set local social media tongues wagging recently when he posted his Top 30 Minnesota Social Media Innovators
, a pretty good "who's who" in local social media that grew to 39 strong after readers posted more favorites. Spinning off Erickson's list, Arik Hanson
took nominations for a similar Top 20
community-based list closer in spirit to the social media vibe. OK, so shorter is better -- and there's even some overlap between Erickson's opinion and Hanson's crowd-sourced list. Since Twitter is still a bit of a self-admiring society, there's bound to be skeptics, so take a look at who makes both lists and the one person who scores a hat trick.
The lists are heavy with business and marketing types who deal in social media -- big surprise. So we dug further in our quest: Who do everyday people follow most?
We're not saying "most popular" equals "best" or "most innovative." By that measure, McDonald's would be the maker of the best, most innovative burgers in the world. But just for fun, we searched "Minneapolis" on Twitterholic
at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 30. The site ranks Twitter users according to their numbers of followers and their numbers of posts (We could just as easily have searched under "St. Paul" or "Minnesota," but frankly both locations yielded lower numbers).
We filtered out companies, and titles/sites that were hard to identify with anyone personally, and we came up with this Top 10 list of sorts, ranked according to the number of followers for each person. Identifying them according to the description they provide in their Twitter bio, it seems a lot of these people are in "the business" as well. But it does include the mighty James Lileks
, the Strib's man of all media, blogger and tweeter. Erickson and Hanson definitely missed the boat on Lileks -- the man can probably tweet by telekinesis.
Bio: "Home Based Business Massive Traffic Secrets"
Bio: VP of Recruiting and Diversity | Social Networking | Marketing | Blogger | Social Media | Staffing | Human Resources | HR | Recruiter"
Bio: "Always wacky, I went off the deep end and started doing standup. Husband teaches improv and standup. Follow @SarahJL for more of my personal updates :)"
Bio: "Constant And Never Ending Improvement"
Bio: "Minneapolis SEO who is on top of the latest and greatest. Follow me and find out!"
Bio: "Traveler, foodie, dad, geek & CEO @TopRank with 12+ years in online marketing focused on SEO, public relations & social media."
Bio: "Best Buy CMO, blog at barryjudge.com; Avid traveler, reader, restaranteur and sports enthusiast"
Bio: "Health & Nutrition is my passion. MLM for over 30 yrs. Internet Marketing with social sites to help people get more out of life with Gods help."
Bio: "I like to make love to the world."
Bio: "Writer, columnist, mid-century pop-culture enthusiast"
Who makes all three lists? Drum roll please for Lee Oden
Enlighten us or tweet us
on #followfriday with your online posse and tell us who you follow.