40 Web Developers to Follow on Twitter

Update: You can now follow this list with just one click. Head over to the @carsonified/top-web-devs list.

I’ve been on Twitter since 2006 (@ryancarson) and it’s where I get all my news these days. It’s important to know who to follow in order to get the best advice, tips and news.

Here’s a list of the top web developers on Twitter (in no particular order). I’ll also be publishing lists for web designers, entrepreneurs and ‘generally interesting’ people.

[Updated: I've added some new names that should've made the first cut!]

I wasn’t able to fit everyone on this list, so please feel free to make suggestions in the comments.

  1. Leah Culver @leahculver
  2. Kevin Marks @kevinmarks
  3. John Maeda @johnmaeda
  4. Xeni Jardin @xenijardin
  5. Rasmus Lerdorf @rasmus
  6. Aza Raskin @azaaza
  7. Ian Dodsworth @iaindodsworth
  8. Gina Trapani @ginatrapani
  9. Francisco Tolmasky @tolmasky
  10. Jonathan Snook @snookca
  11. Brittany Bohnet @brit
  12. Blake Ross @blakeross
  13. Jeff Atwood @codinghorror
  14. David Recordon @daveman692
  15. Eric Meyer @meyerweb
  16. David Heinemeier Hansson @d2h
  17. Jamis Buck @jamis
  18. Andre Torrez@torrez
  19. Joe Stump @joestump
  20. Dion Almaer @dalmaer
  21. Molly E. Holzschlag @mollydotcom
  22. Chris Wilson @cwilso
  23. Shaun Inman @shauninman
  24. Mike Buzzard @mbuzzard
  25. Billie M. Mandel @synaesthete
  26. Simon Willison @simonw
  27. Matt Mullenweg @photomatt
  28. Matt Biddulph @mattb
  29. Garrett Dimon @garrettdimon
  30. Gabe Rivera @gaberivera
  31. Daniela Barbosa @danielabarbosa
  32. Drew McLellan @drewm
  33. Blaine Cook @blaine
  34. Chris Lea @chrislea
  35. John Resig @jeresig
  36. Stefan Magdalinski @smagdali
  37. Tim Bray @timbray
  38. Nate Koechley @natekoechley
  39. Christian Heilmann @codepo8
  40. Brad Neuberg @bradneuberg
  41. Alex Payne @al3x
  42. Marco Arment @marcoarment
  43. Rey Bango @reybango
  44. Cal Henderson @iamcal

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230 comments on “40 Web Developers to Follow on Twitter

  1. Well done! You created a reasonably long list which makes it possible to actually check them all out without spending half a day. ;) I do miss one brilliant tweeting web dev in your list though and that's @pixelprodigy who tweets plenty of useful resources and tips&trix around web development as well as web design. :)

  2. Well done! You created a reasonably long list which makes it possible to actually check them all out without spending half a day. ;)

    I do miss one brilliant tweeting web dev in your list though and that's @pixelprodigy who tweets plenty of useful resources and tips&trix around web development as well as web design. :)

  3. Nice list, but a lot of these people seem to be very close to “web designer”– a few that I know of just do css/html, which puts them on a close line (developers are always telling me that just doing html/css is lightweight development…very little actually logic just for display). Sad to not see that they're not all “proper coders”, especially since you said you're going to do a separate list for web designers anyway. Is there really not 40 great (solely) web developers out there to follow?

  4. Nice list, but a lot of these people seem to be very close to “web designer”– a few that I know of just do css/html, which puts them on a close line (developers are always telling me that just doing html/css is lightweight development…very little actually logic just for display).

    Sad to not see that they're not all “proper coders”, especially since you said you're going to do a separate list for web designers anyway. Is there really not 40 great (solely) web developers out there to follow?

  5. Hey Kat – You're right, the lines often blur. However, I included folks that definitely wouldn't be considered designers (Molly H and Eric Meyer for example). Feel free to make any suggestions though.

  6. Hey Kat – You're right, the lines often blur. However, I included folks that definitely wouldn't be considered designers (Molly H and Eric Meyer for example). Feel free to make any suggestions though.

    • Is Xeni Jardin @xenijardin a Web Developer?? She’s a tv personality/blogger/journalist right?

      I check on wikipedia and nothing there say that she or was a developer or even a designer. Or maybe you could give some highlights about her developer experience.

      Thanks..

  7. Great list – can I suggest adding @malarky, @brucel, and @chrisspooner to the list? They are some of my favourites :)

  8. Yea, it's a hard line– I don't actually have many notorious web developers I follow, just web developer mates (who are brilliant, but not that famous). I'm surprised @elliottkember didn't get on your list… he's usually pretty fun to follow, but I can appreciate you trying to get others on the list first :)

  9. Yea, it's a hard line– I don't actually have many notorious web developers I follow, just web developer mates (who are brilliant, but not that famous). I'm surprised @elliottkember didn't get on your list… he's usually pretty fun to follow, but I can appreciate you trying to get others on the list first :)

  10. Nice list, thanks. It would have been nice to have the devs identified by what they are into. I had to read each ones bio and visit the site before deciding to follow or not (the ones I did not know that is).

  11. I'd like to suggest a couple more names: @plightbo, @mraible, @graemerocher and without any false modesty @al3xandru.

  12. I'd like to suggest a couple more names: @plightbo, @mraible, @graemerocher and without any false modesty @al3xandru.

  13. Doug McCaughan @djuggler is a totally rockin' web developer for PHP/MySQL CF/MSSQL & up on social applications & trends and should definitely be followed! (of course, I may be a little biased..well, a lot biased)

  14. Doug McCaughan @djuggler is a totally rockin' web developer for PHP/MySQL CF/MSSQL & up on social applications & trends and should definitely be followed! (of course, I may be a little biased..well, a lot biased)

  15. Chris Pearson, creator of the Thesis WP theme @pearsonifiedBrian Gardner, creator of Revolution WP theme (now StudioPress) @bgardner

  16. Chris Pearson, creator of the Thesis WP theme @pearsonified
    Brian Gardner, creator of Revolution WP theme (now StudioPress) @bgardner

  17. Jason Fried (@jasonfried), Dave Shea (@mezzoblue), Cameron Moll (@cameronmoll), Jason Santa Maria (@jasonsantamaria)

  18. Is this just a list of developers on twitter? What is the actual criteria to be listed? Is there one? While some are well known, others are not so much and, I assume, simply added because of their popularity rather than skill. Have you reviewed their code?There are thousands of fantastic apps and code around and this list can't come anywhere near to listing all of them and seems to just be a popularity contest rather than a “useful” list.I imagine the designer list will be easier to create as their work can be viewed, but the work done behind the scenes is not as easy to review.

  19. Is this just a list of developers on twitter? What is the actual criteria to be listed? Is there one? While some are well known, others are not so much and, I assume, simply added because of their popularity rather than skill. Have you reviewed their code?

    There are thousands of fantastic apps and code around and this list can't come anywhere near to listing all of them and seems to just be a popularity contest rather than a “useful” list.

    I imagine the designer list will be easier to create as their work can be viewed, but the work done behind the scenes is not as easy to review.

  20. How glamorous! Follow their tweets, take part in their famous life! And maybe, one day, one of them will start following you!

  21. The list is completely subjective, but the basic criteria was whether or not they had built something high-profile and successful.

  22. For goodness sake, Ryan. You don't half set yourself up for some piss taking. I mean honestly, “40 Web Developers to Follow on Twitter”? How is this interesting commentary? O'Reilly Media must be quaking in their boots.I like you, really. And I've oft enjoyed your conferences and training events. But I sometimes wander what planet you are living on.

  23. For goodness sake, Ryan. You don't half set yourself up for some piss taking. I mean honestly, “40 Web Developers to Follow on Twitter”? How is this interesting commentary? O'Reilly Media must be quaking in their boots.

    I like you, really. And I've oft enjoyed your conferences and training events. But I sometimes wander what planet you are living on.

  24. Thanks for the list Ryan – I generally follow fellow web designers, but you're right in putting this list together – web developers are equally important and worthwhile following. :)My details for consideration on your upcoming web designers list:@creativeworldhttp://twitter.com/creativeworld :)

  25. Thanks for the list Ryan – I generally follow fellow web designers, but you're right in putting this list together – web developers are equally important and worthwhile following. :)

    My details for consideration on your upcoming web designers list:

    @creativeworld
    http://twitter.com/creativeworld

    :)

  26. A lot of folks want to know who are the leading developers to follow from and learn from, so yes, you bet it's valuable information. It's subjective, but it's still valuable.

  27. A lot of folks want to know who are the leading developers to follow from and learn from, so yes, you bet it's valuable information. It's subjective, but it's still valuable.

  28. This web developers list would be more helpful if you gave a “why they are on this list” tagline to each one.

  29. Black Hippy Chick is an African American Web Developer she was formally the chapter leader of Webgrrls Atlanta according to her blog. She does not write anything at all about web design but she has a rather entertaining blog and feed about life and politics . Her blog includes videos. The feed for her twitter is http://twitter.com/blackhippychick

  30. Brad Neuberg may be a talented developer (I have no idea who he is), but he has posted exactly two updates, both nine months ago. How is he someone I must follow?

  31. Are these web developers or HTML coders? Sure don't /look/ like a bunch of senior developers that are worth following…

  32. Are these web developers or HTML coders? Sure don't /look/ like a bunch of senior developers that are worth following…

  33. It's a mixed bag. This is definitely not what I'd call a list of web developers. I see designers, evangelists, both back-end and front-end people, user interaction designers and probably more different professions in this list.While most of these people are definitely worth following, this list is definitely NOT 'a list of web developers'.

  34. It's a mixed bag. This is definitely not what I'd call a list of web developers. I see designers, evangelists, both back-end and front-end people, user interaction designers and probably more different professions in this list.

    While most of these people are definitely worth following, this list is definitely NOT 'a list of web developers'.

  35. Ryan, I think this list is the perfect size. I also think it's funny how angry people can get over a simple blog post. Calm down folks, this isn't life or death, it's just a list of cool people.

  36. Ryan, I think this list is the perfect size. I also think it's funny how angry people can get over a simple blog post. Calm down folks, this isn't life or death, it's just a list of cool people.

  37. Nice list. No doubt you are on twitter since 2006, with your experience and knowledge you made the list – superb!I will wait for your list of web designers, entrepreneurs and interesting people.

  38. Nice list.

    No doubt you are on twitter since 2006, with your experience and knowledge you made the list – superb!

    I will wait for your list of web designers, entrepreneurs and interesting people.

  39. Wow..thank you so much for recognizing some awesome talent to follow for updated knowledge and tips. So many of us need that. I'm definitely going to follow them on Twitter now!

  40. Wow..thank you so much for recognizing some awesome talent to follow for updated knowledge and tips. So many of us need that. I'm definitely going to follow them on Twitter now!

  41. Dion Almaer is one of the few who actually talks about the craft on Twitter – and since he's at the heart of the Firefox machine, worth following.This list contains lots of cool people, but many don't actually discuss web development much. Follow them – of course! – but better for banter & small talk than professional purpose.One day you should have a mobile developer list too. There are more than a few gurus on Twitter who are opening up that frontier as we speak.

  42. Dion Almaer is one of the few who actually talks about the craft on Twitter – and since he's at the heart of the Firefox machine, worth following.

    This list contains lots of cool people, but many don't actually discuss web development much. Follow them – of course! – but better for banter & small talk than professional purpose.

    One day you should have a mobile developer list too. There are more than a few gurus on Twitter who are opening up that frontier as we speak.

  43. Thanks for this incredible list, it is a really long list….i hope i can follow as many as i can on twitter and make the most of it..Dave Scott

  44. Thanks for this incredible list, it is a really long list….
    i hope i can follow as many as i can on twitter and make the most of it..

    Dave Scott

  45. Thanks for the list. I have started using twitter feew weeks ago and I'm addicted. It's good to know that there are some awesome web developers on there I can possibly work something out with. Twitter is amazing and your blog post gives the the resources I can use in the future.

  46. Thanks for the list. I have started using twitter feew weeks ago and I'm addicted. It's good to know that there are some awesome web developers on there I can possibly work something out with. Twitter is amazing and your blog post gives the the resources I can use in the future.

  47. Check out @byatool, His updates are a fresh take on programming. It gets back to programming for the fun of it! He is new to Twitter but I have seen his development first hand and it rocks. He is an ASP.NET / C# Developer from Michigan!!

  48. nice list! I have to admit that I am a complete twitter newbie. I hope following 40 web designers will not kepp me busy all day long :-)

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  50. Nice list. I'd suggest @jtkendall. He's a PHP Developer who uses lots of other languages and helps people out when they have questions.

  51. Nice list. I'd suggest @jtkendall. He's a PHP Developer who uses lots of other languages and helps people out when they have questions.

  52. May be I am too old (I am 36) , but I don't get the point. Why is twitter so popular. I spent a while on it and all I can say it: it's BORING!

  53. May be I am too old (I am 36) , but I don't get the point. Why is twitter so popular. I spent a while on it and all I can say it: it's BORING!

  54. Don't forget @ElizabethN, @snipeyhead, @maggie1000 for wimmin devs. @snipeyhead wrote a few books, and @ElizabethN and @maggie present at conferences, IIRC

  55. Don't forget @ElizabethN, @snipeyhead, @maggie1000 for wimmin devs. @snipeyhead wrote a few books, and @ElizabethN and @maggie present at conferences, IIRC

  56. Some do, some don't – some talk about webdev *part* of the time. But even if they're not all webdev all the time, they're good to have as resources if you get stuck, need inspiration, etc. I have lots of industry people on my follow list. Not all of them talk shop 24/7, but I like that too.

  57. Some do, some don't – some talk about webdev *part* of the time. But even if they're not all webdev all the time, they're good to have as resources if you get stuck, need inspiration, etc. I have lots of industry people on my follow list. Not all of them talk shop 24/7, but I like that too.

  58. You missed the most important web developer, and twitter user in the world, ME! (@JoelDrapper)Just kidding… but you should do a list of youngest web developers on twitter sometime.Great list, thanks a lot. I'm now following you too.

  59. You missed the most important web developer, and twitter user in the world, ME! (@JoelDrapper)

    Just kidding… but you should do a list of youngest web developers on twitter sometime.

    Great list, thanks a lot. I'm now following you too.

  60. What makes someone a “top web developer”? Is it the company they work for (Apple, Google …) or is it because they have a blog that a lot of people visit? I was just wondering where this list came from. You didn't explain that in the blog post. Thanks.

  61. What makes someone a “top web developer”? Is it the company they work for (Apple, Google …) or is it because they have a blog that a lot of people visit? I was just wondering where this list came from. You didn't explain that in the blog post. Thanks.

  62. I've just recently begun using Twitter. I think it is great as long as you don't have too many people that you are suign to stay in contact with, as that can get overwhelming.

    Chris

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  63. “Successful websites only occur when experienced and knowledgeable web developers and designers work together in harmony. Hence it is important to choose a website developer carefully as it often means the difference between the success and failure of the website.”Thank you so much for the list Ryan!–Wedding Favors from Atlanta, GA

  64. “Successful websites only occur when experienced and knowledgeable web developers and designers work together in harmony. Hence it is important to choose a website developer carefully as it often means the difference between the success and failure of the website.”

    Thank you so much for the list Ryan!
    Wedding Favors from Atlanta, GA

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  70. Nice list, but a lot of these people seem to be very close to “web designer”– a few that I know of just do css/html, which puts them on a close line (developers are always telling me that just doing html/css is lightweight development…very little actually logic just for display).