<Updated 12/16 12:30PM Version 1.1> - I’ve been wanting to compile a list of 100 SharePoint People to follow on Twitter and was hoping to have a statistical way of providing you the best or most influential SharePoint twitter people. Instead, I’ll give you my list and tell you that I think this represents a good 80% of the core stuff, while there is likely a bunch I’m missing I hope to extend the list and even have a scientific method of compiling a list in the future. Note I did purposely leave off people who have left SharePoint (sorry LLiu), and those who haven’t tweeted in months or only tweeted a couple of times (with the exception of a couple of Asian SharePoint MVPs at the bottom of the list as Asia isn’t well represented). I also gave preferential treatment to those who actually had pictures. I think this list is a good mix of community, strong SharePoint Twitter people, and MVPs who have tried to contribute to SharePoint on Twitter.
Why Twitter? I answered this question in a previous blog in how I see business value in Twitter and another on 10 steps to successful microblogging (with twitter and friendfeed, etc…). You can even get a video view into what my tweetdeck looks like in a recent podcast having fun with SharePoint in Tweetdeck.
In my attempts at finding an easy solution to help us sort out the more influential tweeters, I found some interesting tools such as http://www.Tweetstats.com, Twitter Grader and Twinflluence (which has real promise with a rich API) TwitterCounter is a nice one for your blog, and TweetBurner tracks the links you share. I’m now using http://www.twitterless.com/joeloleson but my experience is early in this beta.
One I came past does show a simple counter for most followed like a virtual league TwitterLeague.com after I make sure I have those that care to be in this list, I can do a quick pass with that app to do more of a stack rank. Shown above on the left. Followers alone don’t show the power of influence like twinfluence shows, but # of followers does represent a significant following and in our field can show the relative influence of a microblogger.
<updated> If you are looking for a rank order of SharePoint Community People by Rank from Twitterleague.com (no big buckets or service).
In no particular order, here are some SharePoint People on Twitter that are great to follow. (Note this is based on my experience on Twitter.)
- gannotti – Mike Gannotti – King of Community, restless blogger and podcaster
- andrewconnell – Andrew Connell one of our beloved and Top SharePoint Bloggers. He Teaches, he speaks and he brings the community together.
- joeloleson – hey that’s Me! – Why #3? Just Because
- SPDevWiki / jthake – Jeremy Thake One of the SharePoint Twitter Leaders. I think I see Jeremy out there and responding more than anyone.
- lespaulrob – SharePoint MVP – also of SharePoint Pod Show!
- 21apps – Andrew Woodward SharePoint MVP
- bfox11b – Bob Fox! Need I say more? NY, NJ User Groups, ISPA Man. Fountain of Knowledge…
- themit - Renaud Comte SharePoint MVP
- jmedero – SharePoint MVP
- chandimak – SharePoint MVP - One of the kings of SharePoint Community South of the Equator
- eshupps – Eric Shupps – SharePoint MVP – The SharePoint Cowboy
- harbars – Spence Harbar (Edinburg) is the true SharePoint Architect. The IT guy at heart that can make a Dev look like a beginner.
- toddkitta – Todd Kitta SharePoint Dev
- nickswan – SharePoint Nick – SharePoint MVP – SharePoint Pod Show!
- ToddKlindt – SharePoint IT MVP
- woodywindy Woody Windischman
- pagalvin – Paul Galvin SharePoint MVP
- danmc Daniel McPherson – Awesome SharePoint Insights. Awesome Blogger.
- jdattis J. Dan Attis
- rickyspears – SharePoint Author and Solutions Architect
- bsimser – Bil Simser
- seanodmvp – Sean O’Driscoll
- JDWade – JD was really helpful when I first got on Twitter.
- amandamurphy – SharePoint Design Queen.
- mikefitz – Key SharePoint Evangelist (Looks great in a Kilt)
- sharepointdev Randall Isenhour– Our MSDN SDK SharePoint Dev Tech writing Lead
- emilysc – Emily Schroeder Our TechNet SharePoint Team Connection
- spdustin – Dustin Miller – SharePoint MVP – Owner, Instructor, Speaker SharePoint Experts
- amirmehrani – Amir Mehrani
- meetdux – Our new SharePoint Project Management Guru
- DavidWalker – David Walker
- pjcov – Penny Coventry – Great whitepapers and courseware
- robinmeure – Great insights. Great Consultant. Cool blog too. Amsterdam
- mysharepoint – Michael Greth – SharePoint MVP Germany
- owenallen – Microsoft SharePoint Team, ISV man. Great guy to follow.
- MossLover – SharePoint community advocate and blogger
- SharePointMag/ arnonel – Arno Nel SharePoint MVP
- jantielens – Jan Tielens – SharePoint MVP, Belgium
- brendonschwartz – SharePoint MVP
- natalyvo – Natalya – SharePoint Squirrel Blogger, SharePoint MVP
- ShanesCows – Shane Young - SharePoint IT MVP (let’s help him figure this out!)
- sharepointbuzz/kkhipple – Kanwal has been doing the SharePoint community a service, by retweeting our blogs, and subtling adding his own content. He also is actively answering people’s SharePoint questions.
- muhanado – Mo! SharePoint MVP, My favorite SharePoint Middle East Connection.
- EricaToelle – SharePoint Community Twitterer
- Sharepointer – Asking some interesting community questions to drum up some #SharePoint activity
- hwaterman Heather Waterman – SharePoint Community Awesome Designer on Community EBE
- michaellotter – SharePoint Community guy and Speaker
- rprakashg – SharePoint Consultant and Community Advocate
- markarend – Microsoft SharePoint Consultant
- alpesh – Insightful SharePoint and Tech Blogger
- stacyDraper – SharePoint MVP
- danholme – SharePoint MVP – Great writer as well.
- jopxtwits – SharePoint MVP and blogger (Podcasting kit)
- brettlonsdale – Brett Lonsdale – BDC Guru
- laflour - Michael Nemtsev – MS MVP Web Developer / SharePoint Consultant
- sharepointing Steve Walker (MCS)
- davidliv – SharePoint BI Guy
- themossman- Randy Drisgill (SharePoint Branding)
- kalsing – Solutions Architect in Brisbane
- SharePointSher Sherry Neal – SharePoint all day long (Germany)
- spietrek - Steve Pietrek – SharePoint Dev Ohio
- cglessner – IloveSharePoint Blog. Cool Powershell SharePoint integration stuff.
- asifrehmani – SharePoint MVP and Screencaster
- Xytrex – Jamie Sloan – SharePoint Community Microsoft
- scotts Scott Spradlin – SharePoint Custom Dev
- PirateEric – SharePoint guy
- ferringer – John Ferringer SharePoint Architect Indianapolis
- d2design Edwin – Belgium (SharePoint Software Architect)
- jshuey – Jeff Shuey previous of K2 – Really Knows BPM
- CodeJedi – William Cornwill – SharePoint and .NET Dev
- GrumpyWookie Chris OConnor
- paulschaeflein – SharePoint Dev
- danlarson – SharePoint MVP Developer
- orijin Philippe Sentenac – SharePoint Blogger
- EROL_MVP – SharePoint MVP France
- tomconte – SharePoint Product Specialist (France/Some French Tweets)
- AliSanaei – SharePoint Consultant
- AndreaKalli – SharePoint and Office Podcaster
- susanlennon – SharePoint Community Leader - SharePoint Saturday
Auto SharePoint Twitterfeeds:
- SharePoint – Blogs from the SharePoint Team Blog
- SharePointMVPs – Partial list of SharePoint MVP blog post title tweets
- zevenseas – Collection of SharePoint Blog Feeds from zevenseas
Other SharePoint MVPs to watch/follow as they figure out the twitterverse...
||Stephen Cummins (secure)|
ssofian – Steve Sofian – SharePoint MVP (Singapore)
kitkai – Kit Kai – SharePoint MVP (Singapore)
jholliday John Holliday (I think he likes to try things once :) Nice podcast.)
toddbleeker – Come on you create a profile and not a single tweet?
Upcoming Conference Twitter accountst
Secure SharePoint Tweeters:
Jonathan Kauffman – Search GPM Still waiting for him to accept my following.
KKRSeattle – Kristian Rickard Enterprise Search, (secure) Fast GPM
erobillard (Secure) Eli Robbilard – SharePoint MVP (Toronto)
SharePoint PMs that really LOVE SharePoint and fly under the radar on twitter. We may not want to randomize them as they are working on 14, but I hope to see them get more active as it gets more public. I see a few of these guys are fairly open about who they are in their profiles.
LoungeFlyZ Chris Johnson - PM Dev experience
zorbadgreek George Perantatos - SharePoint & Office Labs
umeshunni Umesh Unnikrishnan - PM Services
tylerbutler Tyler Butler - PM Content Management/Content Deployment
MisterMorrill - Kevin Morrill - PM Social Features
Not enough people to follow?
This list is not complete, and is really pretty random based on my own experiences and really based on one night of walking through recent conversations and tweeting experiences I’ve had.
There are some apps to help you expand your circle:
http://www.Twollow.com – This wild app will help you add people fast based on terms they use in their tweets
Twubble – This app will make recommendations for friends based on your current friends (doesn’t scale if you have thousands of friends)
http://search.twitter.com/advanced Search has gotten better on Twitter, but it feels burried at times. People search in some ways seems worse to me.
TweetDeck – This is my favorite app for following twitter. The web UI is really pretty weak.
By the way, feel free to put your name and number of followers in the comments and why you think you should be listed here.
I welcome your feedback.