Vala Afshar's top 100 influencers on Twitter

A great list of news, management, business, and technology leaders for you to follow on Twitter.

Photo credit: "Achieving Clarity" by Michael Krigsman
Photo credit: "Achieving Clarity" by Michael Krigsman

Everyone is fascinated by influencers; the best possess skills, experience, and qualities that can help us achieve the clarity needed to reach safety during difficult situations.


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:

  1. Content quality: Intelligent, current, thought provoking, forward looking, and inspiring commentary that makes you challenge your own assumptions.
  2. Contribution frequency: Thought leaders who are highly active social networkers and produce daily content that benefits their network.
  3. 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.

All Things D
Business Insider
CIO Online
Harvard Business Review
Huffington Post
INC Magazine
MIT Sloan Management Review
New York Times
The Atlantic
Wall Street Journal

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:

Robin Sharma
Sean Gardner
Angela Maiers
Ann Tran
Cheryl K. Burgess
Clay Christensen
Cory Booker
Daniel Newman
Daniel Pink
Dorie Clarck
Deb Mills-Scofield
Don Tapscott
John Jantsch
Erika Andersen
Gianpiero Petriglieri
Heidi Grant Halvorson
Shep Hyken
Jeff Bullas
Jesse Lyn Stoner
Kare Anderson
Tristan Bishop
Dan Rockwell
Steve Keating
Liz Strauss
Lolly Daskal
Ann Handley
Mari Smith
Marsha Collier
Mike Myatt
Pam Moore
Paulo Coelho
Petteri Tarkkonen
Richard Branson
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Shawn Murphy
Simon Sinek
Martin Zwilling
Steve Denning
Ted Coine
Ted Rubin
Tom Peters
Tony Robbins
Tony Schwartz
Umair Haque

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:

Amy Jo Martin
David Armano
Marc Benioff
Bill Gross
Brian Solis
Chris Brogan
Dave Gray
Dave McClure
Alex Howard
Ekaterina Walter
Fred Wilson
Gary Vaynerchuk
Guy Kawasaki
Jason Falls
John Gallant
John Nosta
Whitney Johnson
Jon Ferrara
Jeremiah Owyang
Krishnan Subramanian
Aaron Levie
Mark Fidelman
Meghan M. Biro
Mark P McDonald
Mitch Lieberman
Michael Krigsman
Mark Suster
Nilofer Merchant
Om Malik
Paul Greenberg
Raj Setty
Roman Stanek
Ray Wang
Robert Scoble
Scott D Anthony
Steve Case
Tim O'Reilly

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.


A great list from Dennis Moore:  Trusted enterprise software experts: The #EnSW Twitter list

Chris Selland suggests being wary of all influencer lists: The Politics of Influence