PRESENTING: The 100 Tech People You Have To Follow On Twitter
Where would we be without it? You can hate on it if you want, but it’s a great place to shoot the breeze, pick bits of news, and look at photos.
To help you get the most of Twitter, we put together a list of the 100 tech people you should be following to stay on top of the conversation of the day.
Mike Isaac is a non-stop stream of, um, stuff.
Occupation: Senior Editor at All Things D
Why: He occasionally tweets tech news. He’s often entertaining. And he’s always favoriting tweets.
Horace Dediu has the best, most insightful tweets on what’s happening in the mobile world
Sammy the Walrus IV has smart commentary on the biggest company in tech
Occupation: Apple expert with engineering and finance background
Why: He’s a big time Business Insider commenter, and he always has good insights on Apple.
Eric Jackson has money riding on his tweets
John Legere is the outspoken leader of T-Mobile
Steve Kovach/Business Insider
Occupation: CEO, T-Mobile
Why: The CEO of T-Mobile is unlike any other CEO on Twitter. He’s willing to call out his rivals and talk a lot of smack.
Frank Shaw delivers the silver lining for Microsoft with a dagger
Occupation: Lead corporate communications, Microsoft
Why: He’s the head of PR for Microsoft, and he’s really feisty on Twitter.
Jon Erlichman delivers good news scoops
Julia La Roche for Business Insider
Occupation: Senior West Coast Correspondent, Bloomberg Television
Why: Unlike a lot of reporters on Twitter who blast a tease of news plus a link to their story, Erlichman actually breaks news on Twitter for the sake of breaking news. He’s a sneaky good follow.
Chris Dixon knows the tech scene inside and out
Occupation: VC at Andreessen Horowitz
Why: Dixon is one of the savviest people in the tech scene.
MG Siegler will tell you why you’re wrong
Dan Frommer is tech’s answer to Anthony Bourdain
Occupation: Founder, CityNotes
Why: He travels the world, takes great photos, and always has an interesting take on the day’s tech news.
Mark Gurman is the best Apple reporter on the planet.
Occupation: Senior Editor, 9to5Mac
Why: Gurman is still in college, but he’s the best Apple reporter on the planet. He’s the best source if you want to know what’s coming next from Apple.
Steve Case blasts out a great mix of tech news
academy of achievement/business insider
Occupation: Co-Founder, AOL; Chairman, Case Foundation and Revolution
Why: The co-founder of AOL tweets out a fabulously eclectic mix of tech news and nuggets of wisdom.
David Pogue is his usual goofy self on Twitter
Occupation: Tech Columnist, New York Times
Why: David Pogue is the gadget reviewer for the New York Times and on Twitter he lets his goofy persona shine through.
Paul Haddad is the mad scientist behind Tweetbot
Gabe Rivera has a dry sense of humor
Jason Hirschhorn is a great mix of funny, clever, and insightful
Occupation: Curator, MediaReDEF
Why: He knows what’s really happening in the digital media business.
Julia Boorstin tweets all sorts of fun little tech news nuggets
Occupation: Journalist for CNBC
Why: CNBC doesn’t give her enough airtime, so we get a nice stream of nuggets on tech and digital media.
Ari Paparo is funny, and he knows ad tech
Occupation: SVP Media Products for Bazaarvoice
Why: Ari Paparo is the man!
Kara Swisher is breaking news constantly
Occupation: Co-Executive Editor, AllThingsD
Why: Want to know what’s happening at Yahoo before Yahoo’s board knows? Then you better follow Kara.
Seth Weintraub is the brains behind 9to5 Media
Occupation: Founder/boss of 9to5 Mac, 9to5 Google, and others
Why: He tweets about his Tesla. And sometimes Google and Apple.
Aaron Levie is the funniest man in tech on Twitter
Occupation: CEO Box
Why: Levie’s shtick is getting a little tiresome, but it’s still great. He tweets out funny tech messages, or bite sized inspiration quotes about running a business.
Jack Dorsey invented Twitter …
Occupation: CEO of Square, cofounder of Twitter
Why: He’s kind of a big deal.
Rupert Murdoch is more candid than you’d expect
Kontra does a good job of tweaking people
Brooke Hammerling has a lot more control over your tech news than you realize
Occuaption: Founder, Brew PR
Why: She’s in charge of the fantastic Brew PR firm, and she knows more about the tech scene than 99.99% of the people on Twitter. Ignore her at your own peril.
Steven Levy always gets early access to the biggest stories
Occupation: Senior writer, Wired
Why: Levy is the guy that gets early access to all the biggest stories in tech. The reason? He can offered a well-written, fair story that everyone enjoys reading.
Chris Sacca is a big angel investor
Hunter Walk is regularly retweeted by people on this list
Elon Musk wants to take you to outer space
Paul Graham is one of the most important people in tech
Occupation: Y Combinator main dude
Why: Y Combinator, the startup incubator, is one of the biggest things in tech. If you want to see what it’s thinking, follow Graham.
Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook
Occupation: Chairman and CEO, Facebook
Why: He almost never tweets, so he won’t jam up your feed! But if he ever does, it’s newsworthy. And besides, not that many people realize he’s on Twitter.
Dan Primack is a scoopster
Occupation: Blogs about deals and deal-makers for FORTUNE
Why: When he’s not breaking the news on Twitter, he’s busy telling you what the news really means.
Sara Livingston is a smart tweeter on ad tech
Andy Rubin only tweets news about Android
Occupation: Working on secret projects at Google
Why: He’s not much of a tweeter, but when he does, it’s news.
John Paczkowski tweets about Apple and other biggies in tech.
Ed Bott is one of the few Microsoft defenders in tech
Jenna Wortham is stylish and entertaining
Occupation: Tech reporter, New York Times
Why: She knows the next story in tech that matters.
Reid Hoffman has a good twitter handle
Occupation: Partner, Greylock; Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, LinkedIn
Why: He has the golden touch.
Nick Bilton is trying to make it so you can use your Kindle during takeoff
Occupation: Columnist and Lead Writer, New York Times Bits Blog
Why: He’s a leading voice for one of the most important newspapers in the world. He’s also on a quest to change the rules about operating gadgets during a plane’s takeoff.
Richard Rosenblatt will apologize if he hasn’t been tweeting much
Andrew Mason is working on stuff
Sean Parker is an interesting guy
Peter Kafka is a good mix of tech, media, and sarcasm
Occupation: Tech writer, Former Silicon Alley Insider employee
Why: He does a good job of tweeting out an eclectic mix of the top tech stories of the day, as well as his own scoops.
Jon Fortt will keep you informed
Occupation: Tech reporter for CNBC
Why: He’s really good at tracking the big news in tech, and keeping you ready for what’s coming.
Dennis Crowley is humanized through his Twitter feed
Occupation: Co-Founder, foursquare
Why: Another CEO who breaks the mold: You can really get a sense of who he is and what he’s interested in.
Tristan Walker is ultra-positive
Tristan Walker was an early Foursquare member. Now he’s headed to the venture side.
Occupation: Entrepreneur in residence at Andreessen Horowitz
Why: He knows what’s happening in the tech industry, and unlike a lot of people, he comes across as happy to see others succeed.
Nick Denton is the smartest man in digital media
Occupation: Founder, Gawker Media
Why: Epic smack talk. He’ll cut you to pieces.
Om Malik gives you the high-level perspective
Occupation: Founder, GigaOM; Venture Partner, True Ventures
Why: Om Malik is royalty in the tech blogging scene. He breaks his fair share of stories, but he also provide evenhanded analysis of the day’s news.
Rafat Ali is the man
Occupation: CEO and Founder, Skift; Founder, paidContent
Why: A true inspiration to people in digital media.
Mat Honan is one of the best writers on Earth
Robert Scoble is Robert Scoble
Nitasha Tiku breaks lots of news
Keith Rabois is one of the most connected people in the Valley.
Occupation: Investor at Khosla Ventures.
Why: He likes sports, he loves tech, he’s smarter than you.
Eric Hippeau’s opinion on digital media is more important than yours
Alexia Tsotsis is a peak inside the mind of a different sort of tech writer
Occupation: Co-Editor, TechCrunch
Why: It’s a good balance between random tweets and tech tweets.
Tom Merritt does a live video podcast
Patrick Keane is a refreshing change of pace
Occupation: President of Sharethrough
Why: He rarely, if ever, tweets about tech. But who cares? He’s funny, and he loves Philly sports teams.
Ben Horowitz loves rap (and startups)
Street Insider is the best for earnings news
Occupation: Business news site
Why: Street Insider isn’t 100% focused on tech. But, when major tech companies report earnings, Street Insider tweets out all the details very quickly. It’s a good way to see the earnings numbers as they hit.
Mark Suster understands the big themes in tech
Occupation: Partner, GRP Partners
Why: One the most interesting and opinionated investors in the tech world.
Michael Yavonditte is a startup CEO who is on top of the news
Occupation: CEO, YieldMo
Why: It’s great to get some perspective on the latest tech fad. As someone who has successfully built and sold companies, Yavonditte provides that.
Jessica Lessin is launching a tech site, so she’s going to have some news for you
Occupation: Launching a new tech news site
Why: Formerly a WSJ reporter, Lessin is doing her own news site. As a result, she should be tweeting out all her scoops and exclusives.
Fred Wilson is one of the most influential people in tech
Occupation: Venture Capitalist
Why: He’s not much of a tweeter, truth be told, but he does link to his site and he does occasionally say some interesting stuff. The real reason to follow him is that he’s one of the most important people in the tech business, and you don’t want to miss anything he says.
Philip Schiller will tweet about cars, and occasionally rivals
Occupation: Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing, Apple Inc.
Why: Apple is an unbelievably closed up company. The fact that one of its top execs occasionally tweets and gives you a glimpse into his personality makes Schiller worth following.
Dina Bass is an excellent Microsoft reporter
Farhad Manjoo tweets a great collection of links
John Doerr is one of the most important VCs in the world
Occupation: Venture Capitalist, Kleiner Perkins Caufield @ Byers
Why: When one of the most important VCs in the world is blasting out what he’s thinking or reading, you pay attention.
Walter Piecyk is an excellent, underrated analyst
Occupation: Investor; Blogger, Sinocism
Why: He was the first to turn bearish on Apple, which was right, and now he’s bullish … which may be right. We’ll see.
Danny Sullivan knows the ins and outs of Google better than anyone
Evelyn Rusli is the ace tech deals reporter for the NYT
Occupation: Reporter, WSJ
Why: Get the inside scoop on who is buying who.
Atul Arora tweets out the best of the best links
Rene Ritchie is a solid Apple reporter
David Tisch knows what’s happening with early stage startups
Why: He talks about startups.
Benedict Evans is another smart person with insights on Twitter
Brad Feld has the inside scoop on Boulder
Occupation: Managing Director, Foundry Group
Why: He knows a lot about what’s happening in the startup scene.
David Lee is a big time angel investor
Ben Lerer is another person to give you the tech lols
Occupation: Co-Founder of Thrillist, and Lerer Ventures
Why: He’s a funny dude.
Joanna Stern knows what’s up
Josh Topolsky is bit of sub tweeter, but that’s cool
Occupation: Editor-in-Chief, The Verge
Why: He’s almost only tweeting Verge links, but that’s okay because The Verge has lots of good stuff. He’s almost like a best of the Verge twitter feed.
Joanne Wilson invests in startups
Nilay Patel is smarter than you
Max Levchin is a PayPal mafia member
Occupation: Founder, Glow
Why: Serial entrepreneur who knows everyone in the Valley and is always cooking up something interesting.
Mahendra Palsule is another great aggregator
Emily Chang is the best person on TV to talk tech
Occupation: Host, Bloomberg West
Why: She hosts the fabulous Bloomberg West. She also sends out great first hand reports on Twitter.
Arianna Huffington is great
Occupation: President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group
Why: She’s the queen of all media.
Vinicius Vacanti understands the daily deals business better than anyone
Occupation: Co-Founder and CEO, Yipit
Why: He’s not just running his own startup, he’s also intelligently analyzing other startups.
Philip Berne works for Samsung and actually talks to you
Shakil Khan was as important to Spotify as its CEO
DHH will stir it up
Dave Winer is a tech historian
Occupation: Developed first blogging software, RSS and podcasting, outliners, web CMS. Media hacker. Boot strapper. Writer. Academic. Friendly.
Why: Pay attention and you could actually learn something.
John Borthwick is a big deal
Occupation: CEO, Betaworks
Why: As CEO of Betaworks, he’s one of the most important people in NYC tech.
Charles Arthur is smart
Marco Arment is surprisingly influential
Occupation: Founder, Instapaper
Why: He hates us, but that’s okay. He’s still worth following on Twitter.
Jonathan Glick will put you in the conversation
Jim Dalrymple is another great Apple source
Marissa Mayer is the golden girl-geek of the Valley
Occupation: CEO Yahoo
Why: She’s a light tweeter, but it’s always news when she tweets.
Jeff Weiner runs LinkedIn
Anil Dash is one of the more thoughtful people on Twitter
Occupation: Co-Founder and Managing Director, Activate; Co-Founder, ThinkUp; Publisher, Editor, and Owner, Dashes.com
Why: He understands the startup scene and drives conversation.