25 people you must follow on Twitter

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Just thought I should post about some great people to follow on Twitter. These are the people that teach me new things everyday, share news, strategy, and fun & interesting things as well as generate great conversations. Here is who you should follow & why:

  1. Jay Baer @jaybaer – Brilliant social strategist and co-author of The Now Revolution 
  2. Radian6 @radian6 – Social monitoring and engagement platform. They also have an excellent blog that is worth a read.
  3. Amber Naslund @AmberCadabra – another brilliant social strategist, thinker, and has great tweets. Co-author of The Now Revolution, & Brass Tack Thinking
  4. Ben Parr @benparr – Editor-at-large at Mashable, always on top of everything.
  5. Brenna Ehrlich @Brenna_E – Associate Editor, Media & Entertainment @ Mashable. Co-founder of Stuff Hipsters Hate (hilarious)
  6. Dave Hale @DaveCHale@SoshalGroup – Dave is the CEO at Soshal Group, a social strategy/media/intelligence agency here in Ottawa.
  7. Phil Sonea @psonea – Soshal Group VP of Client Services, not to mention a great guy.
  8. Peter Shankman @petershankman – Though he hates social media “gurus” – he is very intelligent, but will never hire you.
  9. Jonathan Cowperthwait @cowperthwait – Hilarious startup guy from SF. Wears offensive t-shirts on occasion
  10. Bill Stoller @publicityGuru – An excellent resource for PR people, and people trying to understand PR people 🙂
  11. Scott Stratten @unmarketing – Brilliant mind behind the book unmarketing, you’ll always learn something from following him.
  12. MG Siegler @parislemon – Blogger at TechCrunch, always on top of everything – and always has strong opinons.
  13. allfacebook @allfacebook – THE Facebook resource. There’s nothing about Facebook that they don’t know. One of my favorite SM blogs.
  14. open{subnet} @opensubnet – Posts a variety of useful content across different social/tech/mobile spans.
  15. Lindsay Bell @belllindsay – Amazing content creator and writer from the Radian6 family.
  16. Sheldon Levine @40deuce – Host of my favorite #smmeasurement Twitter chat. Community manager at Sysomos, & awesome guy.
  17. Social News First @1socialnews – Want your social media news first? Follow them, they’re faster then the speed of light.
  18. Brian Clark @copyblogger – Brilliant mind & online marketing advice. Great content, greater tweets.
  19. Dave O @daveohoots – hilarious owl from Hootsuite. Community wrangler & Marketing Director. Takes the bus.
  20. Eric Swayne @eswayne – social analytics & insights – you WILL be smarter after you follow him.
And, of course, my team – Team Awesome. 
Stephane Gayraud @StephaneG – Our awesome leader
Lucas Powell @lucas_powell – Data genius, loves apple products & cookies. Also likes GoPro’s & posts arm-breaking videos (literally).
Jennifer Topping @jen_topping – Research goddess, occasionally Canada Post holds her books hostage.
James Phillips @jamesamphillips – Our Social Media Manager from across the pond.
Brandon Waselnuk @brandonwaselnuk – AKA #bbop. Our thug-life applications dude.
In summation, all these people produce fantastic content and great conversation through Twitter. They are interesting, intelligent, and each & every one of them can teach you something. Now, get to following!


  1. 40deuce · June 29, 2011

    Wow Mariissa! I can’t believe I’ve been grouped with such awesome people. I don’t know if I really deserve to be among these great people, but thank you!

    Sheldon, community manager for Sysomos

  2. Trish Forant · June 29, 2011

    Great post! SO much better than a #FF on twitter. Love that you’ve given each one context. Great group of folks for sure!

    Best wishes,
    Trish | Community Manager, Radian6

  3. addude13 · June 29, 2011

    Every list is missing somebody. (I don’t mean me.)

    But that’s why there are comments sections. 😉

    I also recommend @chrisbrogan — smart, funny and all about making social media more “human” and essential for small biz.

    • marissatheninja · June 29, 2011

      Thanks for the feedback, you’re definitely right that there will always be someone missing 🙂 Now, off to follow @chrisbrogan…



    • marissatheninja · June 29, 2011

      & what, may I ask is your Twitter handle?

      • addude13 · August 12, 2014

        LOL…some great social media user *I* am, responding three years later. I’m @hdrubin. 🙂

  4. Dave Hale · June 29, 2011

    This is a fantastic list of super-star individuals. Thanks for including @psonea and I!

  5. Jay Baer · June 29, 2011

    Thanks so much Marissa. Delighted to be on this outstanding list!

  6. DaveO from HootSuite · June 29, 2011

    Glad to be name-checked here with all these social media renegades – in my mind, its all about storytelling and connecting with topics you dig and people you admire. To me, Twitter and other social web tools are akin to CB Radios, fanzines and telegrams. Be interesting and be do it cause you enjoy it. The End.

    PS Yes i ride the bus or my bike and enjoy both – especially Vancouver’s Seabus ferry.

    • marissatheninja · June 29, 2011

      Thanks Dave! I agree with all your points – and I think the fact that you ride the bus/your bike is endearing! 🙂 It adds to your cool-factor!

  7. Ryan Critchett · June 29, 2011

    Follow a lot of these awesome peeps, will check out some of the others. 😉

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  9. Marketing Strategies · July 1, 2011

    Cheers, always good to enlarge my network of great minds!

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