#FollowFriday – People who watch spectrum auctions, big data, and data breaches

For our weekly #FollowFriday post we’re bringing you three nerds to add to your list. And we mean that in the good way, in the way that only nerds can be curious enough to spend hours pouring over data and following up on leads to get to the answers they desire. Nerds help us all learn, whether it’s about Canada’s spectrum auction results, big data science, or the reasons a data breach isn’t reported until a month after it happens in the first place.

Paul Goodrick may be a humble research associate in the Canadian Spectrum Policy research group at Ryerson University by day, but he is also a spectrum auction super nerd by night. The bonus for us is he shares all of his extensive research and well-informed opinion via Twitter. Read over his feed for the past few days as the results of the 700 MHz spectrum auction have been released and find conspiracy theories, curated content documenting the auction’s results, and a demonstrated willingness to engage in deep conversations about the strategy around some of the bidding in the spectrum auction. Goodrick clearly understands the outcome of the auction in a way that only a real expert could and any follower of his account will benefit from that insight. Though his Twitter profile is spartan in terms of style and design, he makes up for it in quality of content.

Now this is how a you make a cool Twitter profile. Kirk Borne, a data scientist and astrophysicist at George Mason University has a profile banner that appears to be a red giant star being eaten by a black hole. He makes his passion for everything big data known through his Twitter stream. In addition to delivering a reading list that would educate any one needing to keep up to the latest on big data trends, he also shares his encounters with media and posts fascinating infographics such as the above history of the space shuttle.

Our reporter at sister publication ITBusiness.ca just passed 1,000 followers on Twitter and we think they’re pretty well off. Considering that this week, So noticed tweets from angry Well.ca customers who were informed about a data breach and followed up on it to interview them, the Well.ca CEO, and a security expert and write an article explaining how the whole thing happened, you can tell she takes tweeting pretty seriously. Follow So for more reporting on data breaches, digital marketing issues, and tips on where to find good Korean stew places.

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