I've been culling the people I follow on Twitter. 500+ was just too much to wade through. My twitter stream was like a conveyor belt. I managed to slim it down to about 300, but while I was manually checking each person's profile to determine whether or not I would unfollow them, I realized that many of the front-enders I follow don't have as many followers as I do even though we are obviously on equal footing as far as skills and tweet quality. Dan Denney prompted me to make a list of the front-enders I recommend you follow, and I'm happy to oblige, since I'm mucking around in Twitter all day.
Currently under 1k followers! Get in now so you can say, "I was following them before they got popular."
- averydistracted gets massive cool points for owning crow calls.
- lesjames is the only person in the area with whom I can talk about hardcore CSS and runs the local front end developer meetup
- thepandalion and I cheer each other on. She's in the UK and loves tea, too!
- deisinger takes his adorable parrot to work.
- unthunk organizes the local JS meetup
- scott_gonzalez works on jQuery and explained event bubbling to me
- LordRembo is a Belgian who also makes comics about beards and enjoys a good cuppa.
- hoorayimhelping gave a great presentation on writing jQuery that doesn't suck. The Triangle mourns his leaving to work for Etsy in NYC.
- MrHoatzin makes the interactive story "Hobo Lobo of Hamelin" with some mad presentational skills
- LeftyDesigner a local frontie who seems to know everyone I wish I knew!
- adrianpomilio always surprises me with how much he knows about the inner workings of CSS
- bfarrellforever is a Flash dev who has seen the light of JS
- danlucas organizes Refresh the Triangle with me and bfarrellforever
- humantorch wrote a 24 Ways post Your jQuery: Now with 67% Less Suck
- theCole writes code for Mozilla
- alex_young is editor in chief at DailyJS
- gmurphey is Rebecca Murphey's brother and a JS developer in his own right
Have at least 1k in followers. You may or may not be following these guys already.
- rmurphey, the first front end developer I met, she inspired me to pursue a more specialized career path.
- garannm also has blog that is totes profesh and recommended
- dandenney dude organizes Frontend Conf
- ajpiano is on both the jQuery and jQuery UI teams, cohosts yayquery, and works for Bocoup. "Woah" is right.
- cheeaun works on the hacker news mobile web app
- chriseppstein created Compass, which is strap-on awesome for Sass. If you haven't checked these out, you're not living.
- bradcolbow makes comics and is my official rival
- cssquirrel also makes a comic, but is not my official rival
- rworth is big times jQuery
- phiggins is big times Dojo
- anna_debenham is a UK advocate of teaching development in schools
- jonikorpi is a grid nerd and inventor of the Golden Grid and Frameless systems
- todd is an accessibility advocate
- rachelnabors (that's me! I draw comics about github and things.)
Big names you probably already follow
At least 10k in followers and constantly retweeted by the above.
- beep started that whole "responsive web design" thing.
- rem wrote the book on HTML5 (which happens to be my favorite book on HTML5)
- nathansmith made that 960 grid
- paul_irish works on/for Chrome
- chriscoyier of CSS Tricks and Digging into WordPress (my fave WordPress book)
- mdo created Bootstrap, yes, that Bootstrap
- stubbornella co-created CSSLint
And that's not counting all the UI, UX and IA people I follow! I might make a list of them in the future.
Did I leave anyone out? Comment your recommendations!