The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

Summary: 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.

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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.

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

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  • Who's worth following on Twitter?

    Post your top 10.
    jasonhiner
    • Glad Kevin Rose isn't in Top10, but...

      I'm glad you didn't add Kevin Rose to your Top
      10. He tweets the most mundane stuff (like what
      he is eating for lunch or what he's craving). I
      am still aghast as to why he is even on the Top
      3 on Twitter... Digg.com's 13-15 year old
      users, perhaps? Leo LaPorte is far more
      cerebral and his tweets make sense.
      j3pr0x
  • I must have missed getting the magic decoder ring

    in my box of Wheaties, or Frosted Flakes, or ??? This stuff is about as interesting as watching a transcript of a Beavis & Butthead conversation. Much of it is also indescribably arcane, and again, I didn't get the decoder ring.

    I can only think of 1 person whose stream of consciousness I might ever want to see, and I haven't found Robin Williams on there yet.
    chrome_slinky@...
  • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

    Um, no one. Twitter is a productivity suck and a near useless medium for serious communication and collaboration.

    Twitter represents a great vehicle for self-aggrandizement and a feeling of pseudo-importance and relevance, I suppose.

    Sad how miserable and shallow people are becoming.
    IndustryWatcher
    • It's a virtual water cooler ...

      on a global scale.

      It's often the first place I hear about breaking tech news these days.
      jasonhiner
      • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

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        super_zoloft
    • Useful communications tool

      Will have to respectfully disagree. For industry analysts and AR professionals at tech companies, Twitter is a very useful addition to the communications toolbox. Not the end all and be all, but a good tool for specific activities.

      Like Jason,I personally find Twitter a great source of breaking news. Many of the reports on SageCircle's blog about the analyst layoffs at six analyst firms in the last three weeks started with a tweet.
      carter@...
    • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

      @IndustryWatcher
      You may be right to some extent and lots of Twitter Watchers would agree with you, but there are some people and organizations on Twitter worth following. Their aim is not, as you said, to boost that awesome feeling of pseudo-importance, but to really communicate something. It's difficult to just find them by a simple search, but they do exist. For example, I can show you a very good Twitter account, that I highly recommend, intended to give useful advice and news to entrepreneurs that are in search of successful business plan tips and <a href="http://twitter.com/VCgate">funding companies</a>.
      All the best, Len.
      LenWilliams
  • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

    Great list. I'm glad O'Reilly was omitted, with his neo-socialist posts of irrelevancy.
    aspit
  • you missed Chris Pirillo

    http://twitter.com/chrispirillo
    Randalllind
  • What about me??

    :(
    Andrew Mager
    • is this you?

      mager / Andrew Mager I can move really fast in the web browser. Technical producer and social engineer at CBS Interactive
      Randalllind
      • Yes

        :)
        Andrew Mager
  • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

    Great list, interesting to see three industry analysts show up in the top 10.

    For your readers who are interested in following tech industry analysts, SageCircle maintains the Analyst Twitter Directory. Weekly updates and now more than 325 analysts listed.

    http://sagecircle.wordpress.com/directories/analyst-twitter-directory/

    There is the companion list for analyst relations relations professions - AR Twitter Directory

    http://sagecircle.wordpress.com/directories/ar-twitter-directory/

    Carter Lusher, Strategist
    SageCircle, analyst of the analysts and AR best practices
    www.twitter.com/carterlusher
    carter@...
  • Enderle? No way.

    Sorry, Enderle has proven himself a paid shill who will simply promote his clients with no regards for sound technology insight. See http://www.hollywoodinhidef.com/blog_detail.php?id=259 for many examples....
    BillShepp
    • Why?

      Yeah, I've taken heat over adding Enderle to the list, but I like what Rob has to say because he has original opinions and doesn't just go along with hype.

      I don't always agree with a lot of those opinions but it's good to hear perspectives from outside the echo chamber.
      jasonhiner
  • Is this a joke?

    The Enderle Rule: Everyone stops reading an article at the
    first mention of Rob Enderle. So really, your list isn't top 10.
    it's stillborn.
    barbose
  • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

    So great that you have included our CTO, Padmasree Warrior...she really is embracing the technology. If you'd like general Cisco insights and updates, please follow us at http://www.twitter.com/CiscoSystems
    JohnEarnhardt
  • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

    Of course, the most popular, and my faves, are not in the top ten but the "other 20"
    wxjunkie
  • RE: The 10 best techies worth following on Twitter

    I am not sure how Leo Laporte is not in the top 10.
    adcmarti