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February 27, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:25pm

Top 10 techies to follow on Twitter

These guys know what they're saying, and how to say it in under 140 characters.

By Claire Vanner

With so many people now taking to the Twittersphere to give their opinion on the latest hot topic, it can be hard to know who to follow. Nobody wants their newfeed clogged up with bores and ranters.

CBR has come up with a list of who we think is worth following. These people are top of their game when it comes to IT, so they know what they’re talking about. And more to the point, can say it in under 140 characters.

 

Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie

CEO, Box

@levie

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Followers: 87.9K

Levie is famed in the tech industry for his eccentricity and his Twitter feed is no exception. Aside from his job as CEO of cloud storage company, Box, Aaron finds a lot of time to dedicate to Twitter to share his witty one-liners on tech with the world. His jokes are always on topic. Look at what he had to say about Flappy Bird’s vanishing act.

aaron twitter

 

James Govenor

James Governor

Co-founder and analyst, RedMonk

@monkchips

Followers: 17.8k

Prior to his work with Illuminata and RedMonk, Governor worked as a tech journalist, so he has a way with words. Like Levie, he enjoys a joke on Twitter and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. This results in some highly entertaining (often critical) tweets about the tech industry.

james tweet

 

Reshma Twitter

Reshma Saujani

Founder, Girls Who Code

@reshmasaujani

Followers: 13.2K

As well as being in the know when it comes to computing, Saujani is a great advocate for women in the tech industry. As well as being the founder of Girls Who Code, she is also a lawyer and politian, so her Twitter feed is always full of insightful comment. Just to prove that coding is cool, she tweeted an endorsement from ‘it girl’ of the moment, Lena Dunham.

Reshma tweet

 

 

robert scoble

Robert Scoble

Startup liason officer, Rackspace

@Scobleizer

Followers: 382K

As a former technical evangelist for Microsoft, Scoble knows his stuff. His blog, Scobleizer, is one the most read tech blogs on the web, so following his Twitter feed is a good way to keep up-to-date with what he is saying. Startups are his business, literally, so Scoble always has his finger on the pulse of the latest trends. And he’s not afraid to go against popular opinion, which always makes for a good read…

robert tweet 

 

Padmasree

Padmasree Warrior

CTO, Cisco

@Padmasree

Followers: 1.45M

As CTO of Cisco, Warrior obviously has a lot to say about her company. But her tweets go beyond promtional content. She is very good at engaging with other tweets, frequently asking questions, starting discussions and retweeting responses, so get involved. Warrior is a huge fan of the Dalai Lama, so is also often tweeting about how to remain calm and centred, as well as what is happening at Cisco.

padmasree tweet

 

 

 

Michael Dell

Michael Dell

CEO, Dell

@MichaelDell

Followers: 578K

Dell is one of the biggest names in the computing industry, so it’s only right to want to know what the man himself, Michael Dell, has to say. While Dell’s Twitter feed is more self-promotional than some, it’s very visual with lots of photos and retweets. He’s also good at praising his staff – what better way to be congratulated than it being announced to half a million people!

 

dell tweet

 

 

Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts

Google engineer

@mattcutts

Followers: 318K

Cutts is a big tweeter: he has sent over 22,000. This resulted in his self-assigned 30 day challenge in January being to not use social media so much. But fear not, he has fallen off the anti-Twitter wagon and is back to tweeting about the three things he knows best: gadgets, Google and SEO. He’s good at keeping people in the know and provides lots of helpful links to his faithful followers.

matt tweet

 

 

Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin

Founder, Moz

@randfish

Followers: 154K

Fishkin, or ‘The Wizard of Moz’ as he likes to be known, is an expert on digital marketing, and thankfully, he likes to share his wealth of knowledge. If you’re a marketer want to know your way around the web, then Fishkin makes a great guide.

rand tweet

 

 

Biz Stone

Biz Stone

Co-founder of Twitter

@biz

Followers: 2.13M

It would be wrong to have a list of Twitter techies without a Twitter co-founder on it. Stone is one of the more Twitter-active co-founders. A lot of his tweets at the moment are focussed on his latest social platform: Jellyfish, a crowdsourcing Q&A app. But at least he acknowledges the negatives as well as the posititives. And it’s strangely addictive to see what people are asking on Jelly, from suggestions for baby names to how to open a locked door…

biz tweet

 

 

Gina Trapani

Gina Trapani

Founder, Thinkup

@ginatrapani

Followers: 309K

As the founder of social media insights engine, Thinkup, Trapani knows her way around Twitter. She provides a good insight into running a tech company and she’s not afraid to ask questions to her followers, "Is there anything I can do to stop a 2010 MacBook Pro battery from going from 100% to 20% in under 2 hours?" as well as answer them. It’s nice to know that even the ‘techies’ can have trouble with their gadgets!

Gina tweet

 

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