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Early this year, Austonia acquired the long-dormant @austinist Twitter feed from New York Public Radio (@WNYC).

With leadership from prominent Austin journalist Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg), we brought Austinist back to life, trying to keep to the spirit of the original—tech, entertainment, culture, news and a wry approach.

Nothing's changing in that respect.

We like the Austinist name and would be happy to continue with it, but it's owned by New York Public Media, who graciously allowed us to use the name for a transition period that has now expired. There were once eight "-ist" local city sites, and NYPR owns the original, Gothamist.

So, today we're changing @austinist to @austoniatweets. Same approach, different name.

@austoniatweets will continue to be about life in Austin, stuff to do, and weird and funny things we find online that locals should check out. The @austonianews account will focus on breaking news and headlines from the website.

Help us keep the spirit of the account alive as it continues to bring you fun, lively updates every day about life in this crazy town.

Many thanks to @omarg for his revival and stewardship of the feed. He's funny and smart and knows Twitter as well as anyone. He's a busy journalist, and agreed to help us get this project off the ground. After seeing us through the transition, he'll pass the torch and curation to Austonia's Claire Partain (@partain_claire).

We'll see you on Twitter!


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