Twitter is a great tool for entrepreneurs to promote their products and services. It’s also a great service to learn from the best businessmen/businesswomen in the whole world. They can give you tips and pieces of advice that can change the way you perceive your own business and career.
To make this social networking tool work for you and your business is to follow the right people who can make you smarter and help you with your business. In this post, you’ll find a list of entrepreneurs with Twitter accounts that you must follow. This list may help you discover at least one new entrepreneur to follow and be included in your own list.
1. Richard Branson @richardbrandson
Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin, a well-known international investment group. In his Twitter bio, he wrote that he’s an adventurer and a thrill seeker. His company employs 50,000 people in 34 countries. Its revenues in 2011 were estimated to be $21 billion dollars. By following him, you’ll learn about some business tips that you can apply on your own business. He also tweets about nature, travel and conservation, as well as social good campaigns. And of course, every now and then, he’ll mention his company – Virgin.
The best pieces of business advice he tweeted:
Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses http://t.co/xBtIXnwj7g
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 10, 2013
He has a great number of followers: 3,316,555 (and counting). But he only follows more than 3,000 people.
Why you should follow him? Richard has years of business experience. Thus, he knows the right things to do in order to succeed and he’s sharing that knowledge to his followers. He doesn’t only advertise his website/company but he also consolidates replies/response from his followers. In this way, they can keep track of the most important conversations within the Twitter world.
2. Marissa Mayer @marissamayer
Marissa may sound like one of the Victoria’s Secret angels but she’s not. She’s the current CEO and president of Yahoo. Before she joined Yahoo, she was the first female engineer of Google and known as employee no. 20. Unlike Hollywood celebrities, she doesn’t tweet about her personal life. Rather, she talks mostly about Yahoo! Products, Flickr, and other issues related to the company she’s in. And of course, Tumblr.
Her best business advice: You need to be passionate about what you’re doing. According to her, you must find something that you’re passionate of. It doesn’t matter what your gender is.
Why you must follow her? She’s one of those few high-profile businesswomen who updates her status on Twitter regularly. That means, she constantly tweets. Although she doesn’t offer insightful messages about life, she’ll update you of what’s going in Yahoo! Tumblr, and other things you’ll find interesting.
3. Guy Kawasaki @guykawasaki
“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
― Albert Einstein
— Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki) July 18, 2013
In the Twittersphere, he’s popular with more than 1 million followers. Formerly chief evangelist of Apple, Guy is now an author, publisher and, entrepreneur. He’s also the founder of Alltop. It’s not a search engine but it’s a site where you can find answer to this simple yet complicated question: “What’s happening?” What it does is that it gathers the headlines from best sites that cover a certain topic and pool them into Alltop.
His best business advice: You’ll need to use the social networking tool to rock your online marketing.
Why you must follow him? He may be a businessman with a brilliant mid. But he also tweets random subjects. You can even read some of his tweets about religion and marriage. His tweets are not boring or dull as he includes humor in his tweets. By following him, he’ll help you conquer your business goals.
4. Jack Dorsey @jack
“To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.”—Jasper Johns
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) July 13, 2013
He’s the co-founder of Twitter. Have you heard of Square? It’s a company that manufactures Square Reader, a merchant service aggregator and mobile payment. Jack also co-founded it. And in a recent interview by 60 minutes, he revealed that he has the desire to run for mayor in the city of New York. While it’s not happening yet, you can read his tweets about Square, his travel photos and videos posted on Vine and inspirational quotes.
Best inspiration quote he tweeted: “To be an artist, you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” It’s from Jasper Johns, an American contemporary artist.
Why you must follow him? Jack has the ability to find useful information from various sources that you might have missed. He also tweets about inspirational quotes from famous authors and make clever comments about current events.
5. Chris Brogan @ChrisBrogan
It’s not what you share; it’s who you help.
— Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) July 18, 2013
He’s the founder of HBW or Human Business Works. It specializes in empowering the revolution of personal business. He doesn’t have millions of minions but he knows how to communicate well with his followers. He’s touted as one of the influencers in social media and communication. He’s been using social networking sites way before people even knew what they’re. As a leader in social media, he has been invited as a speaker to talk about how to be a leader in his field. He’s a blogger and New York Times best-selling author.
Best tweet that calls for an action: “How do you react when someone annoys you?”
Why you must follow him? He’s a very influential entrepreneur and a speaker. He posts tweets almost every day to make sure that his followers don’t miss anything about what’s going on in the world and in his world. He knows all about social media. When you message him directly, he’ll make sure that you get a response.
These people aren’t only successful in their chosen careers but they’re also successful in the Twitterverse. They share what they know about how to make business in this modern world using the present technology.