Posted on 24 March 2010
This following guest article was written by Richard Hemby who regularly writes about and college related topics for Online College Guru, an online college degree guide.
In recent years, Twitter has grown from a place for teenagers to share what they just ate for lunch to a serious platform for businesses to connect with their customers and for the media to break stories. In late January of 2010, even Bill Gates (@BillGates) started “Twittering”, and in less than two weeks has more than 400,000 followers. Here are a few other CEO’s that you might look or the next time you are on Twitter.
@guykawasaki – Guy Kawasaki was one of the Apple employees responsible for the original Macintosh in 1984. Now he is the Alltop CEO. He is extremely active on Twitter and primarily uses it as a broadcasting tool to announce new Alltop sites. He currently has 211,577 followers.
@mashable – Pete Cashmore is the CEO of Mashable. With 1,954,389 followers, Pete is one of the most popular Twitter users. Pete uses Twitter to offer other users Twitter tips, Twitter news, and Twitter help. He also shares social media stories from around the web. Pete Cashmore views Twitter as an excellent companion to his company’s blog.
@gcolony – George Colony is the CEO of Forrester Research. His company provides market research mostly in the area of technology. George likes Twitter because it allows him to understand what his clients are thinking about the world of technology and his company. He also regularly tweets about his ideas and thoughts about the technological world. He currently has 6,575 followers.
@demandrichard – Richard Rosenblatt is the CEO of Demand Media. His company provides web content and SEO services to a wide variety of clients. Demand Media also owns eNom, one of the biggest domain registration companies in the world. With 6,642 followers, Richard uses Twitter to communicate with investors, users, colleagues, and clients in a real-time manner. He likes that Twitter feels much fresher and not as cold as email.
@DrBobParsons – Bob Parsons is the CEO and Founder of Go Daddy Group. When he’s not dreaming up effective Super Bowl advertising campaigns, Parsons is excited to connect with his 21,559 followers on Twitter. He says he really likes the subscription model of Twitter in which people sign up to follow you. In this way, he can be sure that whenever he sends out a message there are a lot of interested people on the other end.
@timyoung – Timothy Young is the CEO of Socialcast. On his Twitter profile, he proclaims that “Email is Dead”. Rather than email, Tim likes to use Twitter to engage in discussions with his customers. He also likes using Twitter to tune in to other conversations that people are having about his company, the social media industry, and market trends. Timothy Young currently has 2,101 followers on Twitter.
@jasonalba – Jason Alba is the CEO of JibberJobber. A fairly new company, JibberJobber is a career management platform that helps both individuals find jobs and business recruit employees. Alba likes to use Twitter to raise awareness for what exactly JibberJobber can do for them. Jason considers himself the personality of JibberJobber, and he loves that Twitter provides a place where he can put his personality on display like nowhere else. Jason Alba currently has 11,922 followers on Twitter.
@jnovogratz – Jacqueline Novogratz is the CEO of Acumen Fund. Acumen Fund is a non-profit organization whose goal is nothing less than the eradication of global poverty. Novogratz is also the author of a book, The Blue Sweater. Novogratz likes Twitter because it helps her to connect with like-minded individuals. She never knows who she might talk to that could offer an innovative solution to solving the world’s poverty crisis. She also likes to engage with readers of her book. She must have a lot of them, because she’s got 316,189 followers.
@lebrun – Marcel LeBrun is the CEO of Radian6. LeBrun likes to listen to his 11,865 followers to understand their needs. He says that a brand is now the sum of conversations about it.
@jayadelson – Jay Adelson is the CEO of Digg. For him, Twitter is a natural extension of Digg, which is all about sharing. He likes how he can use Twitter to personally let his 7,445 followers know what he “Diggs”.
@mediatrustpete – Peter Bordes is the CEO of MediaTrust. Bordes likes using Twitter to engage in conversations with his business partners, employees, and the MediaTrust community. He has 6,911 followers.
@zappos – Tony Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos.com. With 1,686,481 followers, Hsieh is extremely popular on Twitter. Hsieh likes using Twitter to give customers an insight into his company’s personality and culture.
@timoreilly – Tim O’Reilly is the CEO of O’Reilly Media. Tim also has a massive following, with 1,434,381 followers. Tim thinks Twitter is a great way to keep his eye on the “alpha geeks” – those people who are on the cutting edge of technology. His company then tries to bring that technology to the masses.
@michaelhyatt – Michael Hyatt is the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. Hyatt has 73,020 followers. Most of them are his employees, customers, and authors, whom he likes to keep in close contact with.
@openjonathan – Jonathan Schwartz is the CEO of Sun Microsystems. Schwartz thinks that it’s important to reach out to people in whatever format they choose. He has apparently decided that Twitter is one of those formats, and he is currently connected through Twitter with 6,344 people.