Last week Chris Brogan and I agreed to reduce excess “pollution” in the stream by publishing our #followfriday suggestions in a blog post instead of on Twitter.
In some ways the stream makes it faster and easier, but in a post you can add some reasoning behind your recommendations. A list of nothing but names, representing people you don’t know and content that may or may not be of interest doesn’t always serve the purspose.
Anyway, I had also promised all my new “digital” friends at Boulder Digital Works that I would share a list of people they should follow to stay caught up, so here goes.
On Twitter as @cshirky. He may not be that active on Twitter, but if you want a sense of what the Internet means to culture, community and people, you really do need to devour his Internet writings. Follow him anyway, and you’ll stay aware of what he’s writing about.
On Twitter as @bbhlabs. Assuming that most of you are in the communication and marketing business, Ben Malbon and Mel Exon are among the best sharers of links, ideas and other cool things that are happening in the digital space.
On Twitter as @faris. Faris is one smart guy. Check out his recent talk at MIMA and also his blog. If you add him to your Tweetdeck you’ll often find interesting links, commentary and, of course, interaction with others that he follows. Always a good way to serendipitously discover others you might be interested it.
On Twitter as @mikearauz. A strategist at Undercurrent, Mike is another great source of interesting content, some serious and thoughtful, some just fun. As his bio says, he’s from the Internet. He gets how it works, how people use it and what marketers can do with it.
On Twitter as @stuartfoster. One of Mullen’s social strategists, Stuart discovers stuff before anyone else. He knows as much about social trends, platforms and new technologies as anyone and posts it daily. Prepare to be overwhelmed.
On Twitter as @schwartzie14. He also blogs at Metal Potential. The chief creative TBWA Chiat/Day, Rob is one of the old school advertising creatives who is rapidly embracing social media and its potential. His blog is a great filter for cool creative ideas from all over the world.
Obviously you should be following everyone who spoke at BDW this week, but I am assuming that if you were there that you’ve already added them to your Tweetdeck. I could add more, but if I do it will take some of the fun away of discovering them yourselves.
Plus if I remain diligent at this, I’ll need to have others to post next Friday.
Enjoy, learn, share. And, if you have others you recommend, please post in the comment section. See you out there.
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