Here is Vala Afshar’s list of the “top 100 Twitter accounts that every business, technology, and leadership person should follow on Twitter.” Vala holds the titles Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Customer Officer at Enterasys Networks, and is a respected business leader himself. Given Vala’s reputation, I thought it worthwhile to reproduce his list here [disclosure: Vala is a colleague, friend, and market strategy consulting client].
The words below are Vala’s:
My criteria for selecting the very best Twitter accounts was based on three factors:
Content quality: Intelligent, current, thought provoking, forward looking, and inspiring commentary that makes you challenge your own assumptions.
Contribution frequency: Thought leaders who are highly active social networkers and produce daily content that benefits their network.
A willingness to engage: A willingness to engage the network is what social is all about. Leadership is conversations and the willingness to converse with your network is a very important element of collaboration.
Media companies and organizations that produce amazing daily content, covering a very rich and diverse set of business, leadership and technology news.
Absolutely brilliant thought leaders who are experts in the fields of business, management, leadership, politics, economics, education, and personal development. They frequently produce inspiring content that enable us to reach our full potential. They are thought leaders who are willing to truly engage via Twitter; they are thankful, humble, and ideal mentors:
The final group of social leaders actively share innovation, startups, technology, and business transformation thought leadership content on Twitter. This group of entrepreneurs, authors, CXO business executives, venture capitalists, analysts, pundits, and futurists are engaging, super smart, and are shaping future business and technology trends:
Final thoughts. As you read Vala's list, keep in mind that any such grouping is by nature arbitrary and incomplete. Vala gets kudos for asking his large number of Twitter followers to contribute their recommendations, but that doesn't change the basic nature and limitations of lists.