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We’ve posted two Twitter lists (top web designers and developers) and now it’s time for our third and final list: Interesting People to Follow Twitter.

Just to be clear:

  1. In order to give new people exposure, we haven’t included anyone that was on the two previous lists.
  2. This is completely subjective. The only criteria for getting on the list is that we think you’re interesting.
  3. The list is heavy on the ‘tech’ side, but that’s because we’re a bunch of geeks.
  4. We know you won’t agree with everyone we’ve chosen, but nevertheless, we hope you find it useful.
  5. The list isn’t in any particular order.

If you have any suggestions for folks we missed, please reply to me on @ryancarson or in the comments below.

  1. @chafkin Writer for .Inc Magazine
  2. @aleksk Gamer and tech podcaster
  3. @bfeld Angel investor
  4. @bobbiejohnson Tech correspondent for The Guardian
  5. @brianoberkirch Influencer in the web tech industry
  6. @jmspool Usability expert
  7. @CobraCommander Parody of the GI Joe figure ‘Cobra Commander’. Hilarious.
  8. @comScore Records stats on website visitors
  9. @cubedweller Thought-leader in the internet marketing space
  10. @dannysullivan Leading search expert
  11. @danoliver Editor of .Net magazine
  12. @davemorin Facebook Connect project leader
  13. @erickschonfeld Co-Editor of TechCrunch.com
  14. @ev Founder of Twitter
  15. @techcrunch Co-Editor and Founder of TechCrunch.com
  16. @fredwilson One of the smartest venture capitalist around (invested in FeedBurner, Twitter and others)
  17. @fwdfwdfwd Witty and interesting tech news
  18. @gaberivera Founder of TechMeme.com
  19. @garyvee Founder of Wine Library TV
  20. @davemcclure Smart angel investor and geek
  21. @ginatrapani Founder of LifeHacker.com
  22. @guykawasaki Experienced entrepreneur
  23. @IncMagazine Best magazine around for entrepreneurs
  24. @JasonCalacanis Experienced entrepreneur and founder of Mahalo
  25. @jasonfried Founder of 37signals.com – Pioneer in the web app space
  26. @jemimakiss Tech reporter for The Guardian
  27. @jkottke Interesting blogger
  28. @joshuatopolsky Editor-in-chief of Engadget.com
  29. @KathySierra Thought leader in community building
  30. @kevinrose Founder of digg.com
  31. @laughingsquid Founder of Laughing Squid hosting and really smart guy
  32. @leolaporte Podcaster behind This Week in Tech (TWiT)
  33. @londonjourno Intelligent reporter at Reuters
  34. @marshallk Blogger at ReadWriteWeb.com
  35. @mashable Founder of Mashable.com
  36. @MikeMcDerment Founder of FreshBooks.com
  37. @missrogue Leader in the social media space
  38. @onstartups Great resource for start-ups
  39. @plasticbagUK Visionary in the web app space
  40. @problogger Leading blogger
  41. @richardbranson Founder of Virgin and one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world
  42. @spolsky Founder of FogCreek and famous blogger at JoelOnSoftware.com
  43. @steverubel Leading thinker in the digital marketing space
  44. @swardley Thought leader in the web tech space
  45. @techmemeFH Amazing source of tech news
  46. @TEDchris Founder of TED conference
  47. @tferriss Author of “The 4-Hour Work Week”
  48. @timoreilly Founder of O’Reilly Media and creator of the term “Web 2.0″
  49. @tom_watson British politician who’s encouraging the government to evolve technically
  50. @tonyrobbins Inspirational speaker and motivator
  51. @waltmossberg World-famous journalist
  52. @WilHarris Founder of ChannelFlip.com and famous entrepreneur
  53. @zappos Founder of Zappos.com

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149 Responses to “The Most Interesting People to Follow on Twitter”

  1. I find @mildfuzz the most interesting guy to follow ;-p

  2. Interesting list man – tks 4 sharing

  3. oh and shameless exploitation of link love – here is the list I published a week ago: my list: Top 20 People I Follow on Twitter:-)

  4. oh and shameless exploitation of link love – here is the list I published a week ago: my list: Top 20 People I Follow on Twitter

    :-)

  5. and the echo chamber continues to reverberate…

  6. Post Something Usefull on April 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm said:

    I like this website, but I am realllllly getting sick of tired of hearing about twitter. Shut up already.Please post some content that matters!

  7. Post Something Usefull on April 16, 2009 at 8:08 am said:

    I like this website, but I am realllllly getting sick of tired of hearing about twitter. Shut up already.
    Please post some content that matters!

  8. This is very interesting. Twitter is really the next big thing. http://www.celebrityness.com

  9. This is very interesting. Twitter is really the next big thing.

    http://www.celebrityness.com

  10. I guess we think Twitter matters! :)

  11. I tried following some from the first list for a couple weeks. Not the first time I've tried this but definitely the last. Twitter is a flat out stupid waste of everything.

  12. I tried following some from the first list for a couple weeks. Not the first time I've tried this but definitely the last. Twitter is a flat out stupid waste of everything.

  13. “Thought leader”… WTF?

  14. music supervisor – @annielin

  15. @mkogeler – General Manager Consumer and Online, Microsoft Belgium

  16. It seem everyone in UK is following @stephenfry (Legendary headfull of knowledge and British Icon). You get poetic tweets like:”Forgive Tweetlessness – torrents of tasks tormenting me. Off to “panel” on Digital doings at Brit Library organized by Mandelson's Biz Deptabout 2 hours ago from Tweetie” and general foppishness

  17. It seem everyone in UK is following @stephenfry (Legendary headfull of knowledge and British Icon). You get poetic tweets like:

    “Forgive Tweetlessness – torrents of tasks tormenting me. Off to “panel” on Digital doings at Brit Library organized by Mandelson's Biz Deptabout 2 hours ago from Tweetie”

    and general foppishness

  18. I'd like to share this link on FB, but I can't seem to do it.

  19. I'd like to share this link on FB, but I can't seem to do it.

  20. Can't believe I forgot Stephen!

  21. Can't believe I forgot Stephen!

  22. Indeed they are all interesting.

  23. Thanks for the awesome list ryan.Your site is great.

  24. Thanks for the awesome list ryan.
    Your site is great.

  25. I just joined Twitter and wasn't really sure what to do or who to follow. This list has really opened my eyes. Thanks!

  26. I just joined Twitter and wasn't really sure what to do or who to follow. This list has really opened my eyes. Thanks!

  27. Maybe I'm just old (47) and cranky but I don't undertand what people find interesting about Twitter.That said, the comment above is uncalled for IMHO.

  28. Maybe I'm just old (47) and cranky but I don't undertand what people find interesting about Twitter.

    That said, the comment above is uncalled for IMHO.

  29. Sometimes it helps your network to follow big influential people on the web.

  30. I have decided to follow on twitter some of the people you listed here, they indeed are very interesting people who have lots of things to share:-)

  31. Twitter is an intresting site and very useful too. I worked very less on it but I will do it in future.

  32. I realized that the more time you spend tweeting..the more you get to learn a lot of things from this very interested people.

  33. I just got turned on to Twitter and appreciate this list. I usually give lists like this a week and then delete the ones that I don't find very interesting.

  34. I just got turned on to Twitter and appreciate this list. I usually give lists like this a week and then delete the ones that I don't find very interesting.

  35. Thank you so much… I will definitely have to check some of these out.

  36. Thank you so much, I will definitely have to check some of these out.

  37. I think that is a great list and well worth people being more aware of the great people to follow on twitter. I have started following richard branson

  38. I for sure added a whole bunch of those people to my twitter list, so this should be interesting! That was a well put together list! THANK YOU!

  39. This is great! Thanks for sharing this lists, I would probably add some of them who's not yet at my followed lists.

  40. This is great! Thanks for sharing this lists, I would probably add some of them who's not yet at my followed lists.

  41. I find it frustrating,just when I am about to finish a sentence I'm in the neg zone. The only thing, I have found on Twitter of interest is some of the links to pages and blogs. I am a business solutions “expert” always on the hunt for more ideas for Website optimization, so in some ways Twitter is useful. Now, a boy, and I guess I am old enough to call him a boy this Aston turd, married to Demi Moore, putting up billboards for people to follow him over the news. Man, I was married to Demi, I'd be in that bedroom 24/7 instead of worrying about my position on Twitter, this guy is out of it. Remember Ash baby when the pap caught little Leo hopping Demi's fence when he first arrived in Hollywood LOL! It's her thing young boys like U!!

  42. I find it frustrating,just when I am about to finish a sentence I'm in the neg zone. The only thing,
    I have found on Twitter of interest is some of the links to pages and blogs. I am a business solutions “expert” always on the hunt for more ideas for Website optimization, so in some ways Twitter is useful. Now, a boy, and I guess I am old enough to call him a boy this Aston turd,
    married to Demi Moore, putting up billboards for people to follow him over the news. Man, I was married to Demi, I'd be in that bedroom 24/7 instead of worrying about my position on Twitter, this guy is out of it. Remember Ash baby when the pap caught little Leo hopping Demi's fence when he first arrived in Hollywood LOL! It's her thing young boys like U!!

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  45. My 2 favorite twitters to follow are Jesus and Fozzie bear. I'm not comparing the two mind you but both put a smile on my face.<ahref=”http://takehimwithyou.com”>”stairwaytoheavenbackwards”/a/

  46. My 2 favorite twitters to follow are Jesus and Fozzie bear. I'm not comparing the two mind you but both put a smile on my face.
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  47. Great post. I was already following some of the names mentioned here. Going to expand it. Thanks dear.

  48. @FreakinTweetinAre you Freakin' Tweetin?

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  52. thanks for that list information and sharing.

  53. The list isn’t in any particular order.

  54. Iankibble1988great young talent with bags of ideas and concept (ONLY 20 YEARS OLD) marketing expert retail expert, into new retail concept dno wat it is but if hes involved it gotta be somthing specialhttp://www.twitter.com/iankibble1988

  55. Iankibble1988

    great young talent with bags of ideas and concept (ONLY 20 YEARS OLD) marketing expert retail expert, into new retail concept dno wat it is but if hes involved it gotta be somthing special

    http://www.twitter.com/iankibble1988

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  58. you forgot @greenidowhich is one of the best web developer out there…

  59. you forgot @greenido
    which is one of the best web developer out there…

  60. twitter just hit a mark of 19million users everyday. i know i'm on it 24/7 and love it!

  61. twitter just hit a mark of 19million users everyday. i know i'm on it 24/7 and love it!

  62. Still getting use to the Twitter phenomenon. Great list though. Especially if your into technology and the internet.

  63. thanks for the list. I haven't made time to really use twitter but I'll jump on it.Government Grants For First Time Home Buyers

  64. thanks for the list. I haven't made time to really use twitter but I'll jump on it.
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  65. Lyndon Sullivan on April 25, 2009 at 9:15 pm said:

    Like you say your all tech people which is good,but what about ordinary people who make up the millions & millions of twitter users & without them there probally would be no twitter.Its just a food for thought,because people use twitter not only for business, but for pleasure of twitter itself. I myself joined more or less for recreation ,or hobbie, to interact with people evrywhere. yours sincerely lyndon sullivan (lindano)

  66. Lyndon Sullivan on April 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm said:

    Like you say your all tech people which is good,but what about ordinary people who make up the millions & millions of twitter users & without them there probally would be no twitter.Its just a food for thought,because people use twitter not only for business, but for pleasure of twitter itself. I myself joined more or less for recreation ,or hobbie, to interact with people evrywhere. yours sincerely lyndon sullivan (lindano)

  67. Thanks for the list, I look forward to their tweets!

  68. Pretty sweet list.. I'll follow them, and hopefully they'll follow me. :)Thanks for the listDannyAuto Blogger

  69. Pretty sweet list.. I'll follow them, and hopefully they'll follow me. :)

    Thanks for the list

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  72. Thank you for the great list! I am already following a few people from this list, time to add a few more.

  73. This is a good news.

  74. nice list. you can also add me as an interesting tweep. @eric_su

  75. Thanks for the list. I am finally just about to join twitter and this will come in handy i think. thank you heaps

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  78. Thanks.Great post guys.Good topic.

  79. I liked it a lot. Twitter is really a best place to find and meet interesting people and professionals. thanks

  80. I wonder how long twitter will live. In my opinion it's just a hype, and will die quickly. I might be wrong though.

  81. I wonder how long twitter will live. In my opinion it's just a hype, and will die quickly. I might be wrong though.

  82. Great list – nice to see some really original people here and not the usual ” Bill Gates ” etc etc – have only justv started to Twitter, so this has got me off to a running start :-)

  83. I really need to get into this Twitter game. I'm hearing so much about it. Even that it is giving heat to Google, of all corporations! Seems like you can really find a lot on Twitter. nj mortgage

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  87. I have been hearing a lot about Twitter, and haven't joined up yet, but this list gives me some people I might like to follow. I'll be trying it out soon.

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  91. Twitter is on its way to becoming the next killer app

  92. Lyndon Sullivan on May 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm said:

    When will twitter knockers get it? all people on twitter love being there! So all you knockers have a look around for something else to knock! ,& get knocking there!.

  93. Jim Fouts on May 6, 2009 at 11:15 am said:

    I love parodies so it will be @CobraCommander for me :)

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  95. tonystarter on May 7, 2009 at 4:15 am said:

    Great list!

    recommend :

    @unmarketing @jasontryfon @jestebanc @mashable @socialnerdia and @alyssa_milano

  96. I just joined Twitter and wasn't really sure what to do or who to follow. This list has really opened my eyes. Thanks! …

  97. Nice post to those people who are newly to twitter. It gives a lot of info to the interesting people in twitter that could contribute relevancy or importance for a particular subject. Thanks for sharing this

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  99. Thanx for article…

  100. I will try Twitter. Thanks for all who comment. It gives me an idea on what it is all about.

  101. Lyndon Sullivan on May 11, 2009 at 11:09 am said:

    What did you think of the Comedian In Chief, at the corospondent's dinner? I thought President Obama was very good, he may be material for Hollywood? or Bollywood? Lyndon Sullivan.(@lindano/twitter).

  102. These guys have a lot of followers and generaly don't follow back.
    When you have over 300 people you follow, you will rarely see twits from these guys.

    Follow what you practice and what you like to do.
    http://twitter.com/sweattshop

  103. These guys have a lot of followers and generaly don't follow back.
    When you have over 300 people you follow, you will rarely see twits from these guys.

    Follow what you practice and what you like to do.
    http://twitter.com/sweattshop

  104. I was wondering about this – do you have any suggestions?

  105. Lyndon Sullivan on May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm said:

    Lyndon likes to Tweet, follow him @lindano he may Twet you back,

  106. Lyndon Sullivan on May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm said:

    Whats the nicest tweet reply you have recieved & from whom? MIne is without adoubt,@tamij @AgingBacwards @Carlichick@ricklondon@fableton '@rockingjude @Whawkins all great replys !!

  107. Lyndon Sullivan on May 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm said:

    Hey, what a week in British politics, the good have been caught, the bad have been investigated and in the end democracy wins. Q " Never Again". Lyndon Sullivan, you can follow me on twitter @lindano

  108. Lyndon Sullivan on May 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm said:

    Hey, what did you think of Larry King ,being interviewd on his own show?I thought it was very entertaining, &absorbing, Larry has had such a chequered life of ups & downs,& now at the age of 75, is right at the top of his game, what a guy! Lyndon Sullivan. @lindano on twitter!

  109. Lyndon Sullivan on May 26, 2009 at 11:34 am said:

    Every one is interesting in their own world, virtual &real, it really comes down to what the individual thinks is interesting, may be twitter, or face book, or a million other things.the only thing i find with comments is you rarely get a reply back.Yours, Lyndon Sullivan,…@lindano on twitter.

  110. I'm still holding out on Twitter since I think it is just a short fad. 148 characters only? That's so 90's? Besides, you can now update what you are doing right now on facebook, which more people use.

  111. Lyndon Sullivan on June 10, 2009 at 10:25 am said:

    Every time i post a comment i wonder who will read it?,Still here we go,how many conservative Americans are surprised how popular President Obama is?, would they vote for him if he were leader of the Republicans?.I think it would be a interesting scenario,maybe its not the Political party but the man! Yours , Lyndon Sullivan. @lindano, on twitter.

  112. thanks admin good post

  113. Lyndon Sullivan on June 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm said:

    Hi back again I think your list of people is excellent, all worthy to follow without doubt,& a lot of new twitter users will.I would like to make a suggestion, for a list of comparatively new people to Twitter, & have a list of forty or so newbies twitterers,that would encourage more people to post comments on, what they think of them, how long will they last , etc. Yours, Lyndon Sullivan.@lindano on Twitter.

  114. twitter is big in the blogosphere altho users are just 1/3 of facebook total users. so twitter matters (to the guy who said twitter is something suck)

    @lindano what you are doing is more like spamming. Wheres admin? ryan, you should take a look at this one.

  115. How about posting a “Most likely to follow you back article.”
    I’m not really in Twitter to massage someone else’s ego.
    Those people have enough follows.

    :]

  116. what about me? twitter.com/illproveit

  117. website speed gurus @aptimize are worth a mention, pretty cutting edge ‘under the radar’ stuff they’re involved in.

  118. Jenny Mclaren on October 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm said:

    Add GeorgeTheater, He’s a nice read every now and then (:

  119. I love following Comedian/Actor Kyle Cease @kylecease because not only is he hilarious, and does fun things with fans like call them to try out material & do giveaways, but also for Breast Cancer Awareness month he’s donating 10 cents per follower to the Susan G. Komen for the cure charities and thanking those who RT what he’s doing on his video podcast!

  120. Nice list of people to follow as I am a new user to Twitter. Hopefully they’ll follow me too.
    Thanks

  121. http://twitter.com/demotivatepics try it for pictures that will make your day !

  122. JP Vanderbilt on December 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm said:

    Here’s an interesting person:
    @Charlie_Street

  123. Just curious why would you post a twitter account that has ONE tweet? (@fwdfwdfwd)
    dont know if this has already been answered, but the rest look great. thanks!

  124. @V3nnyG – a reallu nice IA :)

  125. I thought you might be interested to know that Lord Sugar has a Twitter account! You can find him here http://www.twitter.com/Lord_Sugar ..

  126. http://twitter.com/#!/NativeG2
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  127. Allot of interesting people here :)

  128. Allot of interesting people here :)

  129. Love this one… Already following a few important people.

  130. Diet For Beauty on October 6, 2010 at 6:38 am said:

    @SammyJPeppers always has really funny posts. If you like dwight from the office you’ll love their tweets.

  131. Dennis_sweatt on November 3, 2010 at 8:58 am said:

    This place got some traffic!
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  132. I have followed all of these guys on twitter now, looking forwards to their tweets! Thanks for sharing the list.

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  134. Jennifer Peabody on December 6, 2010 at 1:31 am said:

    @TheWayPoSeesIt is a twitter account quoting funny remarks of a six year old boy! Hilarious.

  135. Kristie_davison on December 10, 2010 at 11:32 am said:

    follow me @kristiepop

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