Who do/would you like to know on twitter?
I was thinking lately about twitter and how valuable it is to me as a web developer. I heard about twitter when it first came out, but thought it was stupid and just didn't get it despite twitter being very popular with teachers who blog (my current day job). However when I made the decision to go into web development full time I tried it again as a way to connect with other web professionals. Living in South Korea it is very difficult to find other English speaking web people and I really do thrive on connecting with people in my industry. Anyhow this time around I really got it, started following several ExpressionEngine developers as well as other big names such as @Shaun Inman, @Eric Meyer, @Paul Boag and @Jonathan Snook However I didn't get real value from following the big names - though I do still follow most of them.
The people I got the most value from are other ExpressionEngine developers and Tweeters with a smaller following. This post is devoted to those people. You are the people I would really love to meet in person.
First I'm goint to mention the people I have met from twitter, which aren't many. I met Gord Sellar a few years ago at an expat Korean blogger meet up. He's a great guy and I wish I had more opportunities to hook up with him. Dave Jansen is a Dutch web developer and php programmer who moved to Korea to be with his girlfriend and is an all around great guy. Next is @peacecheese He doesn't have his real name on his twitter profile so I'm respecting his privacy. Peacechese has been in Korea longer than I have (a rarity) and is a great guy to chat with. Finally I've also met Daniel Craig - not James Bond, but another long time expat in Korea.
Next the people from twitter I would most like to meet and the reasons why. If you don't get mentioned don't be disappointed, that doesn't mean I don't value you, just that these people are most interesting to me.
Number one on the list has to be Leslie Camacho who just happens to be the President of ExpressionEngine. Leslie is incredilby friendly and helpful and I've had the pleasure of interacting with him on The EE forums, email and twitter. It's not every day that the president (though not at that time) of the best CMS on the planet does a video blog directed at you in response to a thread were I was asking about how to transition to web development. When I get the chance to meet Leslie I plan to take him out for the best dinner and beers he's ever had.
Number two is Andy Harris who went way above and beyond for me on both twitter and the EE forums when I first started out. Andy provided so much help for me that I was compelled to thank him by posting a gift to him in England where he lives. Andy also deserves some beers from me when/if we get a chance to meet.
Tied for third place are Steven Hambo, Micheal Boyink, and Chad Crowell Steven, Micheal and Chad are all very helpful tweeters as well as interesting people. I've also had the pleasure of doing some outsource work for both Chad and Steven and will hopefully be able to do so in the future. I'm still debating on whether to move back to Canada or move to Australia (and possibly immigrate) - If I do make it to Australia, I am definitely planning on meeting Steven.
I also find following Marcus Neto interesting - he really knows his stuff and also links to photography on occaision which I find interesting. Mark Bowen has got to be one of the most prolific posters on the EE forums and is also a helpful guy on twitter. Bonus he flies helicopters - how cool is that. "@Emily Lewis":http://twitter.com/emilylewis is just interesting and is passionate about microformats - something I still don't fully get but find interesting to read on her blog.
Finally I would really really like to meet Reese Spykerman and John fuller who are also like myself expats living in Asian countries. Reese is in Malaysia and John is in The Philippines. Both of them are interesting to follow and I'd like to sit down with them and talk about expat life and running a small business abroad.
Anyhow these are the people on twitter that I would most like to meet in person. This post is not meant to be a popularity contest it's here to make a big public thank you to those on twitter that have been incredibly helpful (and interesting) to me. Alternatively, you could consider it the ultimate #followfriday list.
Who do you want to meet and why? Who have you met?
update: June 5, 2011
this entry is missing several comments due to a site and url migration. Will add them later.