Who in the software engineering and software development fields uses Twitter to tweet about relevant happenings in the field?
I'll probably get flamed for this but...
140 characters is hardly the format to get any real pearls of programming wisdom. Most (but not all) programming concepts/thoughts/ideas require more space to be articulated. I would follow the blogs of the list of programmers that everyone is suggesting.
I maintain a list of over 2300 StackOverflow (SO) twitter accounts sorted by reputation.
I mined the latest SO data dump for all users with twitter accounts, then calculated each user's top tags based on most votes, and finally sorted the lists by user reputation.
Here is a screenshot of what the SO list looks like:
I also mined the available Stack Exchange data dumps. The list of members for this site will also appear on the next data dump.
Here is a subset that is applicable to programmers:
John Carmack! @ID_AA_Carmack
For a quickstart, have a look to this list:
- Kent Beck
- Martin Fowler
- Chad Fowler
- Erich Gamma ..
I would then search by name, starting from the book authors you are reading.
For example: i'm currently reading Professional Android Application development by Reto Meier; Googling his name + twitter i get his twitter account.
If you're a .Net/Mono developer: Miguel de Icaza
UncleBob (Robert C. Martin)
I have a little list of Programming Elite ... take the name lightly, there maybe a few on the list whom I only thought were elite, and it's by no means got everybody.
Also, the best way to find smart people to follow is to look at programmers whom you highly respect, and look at who they are following.
And if you don't mind listening to a bit of babbling, you can always follow me. ;-)
For Android, here are some fun ones:
Hackers, developers and tinkerers
Cyanogen - @cyanogen
XDA Developers - @xdadevelopers
simms22 - @simms22
Koush - code writer - @koush
Kmobs - @kmobs
Chris Soyars - @chrissoyars
Bignup412 - @bignup412
Franco Solari - @francoissmexy
Sumyunguy - @sumyunguy
CyanogenMod Source - @cmsrc
Ander Webbs - @anderwebs
CyanogenMod - @cyanogenmod
Prashant Somashekar, Droid Basement - @pershoot
San Mehat, Android Kernal Systems Dev - @sanmehat
Bart, Android freak - @amon_ra
Tord Fauksganger - @tordf
Greg Carron, developer - @pixeladdikt
Kyle Weller - @androidunleashd
Wes Garner - @wesgarner
Source on Engadget: Who should I follow on Twitter? Android edition
Scott Guthrie - @scottgu
As a software engineer, you first need to group whom you'd like to follow 1. Technology specific (i.e if your a java programmer/ .NET programmer/ Ruby etc etc 2. Open Source (if you're interested) 3. Tech magazines for latest in the industry 4. CodingHorror, ScottGu (because I like them!) 5. Authors/Press for latest on books 6. Enterprise level communities 7. Other interests (add humor coz it always helps to have a laugh!)
Once you group them, you can use any of the above lists (they are exhaustive) and look at who they are following. Chances are, you'll find a few interesting ones there. This way, you'll slowly build up a nice set yourself. Try to keep the number around 100+.
Here's a nice article on How To Twitter - First Steps and a Twitter Glossary
But trust me, its an ocean of information out there. I spend at least an hour a day going through all the tweets.