By: Hillel Fuld
One year ago, almost to the day (minus a week and a half), I wrote The First 99 People to Follow on Twitter. Now, with over 2,300 retweets of that post that I continue to see even today, I figured it was time for a sequel. Unlike the movie industry, in which sequels usually suck, this is a list of people I have met, engaged with, learned from, and was inspired by over the past year.
Some of the people below are tech superstars, some are stay-at-home-moms, and others declare that they do not know what they are yet.
What these people all have in common is that they are real. They engage, they respond, they share, and they are just interesting, each in his or her own way. I can guarantee you one thing, if you follow every person on this list, you will, without exception gain something and enhance your Twitter experience.
Now just because this post took me 12 hours of work to put together does not mean it should take you a long time to follow everyone here. So I put together this list. You can easily follow the list itself here or follow each person individually by going down the list here and clicking Follow next to each person. It was the best I could do.
Follow them now, thank me later.
1: Tom Anderson: Also known as MySpaceTom, Tom is a Co Founder of MySpace, a regular contributor to TechCrunch and a really down to earth kind of guy.
3: Elin Blesener: Community Manager of TechCrunch and someone who is always listening and engaging.
4: Debbie Levi: An online marketing gal who went over to the dark side of the VC world, as well as a tech lover and an overall awesome person.
5: Tim Stevens: Editor-in-Chief of Engadget, Tim is a tech expert and surprised me when I realized just how responsive he is given his superstar status.
7: Vic Gundotra: VP Engineering at Google and one of the leading names on the Google+ project, Vic continues to amaze everyone with his level of engagement and professionalism.
9: Gabe Rivera: Speaking of Techmeme, Gabe runs the site and is a true rock star in the tech press community.
11: Shuly Galili: As the Executive Director of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, Shuly bridges the Silicon Valley startup world with its little brother in Tel Aviv. She also happens to be an awesome human being.
12: Darrell Etherington: As an editor at TheAppleBlog and a writer at Gigaom, Darrell is an expert on too many things to list here. The man is a legend and a seriously nice guy.
13: Michelle Chmielewski: The marketing manager for Seesmic Europe but someone I can say I knew before she became such a rock star.
14: Shai Tsur: An ex VC and a current Microsoft guy, you will not find many people who are nicer than Shai. He also happens to know a lot about a wide variety of topics.
18: Louis Gray: A leading tech blogger who I have learned many things from over the last year, and I am not only talking about geeky things, he is a good man as well.
19:Arnold Kim: A big name in tech and the man behind sites like Macrumors.com and Appshopper.com, among others.
21: Richard Lai: As Engadget’s Senior Associate Editor, Richard is super geeky, but you will find a whole lot more than just some tech updates in his tweets. Also engages regularly.
26: Christina Warren: A writer for Mashable and one of the geekiest women I know.
27: Rovio Mobile: Maker of Angry Birds and super engaging on Twitter… Not much more to say.
28: Zagg: My favorite consumer company on Twitter, Zagg is always running awesome promotions and sharing great content.
30: Miriam Schwab: CEO of illuminea and a real expert in all things SEO, WordPress, and blogging. Miriam is also an extraordinarily nice person.
31: Liz Cohen: An ex Answers.com employee, a full time mom, and a regular blogger, Liz will consistently make you laugh with her tweets. Guaranteed.
32: Reg Saddler: One of the leading content people on Twitter, Reg is the account you have to follow to stay updated on everything tech (and other things).
33: Ahuvah Berger: Ahuvah gets a special mention as one of the main people who showed me around Twitter when I just joined. She should have been on the first list, but somehow, I forgot to add her.
34: Olivier Amar: An online marketing guy who knows a lot about a whole lot of topics. Also a good friend and my go to guy for Web and SEO questions.
35: Jon Burg: A marketing and Biz Dev guy who has smart opinions on a whole lotta topics. Also, a distant relative, somehow.
36: Kfir Pravda: A really smart dude in the online marketing and video space as well as an Apple fanboy and a really good friend.
37: Sarah Lacy: A TechCrunch writer and one of the cooler people I have had the privilege to meet offline.
38: John Biggs: Writes for TechCrunch, has written for the NY Times, and you would never know it. John is one of the most grounded rock stars I ever met.
39: Rip Empson: Hands down, the nicest tech journalist I’ve ever worked with. Rip writes for TechCrunch and is just super professional and great to work with.
41: Ilana Karp: Met Ilana on Twitter and added her to my lists almost immediately. A really smart and down to earth kinda gal, and the person I referred to above when I said some people still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. (see her Twitter bio)
42: Ryan Kim: One of my favorite GigaOM writers, Ryan is a true expert on tech and a super nice guy who engages on Twitter.
43: Arianna Huffington: President and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Need I say more?
45: Dennis Crowley: The CEO and Founder of Foursquare, the leading app in the location space, Dennis is also very responsive on Twitter and I expect to be interviewing him soon.
47: Susan Kang Nam: Been engaging with Susan for years now on Twitter and always enjoy her insights on tech, life, and other topics.
48: Nir Ben Yona Shein: Any tech question I have, Nir is my guy. When it comes to gadgets, specs, and technologies, he knows it all and he is happy to answer questions in real time.
49: Lisa Barone: Another person that should have been on my first list, Lisa is an SEO expert and a well known web personality. She also has some super entertaining tweets.
50: Jonathan Ross: A QA expert, Jon is the man I go to when my computer crashes or I have any sort of technical difficulty with technology of any kind.
52: Alexia Tsotsis: A super talented writer for TechCrunch who always provides awesome insight on the broad world of technology. Also, Alexia is always happy to respond to questions or comments about her posts.
53: Kevin Tofel: The mobile guy over at GigaOM, Kevin is the inspiration for many blog posts I have written here and on other sites.
54: Ian Schafer: CEO of Deep Focus, Ian writes on some leading online publications and is one of the smarter people out there.
56: Kevin Systrom: Founder of Instagram, the leading iPhone photography app and a really down to earth guy.
58: Craig Kanalley: An editor at the Huffington Post, Craig is always on top of the latest news both on Twitter and Google+. He also has a great sense of humor.
59: Marshall Kirkpatrick: An ex TechCrunch writer who is now at ReadWriteWeb, Marshall is a well known journalist and a super nice guy.
61: Rob La Gesse: RackSpace guy and Scoble’s boss, Rob is one of the smarter people i have met in a long time.
62: Yehuda Hofri: A good friend and a super geek, Yehuda is the kind of guy that will see a tweet with a request for a service, then go code the service in an hour. Yea, that really happened.
63: Avri Burger: An old friend and someone who’s tweets will always induce a chuckle and when he’s on, a full fledged laugh.
64: Ephraim Gopin: A non-profit and fund raising guy, Ephraim is super active on Twitter and engages more than most people I know.
65: Yoni Cantor-Wiseman: An old friend and a mom, always thinking about the next big thing she can initiate.
66: Dana Cohen Baron: A consultant on user experience and product definition, Dana is one smart cookie who is happy share her expertise on many topics.
67: Chris Ziegler: An ex Engadget author and one of the Web’s top authorities on anything related to cellphones and mobile technology.
68: Ingrid Lunden: A tech journalist who writes for Moconews and other sites, Ingrid is a real expert in her field and is always happy to engage on Twitter.
70: Sarah-Jayne Gratton: TV presenter, author & producer, Sarah is an absolute content machine who shares enough content on Twitter to keep you updated on pretty much every topic you can imagine.
71: Lizza Ocampo: A music, tech, and BlackBerry lover, Lizza is all about engagement and you will enjoy talking to her, no question.
72: Liz Gannes: Covers the social media space for AllThingsD and always shares interesting insights about the internet.
73: Chris Velazco: The TechCrunch mobile guy, Chris is overly obsessed with phones and soup (as his bio says), two things we have in common.
74: David Connell: An editor at Techmeme, and a nice dude.
75: Andre Garrigo: Working at Techmeme, Andre consistently keeps his finger on the pulse of the tech world.
76: Marty McPadden: Works at ESPN and blogs about Apple, gadgets, and all tech, Marty is one of the nicest people you will meet on Twitter.
77: Thomas Marzano: I know I just said this about Marty, but Thomas is also one of the nicest people on Twitter. He also shares awesome content on a daily basis.
78: Michelle Mangen: I have had the privilege of connecting with Michelle on Twitter recently (thanks Shelly), and I have learned so much from her in a short period. More than her awesome content, she is one heck of a people’s person.
79: Rashi Elmaliah: A marketing and PR powerhouse, Rashi is the one to know if you are a startup looking to raise funds, generate buzz, or just to make some seriously good connections.
80: Matt Brian: The TheNextWeb writer who covers Apple and mobile issues, Matt is also a dad to two sons and a super nice guy.
81: Mike Butcher: An editor for TechCrunch Europe, Mike will keep you up to speed on all things tech in Europe, with a focus on England where he resides.
82: Shari Wright Pilo: A good friend and an up and coming entity in the social space, Shari can make you some pretty awesome videos describing your company’s product as well as seriously impressive Facebook page designs.
83: CamMi Pham: Another super interesting person I met on Twitter, CamMi founded a company at the age of 16 and now, five years later has done some pretty unbelievable things.
84: Yossi Gofman: Another geek who has tons of knowledge in his database, otherwise known as his brain. The guy seems to know everything.
85: Benji Margolese: A good friend who is just getting into the world of marketing and has already understood the importance of engaging on Twitter as opposed to broadcasting.
86: Megan O’Neill: A web video enthusiast and a blogger for some leading sites on social media, Megan is a true expert who definitely knows how to inject some humor into her work.
88: Alyssa Milano: Last but not least, the only person on this list who appears on the previous list as well. Alyssa is hands down the most amazing person I have met on Twitter. Amazing content, phenomenal generosity with her charity causes, and a downright awesome human being. I interviewed her here!
That’s all folks! Enjoy following these fine individuals, I know I do!