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Social Media Interns: Restaurants

Yesterday I told you which DC area restaurants are rocking Twitter. Now I’m listing the five I wish would do better.

You don’t have to tweet — plenty of restaurants don’t. But if you are going to have an account, please manage it, and don’t 1) Leave it unattended for years 2) Link it to Facebook and have no posts other than fb.me ones or 3) Do nothing but retweet others.

Here are the Top 5 accounts I think need the most help:

1) Ethopic Ethiopic Restaurant on Urbanspoon
I love heading to this H St. NE spot for its delicious dishes, especially the vegetarian sampler.

Ethiopic started @Ethiopic_DC in August 2009, telling us “Just got our demo permit & looking forward to moving to the next phase. We will be reviewing final architectural designs & final menu.” Since then, they’ve only tweeted 85 more times.

Its last tweet came on September 11, 2013, marking the Ethiopian New Year. Before that it was August 26 and before that January 4 (with an actual picture too!).

Followers: 461. Not bad for a dead account.

2) Kaz Sushi Bistro Kaz Sushi Bistro on Urbanspoon
My favorite sushi restaurant follows more people (1,889) than it has followers (966).

This used to be a very active account — engaged and entertaining — until about mid 2013.

That said, of its 1,414 tweets, only two are of displayed pictures. The latest posts, which stopped in January, all link to Chef Kaz Okochi’s Instragram feed. Doesn’t seem like a problem, right? Unfortunately, it’s a private account with only 65 followers. Plus, there’s nothing more annoying than requesting permission to follow an account, and waiting and waiting.

I want to see sushi pictures, and I want to see them now!

3) Bistro La Bonne Bistro La Bonne on Urbanspoon
I love this french bistro on U St, but @BistroLabonne? Not so much.

The poor account has just 77 followers and hasn’t said a thing since October. Even worse, all it has ever done is tweeted THE SAME THREE TWEETS over and over again. Seaming mussels, $3 mimosas, meringue. Seaming mussels, $3 mimosas, meringue. Seaming mussels, $3 mimosas, meringue. Not once has Bistro La Bonne ever shared a picture.

I want to see those Steak Frites, mussels, a classic desserts and more!

4) Zengo Zengo on Urbanspoon
Richard Sandoval’s Latin-Asian fusion restaurant in Chinatown last tweeted on January 28 of this year, and before that it was in August 2013. The last picture it posted was on November 19, 2012 — of a delicious looking Bento Bowl, if you must know.

If @ZengoDC decided to go under the Zengo Restaurants (@ZengoRSR), then it should at least note on the page that it is no longer active and link to ZengoRSR.

5) Eatonville Restaurant Eatonville on Urbanspoon
I’m sure Eatonville’s 3,010 followers will disagree with me on this pick.

The account is definitely active, posting at least once a day, but unfortunately it is tied to its Facebook account, so all the posts except a few here and there drive to Facebook. The last non-FB picture it posted was from December 27, 2013.

Do I really need to see a tweet reading “I posted a new photo to Facebook fb.me/6y8shBC5W“. No.

That said, I really enjoy its Facebook account!

Honorable mention goes to @DoiMoiDC, mostly because I really just want the Vietnamese/Thai restaurant to share more pics and get me up to 14th Street more often. Plus, it needs a Twitter bio.

Come back tomorrow and see my Top 5 Chef Twitter Accounts.

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- Tricia Barba

Copy Editor Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. She’s lived in Navy Yard for the last three years and is excited to see all the new restaurants finally moving into the neighborhood.Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Scandal, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. A couple of years ago Tricia decided to eat at all of the 100 Very Best Restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Unfortunately, part of that fate might still come true due to her obsession with Uber.

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