Wiki Life: Twitter handles of industry experts on Microsoft technologies

Hello and welcome everybody to our Wednesday – Wiki Life post.

What platform is the most influential one for an IT expert? Is it YouTube? Facebook? Or Twitter? In my opinion that’s a matter of personal preference, but let me alter my question a little bit. What platform is the most influential one for a wiki ninja? In the past we have talked about YouTube and which impact the ninjas have on Twitter. Like said, it’s a matter of personal preference. My favorite platform for looking for new things is Twitter.

But how do I find people to follow?

Good question! There are a lot of amazing people on Twitter, but if you look on my Twitter profile you’ll see that I don’t follow much of them.


That’s also a matter of personal preference (like the most in this post). I’m looking on Twitter what people have written once a day and I have a look at every single tweet. Normally that takes ten to twenty minutes, but what would happen if I follow more people (or someone who tweets twenty times a day)? I think you got the point.

But how do I find the right people to follow?

Depends, for example I don’t use Twitter as a medium for a lot of conversations. If I find someone interesting I first have a look at his/her profile if he’s/she’s a chatty person. If that isn’t true I’m looking for the posts that are interesting for me. If that’s true I’m clicking the follow button. Simple as that. I mentioned that I find people on Twitter, but how do I find them? Most of the time I know these people personally or I like their blogs.

But how can I find them faster?

That’s the point where the TechNet Wiki comes in. A great article to find a lot of interesting Twitter accounts in an easy way exists since January. Most of them are more for IT Pros than developers, but hey … it’s a wiki article. Feel free to add other accounts (or your own)!

So, let me give you two action items

  1. Tell me how do you use Twitter! Do you use it in the same way as I do or is your way completely different? Just leave a comment to this post! I’m looking forward to a great discussion.
  2. Add the Twitter handles of your personal favorites to the article!

– German Ninja Jan (Twitter, BlogProfile)

Comments (5)

  1. Good article! This certainly made me check my profile to ensure that I had our team's addocteam Twitter account listed on my profile. I guess the way I like to do it is to find people who tweet about technology or articles and less so about what tie they are wearing or where they are going to dinner. In my opinion that is what a "team" Twitter account or "team" Blog is for. We use it judiciously to point out things that we think are important to let people know or to advertise our new content.

  2. In the past, we've been using the #tnwiki tag to track what's happening on TechNet Wiki.

  3. Yagmoth555 says:

    I still use that tag (#tnwiki) when I tweet article from the wiki 🙂

  4. Horizon_Net says:

    I'm using the tag too.

  5. #TNWIKI 🙂 always !