Recently, a friend asked me: "Where do I get started for Twitter and government? Do you have any recommendation for top people to follow?
I pointed him to my Twitter list - GovLoop Rockstars - but then I realized that I have 385 people in that list and it's getting a little overwhelming.
So I thought I'd make a list of my Top 25 #gov20 folks I follow on Twitter in no particular order (sorry for folks I may have missed - share in the comments):
1) @digiphile - Alex Howard, O'Reilly Radar's Washington, DC, correspondent. He consistently authors outstanding articles and covers the latest in the government tech scene.
3) @justinherman - Social media lead for GSA's Office of Citizen Services. Justin constantly shares information on government related to Twitter, Facebook and beyond. He is always entertaining (although not as good at Fantasy Football as me).
4) @govnewmedia - Twitter handle for GSA Office of Citizen Services. Shares and engages on key topics for gov't and social media.
6) @sarahebourne - Lead for Mass.gov. Aways shares great info on social media and government.
9) @waldojaquith - Winner of Knight News prize. Open data expert. And, honestly, he's always entertaining and informative on Twitter.
10) @dan_munz - Former NAPA Collaboration Project, GSA and now at CFPB. Super smart on tech and design. And wins award for "Most Hilarious on Twitter."
12) @nickmhalliday - Works for UK National Audit Office. Shares great articles on government from UK and around globe.
13) @gwynnek - Gwynne Kostin, GSA Citizen Services, former DHS. Gwynne's on top of the latest in mobile, innovation and government. Bonus points for her rap knowledge.
14) @dominiccampbell - Founder of FutureGov in UK. One of the top UK #gov20 peeps - lover of unicorns and masks. Always up for a good debate. (Bonus points for marrying the awesome @merici - awesome #gov20 leader)
15) @avaltat - Aurelie is one of EU's top #gov20 folks - great sharer of stuff across the pond.
16) @nickcharney - We won't subtract points for being Canadian. Great blogger and public servant from across the border.
17) @sradick - Former Booz Allen social media and government lead. No longer in #gov20 space officially, but still great engager and writer of awesome content.
18) @dslunceford - Founder of GovTwit. Great sharer of all things #gov20. Don't hate him for his love of Redskins.
19) @adamconner - Facebook's 1st DC rep & main POC for all things Facebook and Gov
20) @gov - Twitter's government focused handle for questions on Twitter & govt
21) @lovisatalk - State Dept, person of awesomeness, great tweets on Twitter & gov
22) @adrielhampton- Master Twitterer, former City of San Francisco attorney. Now NationBuilder guru.
23) @levyj413 - EPA's web lead. Mission, Tools, Metrics, Teach.
24) @AliceLipowicz - Former FCW reporter. Solid journalist in the space.
25) @hillary- Marketing lead for NIC, a great company that creates state government websites. Generally cool #Gov20'er active in SF world.
26) @lukefretwell - Founded GovFresh, writes for Fedscoop, super active in San Fran scene as well.
27) @joseph_marks - NextGov's #gov20 reporter.
28) @codeforamerica - Leading non-profit on #gov20 . Great feed with articles and success stories.
29) @timoreilly - Brought term #gov20 to mainstream. Board of Code for America.
30) @christinaathp - HP Gov't marketing lead, always pushing out great info.
32) @bgreeves - Co-author of that public sector social media handbook with Ines and co-founder of MuniGov 2.0. Now CIO of Wake County, NC.
33) @wdeggers - Lead at Deloitte's GovLab. Coined term #gov20 - great author of government innovation books
34) @AndrewPWilson - Web Manager at SAMHSA. Great tweets on social media, open government, customer service, Challenge.gov and more.
35) @ellnmllr - Co-Founder and ED of Sunlight Foundation. Also founder of Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign. Shining a bright light on the government.
36) @kristyfifelski - Former City of Reno web manager. @govgirl - awesome work in local gov & social media
37) @caseycoleman - GSA CIO and leader in government innovation when it comes to technology.
38) @MaryDavie - Federal acquisition queen (aka Acting Commissioner, GSA Federal Acquisition Service). Mean cyclist. Innovating and improving how government buys stuff.
39) s_horv - Web and Social Media Chief at USGS. Definitely someone who is taking government to the next level when it comes to communications and use of social media.
40) The GovLoop Team!
43) @ukodi - UK Digital Gov group - doing awesome work at gov.uk and elsewhere
45) @BillSchrier- Former CIO of Seattle. Now at Center for Digital Government.
48) @knightfd - Knight Foundation - leading foundation on civic technology
49) @corybooker - No brainer. Mayor of Newark. The Superhero on Twitter. Getting needs from citizens & flying across the city to solve them
50) @amandare- USDA Comm/New Media lead. Cool projects like @choosemyplate. Unapologetic Redskins fan & maybe one day if she's lucky, GovLoop fantasy football champion.
Did I miss someone? It was unintentional as the #Gov20 family has grown so much over the years. Share others below.