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30 Favorite People on Twitter


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Following up on my previous post about transparency , I'd like to share a list of 30 people who fit the bill. Beside being "authentic" and nice, their timelines include a mixture of content and conversation. I've come to know most via email, Skype, phone or in real life. They've trusted me and shared their lives, and I look forward to seeing them whenever our paths cross. I think you'll find most to be kind, funny, smart, or have a fascinating story—or all of the above.

All have fewer than 10,000 "organically* acquired followers." And in my book, all are worth knowing. I hope you'll check them out! They are listed in reverse alphabetical order, including their follower numbers (in parenthesis) at the time this post was written:

NOTE: When you follow someone new, it's good to post a friendly shout to say hello and let them know you're a new follower. It increases the chances they'll follow you back.

@zaharoff (5,350)
(George Zaharoff — Chicago/New York, U.S.)

George is the kind of friend who, even though he is completely swamped, will take time to help others. He's a talented clothing designer and entrepreneur, and it's been a joy sharing hang time with him whenever he's meeting with Nordstrom in Seattle. (And he has a terrific greyhound, @piccolozaharoff!)

@yb2012 (8,227)
(Yannis Beltekas — Greece)

The master of Klout and all things related to "Caturday," Yannis is smart, talented and funny. But in addition, he is a gifted musician. He is a creative thinker and former advertising guy. If you get to know him, I think you'll agree—he's a very interesting person.

@Shilpiiz (3,260)
(Shilpi Bose — India)

Shilpi is an editor for a publishing company. She is one of @adamsconsulting and @howellmarketing's Twitter's Top 75 Badas$ Women ( She's strikingly beautiful, and her beauty extends far beneath the surface.

@Sarahezekiel (8,398)
(Sarah Ezekiel — U.K.)

I admire Sarah more than almost anyone else on Social Media. She's lived with ALS (MND) for 12 years, and is an advocate for ALS/MND patients. She recently started creating wonderful art using eye movements, with the idea of raising money to enable a better life for others with ALS. You can view her work here: Eyegaze art:

@Sandmaxprime (2,696)
(Lionel Faleiro — India)

Lionel is a long-time friend on Twitter, but we've ported our friendship to several channels (FB, G+, Empire Avenue and Instagram). He's a caring friend with a great sense of empathy. He's a blogger and photographer, soon to embark on studying artificial intelligence.

(Warren Antiola — Japan)

An honest and concerned friend to those with whom he is connected. He takes the trouble of doing one-on-one shouts—something everyone appreciates, and tweets about Japanese culture, anime and photography.

@Rocktique (6,387)
(Meredith Allison — New York, U.S.)

Meredith and I had been following each other for a long time, but only this year started interacting. I've discovered she is very smart and funny, but also a caring friend and a great mom. We have had some insanely hilarious exchanges. Caution: Habit forming.

@RM1L (7,960)
(Milana Ryan — Indonesia)

I'm convinced there is nothing Milana hasn't mastered. She is an artist, photographer, videographer, poet, writer and friend. She often corrals friends to collaborate to create something special to brighten someone's day. That's just the way she is.

@RandiPDX (1,485)
(Randi Dennis — Portland, U.S.)

It's always great to chat with Randi. She loves technology, and since we both are based in the Pacific Northwest, we share many experiences. She's friendly, caring and kind and is a hard-core cat lover.

@NuMusicNuLife (432)
(John Lund — California, U.S.)

Without John, there is no way to know if I would have ever discovered Shinichi Osawa, Mondo Grosso, Monday Michiru and other fantastic music. We have had great conversations about jazz and Macs. If you love jazz and if you love Apple, you will love John.

@Nixkuroi (1,089)
(Mike Simon — Seattle, U.S.)

Mike is an amazing artist and writer, but he's also a programmer, blogger, foodie, and founder of a new social network, I guess I'd describe him as a Renaissance Man. And in spite of his jocularity, he is seriously a good friend. (I think he even forgave me for serving him Via one day.)

@Mpartonen (707)
(Matti Partonen — Finland)

Matti is a funny, friendly lover of rock music and travel. I've seen so many of his vacation photos, I feel I've visited some of the places he's been. Over the years his moniker and avatar have changed often, but at least for now, I think he's sticking with @mpartonen.

@Mochiface (1,007)
(E.L. — U.S.)

Someone recently told me they were surprised to learn Mochiface is female. She is one of the nicest, most thoughtful people you will meet, and beside that, she is HILARIOUS and fun. Take a look at her timeline and you'll see what I mean.

(Lynda Bruschini — New Jersey, U.S.)

An amazingly talented illustrator, Lynda is another of Twitter's Top 75 Badas$ Women ( She has great heart and is thoughtful and kind.

@LindaCriddle (1,691)
(Linda Criddle — Seattle, U.S.)

World-renown Internet safety expert, Linda is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. An early Microsoftie, she received more than 20 patents during her tenure there. She's one of my favorite real-life friends.

@Krystynnsg (4,236)
(Christina Yow — Singapore)

Chris and I met through Twitter's Top 75 Badas$ Women (, but this year became great friends. Her ingenuousness is epic, as is her sparkling wit and beauty.

(Justin Williams — California, U.S.)

There are few people who drive me more crazy than JJW. Half the time I have no idea what he's talking about. But that's what makes him so much fun. He is smart, hilarious and interesting.

@JohnNosta (4,854)
(John J. Nosta — U.S.) 

One day John appeared out of nowhere and we instantly connected. He has become the #1 Kred-ranked influencer in health, and I think he's destined for great things.

@JackandPele (1,024)
(Jack Higgins — California, U.S.)

Jack and I are real-life friends who have known each other for decades. He gave my husband one of his first jobs in advertising. His obsession with "snakewine" notwithstanding, you'll be hard-pressed to find a zanier or more caring friend.

(Christopher Clark — Arizona, U.S.)

Chris is a "big picture" architect at Intel, but beside being brilliant, he is interested in getting to know people beyond the surface. That may be why we get along so well. Sometimes 140 just isn't enough.

@HumorCarbons (1,211)
(Mateen Hamza — Pakistan)

Mateen has a handle on humor, but he is also a very kind and thoughtful person. A fun quote: "I am not mad at tech support; I am just downloading my anger."

@ellies58 (3,108)
(Eleanor Jodway — Canada)

Beside Reg Saddler (@zaibatsu), Ellie is the person I talk with most often. We have a weekly Gplus chat and we've both "met" each others' families virtually. She works tirelessly to make birthdays brighter for people on Twitter. She is an honest, thoughtful, true friend.

@DougDowen (1,593)
(Doug Dowen — Arkansas, U.S.)

Doug and I met in real life a year ago. It was the furthest I'd driven to meet someone, but totally worth it. He wrote about it here: Blogging is hard work, yet he writes every day. Hats off to him!

@detlef_c (7,031)
(Detlef Cordes — Germany)

Our first serious conversation was about the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, and two years later, it's still not finished! I've become quite fond of his wonderful dachshund, Frigga, and you can view his YouTube videos here:

(Stacey Rozen — South Africa)

Stacey and I met in real life when she was in Seattle. She's an amazing person who works tirelessly in her quest to help young women in S. Africa. You can learn more here:

@cookitaly (7,361)
(Carmelita Caruana — Italy)

Along with our buddy, @cindyvriend, Carm and I form a triumvirate of joy and laughter. In addition to her culinary magic and mouth-watering blogs, she is an art lover, and has contributed posts to "Escape Into Life."

@chinneolhungdim (2,056)
(Chinneo lhungdim)

There is so much more to Chinneo than you see on the surface. A former broadcast journalist, she's turned her attention to advancing her education. A kind and caring friend, she's a terrific writer, too. 

@Braernoch (1,660)
(Wade Burch — California, U.S.)

Wade disappeared for a long time, and I was so happy to see he's back. In addition to acting, he's acquired a fantastic new skill as a developer.

@anorombaba (3,996)
(Angela Norombaba — Philippines)

I don't know why I think Angela has a permanent twinkle in her eye—but I like being around her optimism. She is one of my all-in-good-fun, Twitter "co-conspirators."

(Alessandro Rea — Italy)

A supportive and kind friend I've enjoyed getting to know on several platforms. He tells me he's not that proficient in English, but he's so much fun, I often forget it's his second language. He's a great guy and fun friend to know.

@adamloving (5,796)
(Adam Loving — Seattle, U.S.)

Adam and I are real friends. He's smart and funny and always working on a fascinating project, whether for himself, Paul Allen or others. You might know him as inventor of Twibes and LinksyMe.

@808armada (3,034) is now; @Rojoshashinka

I've often heard it's good to talk with people with large followings, as it benefits one's Klout and Kred scores. But the friends listed above, whether on- or off-line, are well worth getting to know for the enrichment you experience through your interactions with them.

There are many others and not enough space to list everyone in this post, so down the road, maybe there will be a "30 Favorite People, Part II."


*Organically acquired—people whose followers grow naturally on the basis of their content and interactions, without assistance from programs or sites that add or aggressively follow accounts in order to expand their follower bases.

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Blogger Michael Q Todd said...

Wow what a wonderful list some who I did not know and are following now. Thanks Terri!

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Yannis Beltekas said...

Thank you so much for the honor of including me in this awesome list, Terri! #Grateful

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Alessandro Rea said...

Thanks Terri, is truly an honor to be in this list. And it's a great fortune to know you and your friends. You are awesome!

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Daman said...

Great list Terri - great new Tweeps to follow :-)

2:12 AM  
Blogger Meredith Allison said...

I'm so incredibly honored Terri that for the first time in my life I believe I am rendered speechless (my mother would never believe that possible, Ha)! Thank you so much for including me in such wonderful company (a few whom I didn't know but will no doubt be following now) I'm plopping down a huge #TREX4PREZ & sending ultra ginormo HUGS!

4:26 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Great list Terri - lots of new people to follow. Congrats to you Meredith for being on this list, you are very worthy!

4:48 AM  
Blogger Meredith Allison said...

Took me a few password changes and a whole lotta force closes but I think I'm now following everyone on this list.... Any friend of Terri's has GOT to be worth getting to know!

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Jason Eng said...

This is a great list Terri! I was already following some, and am now following all. Looking forward to the next list of 30 that I can engage with!

5:30 AM  
Blogger KrystynnSG said...

Thank you Terri ;-) You left me speechless and humbled. It's been an honor being friends with you too! ;-D Thank you for ALL the things that you've done for me...

5:55 AM  
Blogger Jure said...

Love the list, know many of them and some i just follow coz if they come from Terri then they are real deal :) X

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Shilpi said...

Thank you so much Terri! It's truly an honor to be listed among such amazing tweeps. You rock! XOXO

8:54 AM  
Anonymous @ellies58 said...

Ahhhh...Wonderful! And like all good stories, I see a sequel....the list could go on for ever and ever...yes!? Thank You Dear Friend for including Me in such a Great list of Fabulous people! (((HUGGLES)))

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Chinneo Lhungdim said...

Thank you so much Terri. Wonderful knowing you and feel truly honored to be listed here.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Warren Antiola said...

Wow!It's an honor to be on you list! It's an even greater honor to be considered a "favorite" by you. Thanks Terri! I now have new friends to meet because of your list. ^^ Stay golden and. . ."Be EXCELLENT to each other." ~peace!~

2:02 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Michael, you're going to discover some really great people. Have fun and thanks for the comment! ((HUGS)) Terri

2:07 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Yannis, how could I do a list without including the guy who put me on the presidential ticket?

Thanks for sharing your life with me. I look forward to seeing how the next chapter unfolds!


2:09 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Alessandro, thanks for being such a warm and supportive friend. I really hope we have the chance to meet in real life this summer! Fingers crossed!

((HUGS)) Terri

2:27 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Daman, all are terrific people. For someone new to Twitter, I think following these people will create a nice social space.

Thanks for commenting!


2:29 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

MEGA, I mean Meredith!

Speechless? You? NO WAY! But if it rendered you speechless for even a millisecond, I feel my work is done here :D (J/K)

All kidding aside, you said something to me about a blog post I'd written after losing a friend. It really meant so much to me. I thought, "Wow. She read that and yet, I don't really know her." So I made it a point to investigate, and I'm so glad I did.

Warm hugs/Terri

2:33 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Hi, Peggy,

Thanks so much for commenting.

My feeling is, not everyone is for EVERYONE, but these people come pretty dang close.

Wishing you well!


2:35 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

YIPPEEEEEE! I love the possibility this tiny blog might mean more followers for everyone. Goodness knows ya'll deserve them! XOX

2:36 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Dear Jason,

You're definitely someone who would be on my next installment. Still thinking about the beautiful photos you shared with me at the 9/11 memorial. I think we met on Empire Avenue, but love how it's spilled over to Twitter and FB.

Wishing you and your beautiful family happy and well!


2:38 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


You've been such a bright spot in my life this year. You have a way of making me laugh and I LOVE hearing your voice. I can't wait to introduce you to my family. They've heard so much about you.

(((HUGS))) Terri

2:39 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


Hi and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. This group of people make Twitter such a warm, funny and hospitable place for me.

I hope you enjoy meeting some new faces. I can't help but think they'll be happy to make your acquaintance!


2:41 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


This is truly a great group of people, so you HAD to be included. I have been assembling this list for quite some time and have at least 50, but realised 50 is TOO MANY for this tiny blog.

It's been such a pleasure getting to know you. I'm always happy to see you on my timeline.

(((HUGS))) Terri

2:43 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Ellie, you would've been at the top if I'd gone by my best pals, but I was thinking George, being a "Z" is probably used to being last, so I wanted to flip the list on its head.

We've sure been through a lot over the years! And it's nice to have someone you can trust and talk to, and know you are really free to say ANYTHING without judgement. That's who you are to me, E.

((((HUGGLES))) T

2:45 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


Thanks so much for your comment. It's been such a joy learning about you after a very long time of superficial tweets. Seeing your broadcast work and reading your article was so wonderful. It really was like looking through a window into your life.

(((HUGS)) and looking forward to seeing you soon!


2:46 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Warren, from the get-go I've always felt your sincerity. It's been fun getting to know you and I'm looking forward to growing our friendship in the coming months.


2:47 PM  
Anonymous @mochiface said...

Terri, thank you so much for including me in this list, I am SO honored! =) Our time on Twitter has been wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you outside the tweets. You are a treasured friend. XO ~ Ellen

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Mateen Hamza said...

Terri, You really made my day. I just saw my name on your list and it is simply splendid. So thoughtful and caring of you.

Thank you.

12:33 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Dear Ellen,

Hey, there aren't a lot of people on social media who have done a recipe trade with me :-) OR exchanged Christmas cards.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you and my hope is one day we'll actually be able to meet face-to-face.

Thanks for being a good friend, E!


1:42 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Mateen, I'm so glad you found this. I didn't tell anyone they were included...just wanted to see what would happen if it trickled out.

So glad we are connected here, M, and I wish you well in all you do!


1:43 AM  
Blogger Pratyush Nalam said...

Wow Terri!! This is a wonderful list! Wish to make it in the future :)

Great new tweeps to meet

2:29 AM  
Blogger Paros49 said...

I am speechless too to be with so awesome people all over the world Terri!
Than you my dear friend, as i ahve always said, you are one most fabulous lady which i have ever met in net(would be fantabulous to meet you IRL:) POWERHUGS! Masa

3:46 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Thank you Terri, I'm flattered! @KrystynnSG clued me in to my inclusion with an @reply. This must have taken a long time to write!

8:50 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

LOL, Matti! Always so happy to see you wherever that may be. Thanks for stopping by to comment. I'm curious to know how you discovered you were included? I didn't tell anyone :-) (((POWERHUGS))) Terri

11:05 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Prat, thanks for stopping by and reading. I've enjoyed connecting on Twitter, FB and EA. Be sure to let me know if you hear anything further about the wifi service! Cheers/Hugs/Terri

11:06 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Adam, hi!

It didn't take long to write. I'd been compiling a list for a while, so it was a matter of creating the links back to Twitter pages, web sites, etc.

There were another 20+ people I wanted to include...maybe another time!

I hope Linksyme is going well!


11:12 AM  
Blogger NuMusicNuLife said...

Hi Terri (attempt #7 to post a comment)...

Thanks a million for including me on your 30 Fave Tweeples list, and the favoritism is mutual! ;) Always glad to chat about music & beyond, on Twitter & beyond! By the way, more music-related surprises coming soon! Hello to everyone else on the list, including those familiar to me already (Mochiface...I think I've seen that name before lol)!

Take care (((HUGS))),

1:42 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Teri, the very fact that you have recommended these friends is enough for me. Many I do not know but will correct that right away. *huggles*

2:13 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


First of all, why in the heck is Blogger acting so WEIRD! I don't get it! But thank you so much for your perseverance!

How could I create a list like this and *NOT* include you? We have had some great conversations about myriad things and you have been "instrumental" (musical pun) in turning me on to some of my favorite "go-to" music.

It's funny how people form little conversational bouquets. You, Mochiface are in one; Mochi, Jackandpele are in another, and there are all sorts of overlapping circles...It truly mimics real life in that way, and it's great when friends know each other!

(((HUGS))) and let me know when you start publishing on your new blog!

XOX< Terri

2:23 PM  
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2:32 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


Thanks so much for checking this out, my friend!

I was thinking—if someone is new to Twitter and followed this list, they would certainly be surrounded by nice, friendly faces — in other words, they'd find Twitter a fun, warm and fuzzy place!

I hope you enjoy meeting some new people, and again Jackie, thank you so much for your amazing friendship and support!

((((HUGS)))) Terri

2:32 PM  
Blogger Julie Shatswell said...

Great post, I love this list and the blog is awesome. Thanks for sharing yourself with the reader. @jshatswell ;-)

3:21 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Julie, thanks for checking it out! And for the record, I just want to say black, red and white is my all-time favorite color combination and I LOVE cats! (re: your logo)

Wishing you a fabulous remainder of the week!


3:32 PM  
Blogger Nixtastic said...

This really made my week :) Thanks so much Terri!

11:02 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Ummm..mmm.. Mike? Is this you?

Well, if it is, I'm glad it made your week!

Big-time (((HUGS))) to you,


11:12 PM  
Blogger Detlef Cordes said...

Thank you soooo much Terri! I' m proud to be among these 30. And Frigga says "waff, waff!" I'm looking forward to our wonderful conversation to proceed ... well beyond the completion of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonic in the distant future. Good things take their while ;)

1:30 AM  
Anonymous The Anthrotorian said...

Thanks for this list Terri! In the age of spam and people trying to do everything they can just to get more 'followers' its nice to have a reference like this. I look forward to making some new friends!

12:08 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Dear D,

I'm glad you liked this and feel happy to hear Frigga has weighed in with her opinion! I was SOOO worried when she was not well. Isn't it great to have her back to her adorable, spunky self?

One day the Elbphilharmonic will be complete. You will have to check it out and report back to me. I want to know if it's as amazing as it's looked in the photos!

((HUGS)) and keep singing!


12:13 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...


First, thanks so much for reading and commenting! I appreciate it very much!

I started compiling this list a while ago. Originally I was going to write an article about people with mass followings, the artificial means they employ to build their city-sized followings and why it was important to them.

Then I started thinking —it seemed like lots of the people I enjoy had many fewer followers but were as interesting or MORE interesting than some of the superstars. So I thought it would be fun to put them in a list.

I hope you meet some interesting people, and thank you again for stopping by!


12:19 PM  
Anonymous Carmelita said...

One late and very big MWAHHHHH!! from someone you know is your good friend. This post was such a great idea Terri! All the people on it that I already know are wonderful, and I like how you highlight the qualities of each one. When I can breathe again (so busy, and very happy about it!) I'm going to be following the lovely sounding people on your list who I don't already follow. xoxo

12:30 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Dear Carm,

Big MWAHHHS right back atcha!

I suspect you know quite a few of these people already, but I'm sure some of the new faces you meet will be fun additions!

Here's hoping we both can get through these busy times in our schedules. I'm looking forward to some hang time with you and Cindy next month. We have some serious "catching up" to do!



3:29 PM  
Blogger Pratyush Nalam said...

Btw, do you guest blog Terri?

12:13 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

I have guest blogged for 3 blogs and am working on a new post for another one...XOX

12:51 AM  
Blogger Doug Dowen said...

Terri, I am VERY blessed & honored to be included in this list! It is truly humbling to receive such an accolade from you! Mucho hugs!!!

11:38 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Dear Doug,

My pleasure. It is truly wonderful being able to meet in real life, but even if we hadn't, you're WYSIWYG! The difference was being able to give you real ((hugs)) instead of virtual ones.

As a humorous aside, one of the readers of this post thought I'd driven to meet you in Arkansas!

Sorry we weren't able to connect when you were here recently, but hopefully we will manage to get together the next time you're up this way!


1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI. nice to see you. glad awesome ppl.
ERIKO from japan

9:53 AM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Hi, Eriko and thank you for stopping by!

I've enjoyed getting to know you and only wish you the best as it concerns your family and loved ones in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and subsequent radiation leaks.

And thanks very much for your support across so many spaces!

Warm regards,


12:06 PM  
Anonymous Milana said...

Terri, you always made my day with your comment about my works and all, and now this, i'm truly honored.
sorry for the late in comment, lately i'm mostly mobile (^_^)
thank you so much Terri, i'm so blessed to have known many wonderful people, and one of them is you. <3

9:54 PM  
Blogger terrinakamura said...

Dear Milana,

One of the things that most impresses me about you is your kindness to others. You use all the talents within your power to create things of beauty and meaning to brighten everyone's days. It's been such a treat to experience the myriad things you create and I'm really honored to call you a friend.

Thank you so much for commenting here. It really made my day!

Warm ((HUGS)),


10:39 PM  

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