Who should you follow on Twitter if you want to succeed fast?
It depends on who you are, where you’re at, and what success means to you.
Ultimately, you have to decide who’s best placed on Twitter to help you out. Factors you might consider include:
- How close they are to a person you want to reach.
- How responsive they are on Twitter.
- Whether they have the power to make a decision that gets you to where you want to be.
- Whether you have something in common, so you can start a conversation.
We’ve put together a small(ish) list of 973 people to get you started. We’re not saying you should follow all these people (though give us a Twitter shoutout if you do follow any of them). We’re just showing you how easy it can be to find and connect with people who have influence.
When you’ve found the people who you’d like to talk to, check out our article on getting the attention of Twitter influencers.
Ready to dig in? Then let’s get started!
Are you an entrepreneur or business owner? Other entrepreneurs can give you great advice on how to make the most of your business.
And you never know, they might (one day) give you the investment you need, too (though always build a relationship first, and never use Twitter to make the ask).
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to connect with business founders on Twitter. These include:
- Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable.
- Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass and Evan Williams, co-founders of Twitter.
- Gina Trapani, founder of Lifehacker.
- Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed.
- Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever, co-founders of Quora.
- Luis von Ahn, founder of reCAPTCHA and Duolingo.
- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
- Leo Widrich and Joel Gascoigne, co-founders of BufferApp.
Got a story you want to tell? Of course, you can start up your own blog, or share it with the world on Twitter.
But if you want to shine an ultra-bright spotlight on what you’re doing, then traditional media is still the way to go. And that means connecting with reporters and editors.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of publications… but it will help you see how easy it can be to find editors and journalists on Twitter.
- New York Times editors and reporters (a list of 690 people!)
- Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian (see also the Guardian’s lists for more editors).
- Washington Post staff, a list of 70 people.
- Wall Street Journal reporters, a list of 144 journalists.
Bonus 5 We Love!
Here are our special picks – five Twitter users we’re sure you’ll love! (Click their names to check out their Twitter accounts)
Who is Aaron Lee? Aaron is a Malaysian blogger who rose to fame sharing his passion for coffee. He now blogs about social media marketing.
Why follow Aaron? Aaron makes a point of engaging with as many of his followers as he can. If you want to start a conversation with an influencers, try talking to Aaron Lee.
Who is Mari Smith? Mari is the queen of Facebook. Whatever you need to know about Facebook marketing, she’s your gal. She also has a huge Twitter following.
Why follow Mari? Because she’s fun-loving, inspirational and she’ll always brighten your day. Plus she shares extremely useful stuff.
Who is Derek Halpern? Derek is the founder and lead writer at Social Triggers, a blog that helps readers become more influential.
Why follow Derek? You’ll learn proven psychological tricks and techniques to help you (and your business) succeed faster.
Who is Ankesh Kothari? Ankesh is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Mumbai, India.
Why follow Ankesh? Pretty much everything he shares will blow your mind and help you see the world in a new way.
Who is Leo Babauta? Leo is the founder of the Zen Habits blog.
Why follow Leo? You’ll learn how to be a minimalist and be uber-productive. Leo will show you how to have a laser-sharp focus that helps you get more done.
You Should Also Follow…
And finally… whenever we feature influencers, we link to their Twitter profiles. Why not check out these articles for the low-down on some of Twitter’s biggest names?
- Social Media’s 25 most influential women (here, here, here and here).
- The world’s five biggest social media power users.
- These 10 remarkable and highly productive marketers.
- Our top 12 power tweeters – power tweeting isn’t all about having the most followers.
You might also look at our article on using Twitter’s advanced tool to help you find brilliant opportunities and fabulous people to connect with.
Over to You
Twitter is a great way to get ahead through networking. But as we’ve said, who you must follow on Twitter is subjective. It depends on what you plan to achieve.
With that in mind, is there anyone who you’d suggest is a must follow? Which Twitter accounts have you found the most helpful?
Let us know in the comments section, below.
One Last Thing…
Do you follow Social Caffeine on Twitter yet? If not, you should. You’ll find us here.
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