Stalking the Internet Celebs with Twitter

One of the things I enjoy about Twitter is how efficiently it breaks down the walls between the ordinary shmuck and the famous and influential.

Blogging was the first big breakthrough in reading the unfiltered innermost thoughts direct from the celeb’s keyboards. But Twitter is more immediate. If someone in the Twitterverse has a bad experience at the mall, he’s not likely to wait until he gets home to blog about it. He will send a message on Twitter straight from his phone – either by sms, mobile web or a Twitter client application. Because dammit, if you’re mad as hell, you want everyone to know right now.

Denizens of the Twitterverse also like to report about what food they’re eating at that very moment. A tweet saying “I’m having the most fantastic prime rib right now at Melo’s” or “Pigging out over sisig”, or “enjoying a nice soy latte” can be quite commonplace. Food is a much more common experience on Twitter than sex, especially if a lot of people out there ain’t gettin’ any.

In an ideal world, we’d be privy to the thoughts and emotions of Britney, Paris, Madonna, Angelina. Or Juday.

After all, there are more pinoy celebs with Facebook accounts than you can shake a stick at.

But the Twitterverse is still a medium for the early tech adopters (well call them “geeks” if you must) rather than the general public. So instead of normal “mainstream celebs”, we have instead the “Internet celebs” – luminaries who are famous for one reason or another in the Web 2.0 and Social Media space.

Photo: Cali Lewis of GeekBrief TV is one of the Net celebs you can follow on Twitter.

Here’s a list of some of the Twitter accounts of the famous geeks that I consider worth following. The format here is Real name followed by their Twitter name

  • John C. Dvorak (THErealDV0RAK) – legendary tech journalist and the crankiest geek alive.
  • Leo Laporte (leolaporte)– Dean of American podcasters, and jocular head of the TWiT (This Week in Tech) network. The best voice in the podcasting world. At over 32,000 followers, he is probably the most tech personality on Twitter.
  • Tom Merrit (acedtect) and Molly Wood (mollywood)- senior editors at CNET and hosts of the CNET daily podcast “Buzz Out Loud” – which provides snarky commentary on the tech news of the day.
  • Veronica Belmont (veronica) – Internet video host. Former host of Buzz Out Loud and Mahalo Daily, now co-host of Tekzilla on the Revision3 network.
  • Ryan Block (ryanblock) – Editor in chief of the famed gadget blog Engadget. Also known as veronica’s significant apartment mate.
  • Patrick Norton (patricknorton) – All around tech guy Patrick Norton, former co-host of DL.TV (ZD TV) and now host of Tekzilla on Revision3.
  • Cali Lewis (calilewis) – Geek girl who hosts the tech gadget video podcast Geek Brief TV.
  • Kevin Rose (kevinrose)– The creator of Digg.com and co-host of the wildly popular Diggnation internet video show – where two dudes get drunk and discuss what’s up at Digg.
  • Jim Louderback (jlouderb) – former editor of PC Magazine, now head honcho at Revision3.
  • Mignon Fogarty (GrammarGirl) – the affable host of the popular podcast “Grammar Girl” which teaches us da Good English.
  • Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) – The former Microsoft blogger, and co-author of the seminal book on corporate blogging “Naked Conversations”. Now producing video clips for Fast Company.
  • Jason Calacanis (JasonCalacanis) – Former head of Netscape’s website, creator of Mahalo.com, and uber-rich VC with Sequoia Capital.
  • Jimbo Wales (jwales) – Creator of Wikipedia
  • Evan Williams (ev) The creator of Blogger (who sold it to Google for big bucks). Now owner and main investor of Twitter.
  • Jack Dorsey (jack) and Biz Stone (biz) – Jack is the developer who coded Twitter. He’s now their CEO. Biz handles business development.

There’s lots more, so I’ll be updating this list from time to time.

There’s a trickle of non-geek media types coming into Twitter, I might as well mention a few:

  • Barack Obama – a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Uses Twitter to announce speaking gigs (or at least someone on his campaign staff does).
  • Diablo Cody – the former stripper who own an Oscar for her screenplay of Juno.
  • Henry Rollins – Poet, writer, and former vocalist of punk band Black Flag.
  • Soxy Topacio – director

Or what the heck, you can just go off and follow me.

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6 thoughts on “Stalking the Internet Celebs with Twitter

  1. now it’s time to stalk the big boys. i’m having second thoughts on following soxy topacio though…..

  2. I like to follow Wil Wheaton (wilw) of Star Trek Fame. The best part was when I got to meet him in person at the Star Trek convention and told him that I follow him on Twitter. I said, “My twitter name is ‘mightymommy’ and he acted as though he’d really read one of my replies to him. Maybe he did. It made me happy.

  3. More than a year after being on Twitter, it seems to have gotten crowded with marketing types attempting to parade as “friends” when they should be labeled as “spammers”. As a newbie, I used to instantly add people back. I’ve gotten more selective now and avoid these types. People I’ve been Twitter-friends with since last year actually feel like real friends!

    The best value for me though, I discovered, has come since leaving the Philippines. My friends, their meals, their traffic, their meetings, their weather, are just a tweet away.

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