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Directory: 140 tech experts on Twitter (updated for 2010)

Twitter can be a valuable tool for techies - if you know who to follow. Here's a list of 140 of the leading tech experts on Twitter, updated for 2010.

Editor's note: This list has been superseded by Techies: 2011 directory of who to follow on Twitter.

Twitter can be a valuable tool for techies -- if you know who to follow. Here is a list of 140 of the top technology experts, journalists, and thought leaders you'll can find on Twitter, updated for 2010.

My original list of 100 tech experts on Twitter that I put together last year drew a lot more attention and interest than I expected. However, in the time since I first did that list I've had a number of people tell me about some of the great tech Twitterers that I left off the list, plus I've discovered some new people to add.

As a result, I've expanded the list to 140 (a magical number in the Twitter universe). Some people who should not have been left off the original list have now been added. You'll also see some people you've probably never heard of, but who can add some excellent tech info to your Twitter stream.

For updates and perspective on the latest tech news you can also follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jasonhiner.

So here is the list, which is not ranked 1-140 but simply listed in alphabetical order. If there are others you think should be added to the list, make a note in the comments.

  1. Chris Anderson (@chr1sa) Editor in Chief of Wired and author of The Long Tail
  2. Michael Arrington (@techcrunch) Founder of TechCrunch
  3. Matt Asay (@mjasay) COO of Ubuntu and Open Source columnist for CNET
  4. John Battelle (@johnbattelle) Author and pundit on Google and Internet search
  5. Veronica Belmont (@veronica) Host of Tekzilla and Qore, and former CNET TV host
  6. Randall Bennett (@randallb) Founder of TechVi; former CNET TV producer
  7. David Berlind (@dberlind) TechWeb Editor-in-Chief
  8. Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) Inventor of the World Wide Web
  9. Ryan Block (@ryan) Former Engadget editor and co-founder of GDGT
  10. Henry Blodget (@hblodget) Controversial Wall Street journalist who covers tech sector
  11. Danah Boyd (@zephoria) Academic/researcher in new media
  12. Ed Bott (@edbott) Microsoft Windows expert, blogger, book author
  13. Paul Boutin (@paulboutin) Reporter for VentureBeat, The New York Times, and Wired
  14. Tony Brandley (@tonys3kur3) Freelance tech writer speciallizing in security
  15. Rick Broida (@cheapskateblog) CNET blogger scours the Web looking for the best deals in tech
  16. Jason Calacanis (@jasoncalacanis) CEO of Mahalo, founder of Weblogs Inc.
  17. Pete Cashmore (@mashable) CEO of Mashable
  18. Bonnie Cha (@bonniecnet) CNET mobile phone pundit
  19. Jacqui Cheng (@eJacqui) Associate editor for Ars Technica
  20. Robert Cringley (@cringely) Long-time technology writer and pundit
  21. Brian Cooley (@briancooley) CNET car-tech editor
  22. Charles Cooper (@coopeydoop) Veteran reporter for CNET news.com and cbsnews.com
  23. Dan Costa (@dancosta) Executive editor at PC Magazine
  24. David Davis (@davidmdavis) Author, blogger, expert on Cisco and virtualization technologies
  25. Chris Dawson (@mrdatahs) ZDNet blogger on technology in education
  26. Natali Del Conte (@natalidelconte) CNET TV host of Loaded and tech correspondent for CBS News
  27. Mrinal Desai (@mrinaldesai) Co-founder of CrossLoop; tech news junkie
  28. Sam Diaz (@sammyd) ZDNet news hound on the Between the Lines blog
  29. Larry Dignan (@ldignan) ZDNet Editor in Chief; prolific tech news blogger
  30. Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) Co-editor of Boing Boing; digital rights activist
  31. Esther Dyson (@edyson) Veteran technology pundit
  32. Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) Google engineer, blogger
  33. Bill Detwiler (@billdetwiler) TechRepublic's head technology editor
  34. John C. Dvorak (@therealdvorak) Famously cranky tech pundit
  35. Erik Eckel (@erikeckel) IT consultant and TechRepublic writer
  36. Mike Elgan (@mike_elgan) Widely-published freelance tech writer
  37. Philip Elmer-DeWitt (@philiped) Apple reporter for Fortune magazine
  38. Rob Enderle (@enderle) Long-time analyst of the PC industry
  39. Caterina Fake (@caterina) Co-founder of Flickr
  40. Dan Farber (@dbfarber) Editor of CBSNews.com; former editor of CNET and ZDNet
  41. Scot Finnie (@scotfinnie) Editor in Chief of Computerworld
  42. Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) One of the world's top commentators on Microsoft
  43. Ina Fried (@inafried) CNET's resident Microsoft analyst
  44. John Furrier (@furrier) Silicon Valley entrepreneur; now specializing in mobility
  45. Bill Gates (@billgates) Microsoft co-founder and former CEO
  46. Steve Gillmor (@stevegillmor) Editor of TechCrunch IT, veteran tech journalist
  47. Bob Gourley (@bobgourley) CTOvision.com blogger; government IT expert
  48. John Gruber (@gruber) Author of Daring Fireball blog; covers mostly Apple
  49. Dion Hinchcliffe (@dhinchcliffe) Blogger and consultant on Web 2.0 for business
  50. Chuck Hollis (@chuckhollis) EMC CTO and blogger
  51. Alex Howard (@digiphile) Government 2.0 Correspondent for 
O'Reilly Media
  52. Andy Ihnatko (@ihnatko) Apple pundit
  53. Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) Professor and author who covers tech and new media
  54. Mark Kaelin (@markwkaelin) TechRepublic editor covering Windows and PCs
  55. Mitch Kapor (@mkapor) Lotus, Mozilla pioneer; angel investor
  56. Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki) Venture capitalist and former Mac columnist
  57. Doug Kaye (@dougkaye) Founder of IT Conversations
  58. Vinod Khosla (@vkhosla) One of the tech world's most influential venture capitalists
  59. Michael Krigsman (@mkrigsman) Watchdog of IT project failures
  60. Sarah Lacy (@sarahcuda) Freelance author covering Silicon Valley
  61. Leo Laporte (@leolaporte) Host of TWiT network and former TechTV host
  62. Brian Lam (@blam) Editorial Director of Gizmodo
  63. Shira Lazar (@shiralazar) Web video journalist covering the intersection of tech, culture, and new media
  64. Nicole Lee (@nicole) CNET editor for mobile and other gadgets
  65. Jennifer Leggio (@mediaphyter) ZDNet blogger on social media for business
  66. Steven Levy (@stevenjayl) Tech book author and Wired writer
  67. Cali Lewis (@calilewis) Host of GeekBrief.TV
  68. Charlene Li (@charleneli) Author and social media thought leader
  69. Jim Louderback (@jlouderb) CEO of Revision3; former editor of PC Magazine
  70. Scott Lowe (@scottdlowe) CIO, author, and TechRepublic columnist
  71. Abbie Lundberg (@abbielundberg) Former editor in chief of CIO Magazine
  72. Andrew Mager (@mager) Web developer and ZDNet blogger on Web 2.0
  73. Om Malik (@om) Founder of GigaOm
  74. Amber MacArther (@ambermac) Tech journalist and broadcaster
  75. Richard MacManus (@rww) Editor and founder of ReadWriteWeb
  76. John Markoff (@markoff) Science writer for The New York Times
  77. Marissa Mayer (@marissamayer) Google product development executive
  78. Caroline McCarthy (@caro) CNET writer covering Web 2.0
  79. Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) Founder of Technologizer and former editor of PC World
  80. Tom Merritt (@acedtect) Host of Buzz Out Loud and various CNET TV shows
  81. Matthew Miller (@palmsolo) ZDNet blogger on smartphones
  82. Clayton Morris (@claytonmorris) Fox TV personality covering geek topics and social media
  83. Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) Tech columnist for The Wall Street Journal
  84. Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) Founder of WordPress
  85. Rafe Needleman (@rafe) Editor of CNET's Webware
  86. Patrick Norton (@patricknorton) Tekzilla host and former TechTV personality
  87. Andrew Nusca (@editorialiste) ZDNet news writer; SmartPlanet.com editor
  88. Tim O'Reilly (@timoreilly) Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media
  89. Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) Forrester analyst on new media technologies
  90. John Paczkowski (@johnpaczkowski) Tech news hound for All Things Digital
  91. Nilay Patel (@reckless) Engadget editor
  92. Jason Perlow (@jperlow) ZDNet blogger and Linux Magazine writer
  93. Chris Pirillo (@chrispirillo) Tech geek turned Internet personality
  94. Jason Pontin (@jason_pontin) Editor in Chief of MIT Technology Review
  95. David Pogue (@pogue) Tech columnist for New York Times and CNBC
  96. Seth Porges (@sethporges) Tech editor at Popular Mechanics magazine
  97. JR Rafael (@jr_raphael) Tech news writer for PC World
  98. Maggie Reardon (@maggie_reardon) CNET reporter on mobile and wireless technology
  99. Don Reisinger (@donreisinger) Gadget columnist for CNET
  100. Gabe Rivera (@gaberivera) Founder of Techmeme
  101. Tim Robertson (@mymac) Podcaster; Founder of MyMac.com
  102. Peter Rojas (@peterrojas) Founding editor of both Gizmodo and Engadget
  103. Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) Founder of Digg.com, host of Diggnation
  104. Joshua Schachter (@joshu) Creator of Delicious, a.k.a. del.icio.us
  105. Jack Schofield (@jackschofield) Computer editor at The Guardian
  106. Erick Schonfeld (@erickschonfeld) TechCrunch editor
  107. Robert Scoble (@scobleizer) Tech writer and social media flag-bearer
  108. Sascha Seagan (@saschasegan) Mobile writer for PC Magazine
  109. Doc Searls (@dsearls) Tech journalist, author, open source advocate
  110. Stephen Shankland (@stshank) CNET News reporter, covering Web and search
  111. Deb Shinder (@debshinder) Popular tech tip writer for TechRepublic and other publications
  112. Dwight Silverman (@dsilverman) Technology editor for the Houston Chronicle
  113. John Siracusa (@siracusa) Apple writer for Ars Technica
  114. Jason Snell (@jsnell) Editorial Director of Macworld
  115. Joel Spolsky (@spolsky) Co-founder of Stack Overflow
  116. Mark Spoonauer (@mspoonauer) Editor in Chief of LAPTOP
  117. Brad Stone (@bradstone) Technology reporter for The New York Times
  118. Robert Strohmeyer (@rstrohmeyer) PC World editor and columnist
  119. Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) Silicon Valley blogger for AllThingsD.com
  120. Don Tennant (@dontennant) Former editor in chief of Computerworld
  121. Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) Microsoft Windows columnist, editor, and podcaster
  122. Baratunde Thurston (@baratunde) Editor, writer, and comedian; one of the funniest techies on Twitter
  123. Kevin Tofel (@kevinctofel) Managing Editor at jkOnTheRun, mobile/smartphone expert
  124. Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) Editor in Chief of Engadget
  125. Gina Trapani (@ginatrapani) Founding editor of Lifehacker.com
  126. Dan Tynan (@tynan_on_tech) Tech humor columnist and veteran tech writer
  127. Lance Ulanoff (@lanceulanoff) Editor in Chief of PC Magazine
  128. Rick Vanover (@rickvanover) Senior IT professional and TechRepublic blogger
  129. Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) Writer on mobile tech and IT in education
  130. Werner Vogels (@werner) Amazon.com CTO
  131. Ariel Waldman (@arielwaldman) Blogger on tech and space technology
  132. Jack Wallen (@jlwallen) Linux enthusiast, columnist, and tip writer
  133. Padmasree Warrior (@padmasree) CTO of Cisco Systems
  134. Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) Computerworld columnist covering Google and Apple
  135. Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) Tech venture capitalist in New York
  136. Dave Winer (@davewiner) "The father of blogging and RSS" (BBC)
  137. Alex Wolfe (@awolfe58) Editor in Chief of InformationWeek
  138. Molly Wood (@mollywood) CNET TV host and writer; creator of the famed "Molly rant"
  139. Dave Zatz (@davezatz) Gadget and digital lifestyle blogger
  140. Jonathan Zittrain (@zittrain) Author and Harvard professor covering the Internet

About

Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

57 comments
Samuel Leung
Samuel Leung

Didn't spot you in there anywhere Jason Hiner. Slot yourself in somewhere?

eternal_life
eternal_life

If I should follow that kohort of whatever 'experts' I should be complete disabled to perform ANY substance that matter to any workrelated topic.

pcolpitts
pcolpitts

Jerimiah Owyang left Forrester months ago and is now with Altimeter Group

Michael from VA
Michael from VA

This is a virtually useless, dangerous list reinforcing the CNBC perspective of the "tech" industry --that those who write or comment about technology and investments in it are more important than those who design, deploy and protect the technology. Talk ab out self congratulatory, and self fulfilling prophecies !

kmcoates
kmcoates

A tech expert Twitter list without Shel Israel (@shelisrael), author of "Twitterville"? Doesn't seem right.

bobjhart
bobjhart

Nice. Where's Phil McKinney?

fre3ze
fre3ze

Excellent list. Thanks a lot mate.

mowster
mowster

Instead of listing alphabetically, how about categorizing them by focus areas: Consumer Tech Enterprise/B2B Tech Apple Google ?

Grumpa777
Grumpa777

I'm old and have a low tolerance/attention span for 'unordered lists'. At least put them together by expertise category and give your list an easily recognizable worth. I recognize about a dozen names and their descriptions don't give a clue as to why I would want to read their twitters. Without trying to be too offensive or mean-spirited... your list is worthless to me. Sorry.

masterriles
masterriles

Shawn Riley - Health Info Technology expert and 25,000 some followers too @rilescat

yourcomputerpros
yourcomputerpros

Add Ericc Henir - an obscure and opinionated "know-it-all" editor at Tech Republic. Ha, ha, ha! (Keep up your good work!)

Jpolking
Jpolking

You might want to consider @knieriemen (Greg Knierimen) and @3parfarley (Marc Farley), hosts of the Infosmack podcast, the leading (and maybe the only) enterprise tech podcast: http://bit.ly/bwZXhS

info
info

thanks Jason, this is a great resource and I will be sharing it with my network.

steve
steve

Since he's a fan, follows you on twitter, and tweets about tech daily! :)

tpayton
tpayton

thanks for the list! Great folks to follow. Consider adding at least: @BurgessCT @LindaCriddle @Intel_Chris which focus on key tech issues, but also specialize in online safety. There are several more focused on online safety. Kind regards, Theresa. Twitter: @FortaliceLLC

pacsguy
pacsguy

Man, what a watered down list. Very few there who I would consider an "expert". Cull out the pundits, bloggers, those in the industry of writing *about* technology (as opposed to actually *doing* anything interesting) and you've got a decent (albiet 90% shorter) list. Thanks for the laugh though!

leoweltman
leoweltman

140 experts! Maybe there's some wheat in all that chaff, but I've got better things to do than spend time winnowing the good stuff out. If I need answers to questions, Google and Dogpile are my weapons of choice. I spend more than enough time on line as it is, thank you

johnswolter
johnswolter

As interesting as this is 140 new people to follow will overwhelm my twitter page. One thing about social networking is the more personal contact. Even if I id a few of them some are just so chatty that I'd end up turning them off. Jeff Pulver of VoIP fame sends every hour, I had to turn him off. Maybe that would be ok if he was at an important show. The extreme data dump is an Internet problem. How could that be managed? Search engines?

dan
dan

hey jason, thanx for the shout out. always an honor to be sandwiched between gina and lance. one thing, though: does this mean I'll have to start writing about Macs now?

mwilensky
mwilensky

You listed Ed Bott twice (11 & 13).

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

This list is more about the experts who communicate interesting tech stuff than the people who are busy doing interesting stuff (and who the communicators end write about). There are a few exceptions, people like Padmasree Warrior and Werner Vogels.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

And if those who design, deploy, or protect technology don't write about their work, then it's impossible to put them on such a list. If you know of those who work in such fields and write, post, blog, or tweet about their work, link to them in a reply. Complaining while failing to do so makes you no better than those you condemn.

Madsmaddad
Madsmaddad

My first thought on looking down the list. MAny are Journalists, a few are Officers of their company, and there's an odd few left. If they were sorted you would find x many journalists all twitting about Macs, or Security, or whatever, and then you could choose the one to watch. In order to have time to do anything, we have to choose between those that 'do' and those that 'talk'. How's that for an Engineering solution :- Weed out the twits. PM

uptownj
uptownj

What about @jaywitter Copy Paste into find people

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

as I've demonstrated here frequently. However, I do recall that just because Person A follows Person B, that doesn't obligate Person B to return the favor, or even acknowledge Person A's existence.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Go ahead and make your own list and then post the link here.

BaruchAtta
BaruchAtta

How about...the so-called expert tech journalists (from this blog) subscribe to all 140 twits, and then boil it down and present the information in informative articles? How about that? Poisonally (reference to the three stooges) I don't subscribe to any twitters.

bill
bill

...the founder of HARO. He's very tech-world connected, always talking about the newest gadgetry. Also Ethan Zukerman, founder of Geek Corps, Harvard Law Fellow, very informed on where the tech world is going. As for those who tweet too much, Tim O'Riley is guilty of that, sometimes sending 5 or 6 an hour. Heavy info, but had to shush him.

dwren1
dwren1

I'm pretty sure Al Gore said he invented the internet. ;)

medbiller
medbiller

If I twiter Bill Gates, do you think he will answer back?

davidt
davidt

I've never twittered, facebooked or myspaced. If I want to follow some of these tweets, how do I do it solely from Outlook 2007? Or is this an RSS issue?

kthomas
kthomas

Add Michelle Lentz @writetech to the list

caperspark
caperspark

A very impressive list of people to follow on Twitter. However, there was one notable omission, and it would be that of Michael Geist. This guy is the best when it comes to our rights concerning the Internet. Everyone must read his blog (and his tweets). They are always very informative. http://twitter.com/michaelgeist

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Why do you think others would be interested in following you; er, him?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

To get value out of Twitter you have to carefully and regularly cull the list of the people you follow. In fact, I've had people that I've followed, unfollowed, and refollowed a couple times in the past three years. It's all based on whether the person posts useful stuff or too much fluff.

BaruchAtta
BaruchAtta

"...that doesn't obligate Person B to return the favor..." And that's mean.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Which is where most of the worthwhile names on this list post their technology information worth reading, unencumbered by the Twitter posts about their personal lives and other non-tech crud few others care about. Look at the list, go each person's Twitter page long enough to find a link to his or her blog, and read that instead.

pld321288
pld321288

Searched for name on twitter ans got nothing...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

There are probably 8 bazigillion people following Bill. I doubt you'll give him any reason to separate you from the rest.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It's free, and you don't have to post anything yourself in order to follow others. Go to http://www.twitter.com If you're concerned about security, create a disposable e-mail account with G-mail, MSN, etc. first and use that address. (Heck, use mine; somebody should.) You may not want to follow ALL these people initially; you may get a severe case of information overload. Pick a dozen you've heard of or seem interesting to get a feel for the service. Or you can bookmark each person's Twitter site and beat the F5 key to death :D

writetechnology
writetechnology

Thanks so much - I do appreciate that! Alot! However, my Twitter ID is actually @writetechnology. So if I do get added to the list, might as well do it right! :-)

1LUV1T
1LUV1T

@anthonyoren - IT Professional (Systems, Network, Hacking news)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

A bunch of people walk up to a person and say, "Please tell us something." The person says something useful. Each of those people then expect the first one to listen to them. Some want to talk about the same subject. Others want to talk about things important to them but of no interest to the first person. He chooses to listen some and ignore others; there are just too many to listen to them all. You're finding insult where none is intended. You weren't told 'screw you'; you were told what you asked for: something useful. That doesn't obligate the first person to ask you for something, or to read what you post. You don't really think Oprah follows the tens of thousands that actively follow her, do you? (For that matter, you don't really think Oprah posts her own tweets, do you?) Twitter DOESN'T mirror real life. That anyone could even venture that assumption gives me more concern for the negative impact of 'social networking' on 21st century society and human interaction than I thought possible.

BaruchAtta
BaruchAtta

Let's assume that Twitter mirrors real life (maybe a strech). So here is a real life situation. You walk up to a real person and say "I admire you. Please tell me something." The person says "screw you, get out of here, I don't want anything to do with you." That's what I call "mean". So, in essence, Twitter is mean.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

If I choose to follow someone on a technology subject, that doesn't mean they're required to be interested in what I have to say about gardening or stock car racing. One of my big complaints with Twitter is the mixing of personal and professional information. I may be interested in what someone has to say about a technology issue, but I'm not willing to wade through their political opinions, movie reviews, child's grades, or dining choices to get to it. I read an expert to get information on his or her field of expertise. His opinion of a great television show or new book is no better, worse, or interesting than mine. That's why I prefer to read web logs. The authors are more likely to stick to the subject at hand than to tell me about their home improvement project. Unless you're Bob Villa, who cares?

davidt
davidt

That'll get me started. Sometimes I think I'm getting too old for all this, though I do pretty good on the pure networking issues.