The Social Cloud: Twitter’s Top Cloud Titans

The Social Cloud: Twitter’s Top Cloud Titans

It’s fair to say that a sizable percentage of cloud-savvy folk maintain active social networking profiles, one of which being an account on mega microblogging titan Twitter. Facebook may tout a larger membership, but few social networks (besides, perhaps, Pinterest) can brag of as compellingly quick growth as that cute little blue bird mid-song.

Twitter’s popularity stems from two of its manifold assets: the ability to receive news before the press or media, and the democratization of users (i.e., even Joe Schmo from Saskatchewan can tweet with Justin Bieber, albeit not necessarily mutually). Cloud nerds can capitalize on these advantages to not only stuff their brains to the brim with breaking cloud news, but also interact with cloud computing’s powers that be.

So who should you be following on Twitter right now? Every account that we’ll list for you below.

Let’s start with arguably the most important cloud all-star to follow: @CloudTweaks! That’s right, yours truly tweets relevant, unique, timely, and valuable cloud content throughout the day — an exceptional way to manage cloud computing headlines, opinions, and passion.

Here are a few other great accounts that deserve your follow a.s.a.p.:

Kevin Jackson (@Kevin_Jackson). For the best coverage of cloud computing via the federal government, Mr. Jackson demands a follow. He helms the popular blog Cloud Musings when not tweeting about how the cloud floats in and out of the public sector.

Jeff Barr (@JeffBarr). This “Amazon Web Services evangelist” earns his followers’ loyalty with impactful tweets on the cloud. After all, being Amazon.com’s Senior Manager of Cloud Computing Solutions, he’d know a thing or two, at least.

Adria Richards (@AdriaRichards).But You’re A Girl,” Ms. Richards often hears from someone shocked by the depths of her cloud computing expertise. Rather than fret, she turned that phrase of surprise into her own website, which she maintains when not contributing masterfully to Twitter’s cloud conversation.

David Linthicum (@DavidLinthicum). Having played a part in penning a baker’s dozen worth of books on cloud computing immediately distinguishes Mr. Linthicum as a must-follow. More than 7500 current followers continue to relish his cloud tweet wisdom.

James Urquhart (@JamesUrquhart). Authoring “The Wisdom of Clouds” quickly vaulted Mr. Urquhart to the vanguard of cloud computing expertise and helpfulness. We love the interactive feel of his Twitter page: of course you’ll find tweets containing meaningful links, but he’ll also regularly retweet or reply to his followers’ thoughts in turn.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

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