The Nifty 50 Top Women of Twitter for 2011

May 3, 2011

Few phenomena have ever spread as far and grown as rapidly as social media; obviously, this has tapped into something essential to our nature. What is it? The answer may come from the email marketing field. According to a recent study by email service provider Aweber, four simple words virtually guaranteed to get an email opened are: “You are not alone.”

That is what has driven social media adoption. From freedom seekers living under oppressive regimes connecting with each other and with people around the world who support them, to individuals with uncommon viewpoints or highly specialized professional interests connected with the like-minded anywhere on the globe, social media is about not being alone. It’s a way to find and form relationships with others who share our particular interests and passions, whether down the street or on other continents; interesting people with whom there has been no practical way to engage before.

Talking recently with Cheryl Burgess (@ckburgess)—partner and CMO at Blue Focus Marketing, a B2B social branding consultancy firm in Bridgewater, New Jersey; 2011 & 2010 winner of the Twitter Shorty Awards in Marketing; and author of the Blue Focus Marketing Blog—we were both struck by how many of the same people we know through social media (and we both learned about some interesting new people to follow as well). Many of these were other B2B marketers, but others were social media experts, journalists, PR professionals, or just plain fascinating personalities.

Nifty 50 Women of Twitter 2011Cheryl and I thought it would be a great idea to collaborate on this special social media project—and so the process began for creating the 2011 #Nifty50 List of Top Twitter Women.  We decided to recognize and share the names of some of these noteworthy individuals with our respective readers and followers, starting today with 50 remarkable women (just in time for Mother’s Day, as we’re pretty certain that every woman on this list either is a mom, has a mom, knows someone who’s a mom, or some combination thereof).

One source of inspiration was Twitter’s Top 75 Badass Women by Diana Adams (@adamsconsulting) and Amy D. Howell (@HowellMarketing), a list on which Cheryl was honored. Though it’s a remarkable list, to keep ours distinct we haven’t duplicated any of Diana and Amy’s picks.

Next month, we are following up with our list of 50 men, just in time for Father’s Day.  This list will be posted on Cheryl Burgess’ Blue Focus Marketing Blog.  Whatever your role in social media, we hope you find this list valuable in expanding your knowledge and your network.

Jennifer AakerJennifer Aaker

Jennifer is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School or Business, and author of The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change.


Diana Adams
Diana Adams@adamsconsulting

Diana is a USC grad now based in Atlanta. She heads up Adams Consulting Group, a technical services firm specializing in Apple Macintosh desktops, servers and laptops. Diana writes for and, and as noted above, her post on Twitter’s Top 75 Badass Women was one source of inspiration for this #Nifty50 list. She’s smart, personable, sometimes controversial and never dull.


Alicia ArenasAlicia Arenas

Hailing from San Antonio, Alicia is founder and CEO of Sanera, a professional development and training firm for sales and business leaders. She describes herself as a “small business coach, speaker, corporate trainer, blogger, singer, lover of life, dreams, family and God.” Alicia is a warm and outgoing social media pro and creator of March Marketing Madness.


Allison MooneyAllison Mooney

Allison lives in the New York City area and works with the Marketing team at Google to explore the changing face of media, mobile and consumer behavior, drive new thinking internally, and communicate Google’s visionary concepts to wider audiences.


Ambal BalakrishnanAmbal Balakrishnan

Ambal is co-founder of ClickDocuments, based in Silicon Valley. She’s an entrepreneur, marketer, blogger, and alum of Wharton and Purdue. Her Connect the Docs blog—frequently featured on the B2B Marketing Zone—is a platform for her own thought leadership content as well as frequently solicited insights from other B2B bloggers.


Amber BuhlAmber Buhl

Director of Sales for @klout. Though fairly new to Twitter, Amber is active and highly engaging, and her following is likely to grow quickly. A USC grad, Amber’s past includes stints at Hulu, Yahoo!, and the E! Entertainment Network.


Amy NelsonAmy Nelson

Amy serves as social media editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press as well as the Features/Travel editor for the newspaper. She’s an informative and prolific Twitterer, and active in Twin Cities social media.


Ardath AlbeeArdath Albee

A B2B marketer, strategist, writer and Author of eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale. Friend, mentor, and source of inspiration. Also an expatriate Minnesotan now living in southern California (we miss her, but can’t blame her).


Angie SchottmullerAngie Schottmuller

Interactive Minnesotan skilled in web strategy, conversion rate optimization (CRO), e-commerce, SEO, social media, QR codes (she knows a lot about QR codes), design, UX, analytics and inbound marketing. Angie is also a Search Engine Watch columnist and speaks at national events including SMX, SES, and OMS.


Becky DennistonBecky Denniston

Expert Community Manager with the Focus Expert Network, a network of thousands of leading business and technology experts who answer questions and post thought leadership content. Becky is also an MBA Candidate at San Francisco State University with a strong appetite for Social Media and Marketing.


Jenara NerenbergJenara Nerenberg

Jenara is an Asia-based filmmaker, organic farmer, and freelance journalist for Fast Company magazine and CNNGo, as well as a Harvard and Berkeley grad. She’s interviewed the famous and not-so-famous from high fashion superstars to up-and-coming designers to UN leaders, literary giants, cashmere producers, and royal mistresses, and her work has also appeared in TIME, BlackBook Magazine, and NextBillion.


Maria PopovaMaria Popova

Brooklyn-based Maria calls herself an “interestingness curator and semi-secret geek obsessed with design, storytelling and TED.” She’s also the editor of Brain Pickings and writes regularly for Wired UK magazine, The Atlantic and Design Observer.


Connie BensenConnie Bensen

Connie is the Community Strategist for the Alterian (formerly Techrigy) SM2 social media monitoring platform. She’s been named by as one of 20 top Women Social Media & Marketing Bloggers. Connie recently migrated from the frozen tundra of northern Minnesota to much balmier climate of Minneapolis.


Deirdre BreakenridgeDeirdre Breakenridge

Diedre is the president of Mango! Marketing, author of PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences and Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media Is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR, an adjunct professor in the New York city area, and co-founder of #PRStudChat.


Deborah WeinsteinDeborah Weinstein

Deb is a journalist-turned-PR pro. She’s president of Strategic Objectives, an award-winning PR agency in Toronto. And she’s energetic and inspirational on Twitter.


Eileen O’Brien
Eileen O'Brien@EileenOBrien

Eileen has more than 14 years of digital healthcare marketing experience. She is an opinion leader on social media, and has been invited to speak at industry conferences and quoted in publications. As @eileenobrien she moderates the #SocPharm tweetchat on Wednesdays at 8 pm EST which discusses pharma marketing and social media.


Ekaterina Walter
Ekaterina Walter@Ekaterina

Oregon-based Ekaterina is a corporate social media strategist as well as a “speaker, connector (and) passionate marketer.” She’s also a frequent guest-poster who’s written bookmarkable pieces like 9 Ways to Sell Social Media to the Boss.


Ellen Hoenig Carlson
Ellen Hoenig Carlson@Ellenhoenig

Based in New Jersey, Ellen is focused on simplifying consumer and healthcare marketing for “elegant solutions in a complex world.” Though she writes mainly on pharma-related subjects, her blog topics also include branding, family, fundraising, innovation, leadership, and Twitter.


Ellen McGirtEllen McGirt

Ellen writes for Fast Company magazine and helps run the 30 Second MBA site.


Elise Segar
Elise Segar@Esegar

Connecticut-based Elise is active in social media, an enterprise technology sales and business development pro who is passionate about inside sales and sales strategy. She’s a fellow member of the #Lebronians team “drafted” by Robert Rose in FollowFriday & Who’s The Lebron In Your Strategy – Maybe It’s You.


Gail NelsonGail Nelson

CMO with Siegel + Gale, a brand strategy, customer experience and design consulting agency in New York.


Gini Dietrich
Gini Dietrich@ginidietrich

CEO of Chicago PR agency Arment Dietrich, author of, Vistage member, author, speaker, communicator and writer of amazingly entertaining and insightful rants like Get Rich Quick! Lose Weight Tomorrow!.


Gretchen RubinGretchen Rubin

Based in New York City, Gretchen is the best-selling author of The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, the account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. On her blog, she shares her insights to help readers create their own happiness projects.


Heidi CohenHeidi Cohen

Heidi is a fascinating marketer who shares practical advice about marketing and life from New York, NY.


Jill Konrath
Jill Konrath@jillkonrath

Minnesota-based keynote speaker, sales trainer, motivator, creator of fresh strategies for selling to crazy-busy people; author of SNAP Selling (#1 Amazon sales book) and Selling to Big Companies.



Judy GrundstromJudy Grundstrom

Minnesota social media rock star, Business Development Director at Pixel Farm Digital, founder of the annual Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media awards, talk show regular on myTalk 107.1, and never boring.


Karen EmanuelsonKaren Emanuelson

Karen heads Reciprocate LLC, a small business marketing consultancy in Minneapolis. She’s an expert in social media marketing (particularly LinkedIn optimization), a small business advocate, trainer, speaker and coach. She’s active in local community and business organizations as well as social media.


Katie RosmanKatie Rosman

Katie reports on technology and pop-culture for one of the world’s greatest newspapers—the Wall Street Journal—and is the author of If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, a Daughter, a Reporter’s Notebook.


Eve Mayer OrsburnEve Mayer Orsburn

Eve is the author of Social Media for the CEO: The Why and ROI of Social Media for the CEO of Today and Tomorrow and CEO of Social Media Delivered, a firm that helps companies leverage LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook & blogs. And yes, she really knows LinkedIn.


Lisa PetrilliLisa Petrilli

Based in Chicago, Lisa is CEO of C-Level Strategies Inc, CEO Connection Co-Chair, Leadership & Executive Marketing Consultant, and #LeadershipChat co-Founder. Like Elise Segar and Cheryl Burgess, Lisa is a star of the #Lebronians team.


Liz StraussLiz Strauss

Liz is the founder of SOBCon, a brand strategist and leadership trainer based in Chicago.  She’s also an insightful, prolific and generous social media presence.


Lorna Li
Lorna Li@lornali

Officially, an expert in inbound marketing, online visibility and personal branding, via social media, SEO and SEM. Also big on green business marketing. Unofficially – friendly, smart, and writer of many highly bookmarkable blog posts.


Lucretia PruittLucretia M. Pruitt

Living in and tweeting from beautiful Denver, Lucretia refers to herself as a “random muse, speaker, ex-CIS Professor, social media devotee, geek, mom, wife, & insomniac.” Lucretia is a highly engaging and sophisticated observer of technology developments.


Lisa GrimmLisa Grimm

Digital PR Specialist for the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, Lisa describes herself as “a gal constantly awed by the intricacies of human behavior. Love my family, peeps, dogs, film, food and learning.”


Mari SmithMari Smith

Mari (like Ferrari) describes herself as a “passionate leader of social media, relationship marketing and Facebook mastery,” but most of us know her as the ultimate guru-ess of Facebook marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day. Formerly Canadian, now living in San Diego (nicer weather, but even worse taxes).


Missy BerggrenMissy Berggren

A phenomenally busy yet amazingly prolific blogger, Missy is a marketing pro at healthcare network Allina, co-founder of the Minnesota Blogger Conference, and is also active social media as the MarketingMama.


Martine HunterMartine Hunter

Idea generator, b2b marketing professional, creative director, process engineer and writer at MLT Creative in Atlanta, as well as a mother, friend, sister, daughter, diabetic, crocheter and jazz fan. She’s also really nice.


Sally ChurchSally Church

Sally is a scientist with Icarus Consultants in New Jersey, a pharmaceutical / biotechnology-focused marketing strategy firm. She blogs about marketing strategy, market research, science, oncology, hematology and immunology.


Michelle TrippMichelle Tripp

Working and tweeting from New York, Michelle is a creative director, brand strategist, and author of The BrandForward Blog. She spends her time exploring the future of advertising, social media, and emerging technologies and just being pretty cool.


Jennifer PrestonJennifer Preston

A staff writer for the New York Times, Jennifer writes about the use of technology and social media in politics, government, and real life.


Susan Kang Nam
Susan Kang Nam@PinkOliveFamily

Splitting her time between New York, Andover (MA) and elsewhere, the dynamic Susan Kang Nam is founder of Cebisu Research Inc., a member of Andover’s Harvard Club, founder of Boston-based career club Salty Legs, “an entrepreneur, former recruiter and non-profit advocate who grew up in Asia (Korea, Japan) and US (Hawaii, California, New Jersey, NYC) and since 1994…using the world wide web exploring different platforms to engage in various of conversations”—and a classical pianist.


Laura FittonLaura Fitton

Prolific Twitterer, Bostonite, CEO and founder of the oneforty social business software hub, as well as co-author of Twitter For Dummies.


Rebel Brown
Rebel Brown@rebelbrown

Rebel has been a marketing and business consulting for more than 20 years, is a popular speaker and author of Defy Gravity. She’s also a self-described “spiritual seeker, horse crazy, ski freak, and animal lovin’ nature gal.”


Rebecca CorlissRebecca Corliss

Based in Boston, Rebecca is a singing Inbound Marketer with all-in-one marketing software platform developer HubSpot. She’s also a founder of a cappella group Common Sound. And yes, she is a rock star.


Rosabeth Moss KanterRosabeth Moss Kanter

Harvard Business School Professor, author of SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good – a look at how a new generation of values-driven businesses do well by doing good, and a living legend in the world of business strategy.


Stacey AceveroStacey Acevero

A social media communications manager for PR/social media monitoring provider Vocus in Washington DC, Stacey runs the popular monthly #prwebchat on Twitter. She is a former model, auxiliary member in the U.S. Air Force, and a self-proclaimed “SEO nerd” who loves NASCAR, steak and rock n’ roll. Definitely one of the most awesome and unique bios in social media.


Anita CampbellAnita Campbell

CEO of Small Business Trends, an online small biz community reaching over 250,000 each month. Anita tweets from Cleveland, Ohio, the hometown of rock n’ roll.


Liana EvansLiana ‘Li’ Evans

Liana describes herself as “an online marketing geek girl who loves all things social media.” She’s a top expert in social media and SEO, and the author of Social Media Marketing.


Wendy Blackburn
Wendy Blackburn@WendyBlackburn

Wendy is a blogger and digital marketer focused on the pharmaceutical industry. She’s an executive vice president at at Intouch Solutions, a marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical, animal health, medical device, and similarly regulated industries.


Wendy MarxWendy Marx

Based in Trumbull, CT, Wendy is an award-winning PR and marketing communications executive who helps B2B companies become well-known brands, and a truly engaging social media personality.


There you have it, the Nifty 50 Women of Twitter for this year. To keep it to 50, we had to leave off some deserving names—it was a tough call. Maybe next year…

Watch next month (close to Father’s Day) for the Nifty 50 Men of Twitter for 2011.

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88 Responses

  1. Tom,

    Thanks for being my partner for our #Nifty50 project. I’m so honored to know you! We’ll keep adding names to this list, for sure.

    Can’t wait until Father’s Day for our #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men! The list will be out a few days before Father’s Day. Everyone is invited for the unveiling at

    Diana Adams (@AdamsConsulting)and Amy Howell (@HowellMarketing) you are both an inspiration. Thank you again for adding me to your #BA75 List :-)
    It was truly an honor.


  2. Tom 

    It’s been a pleasure and an honor working with you on this project as well Cheryl. So glad that Rob Rose (@Robert_Rose) “drafted” us both for his team. Now I know how Lebron felt joiining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. :-)

  3. Hi!

    Thanks for including me on this list – I thought I should let you know – my Twitter username is now @JudyGrundstrom – if you could update it in the post that would be great!


    Judy Grundstrom

  4. Thank you for the mention! what an amazing list of women!

  5. Tom and Cheryl,

    THANK YOU so much! I can only imagine how much work this took; it’s a great list and not one full of the same old, same old.

    I have some new kick butt women to follow thanks to you.



  6. Cheryl and Tom, What a great list. I follow many of the ladies listed and also most of those on the list created by Diane and Amy ( @adamsconsulting and @howellmarketing ). I’ll bet your heads are swimming with others you would like to include…
    You may have to make this the #Nifty50x10 and even then it won’t be easy. Are both these lists are available as twitter lists?

  7. Hi Tom & Cheryl,
    Wow! You have completely made my day! I am honored to be listed with such amazing women.

    I love living down here in the MSP area! The Twin Cities is home to a very supportive and talented social media community.

    Thank you!

  8. Congratulations to all the women on this list. I am very proud to know some of them and call them friends. I know they will continue to do ( and expect) great things and innovations from such a talented and intelligent group of individuals. They are the front line of a new and exciting medium. Congratulations ladies; I am proud of you.

  9. It’s an honor to be included with such an impressive list of principled and determined women, Tom and Cheryl. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now, here’s hoping we can get the #Lebronians together in real life someday.

    All the best!
    Lisa Petrilli

  10. Tom 

    Hi Judy, you’re welcome, and your Twitter handle and link are now updated!

  11. Guys, thank you for this amazing list! I knew and followed some of these amazing ladies already, some are completely new; all are absolutely worth it!!! You’ve inspired me to try and put together a small local list of fascinating women myself, hopefully before Mother’s Day.

    Kind and (very) warm regards, all the way from Honuduras, Central America.

    Alberto C. Downing

    P.D. Being OC about spelling, I have to mention the 2 errors in Lucretia’s name in her entry. Might want to take alook at that. 😉

  12. Tom 

    I think Rob should fly us all down to Miami for a playoff game. I think the rest of the #Lebronians would go for that (except maybe Rob), no? :-)

  13. Tom 

    Connie, no worries, you’ve earned it! Happy to have you down here on the (slightly) warmer end of the state.

  14. Tom 

    Alberto, happy we could inspire you! And thanks so much for pointing out the spelling errors, oops. Should be fixed now. :-)

  15. sarah 

    Congratulation to all whom made the list but our special congrats to Liana Evans from LiBeckIm

  16. Fabulous group of women! Thanks for sharing!!

    Melissa Stewart

  17. Terry Cormier 

    Interesting that not one is from outside of the US… Does this mean that the women from other countries are not “Nifty”?

  18. Tom 

    Terry – ouch, you identified a flaw. I know that Cheryl and I had a few women from the UK and New Zealand, at least, on our initial “long list.” There are most certainly many “nifty” women beyond the U.S.! I’ll double-check the men’s list for next month on this score, and make sure that we have better multinational representation on next year’s list (if we’re crazy enough to do this again :-) ).

  19. Tom and Cheryl – This list is awesome! I’m honored to be included and thrilled to have found more fabulous women I’m excited to get to know. I’m looking forward to next month’s #Nifty50 list of men…

  20. Fantastic list! Thanks for sharing. Some of my favourites are on here including @brainpicker @LisaPetrilli @heidicohen and @DebWeinstein

  21. Wow–Now I know how actors feel when they receive an Academy Award. I’m so touched to be selected to join this group.

    It’s a great list to use for people who are looking to learn more about how to use Twitter.

    Thank you again.

    Happy marketing,
    Heidi Cohen

  22. Wow. On a day when my back has sidelined pretty much everything else, finding myself on a list of such incredible women is like the sunlight shining through grey storm clouds!

    I cannot believe all the work you guys must’ve put into this Cheryl & Tom! Thank you so much for making clickable links to the Twitter IDs – it made following the women I wasn’t already following so much easier! But it’s the wonderful descriptions that made doing that so compelling. I can’t wait to see the Nifty50 men next month.

    You know those times when you feel like you’re in company that inspires you to strive even harder? This is one of those for me. Thank you so very much!

  23. Tom 

    Lucretia, glad we were able to lift your spirits, hope your back is feeling better soon!

  24. Tom 

    You’re welcome – thanks for being amazing! :-)

  25. Wonderful list!! I follow most of them already thank you for sharing! Amazing women indeed!

  26. Stacy 

    Another list I am not on, but I will take a look at all of these deserving women.

  27. Wow – thank you for the work that went into this list, thank you for including me on it and thank you for shining a light on so many extraordinary women doing many extraordinary things out there.

  28. Aaron 

    So lucky to know so many amazing women there! Everyone is wonderful and kind and amazing. Gotta ask those i’ve not connected yet!

    Thanks for sharing

  29. Tom 

    Thanks Misty!

  30. Tom 

    No problem Laura. You’ve done amazing things on Twitter. Cheryl and I are just happy to acknowledge the awesomeness of the women on this list.

  31. Love seeing some of my friends here…like @DebWeinstein, @rebelbrown, @Lisapetrilli, @heidicohen and @ekatrina… they are deserving and fantastic women.

    While these lists can be fun, they also are not able to highlight many more savvy women.

    I would encourage you to take one day a week, one hour and just start connecting with women in business online-via twitter. You can find them in the stream of the list you read above.

    Reach out and ask them a question, engage them in conversation. You will expand your network and start building truly powerful relationships when you invest your time and caring.

  32. Thank you for including me! I’m entirely honored and grateful. Also, excited to follow many of these other women!

  33. Tom 

    You never know where bumping into someone in a Caribou Coffee may lead. :-)

  34. What an inspiring list of great people – I know I follow most of you and learn, learn, learn! Thanks for the introduction to even more wonderful & smart women!

  35. Tom 

    You’re welcome Tobey. That’s what social media is all about – expanding one’s network through trusted recommendations. Glad we could help!

  36. Saw this post and thought it was cool to see the Nifty 50. Way to go ladies! Excellent work

  37. Cheryl and Tom, what a wonderful surprise to be included with such a fantastic group of women! I am truly honored. Love the “Nifty Fifty” name and artwork. You two are the best!

  38. Now THAT’S a great list! An inspiring group, to say the least.

  39. Wow! Great list.. any specific reason these are all mostly American based woman who made your list? Not to detract in any way from those on the list as they look to be fab! But i feel my question is valid.. Why is this the case with your list since Twitter is global and there are more active (by hours) Canadian users then US>? Thanks for hearing me out. Yes, i am Canadian.

    I hope you consider more persons that are non-American in the future. Thanks for allowing my comment..and no disrespect intended.

    Thank you


  40. Tom 

    Thanks Steve! Happy to inspire. :-)

  41. Tom 

    Laura – great point. It was a tough call, and in retrospect, giving more attention to Twitterers outside the US would have been good. We’re taking that into consideration for the men’s list (due out next month) and will certainly keep this in mind for next year if we’re crazy enough to do this again. Also, as a Minnesotan, I consider myself ALMOST a Canadian! (Same climate, hockey and taxes, fishing just isn’t quite as good.) :-)

  42. Cheryl and Tom – THANK YOU so much for including me among this list of incredible social women. As someone who communicates in the super-narrow digital pharma niche, I’m humbled, inspired, and beyond flattered. Twitter has been a lot of fun for me over the years and – as you point out in your intro – such a wonderful way to engage with others you’d otherwise have never met. Thank you again for introducing me to even more interesting lady tweeps! I look forward to your “man list” next month.

  43. Congratulations to the #Nifty50! A wonderful list of caring and inspirational leaders! Thanks. Glen

  44. It is an incredible honour to be included on this list and I am so grateful to you @TomPick and @ckburgess for including me with such awesome, hard-working and inspired communicators. I’d also like to hugely thank my friends who named me in the above comments, serious LOVE and hugs back.

    Thank you for curating such a fascinating Twitlist combo of women in diverse sectors! What a wonderful opportunity to learn and share together with our friends and communities.

    I hope we can make it real sometime. Wouldn’t it be AWESOME if Amy Howell @howellmarketing and the #ba75 could get together IRL with both #nifty50’s (men & women) sometime! What if? …

  45. Tom 

    You’re very welcome Wendy. Part of our goal was to highlight interesting women “off the beaten path” who were fascinating but not necessarily well known outside their niche. Also, Cheryl and I are both b2b marketers, so we leaned heavily in that direction. Congrats!

  46. Tom 

    It would indeed Deb. :-)

  47. Alberto Díaz 

    Where are the spanish women? why not?
    Women like @gabycastellanos or @carlaangola?

    What’s up?

  48. Tom 

    Alberto – good point. I’m afraid my Spanish is limited, so I’m not qualified to evaluate the best Spanish-speaking Tweeters. If we can find a way to incorporate this next year we will, but otherwise we’ll just have to make clear that the #Nifty50 is limited to English tweets (though there are other sources of recognition for Spanish tweeters). We definitely plan to make the next #Nifty50 more global. :-)

  49. Great list, thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work! Allison @AHawkCollinger

  50. Tom 

    Absolutely Allison. :-) Keep an eye out for the men’s list next month!

  51. Great group of ladies! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the inspiration.

  52. Tom 

    You’re welcome Margaret! Thanks for the retweet on this post.

  53. Gayla 

    Amazing and inspirational list. Thanks! When I saw a few familiar faces from my existing follows, I knew it was time for a sweeping update.

  54. Hi Tom & Cheryl: I am very honored to be on this list of smart social social media women.

  55. Tom 

    Thank you Gayla, glad you the list valuable! Agreed, there are some very inspirational women here.

  56. Tom 

    No worries Ambal, you earned it. Cheryl and I are happy to acknowledge your insightfulness.

  57. sally 

    Wow, I am honoured and humbled to be included in such a list of incredible women. Thank you.

    Re: the comment on the US focus, if it’s any consolation, I’m English born and bred, although happen to be in NY at present :)

  58. Tom 

    It is a consolation Sally, thanks! And congrats on recognition well earned.

  59. Thank you for aggregating such a brilliant group of wild web women!! So refreshing!!

  60. Tom 

    No worries Lorrie, glad you liked it!

  61. This is quite a list. You should keep it going year to year and even establish a top 50 for the decade (when it comes, of course!) Just wondering what your parameters for inclusion to the list were. I’m sure number of followers was a huge part but there must have been some editorial choices on your end. I do like how you didn’t rank the list – making each member equal is a real nice touch.

  62. Karen 

    Terrific. I’m new on Twitter and I’ll go follow this interesting group of women.

  63. Thank you for sharing ! Now I’m waiting for the nifty top men of twitter 😉

  64. Tom 

    Um, that would be here:

  65. Thank you for the link, I will going to check it right away !!

  66. This is really cool. Thanks for posting. @kcsterling

  67. This is quite an impressive list. I must say that I am only familiar with a few of them. I will be checking out a few of them as social media is one of my favorite topics!

  68. Jane 

    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  69. This is an amazing list of women and shows the power of social media…Twitter in particular.

  70. What a super list. I love that it’s woman focused (esp since I’m a woman owned company). How fun. I will check them out. thank you for compiling this.

  71. Tom 

    No worries Debbie, glad you found value in the list! By the way, here is the most recent #Nifty50 women on Twitter list (2013): top women writers:

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