Journalists have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. On one hand it's a high-noise medium where the most important points can be drowned out. On the other, it's a great way to gauge the goings-on in the world and catch a rare glimpse into the minds of newsmakers and influential people.
Additionally, it's a great way to spread news, particularly about the enterprise and consumer electronics fields.
If you want a good shot of the day-to-day happenings in the tech sector, a great place to start would be the V3 team's Twitter list. Additionally, the following 10 Twitter feeds provide solid insights into the market on a daily basis.
Kara Swisher @karaswisher
Something of a legend in Silicon Valley, Kara Swisher of AllThingsD has more connections than a phone company. If something major breaks in the technology world, she is usually among the first to know.
Swisher's Twitter feed reflects this, providing up-to-date analysis of the market and insightful commentary on a regular basis. Following Kara is a good way to stay plugged in.
It takes a ton of talent and commitment to report news at Swisher's level for as long as she has, and you should definitely pay attention to her tweets.
Jack Schofield @jackschofield
One of the most enduring figures in the field, Jack Schofield spent more than a quarter of a century covering the IT business for The Guardian.
The man has seen it all, from the rise of the PC to the introduction of the internet to social networking and mobilisation. The man with the pipe has seen every significant trend in the market, and knows a big idea when he sees it.
Schofield's Twitter feed is a nice reflection of those qualities. If he finds something worth tweeting, there's a good chance you will find it worth reading.
Paul Thurrott @paulthurrott
Few people are as associated with one product as Paul Thurrott. The brain behind the SuperSite for Windows, Thurrott is the man to turn to for all things Microsoft. In addition to the site, he also co-hosts a regular podcast on Windows with Leo LaPorte.
But it's not just about Windows. Thurrott has a steady grasp of other platforms, and his Twitter feed is a valuable source of information on mobility and the industry at large.
Om Malik @om
Om Malik made a name for himself covering the turbulent years that followed the collapse of the dot-com era.
As the wasteland of the market crash gave way to the rise of the social networking and web app industries, Malik's GigaOm blog was there to chronicle the shift. In the process, GigaOm also helped to forge the notion that a blog can be every bit as adept at covering news as a paper or magazine.
These days, Malik can offer insight as a businessman (he's entered the venture capital space) and as a long-time veteran of the technology sector.
Robert Scoble @Scobleizer
If nothing else, Robert Scoble is passionate about technology. With a steady stream of tweets each day, following Scoble will keep your feed moving if nothing else.
This enthusiasm for all things tech has opened Scoble to a bit of ridicule. His enthusiasm for various companies has at times made him the butt of jokes and the subject of satire, but I'm not sure he cares much.
Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Scoble has affected the way we look at blogs and social media. He helped to bring transparency to the corporate blog space, and remains a steadfast supporter of new media platforms.
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