For over three years now I have been tweeting, conversing and getting to know friends and clients through twitter @grahunt. I use it every day as a broadcast medium, a method of gathering information and also as pure entertainment. I don’t tend to get trolled, I can take it or leave it and my follower numbers keep increasing with many of those followers wanting to use the services I provide. (Click the image below to go to Twitter and follow me)
However there are certain people who I regularly check their feeds on an individual basis for various reasons whether they interact with me, or not (some won’t even know of my existence). Here is a selection of people that I follow on twitter and maybe you should too if you are interested in what they write about.
@sidlowe Sid is primarily a football writer based in Madrid for the Guardian. However, he covers a lot more than that, largely about Spain of course which therefore interests me. He also engages with people. Last year he was instrumental in saving Real Oviedo football club from extinction largely using Twitter by garnering support for a share issue on an international basis.
@tferriss the author of the 4 Hour series (Workweek, Body and Chef) Ferriss is a lifehacker who doesn’t tweet much but what he does is usually interesting. Talks about start ups, life hacks and tools and tricks for making things more efficient in life.
@Ed_Dale boss of the 30 Day Challenge the place where I started learning about marketing a business on the Internet, Ed continues to tweet interesting stuff about the development of online marketing, the Magcast platform for making iPad magazines (from where the Spanish Property Magazine comes) and the trials and tribulations of Arsenal and the Western Bulldogs among other things.
@MartinVars is an Argentinian tech entrepreneur previously based in Mallorca but now in the States for a time. He has started various companies in Spain over the years such as Jazztel, Fon and Ya.com and has a rather unique perspective on entrepreneurship and business in Spain. Writes in both Spanish and English on both twitter and his blog.
@Old_Holborn sedition and controversy. If you don’t like someone who deliberately sets up to annoy and provoke then don’t read this guy. (Personally I dislike intensely his winding up of Liverpool) However some of the outing of corruption within government and business in the UK and elsewhere and the finding of strange stories around the World to highlight make it worth a read. Some call him a poor man’s @GuidoFawkes. They may be right. (Not for the easily offended)
@davejbull a friend of mine from Santa Pola in Alicante, Dave is witty and fun on twitter but behind that exterior lies a businessman running his own magazine and also helping kids with start ups of their own through his own version of Dragons’ Den, the Bull Run. Loves living in Spain and is not one for the moaners and whiners that often come to live in Spain.
@familyinSpain I have to declare an interest here as I work with Lisa on a couple of projects (and she often RT’s my stuff) but if anyone wants to know more about things to do in Spain for families then this is the account to follow. Also tells things like they are rather than sugar coating bad stuff from the country.
@RichardBranson Needless to say the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur is one of the most interesting for me. Uses Twitter to promote campaigns and point people towards what Virgin is doing. Always interesting and never boring. Branson often becomes very political in his tweets which starts off a good debate.
@jaltucher another entrepreneur/writer with a range of books largely inspired from stuff on his blog. Altucher does a weekly Q+A on twitter from which he then develops the themes for his blog posts. He has an eclectic and chequered history of business success and failure and talks candidly about his own past depression and problems as well as his successes. Always worth a read on his blog too, you may not agree with everything he writes but it cannot be labelled as lazy or hackneyed and it is invariably interesting.
@robpatrob Robert Paterson is a writer and blogger previously based on Prince Edward Island in Canada (it took me months to work out what PEI stood for as I stubbornly refused to google it!) recently moved, Rob writes about how to get out of the rat race of consumption and being a sheep. Recently wrote an excellent book “Why You Don’t Need a Job” which is one of a series explaining how things are changing in the World as regards work, health and food and other issues.
@DanRaine tweets infrequently but usually interesting stuff. Another member of the 30 Day Challenge team, Dan runs the Immediate Edge of which I am a member where he keeps me and many others up to date with Internet marketing issues and technology advances. Another Apple fanboy, don’t follow if you don’t like Macs, iPads and tech.
@glinner Graham Linehan is the writer of “Father Ted” and “The IT Crowd” two of my favourite series ever. However his twitter stream is much more concerned with an open Internet, hacking and social responsibility. An avowed lover of Reddit, the geeks paradise, Linehan tweets about a broad range of issues and interacts with people on a human level on Twitter as well as highlighting interesting issues relating to Internet freedom.
So that’s my selection, who do you follow more closely on twitter? And please don’t say Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga.