Falling behind in the world of this-minute news and information about technology and social media? Sure, Twitter is great for concise, bit-sized info, but what happens when you’re following a few hundred pundits all pushing multiple tweets per day into your feed?
We can help. Below is my list of the top people in the know about what’s going on in tech and social media when it happens. What do they have in common? Humor, brevity, and insight that doesn’t translate in newspapers.
1. Gina Trapani (@ginatrapani): Creator of social media insights engine ThinkUp and host of shows such as This Week in Google, Trapani is a hub of social media insight all her own. Her feed is filled with social media and tech info, along with a small look into her humor that techies like herself understand.
2. Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken): Journalist of all things tech, McCracken has his finger on the pulse of what’s breaking in technology. Founder / blogger for Technologizer and writer for TIME, McCracken knows what’s going on in consumer technology and he tweets about it regularly.
3. OM Malik (@om): Founder and writer for GigaOM, Malik also penned the book Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. This guy is tech royalty, and his high-brow opinions on tech and analysis of the news out there are worth reading.
4. Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon): Fallon is part of a new generation of late night and has made his mark by creating a booming presence on social media that predecessors Letterman and Leno have yet to achieve. His feed includes videos that go viral within minutes and jokes that bring back the forgotten one-liners.
5. Pete Cashmore (@mashable): This techie website has gone mainstream with its everlasting stream of valuable content that makes it almost irresistible to click and read more. The thread of tweets is just like the website, but in 140 characters. If you’re even mildly interested in tech and media, chances are you’re following this feed.
6. Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer): Former Microsoft evangelist and founder of the techie world’s most popular blog, Scobleizer, this guy gives great insight into what’s going on in the business. His feed is like an insider’s guide to the business, except Scoble isn’t afraid to express what he thinks is right and wrong.
7. Nick Denton (@nicknotned): Deemed the smartest man in digital media, you may have heard of Denton’s little website Gawker.com. When he’s not posting links back to his website, you’ll catch a glimpse of his personal views on everything from politics to current events.
8. Aaron Levie (@levie): As CEO of the online storage program BOX as his day job, Levie was also dubbed “the funniest man in tech on Twitter” by Business Insider. His Twitter feed is full of tech one-liners that avid social media and technology users will find hilarious.
9. Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff): The queen of all things media, Huffington tweets about content that is current and media worthy. Her human insight into what’s going on right now is also a breath of fresh air, especially coming from the president and editor-in-chief of a multimillion-dollar corporation
10. Kara Swisher (@karaswisher): Swisher is constantly breaking news before those at the company she’s dishing on even know what’s happening. Her tweets are gripping news bolts, and you feel like an insider just by following. Swisher isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and when she’s not defending her tweets, she’s sending out ones that will soon be talked about.
Hopefully this list will help focus your stream of tech and media news so that you can stay up to date without feeling overwhelmed. Do you have a favorite techie you follow on Twitter? Leave a comment and let us know!