Ten People All Twitter Beginners Should be Following

In this post Mark Hayward (follow @mark_hayward) provides a list of ten people that all twitter beginners should be following. If you have other “must follow” recommendations for beginners, please feel free to put them in the comments.

Did you just take the big leap and open your first Twitter account? Is it for work, business, or pleasure?

A few months ago I joined Twitter, primarily as a way to network, but also to help people, and as a way to promote Train for Humanity and my small business.

When you start using Twitter for the first time it can feel a bit overwhelming, almost like entering a really crowded train station during rush hour on a Friday afternoon. There are lots of conversations and commotion going on everywhere, but you are in the station by yourself, an outsider, and certainly not a participant.

Of course, I went through the usual routine that I assume most newbies go through. I started following some names and faces that I recognized from around the web and I also added some of my early adopter, real life (i.e. non-internet) friends.

However, I quickly realized that if I was going to make the most of this new tool then at some point I would need to know who the thought leaders and trust agents were and begin to follow them. Perhaps, even more importantly, I was going to have to engage in tweet conversation with them.

Where do you begin?

Twitter can be an amazing networking tool, nevertheless, the problem most people face when they first sign up is they don’t necessarily know who they should be following or where they should look to find the leaders (Tweaders?).

Additionally, the thought of connecting with the major Twitter players can be semi-intimidating at first, but even to this day, I am consistently amazed at how accessible people on twitter are. (Even those users with over 20,000 followers.)

To help make your transition into Twitter a bit more welcoming, below I have listed ten people that all Twitter beginners should be following.

The individuals on this list have not been statistically quantified as the most influential, however, they all have large followings and the messages that they tweet are typically filled with value.

In no particular order, they are as follows:

  1. Guy Kawasaki: @guykawasakiTwitter Bio Online magazine editor.
  2. Jeff Pulver: @jeffpulverTwitter Bio Technology Anthropologist”; Entrepreneur; Early-Stage Seed Investor; speaker, Living in Social Media.
  3. Chris Brogan: @chrisbroganTwitter Bio Social media type, but love the emerging enterprise tech space, too.
  4. Liz Strauss: @lizstraussTwitter Bio Social Web Strategist – I show businesses & universities how to choose and use social media tools to make business growth faster and easier.
  5. Jim Long: @newmediajimTwitter Bio New media soul trapped in an old media body.
  6. Brian Solis: @briansolisTwitter Bio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Solis
  7. Laura Fitton: @PistachioTwitter Bio Much excitement and geekiness about where this all leads.
  8. Steve Rubel: @steverubelTwitter Bio (from website) Exploring how emerging technologies are revolutionizing marketing communications.
  9. Robert Scoble: @scobleizerTwitter Bio Tech geek blogger @ http://scobleizer.com.
  10. Gary Vaynerchuk: @garyveeTwitter Bio I do this: http://tv.winelibrary.com and I care about this: The health and happiness of my Family and Friends. Keep it simple!

As an added BONUS, you probably ought to follow Darren Rowse @ProBlogger, too!

What do you think? Do you agree that beginners should follow the ten people listed above? Feel free to add your beginner “must follow” recommendations in the comments.

Update from Darren – the many comments below inspired me to issue a challenge – Construct Your Own Top 10 Must Follow List as it Relates to Your own Niche. Looking forward to seeing your lists!


  • November 30, 2008

    That’s a good list. I think I’m already following all those people (and you as well)…

    I think you should look at those people or people who’s “tweets” you like, then take a look at who is following them. Don’t arbitrarily just start following people you don’t check out first. Take a look at their posts. Are they posting good information? Are they interactive with their followers? Do they just post advertisesments?

    Take these things into consideration and try to follow people you DON’T recognize. Whether it’s for business or friendship, meeting people you don’t know is usually the most productive. Make sure you send the person you are following a sincere Direct Message. Let them know you like their profile or posts or both. It’s a great way to break the ice.

    If you only follow people you know or recognize, you aren’t expanding your social network.

  • November 30, 2008

    Thanks for the list. I am now following them all, as I am still new to blogging. As of today, I have only been blogging for about 5 months. Most was on ActiveRain, but I am looking to blog elsewhere.

  • November 30, 2008

    This list is good, but I also think that @redstarvip is a twitter must follow as well.

    He is “the voice for literati, change agents, philosophers, philanthropists, activists, etc.”

    His updates are always refreshing and his blog is incredible

  • November 30, 2008

    This is a good “starter set” for those looking to accelerate their understanding of Twitter and all the many directions it’s going. In my case, I’m monitoring the pulse and pin action on twitter to stay current with the latest on the latest.

  • November 30, 2008

    I would suggest Stephen Fry, for he’s one of the few top British TV presenters who truly gets web 2.0 technology… http://twitter.com/stephenfry

  • November 30, 2008

    I agree with the list. As a bonus I think you should add Jeremiah Owyang.

  • November 30, 2008

    That’s a very helpful list for all the Twitter beginners.

    Already following you and most of them on the list!

  • November 30, 2008

    I think it’s a great starting point. I’ve talked to folks who say they are just a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and don’t know who to follow or where to begin. That also mirrors my initial experience with Twitter.

    Following those folks should get the new Twitter users off to a great start.


  • November 30, 2008

    why is your profile missing in the list :/} i would suggest everyone to follow you.. seriously … i learned couple of things by visiting your pro blogger

  • November 30, 2008

    A very impressive list of people you have shared with us Darren your name included.

  • November 30, 2008

    Ok, I am going to follow. I also suggest a new non-profit, beginners but good stuff.

  • November 30, 2008

    How can you forget @Copyblogger or @JasonCalcanis ?

  • November 30, 2008

    You forgot to tell us why we should follow each person, the Twitter bios are less then satisfactory for deciding whether I should follow them.

  • November 30, 2008

    People are on Twitter not just because they are social media fans but because they want to converse with people interested in issues of common interest. These once again are not limited to social media, for instance, my own interests include India, art, society, philanthropy and news ideas on family and relationships.

    Even with common interests, people have their own criteria. I follow those who are 2 of these – ‘informative’, ‘interesting’, ‘dialectical’, ‘original’. In the list above, only Guy K meets all 4 of my criteria. Most of the star Twitterers are not dialectical at all. They operate in a broadcast mode. I am not 15 that someone’s broadcast wisdom would impress me… In fact, I would (and do) follow Loic Le Meur more happily than Scoble.

    Thirdly, this is a very US centric list. I live in Europe and I am of Indian origin. My world does extend beyond the two coasts, I have to say. So does my Twitter ‘following’ list. I also have a relatively short ‘following’ list but I know every one of them well now.

    In other words, I do not agree these 10 are must-follow for every Twitter beginner, which I was as I have only begun in August 2008. Different strokes for different folks.

    I recommend madhousewife, tinkugallery, dina, timoreilly, jobsworth to follow.

  • November 30, 2008

    I also think you should add an eleventh follow. Search for someone who has a similar interest in their profile. Twitter became addictive when I found people with similar interests. For me that was dieting and exercise. But think about how politics or music or knitting or even being a fan of a t.v. show can turn you from a Twitter user to an enthusiast. All of a sudden you go.. Ah! I get it!

  • November 30, 2008

    I recommend madhousewife (Brit in USA), tinkugallery (Indian-Canadian in Canada), dina (Indian in India), timoreilly (American in USA), jobsworth (Indian in UK) to follow.

    I add Problogger to that list – and no, not because I am on his blog. Due to the time zones, we do not ‘converse’ but I find his tweets consistently informative and original.

  • November 30, 2008

    That’s a good list, and most of us at some point have followed them, but it eventually becomes a bit much, as some of them have fairly large Tweet volumes.

  • November 30, 2008

    You need to add JOEL COMM as a top ten. I’m sure you’ve heard of him! His claim to fame is as The Adsense King but from that he has jumped with both feet into the social media world. He doesn’t concentrate his efforts into one area. He’s exploring them all and teaching people along the way. He enjoys nothing better than to excitedly share what he’s learning like a kid sharing a new toy with his neighborhood buddies! He’s using social media to create a following of people who feel like his friends rather than his students or followers (he hates it when we gush over him!) Check out his website at http://www.joelcomm.com. His twitter ID is joelcomm. He’s on Facebook. And Friendfeed: http://friendfeed.com/joelcomm. Check him out!

  • November 30, 2008

    My take on this is completely different. I’d say start with common interests. Help new Twitterers find Search.twitter.com or, even better, Monitter. Then they can track keywords and follow people with common interests. Personally, I find that more inspiring and useful than any list of big guns.

  • November 30, 2008

    Another who I would ad is
    He explores social media with many useful ideas and visions and he’s also a neat guy.

  • November 30, 2008

    Thank you for this information. I started on Twitter last night. I’m looking forward to meeting other like-minded people and building connections. It seems like a great tool.

  • November 30, 2008

    This was a great post. I don’t know that these are really 10 people that all beginners should follow, I really think it all depends on why you are using Twitter. However, I am always looking for new people to follow on twitter and new blogs to read that offer some sort of value. There were definitely a few in this list worth following that interested me.

    I’ve been on Twitter for a while now and my list of people to follow was getting kinda stale. There were a few folks on this list that I had never heard of that clearly had some great stuff to say and to share. I love posts like this for that exact reason.

  • November 30, 2008

    I would recommend Jeremiah Owyang at jowyang. He is the senior research analyst at Forrester Research following social media, writes a great blog and is a heck of a nice guy, to boot.

    Most of you may know him, but if you’re new here, you may not. He is genuine and caring and that comes through in his tweets and his blog posts.

  • November 30, 2008

    I agree with @Shefaly. I just don’t see the value in following these individuals unless you’re in the new media set. If you’re not …

    Darren is great example of who you a new Twitter user can follow. The posts that he links to are useful for everyone, he updates us about what he’s doing, and helpful information not related to what he’s working on.

    Whereas if you’re following Robert Scobel, be prepared to read nothing but what he’s doing on Friendfeed.

  • November 30, 2008

    Some good points on the “echo chamber” nature of everyone following the same people. I’d suggest you look at these profiles and also at some of the profiles of other people who these people are following. Once you have a few the rest are better found by paying attention.

    There are several cool tools out there that show you twitter streams based on keywords you put in for the topics you care about. It’s a great way to find people you don’t know who are writing about things you have an interest in. Also outside of your friends I’d focus on people who include links to cool stuff rather than “just got on the airplane and there is no overhead storage left for my bag” kind of stuff.

    The best advice is to spend a little time setting it up and tend to it a little each day, finding a few new people to follow and possibly dropping a few that tweet often but about things you don’t care about.

  • November 30, 2008

    This is a very comprehensive list, but as like Shefaly stated, it is very social media specific. If this is where your interests lie, then it would be ideal, but if you have no interest in the whole “social media thing”, I think only a couple, for example @problogger, would be a good one to follow as a launching point to help guide you.

    If I were introducing Twitter to a friend, I would probably tell him/her to search for popular brands or subjects that s/he likes, have a look at the people who follow them, read their tweets and go from there.

    It is hard to tell someone that someone is a “must follow” as everyone’s tastes are different. Newbie Twitter users need to explore and communicate with others that seem to have the same interests and go from there.

  • November 30, 2008

    Just followed you here from facebook (after you accepted my friend invitation)…guess if I’m going to follow you I should do it on Twitter (lol).

  • November 30, 2008

    I follow maybe one or two of those folks. Curious why you recommended these ten? I would say this is more like top 10 to follow if you’re using Twitter for promoting yourself and being kind of a Twitter snob. Didn’t you just tell us not to be a Twitter snob?

  • November 30, 2008

    You know, I don’t usually double comment but after following the comments here I just have to say:

    Holy crow, people. Lighten up. It’s a list for new folks. The author had to start somewhere and the list is a reasonable starting point. I’ve got folks I think would be great additions, but it’s a freakin’ *ten* list.



  • November 30, 2008

    Thanks for the list, it’s a good starting point, especially for people who want to learn more about social media.

    @Toranika Thanks for the Stephen Fry recommendation, I love him!

  • November 30, 2008

    Thanks for the list!

  • November 30, 2008

    I agree with @Sheftaly. If the point of Twitter is to develop conversations and relationships with people interested in issues of common interest, then this list of popular Tweeters will not really help nor encourage new users. Furthermore, it may actually discourage a new user as someone with over 20K followers will not have much time to converse with many others beyond their inner circle. In addition, when the follower/following ratio is 10:1, it’s just a big broadcast platform anyway. What’s the value in that? I recommend new users to use tools like http://twellow.com and http://search.twitter.com to find more targeted relevant people to follow.

  • November 30, 2008

    I have to agree with @shefaly. The list above is spot-on for those wanting to find the go-to folks for all things social media. But for those who are looking for something completely different…something specific to their interests…most of the people listed above have nothing to offer.

    Of course, it’s impossible to do up a list that will be helpful to every Twitter user. I only wish it was easier to search for Twitter users by category. I’ve found myself thus far dissatisfied by the search sites already on offer out there.

    Perhaps more people should take the initiative @prsarahevans did in starting things like #journchat in their respective areas of interest.

  • November 30, 2008

    Call me out for chiming the minority, but while those 10 people are great Twitter users (and I follow all of them and routinely exchange messages with most) I disagree they should be a first-time Twitterer’s first 10 people to follow for one simple reason:

    Those 10 people dish out too much noise.

    To beginning Twitter users: Your first followers should be people who live in your geography or share a common interest with you. You can use tools like Twellow to search for this information.

    My caveat to the above is if you already read, say, Chris Brogan’s blog and enjoy his style, then, sure, follow him on Twitter. But I don’t see the value in following people who tweet dozens of times a day when that may be too overwhelming for you. Start small and work your way up.

    My $0.02 worth.

  • November 30, 2008

    I follow @timoreilly, probably trying to be a twitter snob, but most of what he says is way over my head. The man must be a freakin’ genius.

    That said, this is a great list for me. I use twitter quite a bit, but don’t really know how to do much other than post my tweets – so I’ll be adding the ones I have missing.

  • November 30, 2008

    An ‘all beginners should follow’ list is an interesting idea because it assumes that everyone is using Twitter for the same reasons. When setting co-workers up on Twitter for the first time, I encourage them to follow others at work that are using the service, as well as a select group of influential twitters that are in their area of interest, but I wouldn’t necessarily suggest the above list. One reason is that the amount of replies that these guys send can be overwhelming. If you’re following the people that they’re talking to as well, then it makes sense, but otherwise, you’re just listening to one end of the phone conversation, and the context gets lost. (See: How to Make Twitter Less Like Listening to One Side of a Phone Call for Your Followers) You could follow this list and then start to follow everyone that they send a reply to as well, but that can quickly get out of hand considering the frequency with which this these guys are using Twitter and the number of people that they’re conversing with.

    Instead of just following a pre-selected list of 10 people, the technique that I would suggest for new Twitter users would be to run a few keywords of things that you’re interested in through Twitter Search and then following the people that are actively talking about the things that you’re interested in. This will make the service much more interesting (and much less overwhelming) to a beginning user, and you can use this technique to actually find people that share your passions to build Twitter friendships with.

  • November 30, 2008

    I’m brand new on Twitter and have slowly figured out the main people to follow to stay in the loop. However, I obviously gravitate towards those who have witty, informative, quality tweets aimed at the general audience.

    e.g. Mashable, danahboyd, MugeCerman, and StephenColbert (though I don’t understand why he hasn’t tweeted since last year)

    I wonder how long Twitter will be relevant though. None of my friends are using it. I’ll try to get them to jump on…..

  • November 30, 2008

    Darren: Were you drunk, or on crack, when you wrote that others should follow some of these folks from your list? (see argument below).

    I’m already following some of them, but the three on your list that I visited for the first time, were filled with total, useless, personal crap. Obviously, they’re more into themselves than their readers/followers.

    For example, here are the tweets I see from Jeff Pulver on your list above. Obviously, this guy has forgotten that there is such a thing as “email” that exists, as all his tweets are meaningless (for me) @ replies to other folks. Not one single stinkin’ tweet of value to me (and I would be shocked if someone else said they found it useful) – not just in the first 50 tweets, not beyond either!

    So here goes the meaningless tweets from the highly recommended @jeffpulver (http://twitter.com/jeffpulver)

    @israluv Stay warm…

    @alanweinkrantz I would need to sync schedules. But maybe. Really depends on the sponsors.

    @sass See you soon! about 4 hours ago from web in reply to sass

    @MikeLizun I will follow up.

    @TeeMonster yes, several times.

    @KCorax On Jan 7th I am hosting Social Media Jungle @ CES 2009 in Las Vegas.

    @oej Looking at dates in May for a possible visit.

    @John_Corey Portland OR about 5 hours ago from web in reply to John_Corey

    @mestroni I am in South Florida at the moment. I’m back for 2 weeks in December..

    @sass Cute (again)

    @i2Internet Thanks. :)

    @centernetworks If you are aware of other places that have good food and will close down for us without any costs for me please let me. about 6 hours ago from web in reply to centernetworks

    They may be great in their own fields, but on twitter, some of these are just clueless idiots.

    Or just send me some of that whatever it is that you’re smoking – so I can finally see the way you see it :-) .

    Haha… just kidding, Darren. Love your stuff man, but this list sucks!

    - Ravi Jayagopal

  • November 30, 2008

    IS THIS IS A PROMO FOR THOSE TEN LISTED. Also who is defined a THOUGHT LEADER and how do you quantify that. If you are new to twitter explore and find out what you like or not. Following a person based on number of tweets they put out only would be a sad way to go about things.
    You build your own identity and define what you believe in. You may follow someone who shares similar values and or is able to influence your filtration process in thinking through ideas etc.
    Don’t follow these ten folks cuz someone says so, you make the decisions based on your own analysis.

  • November 30, 2008

    I agree with Ari to a point. I don’t think the amount of noise those users generates is a problem but rather it’s very hard to get their attention. You’re going to lose interest in Twitter pretty fast if no one talks to you.

    Those 10 are great to follow but mix it up with others who share your interests or geographic location. I started with some of those on the list like Scoble and Chris Brogan but also searched for people who live in my city and people who like soccer.

  • November 30, 2008

    have to agree — unless you have time to read 400 tweets to other people that mean nothing to you, it is best to subscribe to people who work and blog in your area of interest and then explore outward. but definitely follow @guykawasaki. and, okay, maybe ONE SEO person (to start); i follow @problogger.

  • November 30, 2008

    There’s nothing like a ‘top 10′ list to get people talking.

    A few comments from me.

    1. Just a reminder that this post (and many others on TwiTip) are by guests. This one was written by Mark Hayward. While I did press publish on it those addressing your thoughts to me should know I wasn’t the actual writer.

    2. My personal opinion on having a list of 10 essential follows is similar to many of you here. I agree that the above list is fantastic and follow them all (I think) and would highly recommend them – but really it is up to each individual to work out who is most relevant for them on Twitter. The above list certainly has a social media focus (although not exclusively) so while all Twitter users do at least have some reason to follow them (they’re using a social media tool) there will always be many others that they could follow.

    3. This list is valuable for me though because I actually think it is a list of people that a beginner on Twitter could learn a lot from. I think if you even followed the list for just a day that you’d learn a lot about the medium. It may be that after a period of time you unfollow some of those that don’t resonate with you but I think they’d be worth adding for a period. Of course there would be many others that you can learn a lot from too and many of you have suggested some of them in comments above.

    4. Like Mark invites in his last comments – do feel free to add your own ‘essential follows’. I’d actually love to see these.

    One idea I had was for people to construct lists for their own niches. ie – what about someone suggesting 10 must reads for those interested in politics, another list for those interested in movies, another for Moms, another for Dads, another for entrepreneurs….

  • November 30, 2008

    That Chris Brogan character sure is popular ;)

  • November 30, 2008
    Andrew Coffey

    What you don’t have Andrew Coffey on that list. He gives away $1000’s of dollars to his followers daily. He is personal friends with Obama.
    Ah lists

  • November 30, 2008

    If you speak french/english, i strongly recommend to follow http://twitter.com/jeanlucr ; a very nice way to have different point of views on Web 2.0, Social neworks and Education nowadays.

  • November 30, 2008

    I am a newbie so I will surely check them out. Although I do believe that you should be following based on your personality and so on. I follow Darren, but me and hin have very little in common. He is a problogger and I am a newbie. But I follow him because I need some help regarding twitter, and learning from the master is a great way of doing just that.

  • November 30, 2008

    I do happen to follow quite a few of that top 10 list; however, like others have commented, I prefer to do a search and find others with similar interests or within my niche to follow. I have a wide range of interests, so get a wide variety of tweets to read & reply to.

  • November 30, 2008

    Challenge accepted! Made this post a while back when new to Twitter for people interested in design!


  • November 30, 2008

    While I’m sure the other folks on the list are follow-worthy, I must wholehartedly endorse Brogan and Strauss, because as someone who has had the pleasure of knowing them both personally, I can tell you without hesitation that behind their “@s” are honest, sharing, caring, and genuine people. They communicate freely because they love to do it, and they value relationships. Take a few minutes, explore their sites and their tweets, and see what I mean.
    All my best,
    Terry Starbucker

  • November 30, 2008

    An interesting article.

    I wrote something very similar a few weeks back, called ‘Twitter, the Smart Way’:


  • November 30, 2008

    It’s an interesting question. I like to follow people who like to interact with others, regardless of their Twitter grade or social standing. I started following you – not because you’re well-known – but because you threw out a question, I answered it, and you thanked me – and used my answer. I felt like there had been an exchange of useful information – that you weren’t just the great guru of blogging, but someone interested in what your readers had to say, as well. I don’t have much use for following celebrities, just because they’re celebrities.

    I started following Pistachio after reading something – maybe something you said or wrote? – about how she promotes others, not just herself. I like people who remember what it’s like to move to a new place, meet new people, start a new business, or venture into new areas. People who talk about themselves, incessantly, and never help others are boring.

    I’m not sure you can do a Top 10, one-size-fits-all list, though, really. Better to visit http://twitter.grader.com and browse through the personalized recommendations, or use their search engine. Search for topics you feel passionate about – who comes up? Follow for a while, see how it works out.

    I guess you can tell that I not only didn’t hang out with the cool kids in the lunch room, I was blissfully unaware of who the “cool kids” were. :)

  • November 30, 2008

    Apologies – broken link in my last comment….


  • November 30, 2008

    Here are my (@mombloggersclub) top 10 mom bloggers to follow.

    1. @geekmommy
    2. @katjapresnal
    3. @fussypants
    4. @designmom
    5. @jessicaknows
    6. @thedomesticdiva
    7. @twittermoms
    8. @thebloggess
    9. @busymom
    10. @crunchygoddess

  • November 30, 2008

    In the Women.Mom Blogging world, its:


    I know I forgot someone. Who else?

  • November 30, 2008

    I follow around 200 people right now but that’s because I have different goals on twitter and different niches to understand. Here’s my list for GTD/Productivity though, not complete, just my 2 preferred people and software updates


    (gtd software updates)

    Might as well squeeze in @stevepavlina but he’s more into motivation and personal development.

  • November 30, 2008

    I’m in the mortgage lending/real estate arena and here’s the top 10 “follows” that I’d recommend for someone interested in that market:
    Paul Kedrosky – @pkedrosky – writes Infectious Greed – one of the top financial blogs in the US
    Jeff Brown @bawldguy – A Realtor in SanDiego CA who specializes in telling it like it is and investment properties.
    Mark Thoma @markthoma – an economist who I’ve just started following….
    Todd Carpenter @tcar – Blogger Extrodinaire out of Denver CO and a mortgage guy
    Todd Waller @toddwaller – Realtor in Ann Arbor Michigan
    Jeremy Hart @nrvliving – Virginia Realtor and Social Media guy

    There are so many other top notch Realtors and social media people that I can’t narrow it down. So I’m going to leave it at that.

    Oh, I wouldn’t mind if you followed me to learn more about my Straight Talk about Mortgages!

    Tom Vanderwell

  • November 30, 2008

    My list:

    KatMeyer – books and ebooks
    thepiratenation – upset is our future
    TheLiveFeed – TV and only TV
    WarrenEllis – genius writer
    top_book – eBook news galore
    blogbooktours – writer tour resources
    girlonetrack – wry, tangy writer
    stephenfry – actor, writer, bon vivant
    sell_ebooks – eBook news
    slipdown – eBook publisher
    minibookexpo – blog book resource

    Eleven. Sue me. But Follow them.

  • November 30, 2008

    Helpful list for me – there are a couple that Mr. Tweet missed! ;-)

    That said, I think defining a truly helpful list goes to the initial question posed to the reader: “Is it for work, business, or pleasure? ”

    As a social media geek/enthusiast/evangelist I’ve yet to read something by Chris, for example, I don’t enjoy and find value in. Should my brother, a doctor, finally jump into the twittersphere, I think he’d benefit less from bloggers and more from perhaps a tech-minded doctor or tweets from medical publications. Must-haves for my mother would be any money-saver/freebie tweets, maybe a tweeter101, and me :-)

    Definitely a good post to get the conversation flowing – will be following the comments here for sure! Thanks for the post!

  • November 30, 2008

    The first person I would follow is http://www.twitter.com/calgreg . Wait. That is myself. Hey. Why not?


    @NixTheNews because his site is a lot of fun
    @thebloggess I just dig her style.

  • November 30, 2008

    As a relatively new Twitter user, who uses Twitter primarily to interact with the niche community that my blog is a part of (readers & bloggers), I found the most useful thing to do was to find the Twitter users of blogs that I like in my niche and then check their followers to see if I find anyone else I know or anyone of interest to my niche. This is likely infinitely more useful to a new Twitter user than a catch-all list.

    If you don’t know anyone, then the search sites are probably a good bet. Part of knowing who to follow is knowing why you are on Twitter to begin with. This may be a good list for those with no particular plan or those who have a general interest in social media, which may be many new Twitter users — it’s just not any of the new Twitter users I know.

  • November 30, 2008

    Interesting–I was following about half but most of the rest I have come across via Twitter links to their writings that I found interesting. Thanks for the assemblage and the suggestion to put together my own list. What I love about Twitter is aggregating all the different streams of my life and the weaving together of them.

  • November 30, 2008

    Ann, I agree – and I think it would be more useful to teach new users how to search for Twitter users that would interest them and help them. I was trying to come up with a “Top 10″ and ultimately found it a distasteful exercise. One of the Twitterers I follow gets a mere “50″ from Twitter Grader, and doesn’t update often – though he updates regularly and thoughtfully. He’s a smart man, savvy about human nature, a good writer (both in Spanish and English), and would, I suspect, do just about anything to help someone he felt could use a hand and wouldn’t bite it off. He hosted my book, @Trockle, even though his blog was about personal productivity – not children’s books – and he wasn’t sure how it would tie in. We brainstormed a bit, then he wrote a very thought-provoking blog post about childhood fears and overcoming them. It was a hit, and turned out to be one of the most popular stops on the virtual book tour. So, everyone go follow @migueldeluis – just because. Niche? Writing, personal productivity, psychology, human nature – but I don’t know that he’d make anyone’s “Top 10.”

    I’m ready for Web 3.0 – where we finally ditch ratings, top ten lists, and grades. No offense, Darren – this is useful, practical information (especially the new post where you invited people to come up with their “Top 10 for…” niche lists), but it does take some of the spontaneity out of it. If we only followed the most influential people in any field, would we ever get the variety of thought or the unexpectedly original ideas and connections we get by following a more eclectic list?

  • November 30, 2008

    I think this is a great list, but also agree that using search is an excellent tool for finding people with similar interests or in your geographic area.

    Once you find someone you enjoy following, you can see who they are tweeting with, and what topics they are discussing, and go viral from there. Click on someone the first person you are following is tweeting to, and see if you’d like to add the second person. Then scroll down the second person’s tweets and see who the are sending an @ reply to. Click on that person, and if they sound interesting, follow them. Then scroll down their @ replies and check those names out. I’ve found some very interesting (but not well-known) people on Twitter by using this technique.

    Thanks for this post! I think it is a great “starter pack” for Twitter newbies.

    All the best to you and your readers.

  • November 30, 2008

    I’d agree w/ Ari that who you follow should be based on who you are and what you are interested in learning about/sharing about. For me, it’s books/publishing/popculture/social media/and laughing at silly stuff (not in that particular order). I’d use twitter search to find people who are tweeting about what i’m interested in, then start following the ones whose profiles, tweets and followings seemed of interest. In fact that’s what i did do. Here are 10 twitterers i follow avidly:
    1. @mikecane – 4 best up to the minute news on financial doom and other signs of the apocalypse as well as highly biased ereading news (sonyboi supreme) and taunts against the paper-based book world.
    2. @AnnKingman – bookselling news, publishing news, news about rockband, and some of the best follows u can follow.
    3. @KathySierra – though she probably doesn’t really want more people following her, she spouts kickass passionate user advice or something else to get you thinking every time she tweets.
    4. @timoreilly – tweets equally well and frequently about tech industry/publishing as he does about stuff in the news and day to day life. he could stand to get a little silly once in a while so we’d know he’s human, but maybe he’s like that in real life too.
    5. @chrisbrogan – his tweets are consistently informative and he actually engages with almost everyone who follows him.
    6. @johncleese – hilarious. his three most recent tweets have been: “ha” followed a few hours later by “bah” followed the next day by “tra la la.”
    7. @paperhaus – for very wonderful literary tweets .
    8. @booksquare – books and reading and publishing industry .
    9. @mdash – book tech and publishing industry.
    10. @ronhogan – books and literature and publishing industry and stuff about what music his upstairs neighbor is listening to at any given time.

    Twitter: it’s demented and sad, but SOCIAL!

  • November 30, 2008

    Nice article, I am following your ten

  • November 30, 2008

    great great info…. really excited to “meet” some of this new interesting people ( well new to me ) thank you :D

  • November 30, 2008

    I’ve just followed them all. Thanks for the list. :)

  • November 30, 2008

    ¿Nobody mentioned Dave Winer? Can’t believe it…

  • December 1, 2008

    I’m honored to be included on this list. It’s also humbling to be in such good company! Still, I’ve never been a big fan of top 10 lists. Everyone has something to add here and I still find smart people to follow. Admittedly, at 13000 plus, the dynamic changes.

    Interesting to me is how comments really add to a blog post, furthering the discussion. I’m happy to be on this list and meet new people, but new folks might base choices on who to follow using other tools as well. http://search.twitter.com is a FANTASTIC tool to find people who are talking about things that are interesting to you. You can also find people in your area using Twitter search.

  • December 1, 2008

    This list is just perfect. Couldn’t be any better.

  • December 1, 2008
    Collin Udell

    great list; I’ve followed all of these since the beginning and really enjoy them. An excellent beginning.

  • December 1, 2008

    I am going to agree with my girl Kim Woodbridge, You can following a lot of people but if no ones talks to you, you will lose interest in Twitter quickly. However people will lose interest in you if all you do is broadcast about yourself and don’t show interest in other people or share anything interesting. It really all comes down to interests.

  • December 2, 2008

    I am so new to Twitter. After reading couple of posts here, I find that Twitter is a powerful and fantastic network I must join. I have follow these ten twitters and of course you Darren

  • December 2, 2008

    I agree that sometimes you can be overwhelmed by the amount of @ replies by some of the twitter folks, but there is a remedy. Look at just the replies to you or jump in the conversation.

    My Top Ten are:

    A group that hits all the “sides” of me. Some are for fun and others serve as mentors.

  • December 2, 2008

    Good list. All useful contributors to the day! Thank you for not posting the usual Guy Kawasaki-Keven Rose types.

  • December 2, 2008

    Good lists, this is very helpful for someone who’s new to Twitter like myself. Because I’m new I don’t really have a top 10. There are some people’s comments that I enjoy more than others but no list.

  • December 2, 2008

    Hey I was one out of ten….i was already following @scobleizer

  • December 2, 2008

    It would be great if more folks followed me too!

  • December 2, 2008

    While the author has tried to help us all by pointing out ‘famous’ people’s Twitter accounts, I somehow am not satisfied. The only reason being “Famous people are not friendly. IMHO, they don’t have the courtesy to reply when a greeting or any message is sent. I have tried interacting with most of these people but wouldnt get a reply. It’s my fault actually, yes, and it makes me wonder if these people join SNS just for blog traffic. I wouldn’t want to point out the names but I wish people did something about this indifferent behavior of theirs. Well, yes, when i don’t get a reply from a person, I don’t follow him/her anymore!

  • December 2, 2008

    Re: comment #81

    A problem with Twitter, which is not apparent to new users, is that unless the person you are following is following you back they cannot see any message you direct @ them. I was not aware of this and I think there are many who are not because Twitter has no mechanism to alert users that their message will not be seen by the intended recipient. I’m not making excuses for nonresponsiveness by other Twitter users, but this “feature” of Twitter is surely part of the problem.

  • December 2, 2008

    I used to follow Guy Kawasaki – couldn’t take it anymore. He treats it almost like an instant message client, which is nice to that he reads all the @replies people send him, but it’s too much and as someone who’s trying to follow him I don’t care about it all. Part 2, and this is the case with a lot of the top level tweeters, he uses it as a promotion tool way too much. 150 tweets a day, 2/3rds are @replies and the rest are promoting one thing or another.

    Kevin Rose has 75k people following him and following him isn’t a major pita.

  • December 2, 2008

    I should have been included in the list above.. Oh well life is not prefect.

    The proof is in the pudding. When you follow some ” STAR” or ” GURU” or some Social Media Whore, they do not follow you back. Its a one way street. These people have big FAT egos the size of a whale. Avoid them.

    Always check the ratio of following to followers and it should be at 1:1 However if you follow me I follow back 95% of the time, unless you are spammer .

  • December 2, 2008

    And once you know what you are doing, here are 10 reasons to not follow the above mentioned bloggers: http://jonin60seconds.squarespace.com/twitter

  • December 3, 2008

    Agreed with #81 and #83. Twitter is SNS, and if you don’t get a reply, it gets irritating. It’s not just another way of publicizing your blog. I never follow people who just Tweet, links and only links of their blogs (or any other blog). Twitter interested me cause it has one motive: “Write anything you are doing at a given moment” that is Your Status message. I study human p[sychology as a hobby. I am on twitter to know what my friends, and bloggers doing? How they are managing time, how are they reacting to events happening around them. And the so called famous twitterers just – Post Links, Reply to People! Thats NOT what twitter is about!

  • December 3, 2008

    @rampantheart – It stings a little when “famous” people don’t find us as interesting or worth talking to as we find them. I’m amazingly unimpressed by anyone’s “celebrity status,” and will talk and joke with anyone whose comments inspire me to comment back. Now, if after a while, I find that I’m following them more because it’s “the thing to do” than because they are really interesting to me, and they’re not treating me like I’m worthy of notice, I’ll unfollow. No big deal, really. But to say that these folks are “unfriendly” may not be fair; more likely, with thousands of “followers,” they simply haven’t noticed you yet. I’ve found that the bigger they are, the nicer they are – in general (this is NOT a Twitter-specific comment – I’m talking about truly famous people who are outstanding in their professions).

    @Booklorn – I don’t think that’s true, that “unless the person you are following is following you back they cannot see any message you direct @ them.” If that’s true, then I wonder how Darren EVER saw the reply I directed at his question a few weeks ago. They can’t get DMs from you if they’re not following, so you can’t send a private message – that’s true (and it’s a quick way to see if someone’s following you – if they’re not, you cannot DM them).

    @mikepanic – Exactly how do you think people SHOULD use Twitter? Your comment clearly indicates how they shouldn’t use it, but I’m not clear on how they should. As a relative newbie, I’m interested in your answer. I recently started following Guy Kawasaki, myself. I find his Twitters about as interesting as anyone else’s, but would prefer not to go to the intermediate links. “Holy Kaw!” indeed.

    @dantanner wrote, “I should have been included in the list above.. Oh well life is not prefect.” Indeed. I’m not licking my wounds that I’m not included on anyone’s list… ;) I’m just chuffed to have beat out the Houston Chronicle on Twitter Grader’s “Houston Elite.” As @DavidHerrold pointed out, I’m now more popular than a robot! Whoopie! (You do not unfollow anyone who keeps you grounded and puts things into perspective for you with such clarity!) I do think your claim that “These people have big FAT egos the size of a whale. Avoid them,” may be a little unfair to some of them. ;) Certainly, it’s unfair to Darren here. He followed me back when I was a Twitter nobody. I don’t think the top Twitterers are going to reciprocate follows just for the heck of it – why would they? With THOUSANDS of follows, the chatter can turn unmanageable. But maybe if you TALK to them – add something to the conversation that they’d find interesting – they’ll follow back.

    I generally follow back, but if someone blathers on about nothing – a LOT – or spams me, or doesn’t update in a month, or starts talking trash about others, then I’m going to unfollow. And I’m not going to feel bad about it. Nor should you. Now, if your own MOTHER unfollows you, then maybe you should worry… ;)

    @jonin60seconds – I thought that was a little mean, singling out one Twitterer like that. (I happened to be online when those tweets were uttered, and chalked it up to a little holiday ennui or something…) The rest of your points, though, were valid. The notion of following someone just because they’ve become a sort of Twitter ‘Celebrity’ is silly, unless they are adding to your experience, knowledge, and enjoyment of Twitter or imparting valuable professional knowledge.

    I’m really getting a little annoyed by (even as I am mesmerized by) things like “Twitter Grader” (brings out my worst competitive instincts – coupled with slight OCD and perfectionist tendencies – though most of me could not care less what anyone’s “grade” is) and all the “rate this post” or “rate this comment” stuff. We all have our reasons for liking or disliking things, but this ranking and pseudocelebrity status all seems very…middle school. And anyone who relies on others to tell them what to read or what not to read, or who to follow and who to unfollow, or what music to listen to or not listen to – can’t they think for themselves?? Maybe it’s because I didn’t have such a great experience in middle school myself, or because my kids didn’t, it makes me sad to think that as adults, we’re still stuck on it.

  • December 3, 2008

    This list is good if you’re in marketing and/or interested in social media. It’s not so good if you’re among the vast majority of the population (both on and off Twitter) that would rather not hear this group talk about itself all day.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m in the industry and follow all these people – and like it – but this is not the group I’d recommend to my sister or most of my friends.

    I’d recommend people follow people they know, experts in their particular industry, maybe bloggers they already read, and/or people/celebrities they like. I’d say @THE_REAL_SHAQ should be on anyone’s list, though.

  • December 3, 2008

    I’m a big fan of most of the people you mention. It is defintiley important to follow those who have been there before you and will lead you down a great path. I’ve been motivated by the best, and that is why I follow them. You have to recognize, however, that what works for them or worked for them may not be what will work for you. We have to learn how to take what we need and leave the rest. Chris Brogan is good at conveying that message in his posts. He knows that his words are not one-soze-fits all. You also have to find people like you. Kindred spirits and those who are also in the very early learning phase if that’s where you. One thing I do is read the comments of others on those blogs and find great people that way. That’s a major opportunity.

  • December 3, 2008

    I’d also add in John Battelle for Google stuff and Shel Israel who is writing a Twitter book and using Twitter for research. And me! @alunjohn

  • December 3, 2008

    I totally disagree with the list. It assumes all people who use Twitter use it to follow tech trends. That assumption limits the utility of Twitter. If I were not interested in tech trends, but instead saw Twitter as a way to stay plugged in to my cloud of friends and family this list would make me think Twitter were not for me!

    Twitter is way more than a tool just to follow Tech trends, WAY MORE!

    Also, some of these folks use twitter as a glorified RSS feed to drive readership to their blog. That bores me.

  • December 3, 2008

    Well, I know for a fact that I don’t see any @ messages directed to me (not DMs) unless I am following someone back. I’ve found messages to me on someone’s Twitter page when I go look to see if I want to follow them and they haven’t shown up in my Twitter “stream” or whatever you call it until I follow them.

  • December 3, 2008

    I agree with most of this list, but then I think everyone I am following is awesome and generally find the everyday people to be far more interesting and engaging than the obvious big names most of the time.

  • December 3, 2008

    @hollyjahangiri – I don’t think there is a clear answer to how Twitter should be used. Their own About Us page says, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices., and I’ve also heard people call it real-time blogging.

    I don’t think it should be used an instant message client, lots of people use it for that. There are great apps for computers and txt messaging for cell phones.

    Honestly, I wish I had an answer for you, but my general rule of thumb is, if I follow someone who does nothing more than @replies or promote items on the website that I probably already subscribe to via RSS, I will stop following them.

  • December 3, 2008

    I agree with many of the posts here…these list may be full of heavy hitters that twitt all day and that may be overwhelming for new users! I would agree to start small and add folks u know first so u can get the hang of this twitt world be4 being sucked up in it’s vastness! Start slowly then progress!

    Miss Brandi

  • December 3, 2008

    Machine translations suck.

  • December 3, 2008

    Thanks, @mikepanic – I agree, it’s not a good IM client. I tend to think of an IM client as a good way to learn if friends are online, and chat briefly with them if they are. To me, it’s personal and one-to-one, except for the occasional meeting or multiperson chat.

    Seems like Twitter is to mobile texting what a party line was to land lines (do they still have party lines?). Private messages should be DMs; but that kind of exclusion seems to put Twitter back in the realm of IM clients. The real beauty of Twitter is that “party line” aspect and the notion of sharing interesting tidbits. (That, and helping to encourage the more verbose writers among us to exercise brevity.) I don’t worry too much about missing something, but if it’s something another Twitterer thinks I’d be interested in – specifically – I hope they’ll @reply to me and I’ll see it. I don’t try to catch up on the 1008 tweets I missed while I was at work.

    I have a text message plan on my phone that only includes 200 messages a month, and don’t think most tweets are worth ten cents each after that, so I haven’t activated it on a mobile device. Does this make me a total Luddite?

    I don’t think anyone follows me on RSS, so I guess it’s okay to promote my blog and book on Twitter? ;) Seriously, though, if you go to a party, it’s interesting to hear about someone’s new whatever – a few times. If that’s all they ever talk about? Big yawn. If all they seem interested in doing is kissing up to the “famous people”? Bigger yawn. I’ve known people like this offline, and frankly, it’s actually on my list of “why I wasted three years of law school and opted to be a writer instead.” Is quisnam tantum vultus sursum mos cado in suus visio.

  • December 4, 2008

    Thanks for the tips.I now follow them all, those guys are the “guru´s” in my niche and I read their blogs often .There is so much to learn.

  • December 5, 2008

    Holy comment replies batman!! This definitely sparked some interest…

    Picking 10 must follow people from ~20 million+ registered users is asinine.

    We are all different there is no one size fits all.

    Best advice from me would be use search.twitter.com to find some topics you like. Follow them see who they chat with etc etc…

  • December 6, 2008

    Thanks for the idea. Just posted my “Top Ten Fitness People to Follow”.


  • December 21, 2008

    This is a good list supplying lots of intelligent comment on the social media stream. I agree that Guy Kawasaki can be irritating, he is Twitter on steroids, but I have the option to unfollow when it gets too much.
    Thanks for the list

  • December 21, 2008

    A good list of people that I personally do follow, however not sure it’s appropreiate for all beginners. It depends on what industry they are in and what they want to use Twitter for.

  • December 22, 2008

    Once you add those ten, then go over to Twubble http://www.twubble.com and let it find some more!

  • December 22, 2008
  • December 31, 2008

    “beststuff” posts some very fun links to crazy but interesting stories a couple times a day.

  • December 31, 2008

    This is a great addition and follows my newfound theory that it is more important to monitor who you follow than who follows you.


  • January 3, 2009

    I agree whole-heartedly with the very first comment here from Jason Anderson.

    I don’t believe there is any “right” list. Wander about. Go to http://www.summize.com and search on terms that matter to you (environmentalism, or marketing, or finance or whatever). Click on some of the resulting tweets. When you find ones you like, take a look at whom that person is following, and who in turn is following that person. Experiment. And if you choose to follow someone that doesn’t meet your expectations… click “Remove” beside the person’s name on your “Following” list and move on.

    When I first joined Twitter, I chose to follow one of the tippy-top tweeters on this list (I won’t share the name). I “unfollowed” this person after the multiple, boring, indiscriminant “Waking up now,” “Getting on the plane now” and “Mmmm this coffee is good”-type posts began to drive me up a wall.

    Perhaps even top tweeters need to pass the “useful and relevant” test in order to offer value…

  • February 7, 2009

    Most valid points have already been made. I’d add that nearly all of the above auto-follow back, which can be handy if you’re just starting out (call it dumb, but the reality is that people will be hesitant to follow a very new account with few if any followers; also, FILL OUT YOUR BIO, and post at least 30 or more non-spammy “starter tweets”, because the spammers mostly tend to have only 10…).

    Spy more auto-following folks at e.g. http://twitterholic.com (compare follower to following ratios, if those numbers are within 10%, return follows are likely automated… sorry if this truth hurts anyone’s feelings :) .

    That said, as was correctly pointed out, randomly accumulating followers is NOT the point of Twitter. But it’s good to get a little “padding” in the beginning, get a taste for what everyone is talking about and how they use Twitter, and learn the ways of the Twitterverse. Then, you can still tune individual “noise makers” back out.

    Follow me on Twitter (link is right above the comment), I DO follow back. Social reciprocation…

  • February 10, 2009

    With respect, I’m not impressed by the list at all. I can’t even follow five of them, because in reviewing their Twitter communications, I see a signal-to-noise ratio that is VERY low. Most of what they write is @replies that should’ve been handled another way. And of those five, four of them are hardly following anybody themselves. To me, that’s like they’re hosting radio talk shows where they talk about nothing interesting to anyone but themselves.

    I know these people are well-connected, and are very well-thought of in a social media context, but to me their use of Twitter is just a big ol’ mess. :-(

  • February 16, 2009

    good list for those in social media. there’s a whole section of financial related twitterers at stocktwits.com for those of you interested in that. i know i follow social media people, tech people, and finance people… spread it all around and then separate it into different streams on tweetdeck, works out nice.

    if you’re into financial markets and hedge funds: http://twitter.com/marketfolly

  • February 17, 2009

    I am on twitter for a few reasons
    1.Tell My Story
    2.Be myself
    3.Build Relationships with other like-minded professionals
    4.Keep up to date on news/trends in the IT industry
    5.Have Fun
    6. and lastly- grow my business

  • February 17, 2009

    While this is a great list for social media people or people interested in technology; it is not who people should necessarily follow when they join Twitter. I would never recommend a single person on this list for to my sister, who is using twitter solely to connect with international educators.

    People that have interests that do not align with the content from these people will likely find no value in their tweets. While I would agree that these people are influential in their own verticals; they are not influential to many people. Fundamentally the concept of a general “recommended followers lists” is a flawed one; as everyone’s use case is different and their desire to connect to people that have similar interests do not easily align.


  • February 23, 2009

    The only thing more interesting to me personally than social media is the diversity and strength of peoples convictions regarding it. Hang onto that, choose whomever you feel best serves your interests and reasons for involvement in it. You’ll rarely be disappointed.


  • March 5, 2009

    Well.. I added your top ‘11′ and decided to NOT UNfollow people. I am just going to go on my merry way twittering… tweeting at will and now worry about the doo doo’s that must not find me interesting. LOL! I started out just seeking out fellow artists, as an artist I only wanted to talk art. After awhile I began to think wait a minute! Why would I only want to tweet with fellow artists? I want to tweet with possible clients at well. WHO then might those clients of art be? EVERYONE and ANYONE! Yay Twitter! Happy day with Aloha to all, Kathy.

  • March 5, 2009

    Something that I think Tweeters should consider is to compose their ‘replies’ to stand on their own. It is so boring to check out someones Tweet and see a “Yeah” or “Na” or some abbreviated form of response. Yes, we only have 140 characters to deal with but I still think that responses can be interesting tweets as well, given a little extra thought and creativity. I just think that if you want to be considered interesting? BE as interesting as possible. Gosh… now the pressure in on for me as well! ~Kathy

  • March 5, 2009

    RE Kathy’s comment about composing your replies. If you use TweetDeck you can click on “in reply to” to see what that particular comment was about. I know it’s not as easy as just reading what’s posted but it’s there for those comments that aren’t stand alones.

  • March 31, 2009
    Nina and Honeybell (the cat)

    Good advice; I would add a mention to the hundreds, thousands of cats who twitter and other anipals and also a good use is to search for other people with your same medical condition that you have so that you do not feel alone. It is wonderful!


  • April 12, 2009

    I would suggest Joel Comm

  • April 26, 2009

    Hey thanks for the cool list of people to follow!

  • May 2, 2009

    “I am consistently amazed at how accessible people on twitter are. (Even those users with over 20,000 followers.)”

    Why WOULDN’T these people be “accessible”? It takes no effort on their part to be followed by thousands; they don’t have to actually interact – they just need to “be there”. Look at all the lemmings who flocked to be Ashton Kutcher’s followers just to help get him over CNN. Do you really think he gives a hoot about any of those thousands of panting acolytes who hang on whomever’s words are posted on his account?

    I also don’t understand this fascination with following those who have the most followers, instead of picking and choosing people based on their actual thoughts rather than their popularity. I think this concept of following the popular posters is a crock.

    I rarely follow anyone who has a very lopsided follow-to-follower ratio. I choose them only if they are saying something of interest. Otherwise, it’s just another stupid popularity contest that has no meaning.

  • May 2, 2009

    Amen, @deeziner – I don’t even look at the numbers when choosing whether to follow someone or not. I follow a lot of people; I tend to give everyone the benefit of the doubt unless and until they get on my nerves. I’ve had Twits with 20K+ followers get on my nerves, and Twits with 0 followers get on my nerves, but for the most part, if you follow me, I follow you back. If it turns out all your tweets are “get rich without ever having to work again” or “I’m an SEO expert, let me make your life worth living” or “wow im drunk” then…there’s that little “Remove” button. Not hard.

    Web 2.0 can be fun – but it can also be horribly reminiscent of middle school.

  • May 2, 2009

    P.S. If you’re following me and I’m NOT following you back, and you think you’re not getting on my nerves, then odds are – I simply didn’t see the message announcing you were following me. Drop by my blog or send me an email or tweet me or something – say hello – and ask. Because it could just be my mistake.

  • June 5, 2009

    If you are planning on watching the Tony Awards, make sure you follow @markindelicato for all Tony updates! Mark Indelicato, currently starring on ABC’s Ugly Better as Justin Suarez, fashion-obsessed of nephew of Betty., will be tweeting live from the red carpet with tweets and facts you can’t find anywere else!

  • June 9, 2009

    I have been a big fan of @JasonSnell – Editorial Director of Macworld and @Padmasree Warrior CTO at Cisco Systems.

  • July 1, 2009

    Very nice post these 10 look like excellent people to follow thank you.

  • July 17, 2009

    Thanks for the great list. I found I was already following a handful of people, but the others were a great surprise! Excellent piece of advice for those who want to get ahead and tweet in a very social media oriented world!

    Appreciate it.

    Please feel free to add me on your lists and check out FLASH Relations. We in return, will do the same.


  • July 18, 2009

    I cut back on following people on Twitter. Has anyone else noticed that the response rate to posts has diminished this summer? If so, any ideas why?

  • July 18, 2009

    I cut back on people I follow as well. If I see a lot of tweets coming from someone that I share no interests with whats the point? Unless.. you are the only one talking/tweeting and don’t read what other people tweet. If that is the case though then maybe the best option is a blog. The point of Twitter I thought was to ‘communicate’.

  • August 12, 2009

    I have tried some of the listed tops, and removed them either because tweets have been too mundane, too inside, too often,too snotty, too self promotional… The mass tweeters I follow tend to be less industry and more personal. If they reply, so much the better. Some are just train wrecks you have to watch for entertainment value. I’ve tried to tell friends about Twitter and the blank stares tell the story. If you are interested in starting friends tweeting it would probably be a good idea to compose a basic list of 10 to follow from your personal follow/followers lists. Your friends are more likely to have many of your interests. A mix of mass and personal. The mass tweeters get them news and entertainment, the personal get them replies. It’s the replies that excite me.

  • August 19, 2009

    Great Stuff! As a newbie to twitter and most everything involving social media, I am finding it rather difficult to get started. Articles like this, really help to simplify the process. Thanks for the help. Keep up the great work.

  • September 28, 2009

    Even though this post is old I’m still kind of a newbie on Twitter. I’m following around 1000 people and have about 800 followers which I think is alright. I checked to see if I’m follwing these people but it seems like I already am which is good :)

    If I was to recommend somone to follow it would be @linnetwoods – Lots of fun quizzes :P

  • October 7, 2009

    Thanks for the great advice! I’m adding them (and you) to my Twitter Account now!

  • November 17, 2009

    Great list for those just starting to get involved with Twitter, whether for personal or business reasons. Connecting with your local news and radio stations is also a great way to connect with people in your local area.

  • December 24, 2009

    thanks….it is really a useful info…

  • December 30, 2009

    hey guys follow me on twitter :)


  • December 31, 2009

    I mean this with all humility and love:


  • February 13, 2010

    good info, I am following them all and you as well.

  • February 13, 2010

    I would add Laura Roeder to that list: http://www.twitter.com/lkr

  • February 24, 2010

    Thanks for your generous advice and everyones follow up opinions and suggestions. I am new to Twitter and yes rather overwhelmed as I start down this trail but it does seem rational to find communications with people who have similar thought waves and experiences around the world. My wife and I lead nature based tours into wilderness areas throughout Australia and therefore have a passion for nature and the therapy that wilderness can bring to the soul in this modern age, the wellness of walking, the process of ageing well through soft adventures active holidays and pursuits. There is an argument that technology is having a detrimental effect on peoples choice to get out there and experience life in a three dimensional way. Hence it will be interesting to find tweeters and followers who share a common pathway in life. Any leads or suggestions will be welcome as I also head for Search.twitter.com. Best wishes all, from Australia.

  • March 14, 2010

    As I was going through your top list, I noticed I had already added them, then BLOCKED them and reported for spam. I like to follow real people, not just people that are self promoting themselves 24.7. And in most cases, they tweet 3 or more times an hour, and all day and night. Now when I receive a notice of a new follower, or a DM asking me to click a link, I automatically block and report as spam. I prefer searches to find people with similar interests.

  • March 16, 2010

    Let me say even before coming here from twitter I knew this was going to be yet another KISS UP to over rated GOOFS list. I have been blogging 2 years and followed most of those people tried to engage some and had to throw one a smackdown. LOOK if your a BLOGGER and you follow those people it’s not going to do you one damn bit of good. Those people have money and yes they are waiting for you to suck up. Why people continue to promote the same LAME people is beyond me but going ahead and waste your time.
    Hey I know your trying to play the GAME and get some props for yourself nothing wrong with that but how about a post called TOP PEOPLE WORTH Following.
    Recently I WHACKED 7000 people I was following and went back and followed some bloggers and my life has been MUCH better ever since. TEST it and also we shall see how many of those people come by and say Thanks I can already guess and also since your following those amazing THOUGHT leaders early adopters tweet them a ? and see what HAPPENS :) Don’t believe me try and don’t even say it was me :) I know how to really network and make plenty of money and follow none of your recommended nor need to :)
    People are amazing that herd mentality is plaid out early adopt that :)
    Thanks and pls no one follow me that is into that GURU worship LOL

  • March 16, 2010

    Okay, so this post is a year and a half old, John. Why don’t you create your own list, as Darren suggested?
    A year and a half ago, many people were still very, very new to Twitter, and these people in this list may very well have been using Twitter much differently than they do now, even.

    Seriously – click on “Add A Tip” up there on the top right and submit your own list. Really! If it’s well written, I’ll be happy to consider publishing it.

  • March 18, 2010
    Rob Kirkland

    Well, that was a mistake. For the heck of it I thought I’d follow the 10 people in your list. Now (an hour later) I have about 30 new followers myself, all spammers, and another one following me every couple minutes. What have you done to me?

  • March 18, 2010

    You should have read my earlier comment. Most of the people on the list that I looked up, I had already reported and blocked for spam.

    I think there should be a twitter with NO ADS, NO MARKETING, AND SELF PROMOTION. And all the spammers and SEO, and loser people can buy each others online books, and webinars.

    I am so tired of the spammers. hate it!

  • March 29, 2010

    Those are some people to think about following… Good work =D…

  • June 12, 2010

    I agree that you need to keep an eye on your follow to follower percentage rate as it can get away from you really fast !

    A lot of people want followers but do not follow back so you have to clean following house often LOL


  • June 30, 2010

    I think the lists are great as it will help you complete the Twitter circle.

    Once you get the amount of followers then you can always boot the ones who tweet things you don’t like but I think any tool we can use to get people to hear our words and thoughts can be a good thing.

    Here is my list of Tweeters, some have good tweets and some not however they do follow Back !











    Here is a few Lists that are good to Follow as it gets your name out to more people, Most will also Follow You Back.









  • January 16, 2011

    Thanks for the information. My first time opening up a Twitter account and I came across your twitip…got myself followers already :)

  • January 17, 2011

    Thanks. I blocked the ones I hadn’t already blocked. Every one of these tweeps only care for you to read them, but they are not interested in you. And you now just gave them a bigger head by posting this article.

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