Influential Tech-Focused Twitter Accounts That Are Making a Buzz

Did you know Twitter used to be described as "a short burst of inconsequential information" and "chirps from birds"?

As people meet through social sharing and maintain connections, tweeting and/or “chirps” will continue to be heard around the world, but how do you connect and stay in touch with the people you are interested in?

It can be tough to keep up with all of your interests and people you follow on this social platform. So we’re helping you by sharing some influential tech-focused Twitter accounts for you to follow. We’ve also put together a Twitter list [tutorial] for better organization, so you can stay on top of what’s going on in the ever-changing landscape of technology

Who to Follow:

 

 

Susan Crawford

Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

Twitter:

@scrawford

Bio:

As the (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, co-director of the Berkman Center and a contributor for Bloomberg View and Wired, Ms. Crawford has much to talk about. In addition, she co-led the FCC transition team, has served as a Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2009) and is a member of Mayor (NYC) Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.

Tweets about:

The Internet, technology and her new book #CaptiveAudience.

 

 

Julian Assange

Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist

Twitter:

@JulianAssange_

Bio:

Julian Assange is best known as the editor-in-chief and the founder of WikiLeaks. This organization publishes news leaks, classified media and secret information from several anonymous news sources. In addition, he has worked as a computer programmer and activist earning him numerous awards and nominations, including (2009) Amnesty International Media Award, Readers’ Choice for Time magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year, (2011) Sydney Peace Foundation gold medal and (2011) Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

Tweets about:

Assange typically tweets about WikiLeaks articles and information, in addition to, freedom of speech. 

 

 

Robert Stephens

Twitter:

@rstephens

Bio:

Robert Stephens founded the Geek Squad, an in-store and on-site services provider for technical issues and a subsidiary of the Best Buy Company. Stephens also served as Best Buy’s CTO.

Tweets about:

Stephens regularly tweets about technology and innovation, and he provides information and commentary on what’s happening in the world of technology. Occasionally, he will discuss some of his original thoughts on tech; what should happen in the space and where it should end up.

 

 

Chris Pirillo

Owner, Principal and President of Pirillo.com, LockerGnome and Gnomies

Twitter:

@ChrisPirillo

Bio:

Chris Pirillo has been working in the content publishing industry since 1996, when he launched his first company, LockerGnome. The company was established to provide knowledge of technology to others. After graduating with a degree in English Education, he became an expert in growing online communities.

Tweets about:

If you’re in need of a good laugh and also want to hear about the latest technology trends, follow Chris Pirillo. He’s constantly talking about the latest gadgets, filming himself talking about the latest gadgets and consistently has something relevant and engaging to talk about the tech industry. 

 

 

 

Ryan Block

Co-Founder of gdgt.

Twitter:

@ryan

Bio:

As the co-founder of gdgt and former editor of Engadget, Ryan Block is somewhat of a technology connoisseur. Along with his startups, he is a technology critic and commentator who has been quoted by BBC, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Times and the Wall Street Journal. View a list of all of his features, commentary, quotes and more here.

Tweets about:

Block specifically tweets about his critiques of technology and his love for atoms and electrons. 


 

 

 

Jacqui Cheng

Senior Editor at Ars Technica

Twitter:

@ejacqui

Bio:

Jacqui Cheng has been part of the technology industry since college, earning her degree in interactive media development and computer information systems technology from Purdue University. From there she worked as a developer for several years and then shifted her focus to technical writing for Ars Technica on Apple, Apple culture, gadgets, social networking, privacy and more.

Tweets about:

Cheng is engulfed in the Apple culture and technology space. Follow her for all things Apple, humanity and technology.


 

How to Create Twitter Lists

As a way to stay organized and on top of your social media game, here is a tutorial showing how to make a Twitter list of your newly favorited tech Twitter users.

 

1. Sign-in and go to your main Twitter screen. In the left-hand navigation, click on “lists”. 

 

twitter-list

 

 

2. As you will see, I have already created a list, so above my current lists there is a tab, be sure to click on this to create your own Twitter list.

 

twitter-creating-list

 

 

3. Once you click on “create a list” a new window will appear with the ability to enter a name for your list and an option to write a description. You’ll also want to decide on whether you would like to keep this list as public or private for your own personal use.

 

twitter-list

 

 

4. Once you’re done with the last task, click “save list” and your list is complete and ready to be used. To add people, find a user you’re familiar with and already follow on Twitter and click on their profile. A window will pop up with a mini-feed of their Tweets and all you have to do is click on the icon next to “following” and a drop down menu will appear with the option to “add or remove from lists”.


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Are you following any of these tech-focused Twitter users? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page who you are following on Twitter and how it has helped you learn more about the technology industry. 

 

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Kendall Bird is an Online Community Specialist for Rasmussen College. With her Bachelor’s degree in public relations and a passion for social media, she enjoys writing motivating and enthusiastic blog content to encourage future, current and former students to learn more about their discipline of study. Kendall’s ultimate goal is to generate a positive community through blogging to promote learning and change lives.

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