another quick post to thank some people who have made twitter an interesting journey for me in 2009.
i joined twitter to build a personal brand which i thought might help my consulting work. it helps to be known in the industry. i’m not sure how far ive succeeded in that mission, but i have “met” some people here who not only helped me understand the medium better but also interestingly, myself. people who have made me think, change my outlook towards certain things, discover new realities and make peace with certain facts. so here’s to you all.. hope you have a meaningful 2010.
@startonomics who knew me from my initial days on twitter. leo continues to be extremely special.
people i truly consider to be friends here – @thecomicproject and @manuscrypts. manu is perhaps the only one here who pushes me to think. tcp perhaps knows me the best here.
my best conversations on PR have been with @beastoftraal and with @codelust on media in general.
communications and marketing pros who engaged with me @Anita_Lobo @jessie_paul @Frank_Strong (hmm just noticed they all have underscored their id!)
rockstars who were more accessible than i imagined them to be initially @twilightfairy @rajeshlalwani.
@prolificd whose nicest follow friday showed me a side of myself i had not paid attention to.
at times when i seek sanity on twitter, i look at @argus48 and feel all is well with this part of the virtual world.
one person who makes me feel guilty each time i see his tweets because i could not live up to the trust he placed in me when he included my first post in his newsletter – @chrisbrogan
the first conversation on twitter was with GM’s @cbarger he helped me understand social media slightly better
someone i am extremely fond of and have very high hopes for @venkatananth
the one and only @softykid who continues to charm me with his child-like innocence.
@SachinKalbag who (unknowingly) helped me take one of the most important decisions of my life. he also made me change my opinion about journalists in general. as did @nixxin @SmitaPrakash @rohind @ananthkrishnan and @KanchanGupta
i am thrilled that @abhi2point0 continues to light up my timeline with his dazzling smile. i am also happy that i have finally started talking to and learning from him.
the superstars @aravindadiga and @jhunjhunwala who were always nice to me. @jhunjhunwala is the only ‘star’ here who does not act like one at any level.
@Netra and @ashumittal, two people i have personally met. there’s no one more talented than ashu and nicer than netra.
the PR trio that gives me much hope for the industry @mad_nad, @timepass, @Elizabeth_Chen
one group that never failed to cheer me up even in my darkest moods – @amitvarma, @krishashok, @bigfatphoenix, @prempanicker, @rameshsrivats – i am truly in awe of each.
two classy ‘internet marketers’ ive observed and learnt from @ashokbanker @flyyoufools
@nithinkd the only one i speak to on and off about absolutely random stuff.
i have learnt the most on the communications industry through links from @rjauhari @bhatnaturally @vijaysankaran @parthajha and @vedantvarma
my twitter guru – @sreenet he has patiently answered some of my weirdest questions.
@2xyada – perhaps the least known of all has helped me with his reality checks.
finally, if i could just follow one person on twitter, it would be @b50. he is responsible for slowly shattering almost all my ideas on what not to do on twitter. somehow when he does them, it always makes sense.
i have shared some magic with almost every single individual (barring @GuyKawasaki!) i follow on twitter. and those who engage with me. it’s my inability to keep track and keep up that stops me from following more. but i have come to realise there is so much goodness here. and it is wonderful to know you all.
wishing you a great year ahead. cheers!