Last week, I wrote about why I was moving my #FollowFriday recommendations from Twitter to my blog.
I suggested why it should be more than just a name and a link on Twitter. So, here are my recommendations for this week. I hope you check them out – they’re more than worth getting to know.
- Community. Calvin Lee (@mayhemstudios). I once wrote a post about why the word “community” is a combination of “communication” and “unity”. If that is the case, then Calvin is the perfect example of community. He shares a wealth of information, and it’s always more about others than it is him. One of Twitter’s leading lights and one of the nicest offline as well.
- Ladies of Twitter. Jen Wright (@MissIve). I know, I know – Jen would probably be the first to tell me she’s no lady. But that’s by the by. If you’re looking for someone that’s clever, witty, sarcastic, hard-working, energetic and full of ideas, Jen’s your girl. She has more irons in the fire than anyone I know – and that’s saying something. Fun with a capital F.
- Gentlemen of Twitter. Scott Stratten (@unmarketing). There are many categories Scott could fall into, but this one really fits him well. He’s one of the most prolific and helpful Twitterers I know, with a heart of gold and the chops to back it up. I’ll never forget what he did for 12for12k and if I only had one beer left to share, it’d be with Scott. That’s how cool he is.
- Non-Profits. Stacey Monk (@StaceyMonk). What can I say about Stacey? She founded Tweetsgiving and led the way for non-profit ways to use Twitter. She runs Epic Change – an immense idea if ever there was one. In fact, such an immense idea she walked away from corporate business to start it. A true visionary and someone I can only hope to emulate.
- Marketing. Kneale Mann (@knealemann). Did you know Kneale played a key part in the early days of the EdgeFest event? Or that he’s launched two radio stations and co-produced the CASBY Music Awards? And now he runs various marketing boot camps? I’ve met Kneale and speak with him regularly. You want a top-notch marketer? Speak to Kneale, today.
- Public Relations. Rachel Kay (@rachelakay). One of the hardest working PR people I know, Rachel is to PR what Irn Bru is to Scottish people. She lives and breathes it. She’s an amazing networker offline. She is so cool at what she does that Vogue and Oprah are just another normal day for Rachel. Connect, learn, enjoy – she might even invite you to Club Rachel.
- Social Media. Marc Meyer (@Marc_Meyer). If you’ve ever participated in one of Marc’s #socialmedia chats on Twitter, you’ll know he doesn’t take prisoners when it comes to saying the same old stuff. Great mind, leader in taking social media away from the norm, and he’s also a dab hand at taking interesting photographs.
- The “Everyone Should Know” Wildcard Entry. Roger Hjulstrom (@booksbelow). As his username might suggest, Roger loves books. Reading them, selling them, maybe even hoarding them. He also runs a site that helps celebrities “keep it real on Twitter”. Roger gets the wildcard entry for making me stop and ask, “Say what?” regularly. Which is a good thing.
Cheers, guys, for being who you are every day of the week.