With Follow Friday becoming bigger and bigger every week, it becomes bothersome to do several posts about people who I think are awesome. Its becoming more and more popular, and more useful for that matter to do a weekly blog post going into better detail.
Sarah Robinson - Sarah is one of the people who have taken me under their wing. She is one of the reasons I am who I am on Twitter, because when I don't know who I am, she somehow does. She has a great mind for business, and is well worth the follow, if just to hear about the young turk. You'll have to follow her for an explanation - consider it an extra credit assignment of sorts.
Shelly Kramer - Every time I talk to Shelly, I learn something new. Sometimes it's about me, sometimes it's about her, sometimes it's about the randomest thing you can think of that would still make sense in your life. Shelly seems to have perfected the balance between work and fun, and it shows.
Zappos CEO Tony - Yes, the CEO of Zappos is on Twitter. You expected otherwise from a company that got its start selling shoes over the internet? This guy shares EVERYTHING, and he tweets back and retweets interesting stuff. He is pretty much the prototype for what a big business needs to do with social media.
Scott Monty - Head of Social Media for Ford Motor Company. Yep, that's right. Ford. Much like Tony above, there's almost nothing that he will not share, and conversate about. He has even been on the Adam Carolla Podcast (www.adamcorolla.com) talking about the role of social media in business.
John Jantsch - The author of Duct Tape Marketing. Shares great information, and is very approachable. I became more aware of just how good he is at what he does, when I had the opportunity to hear one of his Duct Tape Marketing coaches speak to a networking group that I belong to.
WritingRoads - Julie is one of those people who ALWAYS has good advice to offer, and is a great, smart conversationalist. She is also behind one of my favorite blogs, Social Media 101, linked on the right side of my blog.
Nicole Harrison - Always has great info on non profit organizations, and a lot of conferences that she attends as well. One of the first people to really introduce me to the social parts of Twitter, rather than just posting links, quotes and information. She also has just founded and put together SocialNicole.com, her new blog.
Ron Miller - Another great advisor, and a great guy to boot. Ron is the other face of Social Media 101, alone with Julie.
Scott - Yeah, Scott. Its the guy who wears a nametag everywhere everyday. He is the go to guy on differentiation.
Sean Loyless - Sean is a great guy, always has great info to share, and is also involved with the Blellow project from last week
Tina - Want some awesome salsa? You in Canada? No problem. Tina's got you covered. She's cool to talk with as well.
and this last one is extra special
Meg Porter - Meg was killed in an automobile accident last week, and the entire Twitter community misses her. Take a look back at her tweets, and you will be able to see why.
Chris Brogan - One of the most known and quoted people in social media today. President of New Marketing Labs, and has many projects ongoing at any time. Engages with many many people despite having over eighty thousand followers
Amber Naslund - Another one of my social media allstars. Never fails to educate, and loves to connect personally with her followers.
Carrie Wilkerson - Full of great information that can help you in life as well as in business. Another one of those people who makes you smile when you see her icon pop up.
You Gotta Call - Tim runs a reccomendation engine for nonprofit organizations and other small businesses in the Connecticut area.
The Return, 11/5 edition
I got burned out on Follow Friday, and I wasn't meeting as many new people as I should, so I stopped doing it for quite some time, but I'm back at it.
Tekee - Ted rocks. I met him through an earlier recommendation I made, and I'm glad I did. Need a laugh? He's got it. Need some kind of geekery? He's got it. Need anything? He's got it.
Morriss Partee - Met him during a discussion at Social Media 101, also an earlier recommendation. Always manages to say the right thing at the right time. Writes a great blog, too.
Susan Boggs - I've been retweeting her and stealing random tweets from her more often than anyone else lately, and there's good reason for it.
Cousin Slowpoke - No, not MY cousin, that's her twitter handle. Jemma rocks. She's an inspiration just by being herself, and everyone needs to know that.
Kevin Smith - yeah, that Kevin Smith. Clerks. Mallrats, Dogma, etc. He's like the friend everyone has that is always sharing too much information...but in a funny way. Seriously, he's just as candid on Twitter as he is anywhere else. Plus, unlike most celebs, he interacts with followers.
11/27 post Thanksgiving edition
Calvin Lee - I have been following Calvin for a long time, and only recently really started talking to him, and he is as gracious and fun as he seems to be by reading his tweets. Great information, and he loves to talk about what he posts.
April Baird - a freelancer I met through @Blellow, and a great one at that. Wonderful artist, full of good things to say and to show.
Dave Van de Walle - a great new friend, and a great social media contact to have. Leaves comments on my blog, and for that, he's a permanent favorite
Lolly Daskal - one of the most motivational people I have ever met. A well placed quote here, and a nice word there, and some great friendly conversation.
Scott Hokunson and Kathy Hokunson - These two go together. Appropriate, because they ARE together. Two great people who always have good stuff to share, whether it be marketing or landscaping, and sometimes both and neither.
Amanda Mueller - by happy accident, I discovered my employer is a client of the company she works for, and we had a great conversation about it. She also has lots of good things to say about social media and marketing in general.
Weird Al Yankovic - Do I really need to explain it? I hope not. As engaging as he is talented, a great follow.
Pocket Wireless - my employer. Still an emerging presence in the social media world, and a massive hit in the prepaid cellular market.
Ahh, the first edition of the new year - I've been lazy and not doing follow friday.
Elizabeth Potts-Weinstein and Allison Nazarian - two of a growing group introducted to me by Sarah Robinson. They are who they are, and they will always be. Two amazing women I am glad to just be getting to watch. Great minds, great writers, amazing people.
Reverend Run - Yeah, that guy. Run from Run DMC. As you should also know, he's a minister, and a great mind. Always has great, inspiring things to say and talk about.
Marketing Douchebag - Don't let the name fool ya, actually a great guy. Lots of good tweets about marketing.
Mark Sherrick - Me, dangit! I'm cool, follow me! Just kidding, but I would love it if you would follow me, I'm always looking for good people with good info and who like to interact.