I wanted to take some space to highlight a few Twitter users/accounts that have had real impact on my life in 2012. Some made me think, some helped me discover, and a few made me laugh. They’re all, in my opinion, must-follows going into 2013. Get on it.
Semil Shah, Entrepreneur in Residence at JavelinVP and official contributor to TechCrunch
Semil is my all-time favorite follow on Twitter. He is incredibly tapped into social trends on the web and is a very well-connected and generally knowledgeable entrepreneur. He asks great questions and “just gets it”. If you crave knowledge about trends on the web and identify as someone who always wonders ‘what’s next’, follow Semil.
The official Twitter account of Ogilvy’s social business and innovation division
SocialOgilvy is probably my second favorite account to follow on Twitter. The talented people at Ogilvy know social media, they know web trends, and they know business and how it’s changing. They understand how powerful the ever-changing tech landscape is. They also have a ridiculously huge network of social strategists, biz dev wizards and data-obsessed marketers that they tap when worthwhile tweets surface. You could literally build a solid list of 100 people to follow (in the areas of expertise I just outlined) just by looking through SocialOgilvy’s retweets – that’s powerful stuff (and one of the reasons why I love Twitter so much). Follow their account if you love staying on top of social business and innovation.
Fast Company is a business media brand that looks to inspire its readers to think about the future of business and design in new and innovative ways
The people behind Fast Company’s Twitter account(s) must love their job – they get to tweet the latest and greatest stories on innovation, entrepreneurship, design and other related spaces. What’s so great about following Fast Company’s (primary) Twitter account is that you get the best of all worlds. Because FC has different Twitter accounts that engage in different conversations (Co.DESIGN, Co.CREATE, Co.EXIST, and Co.LEAD), there are an endless amount of great articles and authors at your disposal. Follow Fast Company if you like staying on top of trends (see a pattern yet?) and keeping up with the latest in forward-thinking.
Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and expert on everything mobile. He is also the author of Tapworthy, a book on designing iPhone apps and a contributor to The Mobile Book from Smashing Magazine
As someone who has always been into mobile technology, Josh is a dream follow. When it comes to mobile tech, design, UI/UX and/or anything related, Josh is on the latest and greatest. He tweets a lot of excerpts from mobile meetups and conferences (how I originally discovered him), about tips and tools related to mobile design and social media, and a lot of awesome stats and data on mobile and social media users and usage. If you’re into that kind of stuff like I am, follow Josh.
If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you will love this Twitter account. I feel that’s all I need to say here.
So those are my top 5 Twitter accounts of 2012. There are so many amazing/funny/knowledgeable people on Twitter – I couldn’t possibly write a long enough post and mention them all. But these are my 5 for this past year. Who were your favorite Twitter users in 2012? Feel free to tweet me @davehennessy or leave a comment and let me know! Share that Twitter love!