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Your Complete Social Media Guide to Dads

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Dads. Dadbods. Daddies. Normcore, inspired by dads. My dad. Your dad. President Barack Obama is a dad. Dads are all over the place! They’re everywhere! Dads are behind so many cultural and style trends, whether they like it or not or even know what a trend is. Even dads as a concept has become funny. So, so funny.

Are you hip to dads? Are you going to let dads surpass you in hip-with-it-ness? Please don’t! Fine-tune your social media skills so you can always be on the ground floor of any and all dad-related trends. Here’s how I do it!

On Twitter:

Other social platforms might be about hot dads or style dads, but I’d argue Twitter is where you can really dig into the psyche of today's foremost dads and get their takes on the issues of the day. As such, I have an entire list of dads that I follow, and I encourage you to do the same.

I recommend a good mix of actual dads and dad-adjacent accounts, like @Seinfeld2000. Dads love Seinfeld and also Larry David doesn’t have Twitter. The @KensingtonRoyals account is on my list for Prince William updates. Wills is generally a pretty boring dad, but occasionally this account shares a pic of him looking like a dork in a VR headset.

As for celebrity dads, I continued following The Rock and Kevin Hart the whole time they were promoting Central Intelligence — despite being a fan, I still had to Google the name of this movie — because sometimes you pretend to listen to dad when you couldn’t care less.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the ultimate Twitter dad to me. Dads have strong "back-in-the-day" looks. The Rock's got a great one. Dads encourage good values! The Rock is always retweeting positive messages about fitness and family time. Dads have to have a solid catchphrase, preferably one that's pun-based. "Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?" lends itself perfectly to jokes about cookouts, etc. Most importantly, you can always count on The Rock for a dad joke.

Other famous dads worth following include Dan Rather, Alec Baldwin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joe Biden, Stephen Colbert, Tom Hanks, Kanye West, and more. Remember, to qualify as a dad, you don't necessarily have to have children — you just have to embody that dad spirit. Now get out there and put together a dad-centric Twitter list of your own!

On Instagram:

This is the place to keep up with dad fashions. What are the dads wearing these days? Is it the same J.Crew shirt? Is it a different one? Tucked or nah? What body type is hot hot hot in 2016? Something has to replace dadbod!

Celebridads like James Van Der Beek, Channing Tatum, and Steph Curry are a good place to start. There are a lot of cute kids and dad-tivities to be found on their accounts. Fashion dads who try to sell you stuff and look good doing it are follow-worthy, too. See: bloggers Cody Andrew, Khaled Nasr, and my personal favorite, Terrance Wilson.

At this point, you’re probably wondering, "Hey, is this a sex thing?" And the answer is that it certainly can be! Just search the #daddy hashtag, if that's what you're into.

On Facebook:

Facebook is where your own, real-life dad is. It's here you can interact with your own dad. He’ll love it! And if you're still in need of more Facebook dadding afterwards, go hang out with the "How to DAD" dad for an hour or two. He’s a very good, A+ dad who is Australian and handsome.

On Snapchat:

To be honest, I don’t love to follow dads on Snapchat because it’s still a fairly *real* space and a little distance from dads is a good thing. That said, Chris Pratt is a sweet follow who also happens to be a dad.