8 Twitter Powerhouses you Must Follow: They actually communicate with the little guy

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I never really planned on creating a Top People list of X when I started blogging.  You see them all the time, and it’s generally hugfest city.  I guess one could argue this list is a hugfest.  Yes, I do know all of these people and have directly engaged with them all.  How else could I form a list if I didn’t have communication with people I’m highly recommending to follow on Twitter?  Many lists I see are 50 or 100 of the Top X.  It’s as if they don’t want to leave anyone out.  This list was kept short on purpose.  With a list of 100, each individual is diminished because of the size.  These 8 people are Twitter Powerhouses in their own right.  This list isn’t for them, this list is for you.

If you have an interest and tweet about Social Media, Technology, Marketing, Business, Leadership, or Blogging these are 8 people you need to follow today.  Why?  They know what they’re talking about.  There’s a high probability that they’ll follow you back.  There’s a high probability that they’ll tweet back to you, and yes they have followers.  They care about the Twitter platform and their topics of interest.  You can build relationships with them, and it would be to your benefit to take advantage of their knowledge and accessibility.

Sharon Hayes – @SharonHayes – Marketing Strategy, Email Marketing, and the Domain industry are Sharon’s bread and butter.  Sharon is a consummate professional, with a work ethic second to none. Long hours just a day in the life.  Sharon is the CEO of Domainate . Domainate offers domain names and other domain related services. Sharon has been on several Top Twitter lists over the years, so this is nothing.  Speaks her mind. With almost 130K followers and approaching 75K tweets Sharon has an incredible amount of Twitter experience, and should be followed now.

Ted Coine – @tedcoine – Ted is such a Pro.  You see it in his writing at Switch & Stiff.  A true authority on business, leadership, and motivation.  A former CEO, Ted is an author and speaks on leadership.  Ted also has a very transparent mantra on “following” on Twitter.  Ted’s follow-back policy is definitely one you should seriously consider for yourself.

 

John Paul Aguiar – @JohnAguiar – John really has a handle on making money online, coaching, blogging, and twitter.  John has a ton of valuable content on his site John Paul’s Blog – Dummy Money that will make you an efficient and powerful twitter user and blogger.  You could spend days on John’s site consuming quality content.  He’s definitely taught me a lot about twitter and how to make the most of the platform.
Michael Q Todd – @mqtodd – Michael eats Social Media for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I wonder sometimes if there is more than one of him, as he seems to be everywhere online.  His passion for Social Media is off the charts.  He’ll really help you anyway he can.  He wants you to be better online.  Michael leads many Tweetchats, including #EavChat and #Toolschat.  Check out Michael’s blog to learn more about Twitter strategies and best practices.
Daniel Zeevi – @Dashburst – Just an unbelievable amount of valuable content on Daniel’s twitter account that includes: Social Media, Marketing, Business, Technology and Art. Daniel has a strong hold on these topics, and is another workaholic that brings this information to his audience non-stop.  Daniel’s site Dashburst, which will focus on Social Media and Web Analytics, will be launching soon.
Neal Schaffer – @NealSchaffer – A Social Media veteran who has authored two terrific books on Maximizing LinkedIn.  Neal works with companies on their Social Media strategies, has spoken at over 100 events worldwide.  Somehow Neal still manages to run a superlative Twitter account.  
Robert Caruso – @fondalo – Robert is a firecracker.  He has no problem speaking his mind, regardless if it’s the popular view.  That’s refreshing, and welcomed by most.  He gets it, and you get a good feel of his persona after seeing about ten tweets.  A lot of back and forth with other tweeps.  Social Media, Marketing, and Technology is his forte.  Robert is the person behind Social Content Management System BundlePost
 

Roseli Bakar – @EzyBlogger – Roseli might be the nicest person on the planet.  I’m not kidding.  He’s just an unbelievably kind person, and that goes for online and in-person.  A Social Media junkie with an emphasis on blogging.  The content on blogging that Roseli uncovers blows my mind.  He brings it day after day. You can learn more on Roseli’s blog EzyBlogger.

I look forward to your comments.  Please share 1 or 2 people that are must follows on Twitter for you in the comment section below.

Name Twitter Followers Tweets Location
Sharon Hayes @SharonHayes 129,816 74,436 Canada
Ted Coine @tedcoine 118,238 33,100 Florida
John Paul Aguiar @JohnAguiar 111,647 28,230 Boston
Michael Q Todd @mqtodd 66,842 36,205 Tokyo
Daniel Zeevi @Dashburst 51,504 14,433 Pittsburgh
Neal Schaffer @NealSchaffer 50,429 39,231 California
Robert Caruso @fondalo 34,454 91,765 Oregon
Roseli Bakar @EzyBlogger 21,011 16,451 Malaysia

 

 

31 comments
itechcode
itechcode

Yeah You forgot to add yourself :)

GogosTrader
GogosTrader

Excellent list, every one top drawer. Thank you so much, Steven! I've been a student of social media and Web 2.0 for several years, and a couple of these I was already following on my personal acct. I'm currently developing a collectable toy brokerage (Gogo's Trader, to be the focus of my upcoming business capstone project), and recently started a Twitter account for it. I've been looking for people to follow; this is a great start!

 

As far as two I'd suggest, Kimberly Castleberry (@askkim), and Dr. Angela Hausman (@MarketingLetter); Kim is an authority on WP blogs, FB, and many other facets of Web 2.0. Angela is a professor of marketing. Both are highly knowledgeable, and would make for relevant resource.

lauraleewalker
lauraleewalker

Amazing post Steven! Can't wait to follow some of your suggestions. Great detail describing their specialties and qualities. Two leaders I would recommend following on Twitter are @hensel and @mqtodd. :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

Roseli, my pleasure...Keep up the great work.

RossQuintana
RossQuintana

I can say you put together a good list. I am following all but Sharon and most of the people interact very well and I have shared many of their tweets and they will engage. Roseli (@ezyblogger) is a gem and I agree his content is really good, that is why I RT him so much. As a little guy I hit the ground running about 2 months ago and I found all these people just by looking for good content and RTing engagers. Now following Sharon too. And hey don't forget to add yourself Steven, you engaged and were great when I got started.

EzyBlogger
EzyBlogger

What an honor! Great to be listed alongside these Twitter monster users. Thanks for the inclusion Steven. I always appreciate all your support.

 

I'm kinda tight with offline job but should be back to my norm soon. Cheers buddy :)

ProfileTree
ProfileTree

Looks like a great list - was only following one of the above suggestions...signed up to the rest - looking forward to the tweets :-) Thanks!! 

RababKhan
RababKhan

Wonderful list! I'm already following Ted, Michael, Neal and Robert. Will definitely check out the others. Twitter is acting strange and tells me @JohnAguiar has blocked me so I can't follow. :p 

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TonyBennett
TonyBennett

I'm actually excitedly surprised to see 3 names tha t I actually had no clue existed! I guess you were meant to write this post specifically for me. I'll definitely be following John, Robert, & Ted as soon as I submit this comment. I know you can't make everyone happy, but I was actually surprised to see a few people give you flack for this list. Sheesh, you asked us to fill in the blanks and add to the discussion! It's not like you were doing a top 50,000 list! Now, my turn to throw out a few: @JessicaNorthey Pam Moore @PamMktgNut Scott Stratten @Unmarketing Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee and @MariSmith

JohnAguiar
JohnAguiar

Man I didn't even see this till late last night when I saw Todd share it... glad I didn't miss it completely.

 

But BIG Thank U for including me on your list Steven.  and I agree with M Todd... your are doing big things in social media too so this list stands out to me too. Plus I'm along side some Twitter monsters I respect.

 

Also Thank U for the positive comments.. I try to help people when I can.. so it's good to know I helped you in some way :)

 

Ill be tweet tweet tweeting this all over man haha

mqtodd
mqtodd

Thanks Steven you are a very heavily connected and active person so this means a lot lot more to me than other lists I have been added to. Thanks for your kind words as well Aaron and Neal.

Yes I do love helping people with their Twitter and Social Media! Twitter especially is an amazing connecting and information tool mainly because of its openness.Am in regular almost daily contact with all of the great people here save for John Paul (which I will remedy).

LoriRuff
LoriRuff

This is a great list - Thanks! I've enjoyed communicating with several of these people and others. I'll mention my partner @MikeONeilRocks, although you'll grab his attention more quickly if you talk to him about music!

 

Also @CarolSmithCEO and @ScottAllen are engaging and helpful, and through social, have become great friends!

NealSchaffer
NealSchaffer

Thank you so much for this inclusion, which is an honor not only in itself, but because of all of the other great people that I have respect for on the list.  I have also had the honor and privilege of meeting @mqtodd  in person - and he is as engaging offline as he is online!

 

If there was one other person that I would include who is a true powerhouse yet also very engaging, it would be @askaaronlee . Consider him for your part 2 post ;-)

SharonHayes
SharonHayes

Thank you so much for including me. Coming from you, this was especially an honor.

Samuel_Clemons
Samuel_Clemons

I find these lists to be promotions for the those included therein.  I have a ReTweet rate of over 98.7%.  Rarely do I not get retweeted.  Engage with everyone who has mentioned me in the last 6 months, shout them out, and have more followers than half your list.  I rest my case.  I tweet at @Samuel_Clemons

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @RossQuintana Thanks for taking the time to comment Ross.  Yes, they're all very solid.  Thanks for the compliment Ross. :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @ProfileTree Thanks for taking time to comment, and you're very welcome...Happy Holidays...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @RababKhan  Thanks Rabab, and glad you were introduced to 4 new people to follow...Take care...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @SociallyGenius  I kept it tight, with people I know well.  So 3 you didn't know, that's not bad.  Thought about Pam for a little, because I know her a bit, but the 8 I chose were no doubt about.  @Garyvee is to Hollywood.  He doesn't follow anyone, and wouldn't be someone I would suggest for us "little guys." Exactly on Top 50,000.  Everyone relax, I only so many people. :)

TonyBennett
TonyBennett

And Wow, maybe I should ACTUALLY proofread my comments so I don't actually say actually a half dozen times :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @JohnAguiar Thanks for commenting John, and thanks for the kind words.  Keep doing your thing. :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @NealSchaffer  @mqtodd  @askaaronlee You're welcome Neal...Well deserved...Yes, while I know of Aaron, just not well enough to see how he works to include on this list.  Aaron has been mentioned a few times already.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Samuel_Clemons  Thanks for stopping by and commenting Samuel.  My motivation for the post was to introduce users new to Twitter to experienced Twitter users that communicate with others.  Following you Samuel, and I'm sure more will in the coming days.  The group certainly doesn't need my promotion.  

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