The first step for turning Twitter into a useful business tool is finding a good group of people to follow. You want to find people who share your interests, post minimal chatter, and whose opinions you value. If you are an IT executive then you're in luck, because an IT leadership consultant named Chris Curran has put together a list of CIOs on Twitter.
Curran's list is in the form of a dashboard (see below), which isn't a surprise since his blog is CIOdashboards.com and the topic of building business dashboards for CIOs dominates most of his posts.
Curran has divided up his list CIOs by industry, based on the following 21 industries:
- Energy & Utilities
- Federal Government
- Financial Services
- High Tech
- HR Services
- Industry Association
- Restaurant & Hospitality
- Retail & Distribution
- State & Local Government
- Travel & Transportation
Curran is also looking to add more CIOs to the list, so if you're a CIO and want to get on the list, just add a comment at the bottom of the post with your information and Twitter handle. Whether you're an IT leader who is new to Twitter or you're already established, take a look at this CIO Twitter Dashboard. You will likely find some very good peers worth following.
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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.