Fun Friday: Who To Follow On Twitter

This fun friday topic was suggested by a community member in the comments sometime in the past week. I like the idea so today we will all share good Twitter follows with each other.

I'll share a few of the best twitterers I know of with all of you and then you can take it from there.

Sports: Bill Simmons

Politics: John Heilemann

Tech: Anil Dash

Finance (& Comedy): Howard Lindzon

Fashion/Culture: Alexa Chung

Music: Bob Lefsetz

When you share twitter handles in the comments section, please link to them so the follow is easy on everyone. Thanks.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. jason wright

    TFZ

    1. fredwilson

      link to twitter handle please

      1. jason wright

        I’m sorry, this is a twitter free zone

        1. fredwilson

          not today

          1. jason wright

            a rephrase.I exist in a twitter free zone, a bit like turntable.fm, but 2013 is on the horizon, and where once there was darkness there may soon be light.

    2. kidmercury

      i exist in TFZ as well. twitter has slowly been killing all RSS support and is killing it entirely by may of 2013. it is the most disingenuous, poorly designed platform in the history of the known universe. like apple, but with even worse and more dishonest platform management, and without the enormous profits or impeccable sense of style either. the poster child for bubble 2.0.but in the spirit of this thread, the one twitter user i had subscribed to via RSS before twitter killed the rss feed was @pwrhungry. i’m going to message him to see if he’ll get on google+, the hot new social network everyone wants to be a part of!

      1. Donna Brewington White

        Sorry for using AVC as a message board… I’m in Chicago! If you don’t get an email from me please email or DM me. Haha… I forgot …make that Google+ me!

        1. ShanaC

          if you were there a few days earlier I would have asked a personal favor…..(had to avert a semi-crisis out there remotely. bah)

          1. Donna Brewington White

            any time shana dear

          2. ShanaC

            crisis got averted, thankfully. It’s been a crazy few days.

    3. Cam MacRae

      Ditto. I’ve got $50 $36.

  2. awaldstein

    @cdixon biz models and just plain original thinking with an edge.

    1. fredwilson

      i second that one

    2. John Revay

      Yup – I always will stop and read cdixon tweets – agree w/ your thinking on the edge comment.

  3. Josh Nussbaum

    @levie for good startup insight and some humor

    1. John Best

      Agreed.

  4. Rohan

    My top 5 with an example recent [email protected]_weiner: Author Eric Weiner for some really nice, hilarious and thought provoking observations on culture and happiness (The Greek word for “yes” is “nay.” This is throwing me off, and I wonder: maybe this whole Euro-dust up is one big misunderstanding,)@Paulocoelho: Author Paulo Coelho – indulges the philosopher (People (including us) are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centeredโ€ฆ Forgive them so they can forgive ourselves)@L1AD: Our own Liad. Very witty and nearly always makes me smile.(Kids fighting about who will control the remote for the TV in their room they know I will never allow them to have. #GoFigure)@ConanOBrien: Hilarious (I don’t think he needs an example tweet..)@Lord_Voldemort: Hiiilaaaairious especially you have read Harry Potter.. (Congrats to Adele who has finally released her baby. By next week it will be #1 on the Billboard charts.)Thanks for taking the suggestion, Fred.

    1. fredwilson

      it was your suggestion, right Rohan?thanks for making itand some great suggestions too!

      1. Rohan

        Yup, thanks a lot for taking the suggestion, Fred.

        1. William Mougayar

          You have time to make a public Twitter List out of these suggestions? We would be so grateful….Side benefit is you’ll get lots of followers because you’re hosting the list ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Ian Cleary

            An alternative would be to create a list.ly list!

          2. William Mougayar

            But if created on List.ly, a twitter user can’t follow it and it doesn’t aggregate tweets which is what is needed…Unless I’m missing something.

          3. Rohan

            Haha. Grateful is the convincing I need.I have a tight weekend but going to put this on my to do. I hope to get to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. William Mougayar

      Great Adele joke.

    3. RichardF

      Rohan , is that the correct Twitter handle for Voldemort? there’s a few and I want to get the right one

      1. Rohan

        Lol at the question (take a step back and read it again.. haha)Not sure. This one is pretty funny though!

        1. RichardF

          need to make sure I’m following the Dark Lord ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4. Abdallah Al-Hakim

      nice list Rohan. I have Conan and Eric Weiner on my list already. I will check out the other ones!

  5. awaldstein

    Interesting side discussion around this.Twitter is at it’s core a celeb follow model. Famous folks with clout or pizazz that we normal folks pile on to be close to.Try an experiment. Next time a conversation happens between these small clubs of folks at the top that know each other, jump in. Engage them smartly.Those that respond like those that really engage in their comment strings…stand way apart.Those that don’t…hey, it’s just broadcast, not community. Value still but take it for what it’s worth, which is new age media with a personal touch.

    1. fredwilson

      yupi particularly like how my friend john does ithttps://twitter.com/jheil

      1. awaldstein

        Great stream. Now a follower.

    2. John Best

      That’s always been my (possibly objectively a bit rude) philosophy. If it’s not being sent via DM, its there for anyone to engage with.

    3. William Mougayar

      True, for those that don’t respond it could also be plain snobbery on their part.That’s why Twitter needs to offer some very “basic” consumer minded analytics about who we interact, etc… I realize there are business tools that do this for a fee, but they don’t reach the masses.

      1. awaldstein

        Don’t know that I agree.It’s a one to many or one to crony model with an audience.It works that way really well. I question whether there is truly a market of any size to do this for.Great idea. Market is questionable to me.

    4. RichardF

      +1 great comment Arnold

    5. jason wright

      *just* broadcast?Freedom of speech is a laudable value, but a very limited one when only a very few can hear it. After centuries of muffled and muzzled expression platforms like twitter are finally enabling the beginnings of real liberty.

      1. awaldstein

        No question.

    6. Mark Essel

      All the celebs I follow on twitter are either founders, handful of VCs, and the rest are hackers. Only a few don’t respond

      1. ShanaC

        what makes those people celebrities in the first place?

        1. Carl Rahn Griffith

          Startups/VCs as pseudo rock-stars is so 2007…

          1. ShanaC

            exactly

        2. Mark Essel

          Me. Most are not million follower/have their own tv show celebs, they’re just folks I like to tune into.

      2. awaldstein

        You my friend Mark must be more important than myself.

        1. Rohan

          Haha Arnold. He is. Where is the doubt??The one and only Mark Essel.

    7. FAKE GRIMLOCK

      TWITTER IS CONVERSATION.NOT EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THAT.INCLUDING TWITTER.

      1. awaldstein

        Not always. Not often.

    8. Carl Rahn Griffith

      Most ‘celebs’ talk utter bilge and when they do interact with their acolytes its to exercise their power by asking something inane like “Hey, I am coming to London! What’s the weather like?”They’re not interested in the weather; they just want to have their ego massaged by the flood of fawning responses.

  6. William Mougayar

    Tim O’Reilly, Paul Kedrosky, Richard Florida – I always click on their tweets. They have a knack for finding great links.ย https://twitter.com/timoreillyhttps://twitter.com/pkedroskyhttps://twitter.com/Richard…It would be great if Twitter offered a very basic capability for telling users who they click on the most.ย 

    1. fredwilson

      that’s an interesting idea

    2. John Best

      Tim and Paul I already follow, will check out Richard, thanks.

  7. William Mougayar

    How about Twitter lists? I think they have a place in the sharing conundrum. Maybe someone with enough time on their hands could make up an AVC list with those being suggested here. That way, we can just follow 1 List instead of multiple accounts.

  8. takingpitches

    Chris Sacca @sacca – Angel investor. Bright, funny guy. Hands down for me the master of the Tweet art form.Aaron Levie @levie – Someone mentioned Aaron. Crazy sharp, funny guy.Brian Phillips @runofplay – (Mentioned him last week). Brilliant sports writer who puts sports in a larger cultural context. A real must-follow.Brad Delong @delong – Left-leaning economist. Tweets at furious pace, but if you can handle the frequency and the politics, it’s fun stuff leading to the election.Lena Dunham @lenadunham – the brilliant young writer of HBO’s GirlsNate Silver @fivethirtyeight – essential in an election year. Nate is the “billy bean (moneyball)” of poll dataMichael Pollan @michaelpollan – the politics of foodGoldman Sachs Elevator @GSElevator – consistently funny parody (?) of Goldman Sachs.Rupert @rupertmurdoch – car crash happening before your eyes. You should turn away, but cannot.Mike Pereira @mikepereira – Former NFL head of officiating. Essential for those of us who spend too much time on Sundays yelling at the TVDennis Crowley @dens, Padmasree Warrior @Padmasree, Shervin Pishevar @shervin – Very different tech leaders that in very different ways are full of life outside tech and it comes out in their Tweets. Fun to see and essential to remember.

    1. fredwilson

      wow. what a great list of follows. thanks!

      1. takingpitches

        Thanks Fred!

    2. andyswan

      Love Rupert…. he’s a great tweeter! Nate is off by +5D though ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. takingpitches

        Haha!The great debate of 2012 has devolved to 538 versus intrade for predictive value!

        1. andyswan

          I bought Romney at 25% so I am biased!

          1. takingpitches

            The Romney campaign is buying, so I would be selling:-)That sounds like a nice return!

          2. andyswan

            Who ever lost money buying what Romney buys??? ๐Ÿ™‚

          3. takingpitches

            ๐Ÿ™‚

          4. ShanaC

            the romney campaign is buying on intrade, that’s actually quite interesting….

      2. Dave Pinsen

        I don’t get Nate either. Romney leads in 5 of the last 6 national polls listed on RealClearPolitics and Nate sees slim odds of Romney winning even just the popular vote. If Romney wins, it will be fun reading the comments on Nate’s blog.

      1. takingpitches

        Thanks for the link Anne!

    3. Rohan

      Nice list. thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. takingpitches

        Thanks Rohan and thanks for suggesting the topic!

    4. ShanaC

      poor description of rupert

      1. RichardF

        interested to know what your description of Rupert would be Shana

        1. ShanaC

          conservative aging hipster ceo? He has that nuts quality that only a hipster on twitter would go for ๐Ÿ™‚

    5. Dave Pinsen

      I follow Lena Dunham too, and enjoy her HBO show. But speaking of her, here’s Jim Treacher on her Obama ad, “I think Lena Dunhamโ€™s Obama ad is great and she should do a bunch more just like it”

    1. fredwilson

      fake who?

      1. RichardF

        lol…yup I’ve not tried explaining that to Mrs F who is blissfully ignorant of the joys of Twitter.

      2. FAKE GRIMLOCK

        SHH. NO TELL.

  9. Jorge M. Torres

    Law & Tech: Richard SusskindPatents (for patent nerds): Dennis CrouchPatents (if you like patent trolls): Gene QuinnPatents (if you hate patent trolls): Brad FeldPatents (best reporting): Nilay Patel

  10. andyswan

    @drudge — Streaky tweeter and definite bias … one of the most underrated entrepreneurs of our generation… most influential individual in news and no one knows news cycle better. Pretty funny guy…Favorite recent tweets:”Both Rasmussen & Gallup have Obama at 47% today… Say what you will about Romney, and you will, he sure is good with numbers…””OH WELL: First they called me ‘gossipmonger’ then ‘me-zine’ then ‘blogger’ then ‘aggregator’..now it’s: ‘virologists’?? http://bit.ly/LlbOlP“Edit: This is the person behind the site. https://twitter.com/drudge_… is awesome headline feed.

    1. takingpitches

      I come from slightly left of center, but other than my web-based email accounts, there hasn’t been a site that I’ve more gone to more over the last 13-14 years — by a mile — than drudgereport.When I worked at the Justice Department, we would incessantly click on reload on our browsers when we expected certain big news to hit, like a Supreme Court nomination.I agree on the “underrated entrepreneur” part, and thanks for pointing out that he was tweeting at @drudge. I had no idea.

  11. Carl Rahn Griffith

    Gosh, so many. Here’s but a few…@umairh – Intelligent (and often funny) polemic on economics and society, etc. HBR guy.https://twitter.com/[email protected] – Ditto, with links to his incisive TV show/YouTube channel, The Keiser Report.https://twitter.com/[email protected] – One of the original catalysts behind Twitter going more mainstream. Urbane.https://twitter.com/[email protected]_thorn- Loved her/her singing for some 3 decades. Still smitten. Swoon…https://twitter.com/tracey_…@RevRichardColes- Used to be a pop star, now a priest. Great pathos/observations.https://twitter.com/revrich…@OpenCulture- Great links to old footage/audio of great artists, thinkers, etc. Treasure trove.https://twitter.com/opencul…@BrainPicker- Ditto.https://twitter.com/brainpi…@TheEconomist- Needs no introduction. Peerless.https://twitter.com/theecon…@Withnailizer- Random on the hour quotes from my favourite film, ever. Pointless, but I love it.https://twitter.com/withnai…@big_ben_clock- On the hour chimes. Nothing more. Pointless, but oddly amusing/reassuring.https://twitter.com/big_ben…@guardian- And its many niche sibling Twitter IDs. Comprehensive news coverage/analysis.https://twitter.com/guardia[email protected] The woes (and occasional joys) of my beloved Sheffield Wednesday FC.https://twitter.com/[email protected] A friend/associate of mine. Very witty chap, usually brightens up the day.https://twitter.com/1755dic…I could go on…

    1. fredwilson

      that’s a list!

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        Aye, lol – and there’s many more! Is it just me, but I don’t see option for Lists on iPhone? Would go back to using them more if could but Lists seem more tablet/PC focused? When I first used Twitter was on desktop mainly and Lists were fine – how times change in but a few years! If elegantly available on iPhone/mobile would use more, for sure.

    2. Anne Libby

      Used to be a pop star, now a priest? Follow.

    1. pointsnfigures

      I’d disagree on Stiglitz. Best economist out there writing a blog is The Grumpy Economist, John Cochrane. he doesn’t tweet.

      1. Tom Labus

        I’ll check him out.I do like Stiglitz’s clarity of thought and for me the right side of the political equation.

        1. ShanaC

          you should seriously try reading his nobel lecture. I got halfway through. Really intense stuff about the politics of asymmetric information.

      2. ShanaC

        also a good choice. becker-posner as well.

      3. Neil

        He does. @johnhcochrane

        1. pointsnfigures

          thanks, will follow him.

    2. takingpitches

      I love listening to Phil and the other guys on Versus call the Tour De France.Did he have anything recent to say about Lance?

      1. Tom Labus

        At first Phil was defending him but has gone quite lately (can’t blame him). The teams should just go to life ban if you get caught doping. The problem was compounded by some team management pushing guys into taking the stuff.

        1. takingpitches

          Sad situation. Not just the doping, but the pressure on team members and the intimidation to not cross the line and reveal.I was a big fan of Lance during the run, but knew something must be up when he chased down the Filippo Simeoni breakaway group in 2004. Filippo had testified about doping and the whispers were that this was Lance’s message about what happened to those who broke the code of silence. It was cold and spiteful.I didn’t know for sure. But with what has come out in the last couple of weeks, he has massively disappointed many people including me.

          1. LE

            “but knew something must be up when he chased down the Filippo Simeoni”The situation with Lance epitomizes a few competing forces, behaviors and mistakes, such as:1) Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered (if he had only won perhaps 3 titles he could have remained under the radar. To much success raises more eyebrows and a closer look.)2) Spread the cheer around and you generally will remain protected by people who benefit from your generosity. Mafia has always been good at this one.3) Having co-conspirators is both a benefit and a danger. (Had he operated only by himself he would have been less likely to get caught but also would have won much less I guess).4) Nobody starts off like this if they haven’t worked their way up to that level of cheating. Anytime you see a major crime like this it is always proceeded by much lower levels of cheating earlier on.By the way I see a tremendous amount of writing on the Internet and in the mainstream press lamenting about all the good he did and somehow that should equal a pass. Sounds robin hood and I totally reject that point of view. (Normally it’s the opposite, there are clawbacks.) And by the way there are victims of this. The people who didn’t cheat, put in the time, effort and sacrifice (to themselves, their careers and their families) to try and win that could not because of the cheating culture. Not to mention those dragged into it by Lance obviously. This is what is happening apparently in college and high school now with students taking adhd drugs that don’t have adhd and are changing the culture to the detriment of those who are honest.

  12. pointsnfigures

    for crowdfunding legal issues @wac6for hilarious political satire @iowahawkfor snarky political commentary @aceofspadeshqfor first finance news @zerohedgefor grins and thoughts @jaltucher

  13. PJSweeney

    Us social media folks are additcte to Pete Cashmore https://twitter.com/mashsoc… and his social – it’s not engagement it’s more of a news feed, but great articles in the social sphere.

  14. Jared Krouss

    For those of you that are NBA fans (and I *think* Fred is a fan of the Thunder), @jonesonthenba is the best follow for hoops. I know he’s a reader of AVC as well!

    1. Tom Labus

      Nets!

    2. fredwilson

      instant follow

    3. Nate Jones

      I was wondering how Fred started following me. Visit this site and the comments section daily, but first time commenting. Thanks for the love.

      1. fredwilson

        that’s exactly what happened Nate

  15. Anne Libby

    Leadership: John Maeda for an interdisciplinary view. http://twitter.com/johnmaedaEngagement: Rosanne Cash to points by @wmoug:disqus and @awaldstein:disqus, who really “gets” engagement. http://twitter.com/rosannecashWriters: William Gibson sometimes answers questions about his work, and tweets quirky articles. http://twitter.com/greatdismal It has been interesting to watch Joyce Carol Oates start to tweet. http://twitter.com/JoyceCar…Management (academic): Rosabeth Moss Kanter shares a lot of her own articles. http://twitter.com/Rosabeth…Humor/social commentary/Twitter artistry: Albert Brooks, http://twitter.com/AlbertBr… and Steve Martin, http://twitter.com/SteveMar…Gender gap/diversity: Catalyst, http://twitter.com/CatalystIncMultidisciplinary: for articles and recommended reading, Maria Popova, http://twitter.com/brainpicker. For interesting visual images, Sasha Kader, http://twitter.com/sashakader(Yikes, edited so that hopefully the links work.)

    1. fredwilson

      nice list Anne

      1. Anne Libby

        Fred, thanks for being so gracious.

    2. Carl Rahn Griffith

      Great list – I forgot @greatdismal – he’s cool and a must-follow.

      1. Anne Libby

        Thanks, Carl. I picked up some great ones from everyone here today! And found a hole in my follows — I don’t follow sports at all. Now I can pick up some of the AVC favorites. Thanks, all.

    3. ShanaC

      John Maeda is an inspiring god. That is all

      1. Anne Libby

        Some of my favorites are on “STEM to STEAM,” emphasizing the arts as an overall part of our human ecosystem, and not a “nice to have” extra.

        1. panterosa,

          STEM to STEAM is very cool. They are not really launching that very effectively.

          1. Anne Libby

            What do you think they could do to improve their impact?

      2. panterosa,

        Actually he is quite human. He is really making a mess now at RISD, but the public outside school don’t see that. Sadly, the interior mess I find quite un-god-like. Lack of good management, which is like a lack of good design.

        1. ShanaC

          probably. but from a design standpoint he is super inspiring.

    4. Carl Rahn Griffith

      Re: JCO – what did you make of ‘Blonde’? Still gives me nightmares.

      1. Anne Libby

        I last tried JCO in my 20s, and couldn’t read her at all — I should try reading her again. Maybe best not to start with something that gave you nightmares, though!

  16. falicon

    I’m going to go more ‘grass roots’ with my list and recommend some amazing ‘regular’ people that I’m guessing are under the radar for most of the readers here:http://twitter.com/dherman76 – deep marketing/agency knowledge with a passion for startups.http://twitter.com/whitneymcn – if there was an award for ‘most value add and thought provoking commenter’, Whitney would win it every year.http://twitter.com/epc – ex-ibm tech guy, awesome NYC tech advocate, sage tech thinker/advisor.http://twitter.com/thesulk – Comedian/writer that I find hilarious (pretty warped sense of humor though so be warned).http://twitter.com/jehiah – hands down the best tech. talent in NYC that you’ve prob. never heard of (& the *real* secret behind bit.ly awesomness)http://twitter.com/ganeumann – early stage investor (mostly in ad-tech/marketing); incredible insights into disruptive thinking and building *real* businesshttp://twitter.com/yegg – DuckDuckGo founder and Angel investor. Quite possibly the best ‘outside the box hustler’ you will find today.http://twitter.com/dmott70 – Amazing illustrator ( also worth following on dribbble.com )

    1. fredwilson

      i follow about half of them. will need to check them out. thanks!

  17. Rohan

    I realized I forgot to add another [email protected] cool guy. A MUST follow.

    1. William Mougayar

      ha ha ha ….it’s funny already ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Rohan

        Hehehe. Happy Friday!

    2. laurie kalmanson

      agree! @lauriekalmanson

      1. Donna Brewington White

        That upvote wasn’t from @rrohan189:disqus — hehewait — it went from 0 – 3 when I voted — feel the power!

    3. Tom Labus

      who’s that!

    4. Techman

      I know another great guy .Have you met him [email protected]_MHazell

  18. William Mougayar

    How about Stephen Colbert https://twitter.com/stephen…His Trump counter offer yesterday was hilarious (warning adult language)http://www.youtube.com/watc…

    1. Tom Labus

      That was great, thanks.

    2. Shyam Subramanyan

      It was hilarious – loved it. BTW, let me know how I can help with your new @listly list about this thread. I’m a founder.

  19. FAKE GRIMLOCK

    FOR MIGHTY GIRL CODE MAKING: @SaraJChipps & @StacyRexFOR AWESOME TALK TO CUSTOMERS ADVICE: @RedheadWriting & @PistachioFOR CLOSEST THING TO HUMAN-SHAPED GRIMLOCK: @davemcclureFOR NERDY RPG THINGS (KIND WITH PAPER AND DICE): @chattydmFOR NERDY ART AND COMIC THINGS: @jasonhohohoFOR CITY POLITICS: @blogdiva

    1. fredwilson

      those are some great ones

      1. FAKE GRIMLOCK

        ME, GRIMLOCK, SAY THANK YOU.

  20. David A. Frankel

    Here are mine (among some of the others mentioned):Comedy:@badbanana — https://twitter.com/[email protected]https://twitter.com/michael…@whyisdaddyangry — https://twitter.com/WhyIsDa…@jennyjohnsonHi5 — https://twitter.com/JennyJo…Business:@HarvardBiz — https://twitter.com/[email protected]https://twitter.com/econsul…@pennyherscher — https://twitter.com/pennyhe…@mvolpe — https://twitter.com/[email protected]https://twitter.com/msuster

    1. fredwilson

      those comedy follows are great!

  21. JimHirshfield

    @gitomer for sales – not the used car salesman; genuine, trusted saleshttps://twitter.com/gitomer

  22. ShanaC

    I’m just going to watch the thread. And oo, Alexa Chung

  23. Micah Baldwin

    This is awesome.When I started Follow Friday back in Jan 2009 (!!) It was for this exact type of discourse to occur. Who to follow, and more importantly, why. There are so many undiscovered amazing people in places like Twitter, that with something as simple as a suggestion we can all enjoy and learn from them.P.S. For those that hate Follow Friday, I understand and apologize for the “growth hackers” that destroyed it, like most marketers do with anything that can help monetization. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Carl Rahn Griffith

      Cool.I just did a very rare #ff – for today’s blog entry – the ultimate #ff ensemble ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Seth Lieberman

    Adding* Dave Pell (@davepell) – irreverent and insightful commentary on life/tech.* Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) – one of the most amazing leaders of our times, even if he doesn’t tweet himself the words are his.* Rob Delaney (#@robdelaney) – totally inappropriate humor and hysterical.

  25. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    comedians are some of my favourite groups to follow on twitter because of how they can use 140 characters to get a funny message across. Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien are two of my favourite. I will generate my own list and share it soon with the AVC community

  26. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    I just had an idea – it will be great if the AVC community members who mentioned their favourite twitter follows made a public twitter list so that others can easily follow it on twitter.

  27. matthughes

    All sports-related for me today:A fun look at Sports Illustrated photo archives: si_vaultSports business: SBJSBDFormer NFL liaison on ‘The Hill’ NFLonTheHillPele. Enough said. PeleBehind the scenes look at product & people at ESPN: ESPNFrontRowNews & updates from the World Cup circuit USSkiTeam

  28. BradDorchinecz

    For you golfers, https://twitter.com/Shanebacon gives good commentary on the world of golf and is pretty witty. Occasional videos of amazing shots to boot!

  29. William Mougayar

    One more….Mathew Ingram @mathewi . He is prolific on Twitter, as a conversationalist, original thought producer and a sharer. https://twitter.com/mathewi

  30. LE

    My twitter list:…(Unlike Betty White, I don’t use The Twitter at all..)

    1. fredwilson

      ha!

  31. Dave Pinsen

    Tough to narrow this down. Might be easier for you folks to just follow me and I’ll retweet the best stuff for you. But here’s a sample of the best of the folks I follow. Laptop battery running out. Can add links later.Humor:Jen Statsky @jenstatsky – TV writer. Gary Janetti @garyjanetti – Writer. Gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that).Damien Fahey @DamienFahey – TV writer. Tied with Janetti as the most prolific and consistently funny tweeter on my stream.Daniel Chun @DannyChun – TV writerPolitics:Michael Dougherty @michaelbd – Writer. Catholic, Paleoconservative intellectual.Mickey Kaus @kausmickey – Blogger. Old school Democrat. Also writes about auto industry.Socioeconomic Commentary:Charles Murray @charlesmurray – Writer, researcher.Steve Sailer @Steve_Sailer – Blogger, writer. Some of what he writes is still outside of the Overton Window. Read but not always acknowledged by some well-known pundits.Walter Russell Meade @wrmead Professor and blogger.William Easterly @bill_easterly NYU development economist. Sort of the anti-Jeffrey Sachs.Military:Small Wars Journal @smallwars – Professional journal about the sort of wars the US has been engaged in over the last decade.Finance:Zero Hedge @zerohedgeKarl Denninger @tickerguy – Both ZH & Karl offer non-mainstream takes on finance and politics. I read, but maintain skepticism.News:Breaking News @breakingnews — Often the first place I’ll hear about news on Twitter, which is usually the first place I’ll hear about news anywhere.David Piling @davidpilling – Asia editor for the FT. Tweets his favorite articles from the paper https://twitter.com/davidpi…Bill Weir @BillWeirABC — TV journalist.

  32. panterosa,

    I don’t see Alain de Botton listed anywhere in these comments. I’m a fan.If an AVC list were made as was suggested that would be great. I’m not a big twitter user, but that would up my usage.

    1. William Mougayar

      Yup. Let’s keep twisting Rohan’s arm. He may be already working on it ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Donna Brewington White

      You know there’s a list of AVCers that Shana put together, right? Although you may be referring to something different…

      1. leigh

        i was JUST going to say that…..I’ll link to it later as Twitter seems to be having a technical issue……

      2. ShanaC

        I really need to update that list. Some people have disappeared, some people are new. I’m tempted to put together a survey just to update that list

  33. Jessie Arora

    Fred & Co- I’m curious who you all follow in the education space.I like these folks to stay current and hear multiple perspectives:@MindShiftKQED- Tina Barseghian, MindShift explores the future of learning, covering cultural and tech trends and innovations in [email protected] โ€“ Audrey Watters, writer of all-things-edtech. Not afraid to say exactly how she feels with some entertaining [email protected] Research Professor of Education at New York University, a historian of education and a prolific [email protected] American educationโ€™s newspaper and website of record.I also created a longer list a while back on my blog, for people interested in diving into edtech a bit deeper- http://edcrunch.org/edtech-…Have to 2nd @sacca and @levie (funniest tweets ever)Great sharing- Thanks for what you do!

  34. leigh

    Canadian Writer Margaret Atwood (Handmaids Tale)https://twitter.com/Margare…(she also seems very involved in Wattpad which is awesome)

  35. FlavioGomes

    I wanted to supply a dazzling list of recommended follow’s…but the majority have already been disclosed on this post.I barely have the time to absorb the bombardment of social media messages. How do you guys keep up?? Really…I mean how many interactions can one reasonably sift through? There must be preference tools to help with this. Don’t you get distracted?I find half of them get a gloss over…a few pin points and aha moments…but generally most of the deserving follows get a pass. Maybe its time to toss the paperback before bed time?? Not enough hours in a day I suppose.

  36. howardlindzon

    It ain’t the list, it’s the company you get mentioned with. Made my day. thx

    1. fredwilson

      i can’t think of a better twitterer than you my friend

  37. Donna Brewington White

    Great suggestions from this crowd… like follow friday on steroids. This post makes me realize that I need to revamp my follows list which was at one point quite intentional with particular goals in mind… goals that have changed over the years. Lately I’ve become more passive…following back people who are following me and seem like we have mutual interests and possible synergies. But one thing that has not changed is that often my follows are for engagement potential more than for information. I used to feel a lot of pressure to make my tweets worthwhile to deserve the follows I received because I was shocked that so many were following me. But that’s a lot of pressure. I try not to pay attention to whether the followers number goes up or down…trying not to think of it as a report card.Still some of my favorite people to follow are AVC regulars. There’s no such thing as “too much of a good thing” in my book. And some great conversations and exchanges have resulted. But not as often as I’d like.