12 Most Desirable People to Follow on Google+

12 Most Desirable People to Follow on Google+

If you are like me, getting started on Google + has been a little slow. I have people adding me to their circles all the time but don’t know who I should add to my circles. I have found that hand picking your Google + stream can create a wonderful flow of content, creativity and inspiration. Unlike my “all following” stream on Twitter which flows quite quickly (yes I have made lots of smaller lists to track different groups), this is a curated list of celebrities and real people, following a wide variety of topics and interests that I hope will bring something new to your Google + experience.

Here are some recommendations for interesting, engaging folks on Google +:

1. Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the author of Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki is the author of nine other books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.”

Listed on the Google + Web Celebrities List – Guy LOVES Google + and is engaging with people there all day long with a wide variety of topics and posts. I find him thoroughly Enchanting and you will too!

2. Natalie Villalobos

Natalie Villalobos “Community Manager for the Google+ project (+mention me to posts!)”

Who better to circle than the Community Manager? Always a good person to get to know, right? Natalie has a great list of Google+ people to follow on her about page as well.

3. Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton “Tagline: Don’t be a dick!

“I’m Wil Wheaton. I’m an author (that’s why I’m wilwheatonbooks), an actor, and a lifelong geek.  I wrote Just A Geek, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, and Memories of the Future. I played Wesley on Star Trek, Gordie in Stand By Me, and Fawkes in The Guild. I occasionally play Dr. Parrish on Eureka, Evil Wil Wheaton on Big Bang Theory, and Cha0s on Leverage.”

I less than three him on Twitter and Google +.

4. Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond “The Pioneer Woman – Desperate ranch wife. Mother of four. Lover of butter. Amen”

Adore her blog and she has a new show starting on The Food Network. She was lucky enough to have Bobby Flay come to her house for a Throwdown last year and did a live Twitterstreaming for the show when it aired. She gets Social Media and is hysterical.

5. Mitch Neff

Mitch Neff “Father of three wicked cool kids | SoMe Architect at BallywhoMedia | Instigator | StartUpBus Miami Alumni”

Engaging and intelligent, this Social Strategist is kicking butt and taking names. Just started working on WebTrendsTv – fabulous!

6. Mari Smith

Mari Smith “Greetings!! I’m a Social Media Keynote Speaker and Trainer. I call myself “a bubbly Scottish-Canadian loving living in San Diego.” (My accent is “Scandifornian!” Lol!)

FastCompany.com refer to me as a “veritable engine of personal branding and a relationship marketing whiz” and dubbed me “thePied Piper of Facebook.” Dun & Bradstreet Credibility named me one of the top ten Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter. ClickZ.com named me as one of the Top 25 Social Media Allstars. I have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Success Magazine and on American Express OPEN Forum.”

Mari (pronounced like Ferrari) is a joy and I love her blue theme.

7. Chris Pirillo

Chris Pirillo Tagline: Geek for Hire

What can I say, I love a self proclaimed geek. Smart and funny, Chris is currently one of the most followed people on Google +.

8. JD Andrews

JD Andrews “Travel is my passion; creating inspiring and evocative videos and photographs is my profession. Social Media is the way I connect with the world and share both of these things. I have a passport that’s ready to get inked up and a camera itching to capture the worlds beauty, let’s GO!”

Travel the world vicariously though JD and his amazing photography. I love following him on Twitter but Google + really makes his photos spectacular. And he is really nice as well. (always a bonus in my book)

9. Angel Oakley

Angel Oakley “CEO Unicatis. Mktg Strategist/Trainer/Speaker/Photographer/Social Media Junkie likes HealthWellness/Greening/Politics”

Chicago beauty inside and out. Smart, savvy and super fun.

10. Mack Collier

Mack Collier “Online extrovert, offline introvert. It’s complicated…”

The Daddy of #BlogChat where the seed for my first blog post was planted. Very well respected and well deserved. Smart, fun and funny!

11.  Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and chief executive officer of Arment Dietrich, Inc., a firm that uses non-traditional marketing in a digital world. The author of Spin Sucks, Gini has delivered numerous keynotes, panel discussions, coaching sessions, and workshops across North America on the subject of using online technology in communication, marketing, sales, and HR. One of the top rated communication professionals on the social networks, Gini was recently named the number one PR person, according to Klout and TechCrunch, on the channels, and number one on Twitter, according to TweetLevel.”

I am on watch and learn mode with this Social Media chica. Her blog is amazing and people flock to it daily to read and comment. Can’t wait to meet her in person someday!

12. Sam Fiorella

Sam Fiorella “Chief Strategy Sensei | Sensei Marketing | Toronto – NYC”

Very smart, one of the absolute best Twitter chat hosts out there! Generous, helpful and a really great person to boot.

Who are you enjoying the most on Google+? Who is adding value to your stream? Please share with me so I can circle them too!

Featured image is the Google+ profile pic of Lynda Giddens
Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick

http://pegfitzpatrick.com

Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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48 comments
PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

Good Morning!! @AnnTran_ Hope you are having a beautiful weekend and lots of everything you love. <3

AngelOakley
AngelOakley

Thanks babe! I so enjoyed hanging out with you in Chicago! You rock ;)

Dawn_Abraham
Dawn_Abraham

Great list Peggy. Now what about the list of the top 12 people who are the best kept secret? Now that would be fun. Finding people that offer a lot but fly under the radar. For instance... They are right on the tip of my tongue. I will get back to you. :-)

Twylah
Twylah

Guess you hadn't heard I'm a power house on G+ ?? Just kidding... Wonderful list, and I like your new avi. :)))

DixieLil
DixieLil

@PegFitzpatrick Thanks for the list: Will be expanding my circles...still fine tuning my Google + experience.

demaionewton
demaionewton

Hey, you should add me to the list: Dan DeMaioNewton, Director @ Monster Worldwide and workforce revolutionary helping people get better jobs faster, and trying to make the world a better place.

Biebert
Biebert

These are all great ones. Looks like we've got some more good ones below in the comment section. :-)

PaulBiedermann
PaulBiedermann moderator

Thanks for helping me locate some more winners on G+! Nice mix of people too — some lesser known along with the usual suspects.

janetcallaway
janetcallaway

Thx so much, Peggy. Off to add to my circles! Aloha. Janet

danversusdan
danversusdan

Great share, thanks Peggy!

Hey, who's the lady blowing the sweet +es....which one is she on the list?

tejasrichard
tejasrichard

I hafta say that, while I follow most of the people on this list, I have actually moved nearly all of them out of the stream I read frequently. I am finding G+ to be, for me, much more about meeting new people and sharing ideas (SHARING, as in a two-way street, where the OP interacts with the commentors), more than about following the gurus, and personalities. Not that their is ANYTHING wrong with that, and i still comment of Mike Elgan's posts, occasionally, and the same with Teh Wheaton and Ms. Villalobos...I just find those types of interactions to be more informative than engaging and interactive.

PS

I love the pic of Ms. Lynda Giddens, though I wish she had been credited :)

Miridunn
Miridunn

I guess it depends on one's definition of desirable. Not everyone likes big bloggers and celebrity accounts. I prefer real people. Like the woman in the avatar you used, for instance.

Lynda Giddens
Lynda Giddens

Great article!

Thanks for using my G+ picture, I suppose, but I wish you would've credited me! :)

mike_trow
mike_trow

Nice Peggy! I think many are taking slowly to G+ (Well not Guy Kawasaki, Robert Scoble and Chris Voss). The impression I get is people thinking about the content to post. For me, I´m finding value in seeing a "different, more personable side" to what I see on Twitter and LinkedIn. For that reason I couldn´t tell you my top 12 even if I had one. :)

samfiorella
samfiorella

Peggy, is it the Fabio-like way may hair blows in the wind or the $50/week I send you that encouraged you to add me to this list? Which ever it was, I appreciate the shout-out. I'll strive to live up to your mention.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

HAHAHA! Thank you! Google+ is still a mystery to me. I'm not addicted to it like Twitter. It's not a stage like Facebook. I don't know where it's going to leave us...yet.

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gracey_castro
gracey_castro

I'm surprised Rebecca Woodhead and Ayoub Khote are not on the list. Both are great contributors and keep me reading on G+ daily.

westfallonline
westfallonline

what a great list and guide for the brave new world of Google + ! Thanks for showing us where all the cool kids eat lunch - another great and informative post!

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danielnewmanUV
danielnewmanUV

Peggy - Awesome list. I think I follow every one of these people.

If not I will double check and see that I am....

I did scan the list 3 times looking for my name ;) LOL....

Thanks for the great advice. G+ is a constant learning experience for all of us.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@Twylah I shall connect with you immediately on G+ - That photo is my Facebook profile. Let's connect there too!

Love you!

Peggy

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@DixieLil Hey Lily!

Me too! I love the folks that others are suggesting too!

Thanks!

Peggy

TimNichols
TimNichols

@coolfahad87 I completely concur. Felicia is informative about cool geeky topics and has introduced me to new streams of information. She is as prolific as Wheaton (her love interest in season 4 of The Guild). That, and her neurotic/vulnerable yet feisty portrayal of Codex and her role as the love interest in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog have made her a huge geek celebrity.

Peg Fitzpatrick
Peg Fitzpatrick

@Miridunn Many of the people on the list were real people. I mixed it up. Who do you like on Google +?

Peg Fitzpatrick
Peg Fitzpatrick

@Lynda Giddens I am so sorry Lynda!! I adore this photo of you.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@ginidietrich Hi Gini

I am still trying to figure our Google + too - I am much more Twitter fantastic!

It will be interesting to see where the chips fall.


PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@gracey_castro Hello Gracey

I will have to go circle those two folks - never heard of them. Excited to see what they have to say.

Cheers

Peggy

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@danielnewmanUV Oops sorry can I add another one on the list for you? I of course would unofficially add all the 12 Most peeps, infinitely interesting and full of amazing content.

Peggy

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