With pop stars Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga dominating the global rankings for Twitter followers, it can be difficult to find worthwhile social media users. Here are five meaningful social media users for you to follow.
5. Chris Anderson, TED curator
Chris Anderson began his career as a journalist working on local newspapers and later producing a world news service in the Seychelles. In 2001 he acquired TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) and shifted it’s mission to ‘ideas worth spreading’. With almost 1.5 million followers, he regularly posts links to engaging TED talks on a wide variety of topics.
4. Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerMedia
Gary Vaynerchuk is the co-founder and CEO of social media branding agency VaynerMedia and co-owner and director of operations of a wine retail store. With almost a million followers on Twitter, Gary is also the author of best-seller self help book ‘Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion’. The book encourages readers to pursue what makes them happy and monetize it on the internet. He also ran a daily wine video podcast show up until 2011 which featured wine reviews and focussed on wine appreciation.
3. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg has almost 17 million followers on his Facebook profile, and over 250,000 Twitter followers despite only tweeting 19 times, most recently in January 2012. One of five co founders of Facebook, Zuckerberg claims to only eat meat if he’s killed the animal yet his Facebook page ‘likes’ include the McDonalds fast food restaurant. Interestingly, Mark suffers from red-green colour blindness and is able to see the colour blue the strongest. Hence the predominantly blue colour scheme on Facebook.
2. Salman Khan, Khan Academy
Salman Khan is a former hedge fund analyst who started Khan Academy, an online educational video platform focusing on maths and science. In 2012, Time magazine named Salman Khan in it’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He started the video website after uploading a video to YouTube in an attempt to remotely tutor his cousin, who was struggling with unit conversion. The video attracted alot of positive attention and comments, leading Salman to create more and more videos and eventually create Khan Academy.
1. George Takei, Star Trek actor turned internet sensation
George Takei is a 75 year old former Star Trek actor turned internet sensation. He started his Facebook page back in 2011, posting funny photos and memes which appealed to fans of Star Trek and the wider geek culture. He achieves massive engagement on his posts, the video below of George doing a ‘happy dance’ received over 30,000 likes.
George is an active proponent of gay rights and is active in state and local politics. He has won several awards and accolades for his work on human rights and Japanese-American relations.