10 Most Influential WordPress Twitter-ers

A couple of days ago, Bryan tweeted (via the @modthemes twitter account) that I was considered the 6th most influential WordPress Twitter-er according to WeFollow.com. Very cool!

So I figured I’d share the spotlight with 9 other people that make up the top 10, and help introduce you to them. Here they are!

1. Joost de Valk (@yoast)

Joost (pronounced “Yoast”) is a prolific WordPress blogger, author of some sweet WordPress plugins, SEO Expert, and host of the very popular new podcast called Press This.

I highly recommend you follow him. He definitely deserves the top spot.

2. WPlimits (@wplimits)

This account is managed by Nathan Barry. I’m not very familiar with this account, it seems to be a good source of WordPress related articles, themes, and plugins from around the net.

3. Brian Gardner (@bgardner)

Of course, my good friend Brian is someone you should definitely be following. Brian is the founder of the Premium Theme movement in the WordPress community via his Revolution Theme (now StudioPress), and he’s definitely an influential twitter-er among WordPress users.

4. Adii (@adii)

Adii, who’s first claim to fame was the popular “Premium News Theme”, has gone on to become the co-founder of WooThemes where he and the guys produce some of the most visually stunning themes in the market. He is also a sharp entrepreneur who is kind enough to share his insights on his blog throughout the week.

5. Ian Stewart (@iandstewart)

The man who started the craze around theme framworks with his Thematic theme, Ian is also a savvy WordPress blogger and Twitter-er. He usually shares links and resources via his twitter account, as well as his newest project, WPazo.com (@WPazo).

6. Nathan Rice (@nathanrice)

That’s me!

7. Theme Forest (@themeforest)

As many of you know, Theme Forest has made a splash in the WordPress community by taking a new direction in the world of Premium Themes. They allow users to submit themes to their site and sell them, splitting the profits. This unique model has created one of the largest Premium Theme outlets on the net.

Like other Twitter-ers on this list, they routinely share helpful WordPress resources via their twitter account.

8. Mark Jaquith (@markjaquith)

Mark is lead developer on the WordPress project, so if anyone knows what he is talking about, it’s him. Follow him for the raw WordPress nerdery, as well as the awesome libertarian eloquence!

9. Jean-Baptiste Jung (@catswhocode)

The guy behind the very popular WPRecipes.com and CatsWhoCode.com. If you’re looking for some seriously helpful WordPress and Web Development resources around the net, look no further. The stuff he publishes and links to is killer.

10. Roger Byrne (@imrogb)

Another name I’m not familiar with. Roger is a social media expert who works at Envato (the guys behind ThemeForest), so he’s probably worth following. 20,000 people already are!

Honorable Mentions

A couple of notable characters are missing from the list, most likely because they haven’t added themselves at the WeFollow.com directory. It’s only right that I mention them here:

1. Jeff Chandler (@wptavern & @jeffr0)

Jeff is the host of the popular WordPress Weekly podcast. He also runs WPTavern.com (blog and forum) where discussions of all things WordPress happen on a daily basis. If you want to pow-wow with the WordPress big-wigs, go get yourself an account and start posting.

2. Chris Pearson (@pearsonified)

Chris is the author of one of the best premium themes in the market, Thesis. He’s also a HUGE personality and is worth following, if for no other reason than his sharp wit and “linguistic porn” (as he calls it).

3. Justin Tadlock (@justintadlock)

Justin is one of the most knowledgeable WordPress developers in the community. His claim to fame is is deep commitment to his Theme Hybrid community where he does some killer work on the free WordPress theme, Hybrid. He also writes some killer articles at his blog that will teach you how to make WordPress bend to your will! You will learn something by following Justin.

4. Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt)

Of course, no list of WordPress Twitter-ers would be complete with out the founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. It’s mostly an aggregation account, but it’s still worth following if you are a fan of WordPress.

Comments

  1. JohnONolan says

    Nice list.. kind of.

    I know Roger well and he has nothing to do with WordPress – he’s a social media guy.

    I also think it’s fairly uncool to nominate yourself as “most influential” anything.

  2. Roger says

    Hey Nathan Thanks for the mention and recent follow.

    John’s a bit Right and a bit Wrong, I love WordPress, Design and Social Media but that also doesn’t mean I deserve to be on a list about WordPress actually I used the WordPress tag donkeys ago when wefollow first started as there wasn’t so many tags at the launch (so this is my fault really).

    Time to do a tag update I think as there are lots more cool people who actually talk about WordPress on a daily basis which deserve to be on a list like this.

    Thanks though but I would take some recommendations from commenters on who they think should be on the list you would find some much more interesting people that way.

    Oh and no one is an expert in Social Media ;)

  3. Jeremy says

    #83. I have to work a lot more to become one influential WordPress twitterer! :)

    But I am following he good people, tht’s a start! :)

  4. Bryan Hauer says

    Hey Guys,

    Just an FYI… I think some people are taking the list too seriously. Obviously it was cool to see some of my friends up there and Nathan who I work with, but I originally posted it after Kevin Rose tweeted that they had made some changes to the wefollow algorithm so it wasn’t only based on # of followers and then it was reported that Kevin had transferred the rights of wefollow.com to Digg. Here’s the speculation on exactly why that happened and the change in the algorithm…

    “With this “acquisition,” Digg is clearly looking to add some sort of Twitter or real-time component to the site. TechCrunch speculates that this new functionality will allow Digg to surface top stories on Twitter based on the data that WeFollow can gather. Additionally, WeFollow itself is tweaking its algorithm to give more weight in its rankings to those who tag themselves properly. This should help to cut down on people putting themselves in unrelated categories just to get more exposure.” via http://news.cnet.com/8301-13515_3-10376526-26.html

    No “top list” is going to be exactly right and will always leave out people for various reasons like not submitting there in the first place, not submitting to proper categories or not using proper hash tags etc when tweeting… Although some people were left off the list I think it’s still quite useful for its original intention which was to introduce people to other people on Twitter that tweet about categories of your interest.

    Oh and btw… I’m so pissed! I’m listed all the way down at #82 for WordPress. This is such BS! j/k :)

  5. Nathan Rice says

    @Konstantin
    Well, I’m sure you’re on your way. Just keep pumping out great content and people will notice!

    @JohnONolan
    I think the list, along with my Honorable Mentions, are a pretty good representation of the most influential WP community members on twitter. Who would you add to the list? (remember, it’s about influence)

    @Jean-Baptiste Jung
    You know I’ve got nothing but love for what you do!

    @Roger
    I figured that’s what happened, but it is what it is. I certainly wasn’t going to arbitrarily leave you off the list! :-)

    BTW, I absolutely love your personal homepage. Very, VERY cool.

    @Stijn Neirinck
    Indeed. I’m always looking for new people to follow who I KNOW will deliver good content.

    @Pavel Ciorici
    That’s really not all that bad, considering how many people we’re all competing with. It’s a good showing.

    @Jeremy
    Who DOESN’T want to have more influence!? :-) I’ll race you to the #1 spot!!! :-D

    @Bryan Hauer
    That’s really interesting to hear. I had no idea. I would love to see twitter get integrated into digg more seamlessly. I always thought it would be cool to have a site like digg, but you vote for stories by retweeting them, and the digg algorithm would promote the most popular stories to the front page. That’s probably what they’re aiming for.

  6. Alexandru Vornicescu says

    I don’t agree with this list, because most of them use generated applications and other services to gain followers, I mean the list must be by twitter users of the most included in wordpress twitter lists.

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