Top Entrepreneurs on Twitter

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Internet Marketing, Social Networking [ 0 Comments ]

In the past year, Twitter has become one of the top online social sharing sites allowing people and companies to broadcast quick, daily snippets. Regular people as well as major celebrities and politicians use Twitter to keep their fans and followers updated on their everyday lives. The world’s top business executives are also using Twitter to keep members of the business community informed as to the state of their respective companies. And, if you follow them, you’ll be the first to know about business deals and events. Here are just some of the biggest names in business that are on Twitter.

1. Richard Branson

Richard Branson, 58, is a knighted, English industrialist estimated to be the 236th richest person in the world according to 2008’s Forbe’s magazine list of billionaires. He’s most famous for his Virgin brand, which now includes more than 360 companies, including Virgin Airways and Virgin Records. His estimated net worth comes out to approximately $2.5 billion USD. His flamboyant and eccentric style and his appearances in shows like The Colbert Report have gained him notoriety in the U.S. On Twitter, you can find out about his upcoming events and learn where to submit your questions to him.

2. Steve Case

Steve Case, 50, is an American business executive, most famous for being the co-founder and CEO of America Online. He gained major notoriety beyond the business world when he headed the merger the $164 billion merger between AOL and Time Warner in 2000, though the merger turned out to be highly problematic. Case resigned from Time Warner board of directors in 2005 and is now focused on working with Revolution LLC, a holding company he founded that same year. On Twitter, Case keeps his followers updated on board meetings and his opinions on the news of the day, from White House politics to the swine flu scare.

3. Kevin Rose

Robert Kevin Rose is a 32-year-old entrepreneur from Redding, California. He’s well known for having co-hosted The Screen Savers, a television show on TechTV, and for his Internet start-ups, the most famous of which is Digg.com, a social news website, where users can post up links to current news stories and comment on them. Stories on the site can be voted up or down. According to Rose, Twitter is a great way for him to quickly make company announcements and share interesting bits of information with people.

4. Tony Hsieh

Harvard graduate Tony Hsieh is the chief executive officer of Zappos.com, an online shoe, clothing, and accessories seller. Before helming Zappos, he sold an internet advertising network, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million. Hsieh uses Twitter to build a strong company culture and keep customers up to date on the latest Zappos offers and developments.

5. Jason Calacanis

Jason McCabe Calacanis, 38, is an American Entrepreneur who got his start as a blogger. His second online venture relied on the growing popularity of blogs and was eventually sold to AOL. Today, Calacanis runs the “user-powered” search engine Mahalo.com. This site lets people search for information in various categories including, sports, cars, news, entertainment, technology, health and travel. Calacanis says Twitter.com is useful, as it allows Mahalo to give its superfans news and information ahead of time to get their reactions and gauge what the general response to a new product or service might be.

6. Michael Arrington

J. Michel Arrington, 39, is the founder of TechCrunch, a blog that covers technology start ups in Silicon Valley and the field of technology throughout the U.S. He is mentioned often in magazines like Wired and Forbes as one most influential people when it comes to internet businesses and technology. He was also selected in 2008 as one of TIME’s most influential people. Arrington uses Twitter to post links to TechCrunch’s latest blogs.

7. Jack Dorsey

Dorsey, 32, is the creator and chief executive officer of Twitter. He is a software architect whom BusinessWeek called one of technology’s brightest entrepreneurs. Dorsey says that Twitter is the best way to get feedback from users on what the company is doing well and what it should do next.

8. Loic LeMeur

Loic LeMeur is a renouned French blogger. He was the vice president at Six Apart, a software company, after it merged with the blogging company Ublog. Le Meur served as advisor on Internet-related topics to Nicolas Sarkozy during the latter’s presidential run. Today, LeMeur is CEO of Seesmic, a provider of online conversation services. He uses Twitter to as a 24/7 source of feedback for business ideas.

9. Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Ian Schwartz is the president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, the company that developed the now universally used JAVA platform. Schwartz uses Twitter to stay in touch with the trends of the technology market, and to communicate with employees and clients.

10. Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar is the Iranian-American entrepreneur who founded the now internationally known auction website eBay. He is the 120th richest person in the world according to the March, 2008 issue of Forbes magazine. Omidyar uses Twitter to give followers updates on his day-to-day activities as well as business-related developments.

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Betsy Scuteri is the Sr. Director of Marketing for Business.com.