For Facebook, there’s sending friend requests, and for Google Plus, you add people to your circles. But as anyone who has a Twitter handle knows, on Twitter, we follow and we tweet at people.
Enter today’s #FollowFriday, or #FF. If you’ve been on Twitter and don’t know what this is, it’s a Friday standby where Twitter users recommend a list of accounts to others. For example, you might tweet, “#FF @itworldca @itbusinessca @compdealernews” to encourage your followers to follow these accounts, especially if you see value in their tweets.
Until the end of December, we’ll be posting an #FF every Friday to give you some ideas of who to follow in the IT community.
For this edition of #FF, here are a few Twitter handles that we think are worth a click on the “follow” button.
- Ron Deibert, director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto.
Our data, our laws http://t.co/kBX6eewWgw via @fullcomment
— profdeibert (@RonDeibert) December 12, 2013
As a well-known figure in privacy and security, Deibert does much of his research on the Internet and how it affects international security and human rights. He also helped found the OpenNet Initiative and worked on Information Warfare Monitor projects for nearly a decade, with some of his most famous work being the on cyberepisonage efforts like Ghostnet.
I agree with the @FSF Free Software Foundation statement on the Corporate “Global Government Surveillance Reform” https://t.co/KCxBw1RtM0
— profdeibert (@RonDeibert) December 16, 2013
- Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks
AS CEO of popular accounting company FreshBooks, McDerment makes the effort to answer anyone who has customer queries via Twitter. He also tweets about entrepreneurship and startups, but he keeps his Twitter personal, sending occasional tweets about life in Toronto that show his human side.
@AngieJonesDraws @StacyAGray @sageandgrace Mike from FreshBooks here. Just curious…what wasn’t so good for you? #honestquestion
— Mike McDerment (@MikeMcDerment) October 11, 2013
@MikeMcDerment @AngieJonesDraws @sageandgrace Hi Mike, I’m still trying it out as a 30 day trial. Good so far #honestanswer #honestquestion
— Stacy Gray (@StacyAGray) October 11, 2013
@Lowlandsband looking forward to the show tonight at the horsehoe. Bringing friends. Any clue what time lowlands will take the stage?
— Mike McDerment (@MikeMcDerment) August 22, 2013
- Julie Parrish, CMO for NetApp
As CMO for NetApp, Parrish tweets on the marketing, the IT channel, the cloud. She also regularly tweets about insights from different marketing conferences – and on the gap between CIOs and CMOs.
“@BHoganNYC: Tech Hiring More Women Than Men, 1st Time In 10 Years, w/ cool #infographic http://t.co/DRAeNJF8zF #WIB” Love it!
— Julie Parrish (@JParrishNTAP) December 12, 2013
@StoddardCA NetApp’s CIO rocks! : The CIO’s New Role: The Business Of The Business @NetApp http://t.co/XSJuW4VaOo #CIO #edTech
— Julie Parrish (@JParrishNTAP) October 31, 2013