I know… That title makes me sound like I have a HUGE ego. Regardless, I have lots of people that I love to follow and the list doesn’t really allow me to tell you why. So I’m actually kind of really excited to tell you a little bit about why I follow who I follow.
Todd Davidson & Amir Eylon: These two are interesting to me. Todd is the state tourism director of Oregon and Amir is the state tourism director of Ohio. They’re both newer at actively tweeting. Normally, that would make me pause before I tell you to follow someone, because it just really takes some time before you can figure out how Twitter works for you. However, the brain power here really makes me throw that thinking out the window. And we are talking two extremely nice guys that are really looking to inspire and connect. The amount that you can possibly learn here is endless.
Tom Martin: Tom Martin has class. I don’t know why, but he reminds me of the 50s where it was totally acceptable to have a three martini lunch. I think that’s cool. Tom’s knowledge of marketing is ridiculous. We’re lucky enough that he is always willing to share and he is constantly coming up with innovative ways to help us. I told him once that of all the people on Twitter, I’d be okay if he had an ego, because he has the goods to back it up. But there is no ego here. Just one of the few great guys out there that can teach everyone from the newbie to the seasoned veteran.
Amy Brock: Amy is my go-to example of why personal brands work. Traveling to Savannah would be perfect for me, but I never knew that until I started talking to Amy. And did she hook me by constantly promoting Savannah? No. She hooked me by constantly talking about Bravo shows and bacon. Yes, I know that’s weird, but it’s true. We made a connection on the weird and I ended up finding out that Savannah is really cool too. She’s really genius at social media and I am a huge fan of Visit Savannah’s efforts. I always see her as being ahead of the curve and the first one to try something new. Seriously exciting to watch. And my God, no one could be sweeter than Amy. I dare you to find someone that doesn’t love her. There is no such person.
Patricia Winter: I fell in love with Trish before I even knew who she was. She runs the Madden Media account. That account participated in #tourismchat and was actively reaching out to our community in a really fun way. When I got to know the person behind it, I saw why. Trish has a passion for the tourism industry that has resulted in a thirst for learning that you can really feel. Add to it the fact that she’s not afraid to get downright silly with us and I kind of want to hug her. Don’t worry Trish. I’ll leave the shiv at home… this time.
Chrissy Blackwell: Chrissy is on my list of people that need to bang their own drum louder. She’s smart. She is making sure a county that most people don’t know how to pronounce the name of is making waves nationally. I kind of love it. When she jumps in with questions, they are always smart. When she answers questions, she’s always spot on. And she is a downright geek. When she talks programming and Mt. Dew, it is perfection.
Mo Sherifdeen: If there was an award for the nicest guy on Twitter, I don’t think anyone would argue against Mo winning it hands down. And when I met him in person, I was overjoyed that he lived up to that reputation. With Oregon trying such cool things in social, it’s fantastic to see that the guy behind much of it is so down-to-earth and humble. Mo would easily make my top five smartest people in social and tourism right now, because he brings it and he is willing to step back and learn at the same time. The wealth of knowledge here is enormous and I consider myself beyond lucky to have gotten to know him.
Troy Thompson: I mostly talk to Troy to up my Klout score. Oh alright, that’s not exactly true. If someone were to ask me what is the top tourism blog out there, I would hands down say Troy’s. I don’t always agree with him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect the hell out of that blog. You will regularly be able to chat with the top minds in his comment section and that is just kind of awesome. He does a lot for the tourism community and has some great chops of his own. Definitely someone you want to follow.
I’m going to leave it here for today, but I will be back tomorrow. In the meantime, who are some of your favorite follows?