Social media heavyweights (Part 1)

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Whether you’re new to social media or simply looking for more inspiring blogs to read, videos to watch on YouTube or people to follow on Twitter and Facebook, here is one of a few of lists I am going to publish about the essential social media people and resources to follow. They have been selected from a Twitter list I have compiled (simply click on the link, log in and follow away).

The social media heavyweights set out in this list have educated, entertained and inspired me and I hope they will do the same for you. I have not gone into lots of detail about each of them (you can discover that for yourselves!) but I have briefly outlined why I believe they’re amazing!

Seth Godin
Blog: http://sethgodin.typepad.com
Twitter: @thisissethsblog

Seth Godin isn’t strictly a social media guy, he’s a marketing guy who over the last few years has also become a brilliant thinker and writer on leadership. Although he doesn’t tweet himself (it’s an automated account that tweets links to his blog posts), Seth’s blog – which he updates every day without fail! – is one of the best around. It’s truly inspirational and a fascinating read.

Chris Brogan
Blog: http://www.chrisbrogan.com
Twitter:@chrisbrogan
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChrisBroganMedia
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/chrisbrogan

Just like Seth Godin, Chris Brogan often updates his blog daily. However, unlike Seth, Chris’s posts are much more marketing related and many of his blog posts are more helpful in a practical sense. For example, Chris often posts handy hints, research findings, advice and opinion, as well as posts on his business and marketing philosophies. He really knows his stuff and if you’re interested in social media and marketing he is an absolute must to follow!

Mitch Joel
Blog: http://www.twistimage.com/blog
Twitter: @mitchjoel
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MitchJoel

I first heard of Mitch Joel when I saw his book ‘Six Pixels of Separation’ (which is also the name of his blog and podcast) listed as a top social media book on Mashable (see more information on Mashable at the end of this list).

In my opinion, Mitch’s podcast is one of the best digital and marketing podcasts out there, in which he regularly interviews smart and interesting people throughout the advertising, media and marketing worlds. Mitch updates his blog nearly every day with thought-provoking and philosophical posts, and he alone has taught me so much over the last year or so.

Brian Solis
Blog: http://www.briansolis.com
Twitter: @briansolis
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thebriansolis
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/briansolistv

I’m currently reading Brian Solis’s book ‘Engage’ and it’s fantastic! It’s stylishly written with a wealth of insightful information. Brian’s blog is also brilliant and offers a wonderful analytical look at social media and digital marketing strategy. You must check out Brian’s YouTube channel where you can watch ‘Revolution’ – a series in which he interviews social media champions from around the world.

Mashable
Website: http://www.mashable.com
Twitter: @mashable, @mashsocialmedia, @mashbusiness … and more and more! (Just search ‘Mashable’ in Twitter to see all their accounts)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mashable
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/mashable

Mashable is a social media goldmine! It’s filled with a mountain of information and the most up-to-date analysis and features on social media, technology and online marketing. And  as you can see from above, there is a whole raft of Twitter streams to follow as well as comprehensive coverage on Facebook and YouTube, too.

Watch out for Part 2 of my ‘Social media heavyweights’ series!


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6 Responses to “Social media heavyweights (Part 1)”

  1. Mitch Joel - Twist Image Says:

    Thanks, Gavin – very kind of you to include me on the list… I’m humbled… really.

    • Gavin Llewellyn Says:

      Hi MItch,

      You’re very welcome! You very much deserve to be on the list along with all the other ‘heavyweights’. The work you produce is truly inspirational and long may it continue!

  2. charlotteelizabethclark Says:

    All useful people to follow!

    I’d also add Mark Schaefer of {Grow} http://www.businessesgrow.com/blog/ though he’s not been in the blogging game that long, I think his dedication to his blog makes him one of the great, and he’s chatty too (like Mitch).

    • Gavin Llewellyn Says:

      Hi Charlotte, thanks for dropping by!

      I agree with you about Mark Schaefer and his {Grow} blog. Mark has some great ideas and he sometimes has the odd interchange with Mitch Joel on the SPOS podcast (they have differing opinions on a few subject areas but these always debate them in a cordial manner!).

      Although I haven’t featured Mark Schaefer on this particular blog post, he does feature in my ‘Social media heavyweights’ Twitter list!

  3. charlotteelizabethclark Says:

    Good call! 🙂

  4. Social media heavyweights (Part 2) « Gavin's Blog Says:

    […] is the second part of my ‘Social Media Heavywieghts’ series (you can read Part 1 here), where I will list another 5 masterful people and resources from the world of social media who (in […]

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