Are you an entrepreneur? Follow these Twitter handles for timely, relevant news and tips. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @RingCentral is our main account, while @RingCentralCare is for support.
TechCrunch, launched several years ago as a blog, has grown into a go-to destination for start-up news. TechCrunch covers both funding and product announcements – and its annual Disrupt conference is one of the hottest tickets in the start-up scene. Twitter was instrumental in helping TechCrunch achieve mainstream recognition, and the site still takes tweeting seriously. Worth a follow for those interested in the start-up space.
Palo Alto Software: @timberry
Tim Berry has more than 12,000 followers, so he’s clearly delivering value to the Twitterverse. Tim, who follows a philosophy of avoiding personal updates in favor of useful data (as well as tips for business owners), is both a software thought leader and the de facto mouthpiece for the company he founded: Palo Alto Software.
In 2004, it seemed all but impossible that someone could make $1 million a year from blogging. But that’s exactly what Robert Scoble did, using Twitter to take his blog from something static to a push-platform for tech news and views. Today, Robert serves as a start-up liaison officer with hosting firm Rackspace – but he still has plenty of opinions of his own, too.
Small Biz Technology has successfully defined a niche for itself by focusing on technology as it applies to small business owners. SBT has leveraged its website content to create a Twitter feed that is full of interesting facts and insights. It’s a great example of a company extending its expertise onto Twitter to create a base of active, engaged subscribers.
Who says you can’t build a business on Twitter that’s about, um, Twitter? Pete Cashmore has turned his thoughts and practical training guides on the social web into a media juggernaut. Today, Mashable writes about technology, society and “life hacks,” as well as social media. It’s perhaps the most wide-ranging (and entertaining) follow on this list.
Batchbook was created by a group of IT guys and girls with experience in programming, web usability and project management. The company uses Twitter to communicate with its customers – but even if you don’t use Batchbook’s customer relationship management solution, there’s a wealth of useful customer-service and marketing tips available on its feed.
John Deighton: @hbsmktg
John Deighton, a member of Harvard Business School‘s marketing faculty, can be counted on for a bevy of fascinating tweets related to marketing and market research. John’s Twitter account is a great resource for anyone interested in reaching and communicating with customers more effectively.
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