came from @CRPDisabilities, an account which is provided by Bill Shackleton who is based in Ottawa, Canada.  Looking at the account I discovered that over 4,900 tweets have been posted, with recent tweets all containing links to accessibility-related resources.

ANother example of a Twitter account which provides subject-specific tweets is @TwistedBacteria (the id of Cesar Sanchez, a Scientific editor, blogger, microbiologist) who has just tweeted:

My Microbiology Twitter list keeps growing! >100 users working on, or just interested in, the microbial world http://t.co/P6mLGwF

It has occurred to me that since these account are providing links to resources in particular subject areas this has certain similarities with the role of the JISC-funded Intute service, funding for which was recently cut.  Are we seeing a different approach to the identification and sharing of resources in particular areas, with the @CRPDisabilities and @TwistedBacteria being just two of many Twitter accounts which are now providing this service?

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