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.
(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!)
(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.
(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 (http://j.mp/lBxsvI). She's strikingly beautiful, and her beauty extends far beneath the surface. http://shilpibose.tumblr.com/
(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: http://www.eyegazeartists.com/
(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. http://www.j-808online.com
(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.
(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. http://milzography.com
(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.
(John Lund — California, U.S.)
(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.
(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, http://www.Connex.us. 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.) http://www.mikesimon.com
(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. https://plus.google.com/105661426175012693960/about
(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 (http://j.mp/lBxsvI) She has great heart and is thoughtful and kind.
(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.
(Christina Yow — Singapore)
Chris and I met through Twitter's Top 75 Badas$ Women (http://j.mp/lBxsvI), but this year became great friends. Her ingenuousness is epic, as is her sparkling wit and beauty. http://krystynnsg.tumblr.co
(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.
(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. http://www.johnnosta.com
(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. http://embedded.intel.com
(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."
(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. http://myposterous.-sdfv.posterous.com
(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: http://commonvoice.blogspot.com/2011/08/day-220-terri-nakamura-in-real-life.html Blogging is hard work, yet he writes every day. Hats off to him!
(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: http://www.youtube.com/user/detlef1cordes
(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: http://terrinakamura.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/serendipity/
(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." http://blog.cookitaly.com
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. http://t.co/Bokb3uO
(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.
(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." http://www.jolielaide30.multiply.com
(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.
(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.