Some Twitterers Worth Following

I started Twittering on April 5, 2008. What started out as a 30-day experiment, has now turned into part of my daily life. I have written about 12 Reasons to Start Twittering. I even created A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.

standing out in the crowd

So far, I have more than 1,600 people following me, but I only follow about 180. (Some people, for reasons I can’t fathom, think that they must follow everyone who follows them. I do well to keep up with the people I am following.)I won’t reiterate all the reasons I continue to use Twitter, but suffice it to say, it makes it easier to stay connected to the people I love, enjoy, and learn from. As such, I thought I would share a list of just some of the people I am following and who they are. Consider this a sort of Twitter “Shout Out.”

A Few of the Twitters I Follow
Username Description
Family
@GailHyatt My wife and best friend, Gail
@MegHMiller My oldest daughter, Megan, who is the development director for a private school
@MindySpradlin My second oldest daughter, Mindy, who is married with two beautiful daughters of her own
@MadelineHyatt My fourth oldest daughter, Madeline, who is in college and working for The Revolve Tour
@MarissaHyatt My fifth and youngest daughter, Marissa, who graduated from high school a year early and is also working for The Revolve Tour
Friends
@DearKaren My fellow downtown Franklin resident, Karen Anderson
@Maurilio The president of The A Group, Maurilio Amorim, who is also really funny
@PWilson The pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville
@RealChrisElrod A fellow downtown Franklin resident, Chris Elrod, is a realtor and the wife of Randy Elrod
@Recreate A fellow downtown resident and Renaissance Man, Randy Elrod, is involved in lot of creative and stimulating projects
@SpenceSmith The local artist representative for Compassion International, Spence Smith, is also a triathlete
@SteveTN Insurance agency automation consultant, Steve Anderson, is also a fellow downtown resident of Franklin
Authors, Speakers, Singers, and Actors
@AllisonAllen Actress, Allison Allen, who performs at many of our Women of Faith Conference events
@ColleenCoble Thomas Nelson fiction author, Colleen Coble, who wrote Anathema among others
@DonMillerIs Thomas Nelson non-fiction author, Donald Miller, who wrote Blue Like Jazz among others
@FlowerDust New Zondervan non-fiction author, Anne Jackson, who wrote Mad Church Disease
@MaryGraham The head of Thomas Nelson’s Live Events group, Mary Graham, is also the emcee of the Women of Faith events
@MaxLucado Thomas Nelson author, Max Lucado, who has written more books than most people have read, including Cast of Characters, his most recent
@NatalieGrant Recording artist, Natalie Grant, who performs for us at both Revolve and Women of Faith
@PatsyClairmont Women of Faith speaker, Patsy Clairmont, and also a Thomas Nelson author of numerous books, including I Second That Emotion
@RachelHauck Thomas Nelson fiction author, Rachel Hauck, who wrote Love Starts with Elle among others
@SheilaWalsh Women of Faith speaker, Sheila Walsh, and also a Thomas Nelson author of numerous books, including Get Off Your Knees and Pray
Agents and Other Publishing Industry Professionals
@ChipMacGregor Christian Literary Agent, Chip MacGregor
@DebChristian Deb is the wife of Christian Literary agent, Rick Christian
@LawrenceWilson Editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, Larry Wilson
@TerryWhalin Agent, editor, and author, Terry Whalin
@TheRobertD Andy Andrew’s business manager and a very humorous Twitterer
@ThomRainer President and CEO of Lifeway, Thom Rainer, is also a prolific author
@Totai Chief technologist for ECPA

In addition, numerous of our Thomas Nelson employees also Twitter, including @AmyChandy, @Brynormous, @ErikaGreene, @HRDAdams, @JimThomason, @JoelJMiller, @KLOlund, @LaraDulaney, @LNobles, @LoriRobertson, @MattBaugher, @MollyThornberg, @PFNikolai, @RElliott9, @RichardMuske, @Rick_Proctor, @SDWint, @TamiHeim, @THarris0343, and @Wayne_Hastings.

Question: Who are you following on Twitter that you find interesting?

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  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Donna: I think of “follower” as a synonym for “subscriber.” People have their own reasons for subscribing. Some want to mentored, others are merely curious. Regardless, I welcome them all.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Donna: I think of “follower” as a synonym for “subscriber.” People have their own reasons for subscribing. Some want to mentored, others are merely curious. Regardless, I welcome them all.

  • http://www.ad1024.wordpress.com/ Andy Depuy

    Mike
    I ejoy following and most everyone eslse on your list then i also my some friends on there and i have been able to learn from them and i hope they have learned something about me
    Andy twittername is andydepuy

  • http://www.ad1024.wordpress.com/ Andy Depuy

    Mike
    I ejoy following and most everyone eslse on your list then i also my some friends on there and i have been able to learn from them and i hope they have learned something about me
    Andy twittername is andydepuy

  • http://www.ad1024.wordpress.com Andy Depuy

    Mike
    I ejoy following and most everyone eslse on your list then i also my some friends on there and i have been able to learn from them and i hope they have learned something about me
    Andy twittername is andydepuy

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Luke: Good point about a strategy of following more people. I didn’t think of that.

    @Andy: Thanks for reminding all the would-be thieves—just in case they didn’t think of this on their own. ;-)

    Brother, you should try it. Just for a week. It takes way less time that you think.

  • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com/ Donna Maria @ Indie

    Love your list Mike, and am now inspired to make my own sometime. Question for you: What, if anything, do you think of the term, "Follower" in the context of Twitter?

  • http://www.beautyfromtheheart.org/ Hannah

    A couple people I don't know personally are following me on twitter, including Barack Obama. I feel honored…and stalked. Hence, the danger of twitter (along with facebook, myspace, and any other social networking tool, I do admit.)

  • http://www.beautyfromtheheart.org/ Hannah

    A couple people I don't know personally are following me on twitter, including Barack Obama. I feel honored…and stalked. Hence, the danger of twitter (along with facebook, myspace, and any other social networking tool, I do admit.)

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Donna: I think of “follower” as a synonym for “subscriber.” People have their own reasons for subscribing. Some want to mentored, others are merely curious. Regardless, I welcome them all.

  • http://www.ad1024.wordpress.com/ Andy Depuy

    Mike
    I ejoy following and most everyone eslse on your list then i also my some friends on there and i have been able to learn from them and i hope they have learned something about me
    Andy twittername is andydepuy

  • http://www.yourbookpublishingcoach.com/ Diane Eble

    I think the best Twitterers strike a balance between personal and business and GIVE something valuable in each Tweet.

    I think you, Terry Whalin, and Chris Knight are some of the best Twitterers by that criteria, but I’m sure there are others.

    Of course, that’s also what I try to do in mine (@publishingcoach and @abundant_gifts)

    Tricia Goyer always gives us a fascinating glimpse into being a writer. Ray Edwards shares fascinating info and valuable insights.

    I’m always torn between this and keeping up with the rest of life and business!

  • http://www.yourbookpublishingcoach.com/ Diane Eble

    I think the best Twitterers strike a balance between personal and business and GIVE something valuable in each Tweet.

    I think you, Terry Whalin, and Chris Knight are some of the best Twitterers by that criteria, but I’m sure there are others.

    Of course, that’s also what I try to do in mine (@publishingcoach and @abundant_gifts)

    Tricia Goyer always gives us a fascinating glimpse into being a writer. Ray Edwards shares fascinating info and valuable insights.

    I’m always torn between this and keeping up with the rest of life and business!

  • http://www.yourbookpublishingcoach.com Diane Eble

    I think the best Twitterers strike a balance between personal and business and GIVE something valuable in each Tweet.

    I think you, Terry Whalin, and Chris Knight are some of the best Twitterers by that criteria, but I’m sure there are others.

    Of course, that’s also what I try to do in mine (@publishingcoach and @abundant_gifts)

    Tricia Goyer always gives us a fascinating glimpse into being a writer. Ray Edwards shares fascinating info and valuable insights.

    I’m always torn between this and keeping up with the rest of life and business!

  • http://www.yourbookpublishingcoach.com/ Diane Eble

    I think the best Twitterers strike a balance between personal and business and GIVE something valuable in each Tweet.

    I think you, Terry Whalin, and Chris Knight are some of the best Twitterers by that criteria, but I'm sure there are others.

    Of course, that's also what I try to do in mine (@publishingcoach and @abundant_gifts)

    Tricia Goyer always gives us a fascinating glimpse into being a writer. Ray Edwards shares fascinating info and valuable insights.

    I'm always torn between this and keeping up with the rest of life and business!

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/ Lawrence W. Wilson

    It fascinates me that these 144 character blurbs are becoming a genre of communication.

    My favorite tweeters are all outstanding writers.

    @_HeatherWilson My wife, and a remarkably clever tweeter.
    @maurilio Just. Too. Darn. Funny.
    @marydemuth Good mix of personal info & insight. Tweets from the heart?
    @pandora Often humorous political tweets.
    @MichaelHyatt That’s you ;-) Always informative, and a great Twitter voice.

    Larry (@lawrencewilson)

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com Lawrence W. Wilson

    It fascinates me that these 144 character blurbs are becoming a genre of communication.

    My favorite tweeters are all outstanding writers.

    @_HeatherWilson My wife, and a remarkably clever tweeter.
    @maurilio Just. Too. Darn. Funny.
    @marydemuth Good mix of personal info & insight. Tweets from the heart?
    @pandora Often humorous political tweets.
    @MichaelHyatt That’s you ;-) Always informative, and a great Twitter voice.

    Larry (@lawrencewilson)

  • http://www.patalexander.com/ Patricia Alexander

    Mike,

    Originally I resisted twittering. I didn’t have a clue when I would have the time or why I would want to twitter. After some months of hearing about twittering from our friend @stevetn who also recommended that I subscribe to your blog last year I gave in and signed up. Your Beginner’s Guide to Twitter was a big help. Your right, it takes not time and all and it lets me keep up with my other road warrior friends such as @afeldt and @williduke and keeping up with @dearkaren, her family and how wonderful life is in Franklin. Now if I could just get my husband to sign up and enable texting on his phone he could keep up and I wouldn’t have to send separate email. Also, I can’t seem to get my stepdaughters and grandchildren into the game. It would just be easier if they all twittered.

  • http://www.patalexander.com Patricia Alexander

    Mike,

    Originally I resisted twittering. I didn’t have a clue when I would have the time or why I would want to twitter. After some months of hearing about twittering from our friend @stevetn who also recommended that I subscribe to your blog last year I gave in and signed up. Your Beginner’s Guide to Twitter was a big help. Your right, it takes not time and all and it lets me keep up with my other road warrior friends such as @afeldt and @williduke and keeping up with @dearkaren, her family and how wonderful life is in Franklin. Now if I could just get my husband to sign up and enable texting on his phone he could keep up and I wouldn’t have to send separate email. Also, I can’t seem to get my stepdaughters and grandchildren into the game. It would just be easier if they all twittered.

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/ Lawrence W. Wilson

    It fascinates me that these 144 character blurbs are becoming a genre of communication.

    My favorite tweeters are all outstanding writers.

    @_HeatherWilson My wife, and a remarkably clever tweeter.
    @maurilio Just. Too. Darn. Funny.
    @marydemuth Good mix of personal info & insight. Tweets from the heart?
    @pandora Often humorous political tweets.
    @MichaelHyatt That's you ;-) Always informative, and a great Twitter voice.

    Larry (@lawrencewilson)

  • http://www.patalexander.com/ Patricia Alexander

    Mike,

    Originally I resisted twittering. I didn't have a clue when I would have the time or why I would want to twitter. After some months of hearing about twittering from our friend @stevetn who also recommended that I subscribe to your blog last year I gave in and signed up. Your Beginner's Guide to Twitter was a big help. Your right, it takes not time and all and it lets me keep up with my other road warrior friends such as @afeldt and @williduke and keeping up with @dearkaren, her family and how wonderful life is in Franklin. Now if I could just get my husband to sign up and enable texting on his phone he could keep up and I wouldn't have to send separate email. Also, I can't seem to get my stepdaughters and grandchildren into the game. It would just be easier if they all twittered.

  • http://www.cjdarlington.blogspot.com/ C.J. Darlington

    Thanks for all these great selections, Michael. I was just flipping through my copy of Terry Whalin’s Book Proposals That Sell last night and realized the advice and sample proposal at the back was written by you. Will need to re-read. :)

    C.J.

    Twitter id: @cjdarlington

  • http://www.cjdarlington.blogspot.com C.J. Darlington

    Thanks for all these great selections, Michael. I was just flipping through my copy of Terry Whalin’s Book Proposals That Sell last night and realized the advice and sample proposal at the back was written by you. Will need to re-read. :)

    C.J.

    Twitter id: @cjdarlington

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/petenikolai Pete Nikolai

    I have experimented with various ways of using Twitter with the goal of obtaining a high return on the time invested. With that in mind, I avoid formally “following” individuals on my personal account so that the list of updates on my Twitter home page is clean and easy to scan. If I want to check in on somebody from time to time then I just add their Twitter URL to the Twitter folder in my Favorites/Bookmarks and visit their page as needed.

    I follow a couple of news sources: @MarketWatch and @nprnews to keep me up-to-date on any breaking news and those are the only Device Updates I have set up to be sent to my cell phone. I follow a weather service @wx_nashville too and was receiving those Device Updates, but they have not updated since mid-September so I probably need to find another source for weather updates.

    I follow @ActionDay which is a productivity resource I created so that I can send a Tweet to @ActionDay on those mornings when I need a little productivity boost. The Tweet contains my High Impact Next Actions for the day and then I send @ActionDay updates at the top of every hour on my progress (I have an Outlook Task scheduled to remind me to do so). I find that if I put my intentions in print for the world to see that I am much more likely to follow through.

    I have added the TwitterSync Facebook application to have all my status updates synced to my Facebook account so I am following @cnySrettiwT too.

    That’s it for me! I end up spending fewer than 5 minutes per day on the Twitter site, but I have come to appreciate the few productive tools that I have added so far.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/petenikolai Pete Nikolai

    I have experimented with various ways of using Twitter with the goal of obtaining a high return on the time invested. With that in mind, I avoid formally “following” individuals on my personal account so that the list of updates on my Twitter home page is clean and easy to scan. If I want to check in on somebody from time to time then I just add their Twitter URL to the Twitter folder in my Favorites/Bookmarks and visit their page as needed.

    I follow a couple of news sources: @MarketWatch and @nprnews to keep me up-to-date on any breaking news and those are the only Device Updates I have set up to be sent to my cell phone. I follow a weather service @wx_nashville too and was receiving those Device Updates, but they have not updated since mid-September so I probably need to find another source for weather updates.

    I follow @ActionDay which is a productivity resource I created so that I can send a Tweet to @ActionDay on those mornings when I need a little productivity boost. The Tweet contains my High Impact Next Actions for the day and then I send @ActionDay updates at the top of every hour on my progress (I have an Outlook Task scheduled to remind me to do so). I find that if I put my intentions in print for the world to see that I am much more likely to follow through.

    I have added the TwitterSync Facebook application to have all my status updates synced to my Facebook account so I am following @cnySrettiwT too.

    That’s it for me! I end up spending fewer than 5 minutes per day on the Twitter site, but I have come to appreciate the few productive tools that I have added so far.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/petenikolai Pete Nikolai

    I have experimented with various ways of using Twitter with the goal of obtaining a high return on the time invested. With that in mind, I avoid formally “following” individuals on my personal account so that the list of updates on my Twitter home page is clean and easy to scan. If I want to check in on somebody from time to time then I just add their Twitter URL to the Twitter folder in my Favorites/Bookmarks and visit their page as needed.

    I follow a couple of news sources: @MarketWatch and @nprnews to keep me up-to-date on any breaking news and those are the only Device Updates I have set up to be sent to my cell phone. I follow a weather service @wx_nashville too and was receiving those Device Updates, but they have not updated since mid-September so I probably need to find another source for weather updates.

    I follow @ActionDay which is a productivity resource I created so that I can send a Tweet to @ActionDay on those mornings when I need a little productivity boost. The Tweet contains my High Impact Next Actions for the day and then I send @ActionDay updates at the top of every hour on my progress (I have an Outlook Task scheduled to remind me to do so). I find that if I put my intentions in print for the world to see that I am much more likely to follow through.

    I have added the TwitterSync Facebook application to have all my status updates synced to my Facebook account so I am following @cnySrettiwT too.

    That’s it for me! I end up spending fewer than 5 minutes per day on the Twitter site, but I have come to appreciate the few productive tools that I have added so far.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/petenikolai Pete Nikolai

    I have experimented with various ways of using Twitter with the goal of obtaining a high return on the time invested. With that in mind, I avoid formally “following” individuals on my personal account so that the list of updates on my Twitter home page is clean and easy to scan. If I want to check in on somebody from time to time then I just add their Twitter URL to the Twitter folder in my Favorites/Bookmarks and visit their page as needed.

    I follow a couple of news sources: @MarketWatch and @nprnews to keep me up-to-date on any breaking news and those are the only Device Updates I have set up to be sent to my cell phone. I follow a weather service @wx_nashville too and was receiving those Device Updates, but they have not updated since mid-September so I probably need to find another source for weather updates.

    I follow @ActionDay which is a productivity resource I created so that I can send a Tweet to @ActionDay on those mornings when I need a little productivity boost. The Tweet contains my High Impact Next Actions for the day and then I send @ActionDay updates at the top of every hour on my progress (I have an Outlook Task scheduled to remind me to do so). I find that if I put my intentions in print for the world to see that I am much more likely to follow through.

    I have added the TwitterSync Facebook application to have all my status updates synced to my Facebook account so I am following @cnySrettiwT too.

    That’s it for me! I end up spending fewer than 5 minutes per day on the Twitter site, but I have come to appreciate the few productive tools that I have added so far.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    @marketingprofs – good business twitterer. great articles (and not just links to their own site)

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    @marketingprofs – good business twitterer. great articles (and not just links to their own site)

  • http://www.cjdarlington.blogspot.com/ C.J. Darlington

    Thanks for all these great selections, Michael. I was just flipping through my copy of Terry Whalin's Book Proposals That Sell last night and realized the advice and sample proposal at the back was written by you. Will need to re-read. :)

    C.J.

    Twitter id: @cjdarlington

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    @marketingprofs – good business twitterer. great articles (and not just links to their own site)

  • http://luke.gedeon.name/ Luke Gedeon

    Andy Andrews,

    As an author you might find Twitter to be a great spot to quickly post thoughts and ideas. Some might make it into a book. The rest can just inspire/entertain your friends and family. As for finding time, you type for a living. You should be able to post 140 characters in less than 5 seconds. If you are talking about the time it takes to open the website…

    You can use Twitter without ever going to the website.

    Contact me at my website http://luke.gedeon.name and I will help you put an input box in the corner of your screen or pop-up with a keystroke. There are many options. Tell me what you want and I will set you up for free.

    You can also twitter from your phone while driving, but I am sure Mike already told you that. :)

    So you have several options to make twittering even easier than typing a note in a word processor.

    And you can use twitter for hundreds of other things. Not just telling people what you are doing right now. Basically, you can put into it anything you want the world to know without the trouble of coming up with a title or subject line.

  • http://luke.gedeon.name/ Luke Gedeon

    Andy Andrews,

    As an author you might find Twitter to be a great spot to quickly post thoughts and ideas. Some might make it into a book. The rest can just inspire/entertain your friends and family. As for finding time, you type for a living. You should be able to post 140 characters in less than 5 seconds. If you are talking about the time it takes to open the website…

    You can use Twitter without ever going to the website.

    Contact me at my website http://luke.gedeon.name and I will help you put an input box in the corner of your screen or pop-up with a keystroke. There are many options. Tell me what you want and I will set you up for free.

    You can also twitter from your phone while driving, but I am sure Mike already told you that. :)

    So you have several options to make twittering even easier than typing a note in a word processor.

    And you can use twitter for hundreds of other things. Not just telling people what you are doing right now. Basically, you can put into it anything you want the world to know without the trouble of coming up with a title or subject line.

  • Carrie

    Wondering why you decided to follow everyone after all:-) From 180 to over 1000!

  • Carrie

    Wondering why you decided to follow everyone after all:-) From 180 to over 1000!

  • Carrie

    Wondering why you decided to follow everyone after all:-) From 180 to over 1000!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Carrie: Guy Kawasaki convinced me. He said that you increase your opportunities to add followers. He was right. I’ve added nearly 200 in the last 24 hours.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Carrie: Guy Kawasaki convinced me. He said that you increase your opportunities to add followers. He was right. I’ve added nearly 200 in the last 24 hours.

  • Carrie

    Wondering why you decided to follow everyone after all:-) From 180 to over 1000!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Carrie: Guy Kawasaki convinced me. He said that you increase your opportunities to add followers. He was right. I've added nearly 200 in the last 24 hours.

  • http://lisadelay.com/ lisa delay

    Twitter has been amazing.
    The tweet is mighter than the pen, esp for making news travel fast.
    140 slots equalize media and delivery in a way that can trump many other forms of advertising and marketing efforts when done right.

    Worthwhile and interesting twitters to follow:
    @lisacolondelay (me-have to say that.) : )
    @tferriss
    @mashable
    @edcyzewski

  • http://lisadelay.com/ lisa delay

    Twitter has been amazing.
    The tweet is mighter than the pen, esp for making news travel fast.
    140 slots equalize media and delivery in a way that can trump many other forms of advertising and marketing efforts when done right.

    Worthwhile and interesting twitters to follow:
    @lisacolondelay (me-have to say that.) : )
    @tferriss
    @mashable
    @edcyzewski

  • http://lisadelay.com lisa delay

    Twitter has been amazing.
    The tweet is mighter than the pen, esp for making news travel fast.
    140 slots equalize media and delivery in a way that can trump many other forms of advertising and marketing efforts when done right.

    Worthwhile and interesting twitters to follow:
    @lisacolondelay (me-have to say that.) : )
    @tferriss
    @mashable
    @edcyzewski

  • http://lisadelay.com/ lisa delay

    Twitter has been amazing.

    The tweet is mighter than the pen, esp for making news travel fast.

    140 slots equalize media and delivery in a way that can trump many other forms of advertising and marketing efforts when done right.

    Worthwhile and interesting twitters to follow:

    @lisacolondelay (me-have to say that.) : )

    @tferriss

    @mashable

    @edcyzewski

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Like this post. Also, I bet this post twitter has become huge. More weight than ever lays with tweets, twitterers, and the social effects of twitter. Huge ramifications. Checking out these users now. Note: @MegHMiller mentions page doesn’t exist.

  • Rob Sorbo

    I am an in-house editor, so I don’t have to solicit clients or advertise my services. This means that I don’t use my Twitter account (@RobaSorbo:twitter ) for anything other than personal social interaction. I use it more for keeping up with people I follow than for my own use.

    The main thing I focus on is this: I have to keep in mind I might not always work at my job, I may someday have to use my Twitter for business or ministry. Therefore I try to keep my tweets clean and positive. I don’t want someone to go back into my history and make me explain something I shouldn’t have said.