Twitter users can organise the people they follow into groups, or “lists”. When clicking to view a list, users see a stream of tweets from all the users included in that group. This function is useful to categorise the feeds to improve understanding and better manage the flow of information. It’s particularly useful for those who following hundreds or even thousands of people, like me.
One list I value very much is the one of people that I’ve actually met in person. The tweeps on this include family members, good friends, clients, colleagues and I try to capture everyone that I’ve actually met whether it’s been a quick handshake at an industry conference, tweet up or any social gathering. It’s usually the first list I check each morning and gives me a good overview of the topics that are being discussed in my whole Twitter community. The people on this list influence me more than most of the other tweeps I follow, because I know them and read them daily. I’ve just created a PeerIndex group with this list to see just how much influence these individuals have on the larger twitterverse. This is the top 20 most influential people on twitter I’ve actually met.
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Looking at the list, I am struck by the fact most of the influential I know, I’ve met at industry conferences and events. There is only one colleague and one friend on the list. To me this underlines the importance of getting out of the office once in a while to attend events. You meet the most interesting people! A few of these people have since become friends and collaborators. I’ve met so many people and made good friends through social media.
Click here if you’d like to see the full list (more than 150 tweeps) I’ve met and their levels of influence. And, if I’ve left you off the list I apologise for the oversight, and would love it if you let me know so I can make this list as accurate as possible.