20 must-follow Twitter feeds

Web celebrities and gadget gurus keep their followers up to date in 140 characters or less

Who\'s on Twitter?

You know you're a social network geek when your online friends outnumber your flesh and bones buddies -- and you probably keep in touch with them via Twitter , the microblogging site. Launched in October 2006, its members share their ongoing thoughts in 140 characters or less. Here are 20 Twitter feeds you don't want to miss.

Twitter founding fathers: Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey

If you're curious about how best to sum up your thoughts Twitter-style, check out the feeds of some of Twitter's co-founders. Evan Williams Tweets about life: "Walking downtown for a haircut and massage on a cloudy, but balmy, San Francisco" and technology: "My computer just let out a super loud electric pop (!) and died when I pulled out a USB cable. Freaky! (Surprisingly, it turned back on.)" Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is more succinct: "I have $3.50 in my pocket"; "Working"; "Buying an electric toothbrush."

Web celebs: Robert Scoble, Jeff Pulver

Robert Scoble often shares his Web finds with his 34,464 followers: "Google Reader makes me smarter than anything else I have found online. The stuff I find there is remarkable. Keep it up!" Even though Jeff Pulver , founder of Pulvermedia, is no longer fronting the VON trade shows , he's alive and well and Tweeting to his 6,897 followers. One recent Tweet: "Working on my plans to launch a tech incubator on Long Island. With memberships + mentoring."

iPhone mania: iphonenews

This is the Twitter feed of the iPhone News Blog , bringing readers iPhone news, applications, accessories, reviews and rumors. Some 247 Twitter followers get Tweets of headlines (that often go over the 140 Twitter character limit) from the blog, including "Podcaster Shut Down by Apple Again: It seems that Apple has prohibited all distribution of an applicat.. http://tinyurl.com/54m8r7".

Android mania: Android Market News, Android News

You'll never be short of Google Android news if you follow the Tweets of Android Market News and Android News . The latter delivers headlines (often over the 140-character limit) of Android stories from online news publications. Sept. 23 was a busy day for Android News, which had posted some 180 Android-launch stories in just half a day. Similarly, Android Market News provides links to Android news from online sources including Reuters.

Market pundits: Doc Searls, Michael Gartenberg

Some 3,252 people follow the Tweets of Doc Searls , Linux Journal editor. He's currently raving that his Linux Journal comment piece on Gears, Android and Chrome on Linux has received 2,158 diggs. Michael Gartenberg , former analyst at Jupiter Research, is now a technology strategist specializing in personal technology. Gartenberg provided his 1,222 followers with rolling commentary of Google's Sept. 23 Android launch event.

All over Chrome: Chromeinfo, GoogleChromeBrowser, Googlechrome and GetGoogleChrome

Chromeinfo provides tips, plug-ins and tutorials about Google Chrome, while ChromeBrowser is the Twitter feed of the Google Chrome Browser blog . Googlechrome is not just a feed of Google news but also provides tips. It also appears to be updated by a live person. Meanwhile GetGoogleChrome is inviting its followers to a Halloween party by changing the look of their Web sites to resemble other popular Web sites. Sounds a bit phishy.

A bite of the Apple: Apple Tweets

Apple Tweets describes itself as providing Apple news, rumors and insights pulled from a variety of Web sites. Recent tweets have covered Apple iPhone 3G sales and new Apple store openings.

Open source: Open Source, manfromochie

Open Source News describes itself as offering news about Linux apps and other new releases. So far, it has linked readers to a host of Kernel Linux releases, plus updates to Xen, Wine, and KDE. For more Linux tips try the Twitter feed of manfromochie , described as an open source evangelist. Though manfromochie's updates are irregular, there are some helpful tips gleaned from manfromochie's work with customers.

Security: Alex Hutton, Security Twits

Alex Hutton is a risk geek in Columbus, Ohio, who points readers to risk-relevant articles from around the Web, including posts on his Risk Management Insight blog . Securitytwits is the Twitter feed for Security Twits, a group of security professionals on Twitter. The feed 'retweets' (reposts) Tweets from presumably Security Twits.

Election posers: BarrackObama, FakeSarahPalin

The official Twitter feed of Barrack Obama ? Think not. The feed gives "Obama" a chance to respond to critics in 140-character barbs. "Obama" also seeks advice: "OK, Bill said he is ready to assist my campaign - when I call him. Friends, do I really want to make that call?" Meanwhile, a number of Sarah Palin feeds have already popped up on Twitter, including FakeSarahPalin , in which "Palin" reveals why she's McCain's running mate: "FOR THE LAST TIME PPL Republicans have a DIVERSE ticket. JOHN IS WHITE AND I AM TAN!! :)"

Network World Tweets

Yes, your friends at Network World are on Twitter. Catch the tweets of our top stories , Alpha Doggs IT research news, and our Subnet communities focused on Cisco , Google and Microsoft . Also check out the Twitter feeds of Network World's multimedia editor Jason Meserve , Cisco Subnet blogger Michael Morris , senior editor Denise Dubie , Cool Tools columnist Keith Shaw , Microsoft Subnet blogger Mitchell Ashley , security blogger Richard Stiennon , and special issues editor Beth Schultz .

We want to hear from YOU!

Do you Tweet? Tell us about it.

Copyright © 2008 IDG Communications, Inc.