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Techies: The top 10 people you should follow on Twitter

Twitter can be a valuable tool for gathering collective intelligence from experts in the technology industry. The challenge is selecting the right people to follow. Here are the top 10.

For new users on Twitter, the toughest thing to figure out is who to follow. And since Twitter is a real-time stream of 140-character updates from people whose thoughts and opinions matter to you, the issue of who to follow is what makes Twitter either a time-waster or a useful tool for gathering intelligence.

With that in mind, I've put together a list of the top techies worth following on Twitter.

You can also find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jasonhiner.

My list isn't based on the most famous tech personalities who have Twitter accounts or the ones who have the most Twitter followers. Instead, I've looked for the technology thought leaders who post the most useful information--links, news, tips, inside information, and perspectives on current events. I also looked for techies whose Twitter streams weren't filled with too much chaff--off topic thoughts, lots of short replies, and detailed reports on what they had for lunch.

So here is the cream that rose to the top:

10. Rob Enderle (Analyst, Enderle Group): Rob is renowned for looking at the tech world with a discerning, critical eye; fortunately, he's brought that same perspective to Twitter and successfully deployed it in 140-character chunks 9. Paul Thurrott (Founder, Windows Supersite): Terrific source for information on the Microsoft product ecosystem; not afraid to tell you when he loves something or hates it; uses Twitter to share both news and tips 8. Jeremiah Owyang (Analyst, Forrester Research): Focuses on communication and how technology is revolutionizing it in all its forms, even focuses on Twitter itself; his blog post on how he uses Twitter is an excellent starting point for those who want to learn how to be useful on Twitter 7. Lance Ulanoff (Editor in Chief of PCMag): Excellent source of links, quick news hits, and instant analysis on lots of general tech topics 6. Charlene Li (Author and thought leader): Provides big picture perspectives on emerging technologies, social networking, and the overall direction of the technology world 5. Jason Snell (Editorial Director of Macworld): Best Twitter source for fair-minded information about Apple and its galaxy of products 4. Rafe Needleman (Editor of Webware): For Web 2.0, cloud computing, and Silicon Valley startup information, Rafe has it covered; doesn't post as often as some of others on this list but nearly everything he does post is worthwhile 3. Dave Zatz (Digital lifestyle writer): Great perspectives on gadgets and digital lifestyle technologies; Twitter has a lot of big-name gadget writers but none of them post as much relevant content on Twitter as Dave 2. Padmasree Warrior (CTO at Cisco Systems): The highest ranking tech executive you'll find on Twitter (who actually posts useful stuff); offers an inside look at a high-ranking IT executive and she regularly shares astute observations about the direction of tech, the economy, and the world at large 1. Harry McCracken (Editor of Technologizer): Former PC World editor has rapidly--and successfully-- refashioned himself as a Web journalist; he writes early and often on a wide variety of tech subjects and no techie on Twitter has a better wheat-to-chaff ratio than Harry. That's why he made No. 1.

Honorable mention

Here are another 20 techies that didn't quite make the top 10 but are still worth following.

TechRepublic editors and authors

You can also find a lot of TechRepublic editors and authors on Twitter, as well as a Twitter feed of the latest TechRepublic blog posts:

What do you think about my top 10? Who would you put in your top 10? Join the discussion.

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About

Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

60 comments
mayazoe
mayazoe

Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.Buy Facebook Likes

calvinbrock7351
calvinbrock7351

I also looked for techies whose Twitter streams weren't filled with too much chaff--off topic thoughts, lots of short replies, and detailed reports on what they had for lunch

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TechnOntology
TechnOntology

CTO yes, but look at her tweets. Nothing personal,but you really have to dig to find anything insightful, clever, or even informative.

Tomi Ahonen
Tomi Ahonen

Hi Jason Its an impressive list, quite comphrehensive and includes many that I also currently follow. However I do find it being the truth, nothing but the truth, but missing the whole truth. In fact its only half of the truth. Like if you picked the best thinkers of the personal computer space in the 1990s, but only included the Apple/Mac side of the aisle, and ignored totally the Microsoft side of the personal computer. In the whole list of Top 10 to follow, not one mobilist. In your honorable mentions there is only one with a mobile focus (Sascha) but even that is the mobilist of PC Magazine, and a very USA-centric view at that (where the US cellphone market is acknowledged by most mobile industry experts even in America, to be years behind the most advanced mobile markets such as Japan, South Korea, Finland, Sweden, Italy and Israel) Now, clearly you Jason must be then "biased" to think that most technology worth following is on the PC/internet side of the fence and the mobile/cellphone side is "irrelevant" not even worth following at 10% of your recommendations. That is fine, you have your own opinion. I would ask your readers to reconsider, however, that Google CEO says the future of the internet is mobile; that Yahoo CEO says the future of the internet is mobile; that Apple CEO changed the name of the company to no longer be Apple Computer, and is now only Apple, when he announced the iPhone (suggesting that even Apple thinks mobile is at least a relevant part of their future). Perhaps even you Jason might be inclined to seek some more mobilists to include in your faves to follow. Or perhaps you like to ignore the blatantly obvious future not unlike an ostrich sticking its head in the sand? Cheers, from one mobilist.. Tomi Ahonen :-) Twittering @tomiahonen www.tomiahonen.com

LarryBoy2
LarryBoy2

I have to agree w/ Palmetto and some others on this one. I don't have time to keep up w/ all the e-mail and blogs that are useful and/or interesting, either professionally or personally, and now I should add Twitter, too? Why? None of the "pros" noted so far in this or related blogs or the comments is enough to convince me. Also, it should be noted that my employer, a worldwide company w/ ~75K employees, has blocked access to Twitter, considering it a waste of employee productivity, and in this case I think I agree. For those of you who regularly use Twitter, how much time do you spend a week posting or reading posts?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I remember looking at it a few times, although it wasn't memorable enough to make an impression on my memory engrams. Anybody know why the button was hit?

Izzmo
Izzmo

Kevin Rose is more annoying than anything. He Twitters way too damn much.

Scholia
Scholia

A pretty clueless list, I think, and completely US-oriented, as usual! I do wonder if you've actually *read* tweets from some of the people you are puffing.... http://twitter.com/jackschofield

larrywl
larrywl

When I saw Enderle at top (okay 10th) I knew this was going to be a TERRIBLE list. Ulanoff is the only one I agree with and almost EVERYONE on your top-20 that didnt make the cut should have been on the top ten. I think you knew this though which is why you mention the next 20 anyway so that they cant complain that they weren't in the article. http://twitter.com/digitalbeat

willjamr
willjamr

You lost me right there. :-P

davebanesaccess
davebanesaccess

NoOne form universal deisgn or accessibility perspective so do feel free to try us www.twitter.com/abilitynet

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